Greyhound News
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Randy and Pat Floyd did the expected in 2006.

They did the unexpected in 2000.

Another golden moment may be days away for the Derby Lane kennel owners, who have three greyhounds still contending in the $20,000 Gold Trophy Juvenile.

Qualifying wraps up Wednesday, with the top four finishers in Races 6 (8:39 p.m.) and 10 (9:47) advancing to the 550-yard championship race Saturday. The 81st annual event is Derby Lane’s premier race for young dogs.

Kaias Alex and Kaias Eclipse, a pair of 27-month-old littermates by Djays Octane and Ethereal Elation, and Shoot For D Moon, a 24-month-old daughter of Derby Lane 550 track record holder Trent Lee and Danicas Go Daddy, are the Floyd kennel athletes that remain among the field of 16 dogs.

Kaias Alex (Race 10, box 8) drew into arguably the most challenging qualifier, one that includes all four winners from Round 1. Joining Kaias Alex are Capabal kennel’s CBJ Trifecta (post 2), Bartley Corporation’s Amazing Archie (3), and Everett Racing’s Flying Romanian (7). Kaias Alex clocked the fastest opening-round qualifying time of 30.80 seconds in a 2-1/2-length victory. Kaias Eclipse (box 6) and Shoot For D Moon (3) are in Race 6. Kaias Eclipse finished in a dead heat for second in the first round, and Shoot For D Moon was third.

“I thought we’d get three (to Wednesday),’’ Pat Floyd said. “It’s a good feeling.’’

The Gold Trophy brings back fond memories for the Floyds, who have won the title twice with Brady Thomas in 2006 and Roman Follies in 2000.

Brady Thomas’ 5-1/2-length victory was a milestone win in the series. A 2-1 wagering favorite, Brady Thomas clocked the fastest time in Gold Trophy championship history at 29.98 seconds – the only greyhound to post a sub-30 second time in the title race. It was his first of four stakes crowns, and one of 74 career victories for the sprint specialist who earned $86,279 in a 157-race career that spanned from 2005-08.

The epic moment of Roman Follies’ 65-race career was his performance in the Gold Trophy finale. The longest shot on the tote board at 27-1 odds, Roman Follies won by a head in 31.17 seconds and paid $56.60. It was his only title. After capturing the Gold Trophy, Roman Follies lost his ensuing 40 starts and finished with six career victories. He raced from 2000-01.

Floyd’s trio has combined for 16 victories from 73 starts. The leader is Kaias Alex, who has seven wins from 22 outings, and finished first in three of his past four races for owner and breeder George Adler of Lecanto, Fla.

“He’s got good early speed,’’ Floyd said. “It just looked like (Kaias Alex’s) litter was going to be nice.’’

Floyd is one of three kennels to get three greyhounds into the final qualifying round, joined by Everett Racing and Abernathy.

Everett Racing, the two-time reigning meet leading kennel, is represented by Flyin Sweetheart in Race 6, and Flying Caputo and Flying Romanian in Race 10.

The Abernathy runners are Worry About You and Sabotage Steve in Race 6, and Shes Got A Way in Race 10.

“Having three (in the final qualifying round) means something,’’ Floyd said. “The Flying dogs (of Everett Racing) seem to be fast, and there’s plenty of them.’’

Don Jensen

I have been a sports writer in the newspaper industry for 40 years: working in Florida, Maryland and Virginia. I moved to Florida in 1984 after serving as the publicity director of Charles Town Race Track, a thoroughbred facility in West Virginia. I reside in Tampa, Fla., and cover the Tampa Bay area parimutuel scene – both greyhounds and thoroughbreds – and write about high school sports for the Tampa Bay Times.