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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa – UB Sir Mix Alot got it right the first time.


The first time the Xtrem Hess Racing LLC Kennel greyhound was tested on the 3-16 mile course at the Iowa Greyhound Park, he charged home the winner in the Memorial Sprint Stakes on Monday, May 30.


“It is kind of a little bit shocking,” said trainer Brad Hess.” We knew he had early speed, but we didn’t expect him to win.”


The decision to submit UB Sir Mix Alot in the Sprint was jump-started by owner “Cheyenne Criswell,” said Hess. “It was his idea to go to the 3-16. He was excited and happy.’


And, looking over the current roster in the kennel “he is the greyhound we have,” said Hess, “with the most early speed.”


Looking at the charts seemed to support the move. Sir Mix, in doing the 5-16 distance, was leading early then fading in recent starts.


The decision made, UB Sir Mix Alot drew the three box. He came in running in Grade C in a mixed field that included a pair of Grade As; a Grade B; four Grade Cs and a Grade D.


The box drawing did not matter quite as much as the 3-16 course features a long opening stretch, the far turn and the homestretch.


Still “he didn’t break well,” said Hess about Sir Mix’s fifth out of the boxes.


Breaking on top was RF Shadow Fox (Superior) out of the seven box but down the opening stretch it was Pat C Apollo J (Pat Collins & Melissa Schmidt) who took the early lead. Apollo was the two Grade As in the field, knows the victory stand, he won the 2015 Inaugural.


Still, “I felt the (greyhound with the) seven (blanket) was the best in the field,” said Hess.
With Pat C Apollo J leading, RF Shadow Fox on the outside and UB Sir Mix Alot on the inside, the trio pulled away from the other five as the field reached the far turn.
As the trio reached the late stage of the far turn, Fox and Sir Mix passed Apollo and heading into the homestretch UB Sir Mix Alot took charge.


“He hugged the corners well,” said Hess, “and that’s what made him win.”
Sir Mix was a length up on Shadow Fox at the top of the homestretch and he kept the margin to the win.


“He looked like a winner the whole homestretch,” said Hess.


UB Sir Mix Alot, a 74-pounder, born Sept. 12, 2013 out of Tyrur Alex – Uss Fine Touch, moves to 4-1-1-1 on the young IGP season. His winning time for the 3-16 mile course was 17.89.


RF Shadow Fox, along with Apollo the Grade As in the field and made the heavy favorite by the patrons, kept second and moves to 3-1-2-0.

Pat C Apollo J settled for third, three lengths back and is 3-0-0-1.

GT’s Dorothy (T And T) was fourth and four and a half lengths back. She is 4-0
-0-0. Tahas Mahem (Jackson Greyhound), 3-0-1-0, was fifth six lengths back.

Russell Wilson (Clayton Black), 3-0-0-1, took sixth, seven lengths back.

Boc’s Lookn At U (Boeckenstedt), 3-0-1-0, was seventh, 10 lengths down.  

O Ya Money Money (Ward), 3-1-0-1 and sent off by the patrons as the second favorite, fell in finishing last.


For the patrons, UB Sir Mix Alot paid $18.60 $4.80 and $4.20; RFShadow Fox paid $3.20 and $3.00; Pat C Apollo J paid $4.20.


The 3-7 quiniela paid $17.60. The 3-7-4 Tri-Box paid $262.50. The 3-7-4-1 .10 cent Superfecta paid $97.74. Th3 3-3-3 $1 Pick 3 paid $75.70.

 

Photo: People in picture left to right: Brian Carpenter, Director of Racing / G.M.; Garrett Helbing, Leadout; Chey Kuriata, Assistant Trainer for the Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel; Mark Curtis, Racing Secretary.