Greyhound News
Monday, September 16, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The leading winners at Derby Lane didn’t disappoint Saturday in the first round of the $50,000 Husker Magic Fall Sprint at Derby Lane.

Lashmet kennel’s LK’s Crush N It and LK’s Santorini, Deco Colt Gun of Nova kennel and Farmer Racing kennel’s Flamenco Dancer, who all rank in the top 10 among wins at the current Tampa at Derby Lane meet, scored victories.

The second round is Wednesday, when the original 32-dog field will be narrowed to 16.

LK’s Crush N It, the reigning meet win champion, clocked the fastest time of 30.42 seconds on the 550-yard course with his box-to-wire 3-length win. He paid $5.20.

Kennelmate LK’s Santorini rallied for a half-length victory in 30.72 seconds and also returned $5.20 as the wagering favorite.

Both greyhounds are trained by kennel manager Ken Deacon.

Deco Colt Gun never trailed in his 3-length triumph. The Missy Kubitz-conditioned athlete was clocked in 30.71 seconds and paid $3.20 as the prohibitive favorite.

Flamenco Dancer earned her 58th lifetime victory by overcoming a 4-length deficit to win by a nose in 30.99 seconds. Trained by kennel owner John Farmer, Flamenco Dancer paid $4.60 as the race favorite.

LK’s Santorini trailed pace-setter TNT Sherlock of Patriot kennel by two lengths most of the way before overtaking her foe in late stretch.

“I was hoping to get a little bigger lead and Santorini wouldn’t be as close,’’ Patriot kennel manager and trainer Richard Marcoux said. “Santorini barely caught him. (Santorini) is a heck of a nice dog.’’

The four winners earned 16 points apiece and are ensured of moving to the third round. Wednesday’s qualifying will be in Races 4, 6, 8 and 10. After two ensuing rounds, the championship race is scheduled Sept. 28. First place pays $22,000.

Don Jensen

I have been a sports writer in the newspaper industry for 40 years: working in Florida, Maryland and Virginia. I moved to Florida in 1984 after serving as the publicity director of Charles Town Race Track, a thoroughbred facility in West Virginia. I reside in Tampa, Fla., and cover the Tampa Bay area parimutuel scene – both greyhounds and thoroughbreds – and write about high school sports for the Tampa Bay Times.