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Monday, September 16, 2019

DUBUQUE, Iowa –A heavy rain turned the first round of the $30,000 Future Star Stakes at the Iowa Greyhound Park into a two-day affair. Three of the opening round races got into the books on Thursday, Sept. 12, before the rains wiped out the rest of the card. The other three opening races were run on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Between the six, a favorite has been produced. Revin Devon (Copper Kettle) won the first of the Sunday races pulling away by five lengths in a time of 30.33 seconds for the 5/16-mile course.

The 75-pounder, born April 15, 2017 out of U Too Pure Silk – Fire And Heat posted the biggest margin of victory in the six races and the fastest time among the first-round winners. Revin Devon is coming off a second-place finish in the recently completed $30,000 Dubuque Course Classic.

The other Sunday winners were Disco Moves (Jackson) pulling away by three lengths in a time of 30.72 and Bgr J Capt Quick (Boeckenstedt) by a half-length with a homestretch rally in a time of 30.54.

On Thursday, Super C Jazzy (Superior) went box-to-wire and won pulling away by four lengths in a time of 30.74. Rf Paco (Superior) pulled away in the homestretch for a three and a half length win in a time of 30.94. Hillbilly Rock (Clayton Black) gained a steady one length win in a time of 31.18.

The patrons had a pulse on the first round as favorites won four of the six races.

The field will return for the second round on Wednesday, Sept. 18. After round two, the field will be trimmed for the Sunday, Sept. 22, semifinals.

I'm a native of the Washington, D.C., area and a graduate of the University of Maryland. I'm now retired after a two-decade plus stint as the sports editor of the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Daily Nonpareil.