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Feb 18, 2020

West Palm Beach, Fl. – After an exciting set of second round qualifiers, round-three action for the 89th and final running of Palm Beach Kennel Club’s $50,000 James W. Paul Three-Eighths Mile Derby takes place Wednesday afternoon, February 13.

Four qualifying races will be held, with the top 16-point earners advancing to the semifinals Sunday afternoon, February 23.

After two rounds of qualifying, only one entry has a shot of entering the semifinals undefeated, Koppe, Staats & Collins Kennel’s Pat C Snickers (Pat C Clement – Pat C Deception).

A quick look at the round-three qualifiers:

Race 10: This event features three athletes who drew in favorable post positions, #1 O Ya Praire Wind (Oya Stan The Man – O Ya Chewie, Lester Raines Kennel), #6 JD Android (JD Titanium – Allisonracinteam, Brindle) and #7 Buyusumnewshoes (Superior Panama – Joy Giovanni, Rader Racing). All three have already secured a spot in the semifinals, but it is important to build up that point total to be guaranteed a slot in the finale.

Race 12: There’s no doubt that the fan favorite will be #7 B’s Cappuccino (SH Avatar – Oaks Mocha, Janie Carroll). Sandwiched between the slow slowest breakers in the race will give Cappuccino a clear shot at garnering the early lead.

Race 14: The post-time favorite appears to be #3 Slatex Beretta (Flying Fired Up – Slatex Albany, Janie Carroll). With two of the race’s slowest breakers to her immediate right, Beretta should be able to outrush the competition to the first turn. However, keep a keen eye on #2 NB’s Bloodsister (Trent Lee – NB’s Classic Cat, Royal Racing Team) who has a legitimate shot at getting loose early.

Race 15: This contest features the only undefeated Derby entry, #4 Pat C Snickers, and in actuality, this could be the easiest field she has faced in qualifying. A crisp and clean break most likely will lead Snickers to the semifinals with a clean record.

Post time for the first race Wednesday afternoon is 1:00 p.m.

The $50,000 James W. Paul 3/8ths Three-Eighths Mile Championship final will be contested Saturday afternoon, February 29, and is one of the nation’s longest-running stake events.

The Derby is named in honor of humanitarian, greyhound owner and dedicated supporter of greyhound adoption James W. Paul.

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