NGA News - Wednesday night's qualifiers for the 15th annual T. L. Weaver Memorial Challenge saw both Aerial Battle and Hi Noon Renegade's winning streaks halted. Royal Racing Team's Storm Rush (Kiowa Mon Manny x Sizzler Drive) came from behind to win the first heat upsetting the field and halting Aerial Battle's streak. Battle was in contention early, but offstrided late and finished last. Aerial Battle was a finalist in last year's stake final. M's Free Agent ran second followed by Backwood Cody and Kiowa Class King. The four filled the first four slots for the stakes final.
The second heat featured Hi Noon Renegade who was seeking eleven in a row. McAllister kennel's Kiowa Tori Tech halted Renegade's streak. Renegade broke third and put forth a winning effort finishing second. USS Gazillionair finished third followed by Cool Pinto Bay that filled the final slot for the June 4 stakes. McAllister won last year's stake race with Flying Coal City. Kiowa Tori Tech's victory also moved McAllister kennel one-win ahead in the kennel standings to nudge Patriot out of the top spot after race 10.
Post positions will be drawn Thursday night June 2 for the stakes race and posted here for a first look at approximately 7 pm, est. Below are the entries for the stakes race final:
15th annual T. L. Weaver Memorial Finalists – NOT in post position order.
Storm Rush, Royal Racing Team
Kiowa Tori Tech, McAllister
M's Free Agent, Floyd & Porter
Hi Noon Renegade, Nova
Backwood Cody, Campbell Greyhound Racing
USS Gazillionair, Lester Raines
Kiowa Class King, Patriot
Cool Pinto Bay, Charter