by Vera Rasnake
The "train" is back and moving full steam ahead at Derby Lane. Flying Coal City a.k.a.
"coaltrain" marked his 60th career win Wednesday night July 27 for McAllister kennel. Trained by Barbara McAllister Flying Coal City marked his victory by also halting JW Titleist’s (Capabal) win streak at four straight and kept M’s Free Hand (Floyd & Porter) from the hat trick. Flying Coal City was a dual distance dominator at Derby Lane in 2010 that landed him both Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards and Captain of the All America Team. Coal City started 2011 with a win in the inaugural, but was plagued with minor injuries that kept him from defending his title in two stakes this year. Coal City made a personal appearance at the Hall of Fame in April to receive his awards before shipping back to Derby Lane.
After a slow start the March 2008 son of Kiowa Sweet Trey and Flying Crestline is back to his winning ways and speedy finishes for owner Vince Berland. Coal City set a new season’s best time of 30.28 on July 23. This was a fifth time the male clocked a season’s best in his career. Flying Coal City’s career record is stellar boasting 100/60-17-6-2. The male is also eligible for two of the final three stakes races of the year. Coal City will get a chance to defend his title in the Fall Sprint that begins last September and the 660-yard Distance Challenge in December.
McAllister kennel also has the chat rooms buzzing about his undefeated pup Flying Killerbee who has stung the competition in an undefeated run up the graded ladder. The undefeated Killerbee (Flying Hydrogen x Kay Oh Honey) will compete in his first top grade race Friday night July 29 in race six. And not only is McAllister kennel boasting two of the hottest stars on track, they moved into first place in the kennel standings.