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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Kentucky Kat, the stakes-winning greyhound who is undefeated after returning to Derby Lane, attempts to build on her career-best win streak on Wednesday night as the $64,000 Sprint Classic enters second-round qualifying.

Since finishing seventh in the BetAmerica Daytona 550 National Championship on Jan. 21 at Daytona Beach Kennel Club, Kentucky Kat has won six consecutive races at her home track for kennel owner and trainer Cal Holland – including a box-to-wire 2-1/2-length victory in 30.66 seconds Saturday in the first of four qualifying rounds in the 550-yard event.

Owned by Don Godby, Kentucky Kat will break from the 2 box in Race 8 at 9:13 p.m. The 2016 T.L. Weaver Memorial Challenge champion is tied for the points lead at 16, the amount given to each winner.

Another greyhound in fine form is John Valazquez, who seeks his fifth victory in a row in Race 6 at 8:39. The Capabal kennel sprinter led every stride in his first qualifier, winning by five lengths in 30.60 seconds for trainer Belinda Parker. He drew box 3 for owner Raymond Thurber.

Floyd kennel’s Kaias Pogo goes for his fourth consecutive victory in Race 4 at 8:10. He will start from post 5 following a one-length victory in the first qualifying race for owner George Adler.

Tri-State kennel’s Abs So Hard, who won the Howl-O-Ween Stakes in October, drew the No. 1 box in Race 10 at 9:47. He finished third to Kentucky Kat in the first qualifier for trainer Michael Klingbeil and owner John Melillo.

The field will be cut to 16 after Wednesday for Saturday night’s third round. The championship race is March 4.