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Friday, May 25, 2018

 

Eight greyhounds have cleared the hurdles. The finish line is next for finalists in the $20,000 Remembrance Stakes on Monday at Derby Lane.

The track’s final 550-yard stakes of the 2017-18 meet is the featured event (Race 10 at 2:47 p.m.) on the Memorial Day 15-race matinee performance.

Jiminy Reno appears to be the one to beat after leading all greyhounds through the four qualifying rounds. The only athlete to win three races (he finished second in the other round), the Cal Holland kennel sprinter topped the leader board with 58 points. The operation also had the next highest point producer with Kentucky Leo, who won twice and collected 43 points.

The pair has combined for 35 of the 78 career wins among the finalists, and the Remembrance will make one of the greyhounds a stakes winner for the first time. First place pays $9,000.

“Jiminy Reno is running pretty well,’’ Derby Lane racing secretary Les Robison said. “He had that one hiccup when he ran second in the third round. But other than that, he’s been pretty dominant.’’

The field in post-position order:

1. Over Zealous (D’Arcy kennel)

2. LK’s Hawkeye (Lashmet)

3. Kaias Sarah (Floyd)

4. Lagro K O (Capabal)

5. Jiminy Reno (Holland)

6. Kentucky Leo (Holland)

7. WW Dewan Casey (Patriot)

8. PJ Tropicthunder (Rangel).

“There’s a couple of younger dogs (that could be major factors),’’ Robison said. “(One of them is) Over Zealous.

He has been off form the last two starts, but you never know. (Kennel owner-trainer) Mick D’Arcy tends to get his dogs ready sometimes.’’

After running first and second in his first two qualifiers, Over Zealous was fifth and seventh in two subsequent races.

Jiminy Reno, a 2-year-old male from a litter by Alivefortomorrow and Oceania, has won seven of his past eight starts by a combined 38 lengths. He has 19 lifetime wins and trails only kennelmate Rt’s Bo Jangles in the meet win standings.

“There’s a lot of early speed in this race, and they’re going to be jockeying for position going down to that first turn,’’ Robison said.

Having the championship race on Monday - not on the usual Saturday program – gives the dogs additional time off since they last ran on Wednesday. “(The finalists) are young, and this is probably one of their first experiences of going twice a week for a while,’’ Robison said. “So there’s needed rest for all of them. . . . I think it’s good for them.’’

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.