Slatex Kayser, a tough 88-pounder out of Kiowa Sweet Trey-Just Dance, opened the Wednesday, June 8, quarterfinals with a box-to-wire win from the one box, pulling away in the homestretch for a three-length win.
Slatex Kayser (Harlan Brothers), 22-10-3-3, has won in all three rounds to earn a maximum of 45 points. That effort alone should put him in the championship race with the semifinals still to run.
Three other greyhounds have reach 40 points, usually the magic number to make the final.
P’s Gibbs (Petzold), Bluffs Run’s victory leader at 27-17-2-4, destroyed his rivals with a box-to-wire outing from the one box, winning by 10 lengths. That was the largest margin of victory in the quarterfinals and his winning time of 30.35 seconds for the 5/16 mile was the fastest of the round.
Jet Force (Hardison) picked up her second straight win in moving to 40 points, pulling away by five and a half lengths. Jet Force is 24-7-6-3.
Astarbeyondmagic (River Bluffs) ran second to Slatex Kayser but sits comfortably at 40 points.
Slatex Vincent (Harlan Brothers) and Call Me Peculiar (Hardison) posted seconds to sit in good shape with 35 points.
The other quarterfinal winners were Boc’s Impact (Boecekenstedt) and O Ya Cherry (Blake & Black). Even with the wins, both will probably need to win again in the semifinals to reach the final, Boc’s Impact has 29 points and O Ya Cherry has 28.
The cutoff for the semifinals was 23. The three greyhounds with 23 and the two with 24 points will probably be running just for the money. The other 19 might have some sort of shot in the Saturday, June 11, semifinals.
The championship race is Saturday, June 18.
Slatex Kayser (Harlan Brothers) 45; Astarbeyondmagic (River Bluffs) 40; Jet Force (Hardison) 40; P’s Gibbs (Petzold) 40; Slatex Vincent (Harlan Brothers) 35; Call Me Peculiar (Hardison) 35;
P’s Red Seal (Petzold) 33; Pearls Of Wisdom (Plum Creek) 33; Hilltex Cool (Harlan Brothers) 31; Ghostrider Felix (Hardison) 30; L’s Zakarack (Boeckenstedt) 29; Boc’s Impact (Boeckenstedt) 29;
O Ya Alex (Blake & Black) 28; O Ya Cherry (Blake & Black) 28; Im A Stunna (Legg) 27; WW’s Star Doll (Woodall) 26; Boc’s Provoker (Boeckenstedt) 26; Shadow Blend (Hardison) 26; Boc’s McDandy (Boeckenstedt) 26;
Boc’s Slim N Fit (Boeckenstedt) 24; T’s Alittlesmoke (Bartley) 24; WW Riskybusiness (Woodall) 23; Lk’s Contender (Legg) 23; O Ya Tootsie (Blake & Black) 23.
By Steve Sigafoose