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    Greyhound Racing 2017 IGP's King & Queen championship race
    Posted byAdmin on Wednesday, July 05 @ 09:00:56 EDT
    Contributed by Admin

    Story by Steve Sigafoose

              DUBUQUE, Iowa – Rf River was the whole show as she ran away to a seven-length triumph before a packed house at Iowa Greyhound Park in the final of the $30,000 King & Queen Stakes on Tuesday, July 4.

             “Rf River was pretty remarkable,” said Superior Kennel trainer Jerry Cole. “She hit it pretty fast.”

           Rf River, a 69 pounder, born Dec. 28, 2014 out of KC And All – Af Nala, had plenty of support among the patrons as she went to the boxes as the second favorite. Winning in each of the qualifying rounds to advance as the points leader among the Queens probably had a lot to do with that.

          But the sweep of the qualifiers isn’t a given.

         “I was told,” said Cole, “that it has been quite a while since a greyhound had won in the three rounds and then won the final.”

           The decision to put Rf River up for the Stakes was an easy one.

          “She is in good shape,” said co-owner Francis Recinos. “We like the way she has been running.”

          Rf River popped the four box and won the rush to the first turn as the championship race open. Getting around the first turn, River made the race a one-greyhound affair as she built a four-length lead.

         “We had two greyhounds (in the final),” explained Recinos. “We were keeping our eyes on Rf Furious as she was in some traffic. River had the lead and she stayed ahead but we were worried about the one (Konomi) greyhound.”

         But Konomi or any other greyhound never mounted a challenge. Rf River cruised home, expanding her lead to seven lengths in a day’s best time of 30.98 seconds for the 5-16 mile course.

           With the win, Rf River moves to 10-5-1-1 on the year at IGP.

           Second early then shuffled back to fourth, Konomi (Stidham), 5-3-1-0, rallied to retake second. Breaking from the one box, Konomi had left the box as the patrons’ favorite after finishing second on the Kings points list.

          Rf Furious, a littermate of River, lost her battle with Konomi for second and had to settle for third, eight lengths back. She is 9-4-1-2.

          Boc’s Queen Gina (Boeckenstedt), 8-3-2-0, nipped Slatex Julie (Wayne R. Ward), 10-0-3-3, for fourth by .01 of a second.

          The Kings’ leading points earner, Jd Admiral (Stidham), 10-5-1-1, finished sixth, just. 04 of a second ahead of kennelmate Jd Dignity, 9-4-2-1.

        Kelo (Wayne R. Ward), 9-2-2-0, broke fourth, dropped back to last, rallied briefly then settled back to last, 11 lengths back.

               In handing out the checks, Rf River earned $12,000; Konomi $6,000; Rf Furious $3,000; Boc’s Queen Gina $2,400; Slatex Julie $2,100; Jd Admiral $1,800; Jd Dignity $1,500 and Kelo $1,200.

           As for the patrons, Rf River paid $8.80, $4.20 and $2.80; Konomi paid $3.20 and $2.40; Rf Furious paid $3.80. The 1-4 quiniela paid $13.20; the 4-1-8 tri-box paid $123.70; the 4-1-8-3 .10 superfecta paid $46.13 and the 3-2-4 $1 pick 3 paid $78.10.

           With Rf River’s win, the Queens hold a 17-15 lead in the Kings & Queens Stakes series.

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