Roper Report: Ten Years Ago This Month

Friday, November 28, 2008

Ten Years Ago This Month

The cover of the October 1998 issue of Greyhound Review featured $100,000 International Race of Champions winner Kiowa Chippewa flanked by owner Kay Smith, trainer Greg Geter, and trainer Adrienne Burkholder. Wigwam Hoss ran a game second and WW Time Traveler settled for third after leading until the stretch.

At Seabrook, Twilite High Spy won the $100,000 Great Greyhound Race ahead of an outstanding field. The Raynham star went undefeated in the qualifying rounds and went on to a seven-length win in the final in a scintillating 29.57. Defending Great Race champ Our Pacer ran second and Jacksonville invader Mega Gordy ran third.

In yet another $100,000 race, EF's Hersyursign was the 17-1 upset winner of the Multnomah Derby. Vals Redhot Leo ran third, a half-length back, while Tempo Rocketfire just held off heavy favorite Kelsos Kingpin for third.

Southland's Razorback Championship was won by Sir Anfernee of the Thorne Kennel. He had a fairly easy time of it finishing four lengths ahead of Jolly Ryan, with Kiowa Day Roth another length back in third.

Pat C Seeker won the Palm Beach Labor Day Puppy Stake in come-from-behind fashion, catching Son Of Gangster in the final stride to win by a nose. FJ Killian Red was another few inches back in third. Race favorite Baci could not overcome early traffic and ran sixth. In other Palm Beach news, the great ML Dusty Trail retired from racing after compiling 83 career wins and All America honors in 1997.

In another exciting race, Victorian Surge won the Tampa Speed Classic by a nose over Greys Firstclass. Auction pup Big Zee rounded out the trifecta.

The $25,000 Dairyland Sprint went to Buzz Slasher. Dot's Rolly was second and Wicked Wink was third. High point finalist Potrs Stone Fort had a troubled trip and ended up last.

In yet another close finish, KW Raptor Red won the $10,000 Raynham Derby just nosing out Billy Sue Canoe at the wire.

There was plenty of other action. At Gulf, Bob's Angelita came from off the pace to defeat Basic Benefit in the final of the Superdog Countdown. Also at Gulf, JNJ Satin Prince won the People's Choice Match Race, ahead of a fine field that included runner-up Basic Benefit, third-place finisher DV's Luke, and Bob's Angelita. At Flagler, 1997 All American Starlight Irene won the Labor Day Championship over Bow Mask and CD's Luann. Apache Camp outduelled Sally Forth to win the $5,000 Texas Bred Puppy Stake at Corpus.

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