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Monday, October 30, 2017

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – RT’s Bo Jangles, the winningest dog at Derby Lane this year, added to his resume Saturday night with a box-to-wire 6-length victory in the $10,000 Howl-O-Ween Stakes.

It was the first stakes championship for the Cal Holland kennel sprinter.

“He broke good,’’ Holland said.

That made all the difference for the 30-month-old male from a litter by Kiowa Mon Manny and Penrose Karrie. He broke second from the No. 2 box, gained the lead entering the first turn and race unchallenged the rest of the way. His winning time was 30.59 seconds on the 550-yard course.

It was the fourth consecutive stakes finale in which RT’s Bo Jangles had been the wagering favorite. He finished third (twice) and sixth in his previous three title races, but he didn’t disappoint in the Howl-O-Ween as the prohibitive 3-5 favorite. RT’s Bo Jangles paid $3.20 to win.

Brian Ernst (Capabal kennel) nosed out Flamenco Dancer (Farmer Racing) for second place.

The remaining order of finish: SE’s Punisher (Nova), Wall Nut (ABC Racing), Kelsos Jam On It (Lester Raines), Barts Mr Peabody (Bartley Corporation) and Bob’s Kelly (Steubenville).

RT’s Bo Jangles, trained by Holland for owner Randy Toler of Penrose, Colo., won for the 35th time from 59 starts this year. He is in the lead for a second consecutive meet win title. Overall, the 69-pound greyhound has 44 career victories from 83 starts. The $4,500 first-place prize elevated his lifetime earnings to more than $30,000.

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.