Friday, April 23, 2010

Dubuque OPENS with a Pair of Stakes Races


by Jim Smith
In the year 1778 after much exploration Julien Dubuque settled at a location on the upper Mississippi River and started a lead mining operation. Soon a town grew up around Julien’s settlement and the town became known as Dubuque. Today Dubuque, Iowa is  home to the Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino. While the casino commands attention year round the greyhounds take center stage on Saturday April 24th with the opening of the summer greyhound season. Kennels that have wintered in Florida and Texas have arrived on the grounds, qualified their dogs in pre-season schooling races and are now ready to dash for cash around the Dubuque oval. 

Kicking off the action is the running of the 2010 Dubuque Inaugural to be contested as the twelfth race of the afternoon performance over the 5/16 mile distance or as it is more widely known the 550 yard course. 

The racing department has pulled together a great lineup to open the season with the Hollywood World Classic Champ, Oya Tom Terrific headlining the field for The Inaugural. Tom Terrific found the Dubuque Track to his liking by breezing to an easy schooling win in trials last week and looks to add the Dubuque trophy to his collection. Rockin Jupiter arrives from Naples, Florida where he displayed electric early speed that propelled him to 14 victories in 31 starts. , Pfyannys Tiny Tim ran a strong third in the finals of the World Classic and hopes to challenge his nemesis Tom Terrific by turning the tables on him here at Dubuque. The rest of the field comprises solid entrants from Bluffs Run and even a hopeful from sunny Sarasota, Boc’s Honcho Man has made the trek up for this event. 

If this is any indication of the type of racing action to presented this summer than the local Dubuque fans are in for a real treat.

Capping off the night is the running of the 2010 Special Maiden Debut to be run as the feature of the evening card - race 12. This event should be wide open and whenever you gather up eight promising pups to race under the bright lights for the first time you can be sure that it will be “katy bar the door”. Don’t miss out on any of this opening day action that signals the return of championship racing to the town that once was home to Julien Dubuque and his lead miners but now holds the promise of gold to those patrons that luck may shine on.


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