from old Timer Bill BristolThe field is complete for the 51st running of the annual Distance Classic at Derby Lane in St Petersburg, FL, to be contested over the 660 yard classic derby distance. Post positions have yet to be determined but many in the greyhound community are ready to crown Flying Coal City the Distance Classic winner before the race is even run on Saturday Night.
Taking a look at Coal City’s past performance lines, they do resemble a picket fence, it is easy to see why so many people expect yet another win to be added to the streak that Coal City is on. Showing tremendous versatility by winning the Sprint Championship over the 550 yard course and now displaying a dominate racing style over the 660 distance it is difficult to challenge those who wish to proclaim the championship already in the bag.
But wait just one minute; this is Derby Lane where championship racing has been hosted longer than anywhere else in the country. The caliber of competition at Derby Lane has always been right at the top of the greyhound world and this year is no different.
Lurking out there and looking for a rematch after finishing second to Coal City last night is none other than All-American greyhound TMC’s Remedy. Last night Coal City was able to get the best of Remedy in the last of the Distance Classic semifinal races but the margin of victory was a scant .05 hundredths of a second. With all the marbles on the line Saturday Night just one misstep by Coal City could result in a victory for top challenger TMC’s Remedy. Upon closer observation of Remedy’s last few races it becomes apparent that the John Fillipelli trained racer is rounding into championship form just in the nick of time.
Flying Coal City has been at the top of his game for a few weeks now and trainer Barbara McAllister must find a way to pull one more great effort from Coal City if he is to continue his winning ways. Charter Kennel is priming Odd Inspector to make it a three way party with every intention of walking away with the crown and leaving the others to battle it out for place money.
Anyway as it shapes up this is looking like a must see event so don’t miss it and best of luck to all the greyhounds in this star studded field.