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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The championship run for the $30,000 King and Queen Stakes will highlight the Saturday, July 4, program at the Iowa Greyhound Park.

The field was sliced to the title eight following third-round action on Sunday, June 28.

Looking at the Queens, Jill St. John (Stidham & Brindle Kennel) was the top point earner with 48. She collected two wins and a third-place effort that had early minor troubles. She is a 66-pounder, born Dec. 11, 2016 out of Djays Octane – Oakland Medusa.

The third-place run snapped a four-race win streak. St. John is 9-6-1-1 on the season at IGP.

Kennelmate JD Tonic (Stidham & Brindle) pounded out a box-to-wire two-length triumph in the third round to finish with 45 points, seconds in the Queens total. JD Tonic is a 62-pounder, born Aug. 24, 2017 out of Pat C Clement – KC Set Em Up. She is 9-4-1-0 on the season.

Collecting 40 points, T’s Bree Harison (T And T) is a comfortable finalist. She is a 71-pounder, born Jan. 17, 2018 out of XKT Dave Turin – Kiowa Basket. Her third-place finish in the third round was her lowest finish of the season.

Overall Harison stands 7-2-4-1 for the season.

Oakland Taunton (Stidham & Brindle) rallied in the homestretch for a three-length win in the third round to secure the final spot in the Queen’s field. Oakland Taunton is a 63-pounder, born March 13, 2018 out of SH Avatar – Ainsley Earhardt. She is 9-2-2-2 on the season.

FF Lurch (Copper Kettle) leads the Kings with 48 points. Lurch rallied in the homestretch to win his third-round race by two lengths to claim his point lead. FF Lurch is a 79-pounder, born May 6, 2018 out of SH Avatar – FF Lonely Blonde. He is 7-2-2-1 on the season.

Gonz Dandelion (T And T) was second with 45 points after winning in the first two rounds. Dandelion is a 75-pounder born Nov. 15, 2017 out of Bella Infared – Honey Ryder. He is 6-3-0-0 on the season at IGP.

AT’s Golden (T And T) finished with 40 points after a second in the third round. Golden is a 75-pounder, born Sept. 1, 2016 out of Golden Squire – Bob’s Faye. He is 7-2-2-1 on the season.

Just making the field is Disco Moves (Jackson Greyhounds) with 32 points. Disco Moves is a 72-pounder, born Nov. 18, 2017 out of Barcelona Boss – Roc Aby Rosa. He is 11-2-3-3 on the season.

The Stakes will be the 12th race on the program.

The Queens lead in the season 18-16.

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.