Greyhound News
Friday, May 11, 2018

Hans Limmer remembers the feeling he had before Poweroftraction entered the starting box last year in the $20,000 Remembrance Stakes championship race.

“I figured I’d hope and pray, and see what happens,’’ Limmer said.

Moments later, Limmer’s perspective had changed after Poweroftraction defeated a stellar field with a box-to-wire victory for her first stakes title.

“She hit the lid and ran a heck of a race,’’ Limmer said.

The veteran Derby Lane kennel owner is hoping for a similar ending to this year’s Remembrance, which kicks off Saturday night with the first of four qualifying rounds in Races 4, 6, 8 and 10. Limmer’s entries are Hi Noon Punisher (Race 4, 8:10 p.m.) and Hi Noon Pursuit (6, 8:39), a pair of male littermates whelped 26 months ago. The duo is from a litter by Pat C Clement and Hi Noon Wheezy. Both dogs are owned by Charles Haliburton.

The Remembrance, a 550-yard event for young greyhounds, pays $9,000 to the winner. Thirty-two dogs begin the series with the top eight in accumulative points advancing to the May 28 finale.

Limmer’s confidence in Poweroftraction last year swayed during the Remembrance. She finished second in each of her first three qualifying races, but ran seventh in her final qualifier.

“I was disappointed to why she would run seventh,’’ Limmer said. “She didn’t get around clean on the (first) turn, and it cost her the race.’’

Poweroftraction had been among the wagering favorites in each qualifying round. But in the championship race, she went off at 10-1 odds in a field that included eventual All-America first-team member Rt’s Bo Jangles and the speedy John Valazquez. Poweroftraction broke first from the No. 7 box and held off 21-1 shot David Lopez to win by three-quarters of a length in 30.53 seconds.

That was Limmer’s last stakes victory, and this will be the first stakes race for Hi Noon Punisher and Hi Noon Pursuit – both trained by Miguel Valenzuela.

Hi Noon Punisher will be making only his third start since Feb. 15. A hip muscle issue had sidelined the greyhound, a winner of five lifetime races.

“He’s a good dog, but not a very consistent one,’’ Limmer said. “Everything has got to go his way.’’

Hi Noon Pursuit won his most recent start last week for his ninth overall victory. Limmer received the dog after he lost his first four career races at (West) Palm Beach Kennel Club, Fla. Hi Noon Pursuit spent time with Limmer’s son, Peter Limmer, at his farm in Rosebud, Texas.

“We reworked him (and thought) we’d try him (at Derby Lane) and see what happens,’’ Hans Limmer said. “He was inexperienced, and he needed a little age to get ready.’’

The Remembrance is Derby Lane’s final 550-yard stakes race of the 2017-18 meet.

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.