Greyhound News
Back to News » DERBY LANE SPRINT CLASSIC SECOND ROUND
Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A pair of patterns didn’t change Wednesday night in the $64,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane.

Kentucky Kat and Kaias Pogo, who brought winning streaks into the track’s richest 550-yard stakes race, continued to run to form in the second qualifying round. Both greyhounds won as heavy favorites, raising their co-leading point total to 32. The field was reduced to 16 for Saturday night’s next round.

Kentucky Kat, a 33-month-old female for Cal Holland kennel, won her seventh race in succession. The daughter of Pat C Clement and Kentucky Jude prevailed in 30.76 seconds and paid $3 to win. Owned by Don Godby, Kentucky Kat is trying to become a dual stakes winner after capturing the T.L. Weaver Memorial Challenge in August.

Kaias Pogo paid $4 to win with his fourth consecutive victory in 31.32 seconds for Floyd kennel. The 29-month-old male from a litter by Kc And All and Kb’s Kazoo is searching for his first stakes title for owner George Adler. Kaias Pogo is trained by Derek Barsell.

The biggest upset in qualifying was turned in by Alderson kennel’s Bella Gigan, who paid $36.60 to win. Her winning time was 30.74 seconds. The 26-month-old female by Craigie Whistler and out of Kelsos Pandora raised her point total to 26 for owner Jeff Blair. Trained by kennel owner Jan Alderson, Bella Gigan seeks her second stakes championship after winning the 1925 Historical Inaugural in January.

The other second-round winner was Imark Keefer of Abernathy kennel. Trained by Claudio Lopez for owner Imark Kennels, the 26-month-old male from a litter by Bella Infrared and Casino Zada ran 550 yards in 30.76 seconds. He paid $4.20 to win, and elevated his point total to 18. Imark Keefer is going for his first stakes crown.

Qualifying on Saturday will be Races 6 (8:39 p.m.) and 10 (9:47). First place pays $25,000. The championship race is scheduled for March 4.

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.