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Monday, November 23, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The recent hot streak by Watson Racing has produced a meet-tying kennel race at Derby Lane.

After recording 12 victories in the past seven performances, Watson Racing finds itself in a tie for the kennel win lead with three-time champion Everett Racing entering Monday’s card.

Everett Racing and Watson Racing each have 206 victories, and two other operations aren’t far behind in one of the most competitive kennel races in years. Lester Raines, the reigning meet win champion, has 202 victories, and Capabal kennel has 200. Abernathy kennel is fifth in the 14-kennel standings at 185.

Lester Raines had the most productive week with 14 victories, highlighted by a five-win card this past Tuesday. Cal Holland kennel also had a good week with 12 wins.

One of the highlights came on Saturday when Nova kennel Grade A sprinter Deco Colt Gun collected his 50th career victory from 106 starts with a 1-1/2-length win on the 550-yard course. Deco Colt Gun is trained by Missy Kubitz for owner David Hays.

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.