Courtesy of Gulf Greyhound
It is a rare occasion that we get to feature the 660-yard greyhounds here at Gulf Greyhound Park. The state of Texas has some of the finest 550-yard sprinters in the country but Atascocita Vito turned some heads dominating the backside in 2010 and now, AH’s Salma from D.Q. Williams Kennel has taken over the spotlight as the best distance racer on the Texas Gulf Coast.This black, sleek 57-pound female out of Let’s Winendine – AH’s India moved to the 660-yard course on October 21, 2010 while in grade C. After getting her paws wet finishing back in the pack in her first attempt, AH’s Salma has loved the change in distance never finishing worse than third moving up the grade ladder including seven wins out of fourteen starts.
In the tenth race on Saturday evening January 15, AH’s Salma was the morning line favorite after finishing second in her prior two outings. Drawing post position #3, AH’s Salma faced a very difficult field including, Blue It, DLT Armageddon, Nina’s Fire Fly, Bob’s Pearl and Blackjack Tanker. As the race began, AH’s Salma tucked in neatly on the rail in the third position behind early frontrunners Blue It and DLT Armageddon. Heading down the backstretch, DLT Armageddon took control of the race but AH’s Salma was close behind in second place stalking the leader while Nina’s Fire Fly was racing just off of the shoulder of AH’s Salma. The stretch drive was exciting as AH’s Salma showed a determined effort running by DLT Armageddon and held off the late charge of Nina’s Fire Fly to win by one length in a time of 37.10 seconds as the 5/2 second betting choice.
On Friday evening January 21, the thirteenth race finale showcased the best distance greyhounds on the grounds including the budding rivalry of AH’s Salma vs. Nina’s Fire Fly from Libby Racing Kennels. AH’s Salma was sporting the #2 blue racing blanket and broke to the early lead into the chill of the night as the 2/1 crowd favorite. Following closely behind were Bob’s Pearl and Nina’s Fire Fly as AH’s Salma took command of the race all the way into the far turn. At that point, Nina’s Fire Fly had closed the distance and was hot on AH’s Salma heels. With every stride, AH’s Salma’s lead continued to diminish but held on gamely by a neck over the gallant effort of Nina’s Fire Fly in a time of 37.05 seconds.
AH’s Salma has compiled a very impressive record in her early career of 36/11-4-9-4 and the future looks bright for this rising superstar of the 660-yard course.