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Thursday, March 29, 2018

So far, so good for LK’s True Retro of Lashmet kennel in the $75,000 Distance Classic at Derby Lane.

The Ken Deacon-trained greyhound remained undefeated in the track’s richest stakes race Wednesday and heads to Saturday’s third-round of qualifying as the point leader at 32.

LK’s True Retro scored a three-length victory at 7-1 odds in one of four second-round qualifiers for kennel owners John and Jill Lashmet of Fort Lupton, Colo. She clocked 660 yards in 37.58 seconds.

The 28-month-old female from a litter by Barcelona Boss and LK’s Cherokee is one of 16 greyhounds in contention for the April 7 championship race that offers a $30,500 first-place prize. LK’s True Retro is six points ahead of Swamp Yankee, a Capabal kennel athlete that won his qualifier by a length in 37.56 seconds and paid $6.20 to win.

Other second-round winners were D’Arcy kennel’s Tempest ($7.60 to win) and Farmer Racing kennel’s HKF Sponge Bob ($4.80). Tempest got up in the final stride to win by a nose in 37.74 seconds. HKF Sponge Bob rolled to a box-to-wire seven-length victory in a series-best clocking of 37.49 seconds

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.