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Thursday, December 14, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tmc’s Moonbeam continues to show his versatility.

The Steubenville kennel greyhound clocked the fastest second-round qualifying time Wednesday night in the $70,000 Holiday Distance Challenge at Derby Lane.

Trained by Steubenville manager-trainer John Graham, TMC’s Moonbeam cruised to a six-length victory in 37.86 seconds on the 660-yard course. He paid $10.80 to win.

It was the fourth career victory at 660 for the 42-month-old male from a litter by two-time All-America athlete TMC’s Remedy and Kiowa Venice. He is owned by Eddie McDonald of Bridgeport, Texas. TMC’s Moonbeam’s other 15 wins have been at 550, including his only stakes title in the $50,000 Husker Magic Fall Sprint on Sept. 30.

TMC’s Moonbeam, who has earned more than $41,000 from 111 career starts, ranks second in the Holiday Distance Challenge point standings with 26.

WW’s Odessabeach of Patriot kennel ran her 660 win streak to nine with a two-length victory. She is the only undefeated qualifier with 32 points. WW’s Odessabeach paid $3.20 with her victory in 37.89 seconds.

Mega Toledo of ABC Racing increased his points to 24 with a six-length win in 37.92 seconds. He paid $11 to win.

The other second-round winner was JSK Bye Bye Baby of Cal Holland kennel. She broke a 10-race losing streak and paid $49.40. JSK Bye Bye Baby won by a neck in 38.09 seconds and has 22 points.

Qualifying resumes Saturday night in Races 6 and 10. The final qualifier is Wednesday, when the eight-dog field for the Dec. 23 finale will be established.

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.