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Friday, May 18, 2018

Cal Holland can’t avoid the spotlight on Saturday at Derby Lane. It will be shining from day to night.

Holland’s Jiminy Reno attempts to remain undefeated on the evening performance in the $20,000 Remembrance Stakes, a 550-yard event that enters third-round qualifying. But another one of his Cal Holland kennel greyhounds will draw special attention on the matinee program when RT’s Bo Jangles, the 2017 All-America first-team sprinter and national win leader, goes for his 70th lifetime victory.

RT’s Bo Jangles drew box 6 in Race 10 at 2:47 p.m. and is the 6-5 morning-line favorite to collect his milestone win in start No. 120. The two-time defending meet win leader, who also tops the win standings at the current meet by a 15-14 margin over Jiminy Reno, has won his past three starts and six of the last seven races for owner Randy Toler. RT’s Bo Jangles is a 37-month-old male from a litter by Kiowa Mon Manny and Penrose Karrie.

Jiminy Reno, a 24-month-old male out of a litter by Alivefortomorrow and Oceania, also will start from box 6 in Race 6 at 8:39. He is the 8-5 morning-line choice to extend his personal-best win streak of six. Jiminy Reno leads the remaining 16 Remembrance runners with 32 points for owners Kathleen Hastings and James Morgan.

“(Jiminy Reno) is getting stronger and stronger,’’ Derby Lane racing secretary Les Robison said. “He’s got a little bottom to him – he can finish – which is a plus when you’re talking about pups.

“You could see (Wednesday) in the way he ran the race. He didn’t really break too well, but he made up for it with some late speed. He just pulled away.’’

Jiminy Reno won that race by seven lengths in 30.50 seconds. One of Jiminy Reno’s competitors in Race 6 is D’Arcy kennel’s My Mate Tom, who finished seventh Wednesday after winning his opening qualifier.

“We tried (My Mate Tom) at 3/8ths and it didn’t work out,’’ kennel owner Mick D’Arcy said. “So we gave him a rest, he came back, and ran well.’’

Another D’Arcy dog, Over Zealous, drew the No. 1 box in the other Remembrance qualifier in Race 10 at 9:47. He ranks second in points at 26 with a win and a second in his first two races.

The championship race is May 28 featuring eight greyhounds with the most accumulative points. First place pays $9,000.

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.