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Monday, August 14, 2017

Rt’s Bo Jangles, the defending top dog at Derby Lane, heads a field of 16 Wednesday night in qualifying for the $8,000 T.L. Weaver Memorial Challenge.

The 550-yard sprint is the first of 12 races on Derby Lane’s $375,000 stakes program for the 2017-18 season. The T.L. Weaver, which offers a $3,200 first-place paycheck, has qualifying in Races 6 and 10 with the top four finishers in each advancing to the Saturday night championship race.

Rt’s Bo Jangles, a 28-month-old male from a litter by Kiowa Mon Manny and Penrose Karrie, will attempt to give Cal Holland kennel its second consecutive T.L. Weaver title. The operation won the 2016 edition with Kentucky Kat.

Trained by Holland for owner Randy Toler, Rt’s Bo Jangles brings a tournament-best four-race win streak into Race 10 at 9:47 p.m. He drew the No. 5 box and is the 5-2 early-line favorite. The speedster has won his past four races by 20 lengths, leading at each call every time.

He captured the January-to-June meet win title with 20 victories to help the kennel to its first win title at Derby Lane.

Other starters in Race 10 from the rail: Kaias Blackjack (Floyd kennel), Po Dunk (Alderson), Flying Dynomite (Lester Raines), Odd Twilight (Abernathy), Lk’s Next Step (Lashmet), Fiesta Indiana (Burk Greyhounds) and Ctw Party Animal (Clear The Way Kennels).

ABC Racing’s Wall Nut is the 5-2 choice in Race 6 at 8:39 p.m. The 33-month-old male from a litter by Djays Octane and Jennah puts a career-high three-race win streak on the line for trainer Joy Burk. He drew post 8.

Other entries from the rail: Hkf Betty Lou (Farmer Racing kennel), Pj Backupoffme (Rangel), Barts Mr Peabody (Bartley Corporation), Se’s Wepon X (Nova), John Valazquez (Capabal), Sh Norio (D’Arcy) and Tmc’s Moonbeam (Steubenville).

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.