Before the tenth race Derby Charter kennel’s Strike Out King was the betting favorite in the Consolation stakes that was held in race eight. When the greyhound’s fired out of the box it was Cal Holland’s speedster Kentucky Fire that shot out on top. She led all the way to the homestretch before Magic Finch, who won the $85,000 Distance Classic in April, overtook Fire near the wire for the title. Finch paid $7.80 to win. "I just schooled her before she ran in the qualifier," said kennel owner Jim Abernathy. "I wasn’t sure if she was totally ready for the stakes, but she did just fine." Finch was pulled a few starts after the April stakes and was laid off for nearly two months. Her second place in the opening rounds earned Finch a slot in the semifinals, but her seventh place finish placed her in the Consolation stakes. Terry and Lisa Haber who own Finch made the trip again for their star female who has littermates racing and doing well at Tri State in WV. Strike Out King (Charter) was the bet favorite from the rail post who finished third followed by Alderson kennel’s Starz Brave One to complete the Superfecta that paid $660.10. Fifth through eighth was Kiowa JSK Gustaf (Patriot), Chugalugger (Magic City-Mighty Fine), Strike It Up (Charter) and Hi Noon Maestro (Nova).
By Vera Rasnake