NGA News - Roughly one month previous to the $55,000 Southland Derby Championship, kennel owner Robert Thorne looked over the operation along with his wife, trainer Bonnie Thorne. [..] The kennel operation swept three of the five championships in the “Festival of Stakes” last fall and had plenty of young guns bred by Marc Randle to rely on. The Southland Derby would test those young stars as plenty of talent came in to lay stake to the best greyhound on the Arkansas Course.
During the post position draw for both the consolation and championship races on Wednesday, June 29th, there seemed to be very few comfortable with the boxes that they drew for their respective greyhounds. Even for a kennel that had three finalists, initially Robert Thorne was hesitant about where their dogs drew. [read more]