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Monday, April 2, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – LK’s True Retro has saved her best for the $75,000 Distance Classic at Derby Lane.

The Lashmet kennel greyhound remained undefeated Saturday night with her third consecutive qualifying victory, ensuring herself a spot in the 660-yard championship race next Saturday night.

Trained by Ken Deacon for owner Jill Lashmet, LK’s True Retro rallied for a 1-1/2-length victory in 37.94 seconds and raised her point total to 48. The three-race win streak is her longest from 46 lifetime starts.

The 29-month-old female from a litter by Barcelona Boss and LK’s Cherokee paid $12 to win. She has not been favored in any of her three qualifiers.

In the other qualifying race, PJ Kindadontcare pulled off a stunner for a much needed first victory in the series. The 24-month-old son of Djays Octane and Quirky Lucille scored a box-to-wire 5-1/2 length win in 37.54 seconds and paid $21.20. She earned 16 points to elevate her point total to 27, fifth best heading into Wednesday’s final qualifying round.

PJ Kindadontcare is the least experienced entry remaining with only 17 starts. She made her career debut in January. She is trained by Alex Hall for owners Jay Rangel and Paul Bitterman.

Eight dogs with the most accumulative points advance to the title race, which pays $30.500 to the winner of the 59th annual event.

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.