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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa – After the three qualifying rounds of the $30,000 Future Star Stakes at Iowa Greyhound Park, BGR Gladiator (Boeckenstedt) and DK’s Nocturnal (Stadium), who were half of the second round leaders, were tied for the eighth and final spot in the championship race with 35 points each.

That left it up to a coin toss. The flip was made, it came up tails and BGR Gladiator advanced with a 15-6-3-2 record for the season.

Form held for the most part in the third round on Sunday, September 17. Six of the eight greyhounds in the top eight after the second round stayed there with third third-round efforts.

One of the two surprises was JT’s Money Bags (T And T) who jumped from a tie for 13th after the second round to a tie for third with 40 points thanks to a solid three-length win out of the seven box. Money Bags, a 77-pounder born Dec. 12, 2015 out of Soprano Drive – JB’s Thunderbolt, is 24-7-4-3.

DK’s Little Mix (Stidham) jumped from 11th to second (42 points). She won her third round race pulling away by five and a half lengths. Little Mix, a 63-pounder born Sept. 9, 2015 out of Sh Avatar – Dk’s Send All, is 21-8-2-2 on the season.

The other third-round winner, JD Implosion (Stidham) came out as the top points earner with 48. The 76-pounder, born Nov. 11, 2015 out of Go Wild Teddy – JD Happy Tears, rallied in the homestretch to win by three and a half lengths. Implosion is 13-7-1-1.

Two more greyhounds joined JT’s Money Bags in the tie for third with 40 points and the pair are kennelmates of Money Bags.

JT’s Highvoltage finished second in her third round race and stands 18-6-3-6. JT’s Live Wire ran a third in the third round for her 40 points. She takes a 22-8-6-2 record into the final.

Rounding out the championship field were two greyhounds that slipped just a bit and finished tied for sixth with 37 points.

Hilco Major (Superior), 21-6-3-1, had been tied for first after the second round. He finished fourth in his third-round race for a total of 37 points.

All Blacknwhite (Superior), 23-8-6-3, finished second in the third round and slipped one notch from tied for fifth to a tie for sixth. All Blackandwhite is 23-8-6-3.

By the kennels, four will be represented in the field, T And T has three finalists; Superior and Stidham two apiece and Boeckenstedt the only finalist.

The championship race for the $30,000 Future Star Stakes is set for Saturday, September 23. the 12th race on the program.