by Gary Dura
It was quite the beginning for live racing at Dubuque Greyhound Park.Standing room only, good betting pools and several strong showings.Here are some of the highlights, in my view:
* The Maiden Debut. It was a showdown between early speed and late speed. Early speed held on, as O Ya Purecountry, trained by Brian Webb, earned a two-length win in the fasted time of the night (31.44).
Scotty's Buzz kept coming on, but couldn't make it. He's from Yahoo Omar, one of the top greyhounds of all time.
* BKR Ragen, at 11-1, won the Dubuque Inaugural in the aftenroon. He took the lead after the final call from Hug N Dodgem.
* The fastest time over the weekend was by Boc's Top Choice, with a 31.19 Saturday afternoon, and matched by Pat C April Oak Saturday night.
* There were some huge payouts in the exotics. Of course, longshots coming in helps that, but larger betting pools make a difference.
* One of the best performances was by Boc's Top Choice in a TA race Saturday afternoon. Boc's left the dogs in his wake with a power rush to the corner.
* The most entertaining race was the TA match up Saturday night, as Pat C April Oak, Yahoo Avalanche and Believe It Honey finshed within 4 lenghts. It took a blazing time to win that one.
* The biggest win payout? Barts Twitter with a $65.20 Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon, O Ya Hard Drive paid $79.40 to place.
Live racing continues Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. and Thursday night at 7.
* Nitro Stubby won the Spring Futurity at Southland Friday night.
* Spry Ross won the Floridian at Mardi Gras Friday night.
* Bluffs Run hosts the finals of the 3/8ths Mile Derby Saturday.
* Southland starts the Razorback Classic Saturday.
* Dubuque's twin tri is $244.
* Derby Lane's tri super is $25,353.
* Gulf's late tri super is $18,150.
* Jacksonville's tri super is $16,686.