Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Classic Indeed

from old timer Bill Bristol

Seldom does a sporting event or in this case a greyhound race ever live up to the pre event hype. However the Derby Lane Distance Classic that was run on Saturday night delivered all that was promised and more. 

Billed as a two Dog race between this year’s sprint champion, Flying Coal City and the defending distance champ TMC’s Remedy, the race turned out to be exactly as advertised. The crowd bet the race as if it were a two dog matchup by backing the Coal City-Remedy quiniela as the heavy favorite at just 2-1 and the greyhounds obliged by quickly turning the race into a match race

Using her sprinters speed Coal City alertly broke from the starting box and hit full stride on the frontstretch opening up a comfortable three length margin on the inner rail. Taking full advantage of the outside room afforded him by his #8 hole post position TMCs’s Remedy was able to clear the field on the outside and settled into second position in reasonable striking distance from the leader. As Coal City headed up the backstretch in full stride showing her sprinter’s speed it soon become obvious that this was going to be a duel right down to the wire. Remedy was bearing down on the leader as they turned for home and was beginning to close ground against the shorting strides of the tiring Coal City. With about fifty yards yet to go Coal City hit the proverbial wall and was fast approaching an empty tank. Remedy was bearing down with every step and at the finish was a clear nose in front. 

These two fine champions gave the crowd everything that they could have asked for including a $6.00 quiniela. Going forward it looks as it Remedy should continue to dominate at the longer distance 660 races and Coal City might welcome a return to the sprint distance 550 races that seem to suite her better. 

This matchup could best be described as a true Classic and all those who saw this race will not soon forget it.

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