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Monday, September 19, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Four greyhounds made positive moves in the third round of the $30,000 Future Stars Stakes at the Iowa Greyhound Park on Sunday, September 18, to secure spots in the championship race.

Gt’s Conoco (T And T Kennel) and Jd Accomplice (Stidham) were tied for 12th place in the points standings after the second round. Each won in the third round to vault into a tie for third place in the points list and into the championship field.

Conoco, 23-5-3-4, won the first of the three third-round races, pulling away by four lengths for a total of 40 points.

Accomplice, 12-7-3-1, held on the win the last of the third-rounders by a length over a closing L Redstreak (Ward). That doomed Redstreak, who finished with 27 points, one point out of the championship eight.

Last in to the championship field was Jt’s Time To Go (T And T), 19-6-4-3. A fifth-place finish in the third round gave Time To Go 28 points, just enough to advance. The top points earner in the three rounds was Boc’s Cover Up (T And T), 19-5-8-3. He advanced thanks to two seconds and a win in the second round.

Jax Gee Wiz (Jackson), 23-7-7-1, who was tied for eighth after the second round, used a two-length win in the third round to finish second in the points with 42 points.

AT’s Frednbarney (T And T), 23-11-3-3, who had entered the Future Stars as much of a favorite as any greyhound, qualified for the final with 33 points after a fourth in the third round. His 11 wins are the most of any of the finalists but he enters with two lackluster starts in rounds two and three.

SH Tomfoolery (Stidham), 13-6-0-2, tied for second after the second round, ran fourth in his third round race but got into the final with a total of 33 points.

Monkey Way (Clayton Black), 26-6-3-3, completed the championship field. Way, tied for ninth after round two, posted a third in the third round and finished with 29 points.

Four greyhounds were swept out of the championship field by poor third round efforts. Kiss My Dust (Clayton Black) was fifth but finished last in the third round to fail to advance. RF River (Superior) was sixth but was doomed by a sixth place finish. Boc’s Queen Ali (Boeckenstedt), seventh, was also doomed by a sixth. JD Admiral (Stidham), who had been in a tie for a eighth, couldn’t advance after a fifth place finish.

The Future Stars championship race will be on Saturday, September 24, as the 12th race on the program.