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Monday, June 20, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa – A couple of the stars from 2015 topped the racing in the first round of the initial stakes series of 2016 at the Iowa Greyhound Park – the $30,000 King & Queen Stakes, the six opening races coming on Sunday, June 19.
On the Kings’ side, Slate Elvis (Jackson Greyhounds) opened the Stakes with a box-to-wire win by three and a half lengths from the two box. Elvis, a 71-pounder born July 30, 2013 out of Kiowa Mon Manny – Slatex Pluto, won the IGP wins title in 2015, but had started slowly this season, his record now just 3-1-0-0. He surprised the patrons, who sent his off as the second longshot at 11-1.
The opening race favorite, O Ya Spunky (Ward), 7-1-4-0, had to settle for a fourth.
The second Kings’ race saw form hold as the favorite, JD Dignity (Stidham Racing), 7-4-2-1, went box-to-wire from the two box to win by a head.
Cardiac Kid (Copper Kettle), 8-2-1-2, lived up to his name by slicing a three-length deficit to the final margin in the homestretch.’
In the final Kings’ opener Hilco Magnum (5-2-1-1) went box-to-wire from the five box and pulled away for an impressive seven length decision.
DS Rumba (Jackson), 8-2-1-2, winner of the 2016 Inaugural Stakes, rallied from sixth to claim second.
On the Queens’ side AJ’s Callie (Jackson), 8-2-1-2, broke last from the eight box then rallied throughout to take charge in the homestretch for a two-length lead. Callie, a 57-pounder born June 3, 2013 out of Pat C Clement – USS Cool Choice, ended her 2015 season by winning the Iowa Breeders Cup here in Dubuque.
The favorite was Superior Yesy (Superior), 7-2-2-1, who disappointed with a sixth place finish.
JD Spark Plug (Stidham), 7-3-1-0, opening the Queens’ races by winning the first one with a box-to-wire effort from the three box. She led by two lengths and won by a nose.
Super C Beauty (Superior), 7-0-2-3, closed late for second. The favorite Oya Country Girl (Ward), 6-3-1-1, settled for fourth.
The other Queens’ opener went to Super C Butterum (Superior), 6-3-1-1, by two and a half lengths. The favorite Hilco Tease (Superior), 6-2-0-1, faded to a fifth.
The field returns to the track on Saturday, June 25, for the second round of the Kings & Queens Stakes.