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Monday, November 30, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Finally, LK’s Crush N It can reach another milestone.

On Tuesday, the Lashmet kennel 550-yard sprinter can attain his 90th victory in Race 10 at 2:47 p.m. at Derby Lane.

LK’s Crush N It had been stuck on 88 wins until this past Wednesday, when he coasted to an 8-1/2-length box-to-wire victory in 30.43 seconds – his best clocking in 24 races. That snapped a five-race losing streak for the 2019 All-American first-team member, who had finished no worse than third in those defeats.

The 4-year-old son of LK’s Now R Never and LK’s All In has won 89 of 148 starts for breeders and owners John and Jill Lashmet of Eaton, Colo., earning $140,902.

Trained by kennel manager Ken Deacon, LK’s Crush N It is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Race 10. He drew box 7.

He faces a formidable field, including Deco Colt Gun of Nova kennel in box 4. Deco Colt Gun has won two consecutive races and four of his past five. He has 51 lifetime victories for owner David Hays. Deco Colt Gun is trained by kennel manager Missy Kubitz.

Fans also will be keeping eye on the kennel race as Derby Lane enters its final month of the current six-month meet. For the first time, Watson Racing sits alone atop the 14-kennel win standings after winning 13 races this past week.

Watson Racing has 219 victories, two more than Everett Racing. Capabal kennel is third with 209 followed by reigning kennel champion Lester Raines at 208 and Abernathy at 192.

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.