NGA News - Since his April 2010 debut at Derby Lane JW Titleist has been a peak performer for the Capabal kennel and owners John Bladen and Walter Wasik. Titleist was a semi-finalist in last year’s Fall Juvenile. The 75-pound male by Southland stakes winner Dave The Dog and Abita Cruzin is currently streaking and eyes four in a row Wednesday night July 27. For over a year Titleist has performed at the top level, dipping just a few times. Last meet Titleist was 22 of 41 starts in the quiniela. For the new meet Titleist has won five of his seven starts. Since May 18 JW Titleist has only ran off the pay sheet once in his 17 starts. JW Titleist also clocked a season’s fastest time of 30.29 on July 20. Titleist will seek a fourth consecutive win Wednesday night against McAllister kennel’s Flying Coal City in the sixth race.
Vince Berland owns Flying Coal City who swept the industry awards earlier this year. After a slow comeback Flying Coal City (Kiowa Sweet Trey x Flying Crestline) got a break and won easily in a box to wire run over the 550-yard course on July 23. Coal’s victory was his first win in four official starts since his two-month layoff. The "Coal Train" pulled away in a six-length victory stopping the clock at 30.28 nosing out the newly recorded 30.29 by Capabal kennel’s JW Titleist. Flying Coal City will break from the rail post and JW Titleist drew the seven box in the Wednesday night match up.
Patriot kennel's Kiowa Powell (Lonesome Cry x Kay V Red Rich) set a new season's best 660-yard time on July 22 to 37.13. Powell faces Holland's Kentucky Fire Wednesday July 27 that previously held the time of 37.18 set July 13.
The new Hambleton kennel racked up 18 winners last week for trainer Doug Flint. According to the most recent kennel standings Hambleton is fourth with 35 wins and just 8 wins from McAllister who took over the top spot by 2 wins over Patriot.
By Vera Rasnake