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Friday, October 7, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – If Drop A Name can finish what he started in the $20,000 Gold Trophy Juvenile, kennel owner-trainer John Farmer will have his first title in the 78th annual puppy stakes at Derby Lane.

Drop A Name, who won the first of 12 qualifying races in the 550-yard event on Oct. 1, is a dog with a particular running style.

“He’s tough when he gets the lead,’’ Farmer said. “Sometimes, he doesn’t try as hard when he’s in the middle of the pack. But once he gets near the front, he’s tough to catch.’’

Drop A Name, a 22-month-old male from a litter by Pat C Clement and Kiowa Ww Rivera, scored the biggest victory of his 30-race career with a box-to-wire, 3-length win at 9-1 odds in the series opener. It was worth 16 points in the four-round accumulative point system, ensuring him of being one of 16 greyhounds to remain in contention for a berth in the Oct. 15 championship finale that is worth $9,000 to the winner.

Third-round action continues Saturday in Races 6 (8:39 p.m.) and 10 (9:47).

Drop A Name broke from the No. 1 post in his opening-round race.

“He loves the inside rushing to the turn,’’ Farmer said. “When he drew the 1, I knew he had a real good shot at (winning).

“This track is real good for him. He likes the long stretches, and needs that extra (room).’’

Drop A Name is fourth in the points standings with 24 after a third-place finish on Wednesday. Flying Dynomite (McAllister Racing kennel) and Kay Kay System (Tri-State) lead the way with 32 points apiece after each won their first two qualifiers. Roann Danseuse (Capabal) is third with 26.

Entering the Gold Trophy, Drop A Name had six career wins – four in front-running fashion – with none higher than Grade C. He is owned by Randy Finegan, Richard Armington and Marshall Gramm.

“(Winning the crown) would be awesome,’’ Farmer said. “When I first got (Drop A Name and his brother Im Da Bigman) from Randy, I had high hopes for them. They broke in real good, and once they got in the upper grades, there weren’t doing so well. But of late, they’ve been really trying hard.

“(The Gold Trophy) is a wide-open race. There are a lot of good, young pups. There’s nobody that anyone has any fear over. . . . Every dog has a good shot (of winning).’’

Qualifying concludes Wednesday night.

Don Jensen

I have been a sports writer in the newspaper industry for 40 years: working in Florida, Maryland and Virginia. I moved to Florida in 1984 after serving as the publicity director of Charles Town Race Track, a thoroughbred facility in West Virginia. I reside in Tampa, Fla., and cover the Tampa Bay area parimutuel scene – both greyhounds and thoroughbreds – and write about high school sports for the Tampa Bay Times.