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Monday, October 9, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Bob’s Fireball was on fire in first-round qualifying of the $20,000 Gold Trophy Juvenile on Saturday night at Derby Lane.

The Steubenville kennel pup posted the most impressive victory in the four races, winning his qualifier by 10 lengths in box-to-wire fashion. Bob’s Fireball clocked the best 550-yard time among 79 greyhounds that competed at that distance on the evening performance at 30.84 seconds. He paid $14.60 to win as all four wagering favorites lost in their respective races.

Other first-round winners were Flamenco Dancer (Farmer Racing), who paid $8 in a time of 31.21 seconds; Kaias Coach K (Floyd), who returned $11.40 in 30.90 seconds; and Ctw Madman Shane (Clear The Way), who paid $7.20 in 31.01 seconds.

All four winners, along with the other first four finishers in each race, advance to the final qualifying round on Wednesday night. The top four finishers in each race earn berths in Saturday night’s finale, which pays $9,000 to the champion.

Bob’s Fireball (box 3), Flamenco Dancer (2) and Kaias Coach K (7) drew into Race 10 at 9:47 p.m. on Wednesday. Ctw Madman Shane (5) is in Race 6 at 8:39. Steubenville kennel manager-trainer John (Jay) Graham will be attempting to win his second consecutive stakes title with Bob’s Fireball after his Tmc’s Moonbeam captured the $50,000 Husker Magic Fall Sprint on Sept. 30. Bob’s Fireball, a 23-month-old male from a litter by P’s Gibs and Bob’s Deb, recorded his first Grade A win in the first round for owner Robert Stokes. He has five victories from 19 career starts.

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.