"I can't thank everyone enough for recognizing Remedy again," said owner Eddie McDonald of TX. "It's an honor to be on the team and I look forward to seeing the people I met last year at my first meet in Abilene."
TMC's Remedy became one of the few Derby Lane greyhounds to win the prestigious Distance Classic two consecutive years. McDonald retired his star after Remedy won every 660-yard feature at Derby Lane in 2010. "He retired a champion," said Eddie who sent his star to Kenneth Biehle's in TX to stand at sire. Flying Coal City known to all his fans as Coal Train stole the show to earn the Triple Crown in the sport.
Flying Coal City won stakes races over both the 550 and 660-yards at Derby Lane. He was even in the running for the title as the North America win leader, but missed by a nose to Where's Big Cash who will also be recognized on April 21. "In my opinion Coal City is the fastest greyhound I have ever handled," said Malcom McAllister. "He is simply awesome." Flying Coal City won the All-America Team Captain that depicts the top dog in North America by the American Greyhound Track Operators Association. Coal City was voted the best sprinter and distance racer by NGA members capturing the Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards.
Coal City kicked off 2011 with a win in the Inaugural, but encountered a string of bad luck while attempting to defend his title in the Sprint Classic last month. A bad race left him in a tie for the last slot, but he did not win the draw by lot. He then focused on the Distance Classic and sustained a minor injury before the series began. Coal City was sent to his owner Vince Berland's farm in KS to heal. "Since he is here in KS Coal City will be at the Greyhound Hall of Fame to claim his awards," said Berland. "If Coal City is back to himself we may be bringing him back to Derby Lane after the awards," said McAllister. "He won last year's T. L. Weaver and could defend his title again in June.
Derby Lane's TMC's Remedy and Flying Coal City will be honored Thursday April 21 along with Flagler/Mardi Gras and Naples star Where's Big Cash; KB's Ruckus and Cry Case (Wheeling, WV); Yahoo Omar (Palm Beach); Eds Budby (Jacksonville) and Southland's CT Buck Wild who will also make a guest appearance at the HOF museum and receive her All-America recognition for her stellar year.
The weeklong schedule is listed on the NGA site.
By Vera Rasnake