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Friday, May 14, 2021

A pair of step siblings from the Lester Raines Kennel look to remain undefeated during qualifying when the semi-finals of the $50,000 Herb Legg Spring Futurity Stakes take place this Saturday afternoon at Southland Casino & Racing.

Both JS KEEPHOPEALIVE (Superior Panama x CH Keepin Faith) and JS ZIP FUEL (Superior Panama x CH Sweet Honey) look to make it four straight wins with the former getting the first opportunity to do it in the second of four qualifying races that day (race #5) while the latter will make his attempt four races later (race #9). Both are already locked into the championship race a week from Saturday and both look to be likely favorites in their races.

Trainer Monte Hoopes has another greyhound currently tied for 3rd place in qualifying points (CRAIGIE DELEGATE) and his fourth entry, CRAIGIE DAUGHTRY is currently sitting in eighth. If Daughtry can hold or even improve his standings to remain in the eight dog championship field, it will be the first time all four entries from one kennel have made the championship race of the Spring Futurity Stakes.

GOVERNMENT SLAVE (Magic City Kennel) is tied for 3rd with 40 qualifying points and is matched up with JS KEEPHOPEALIVE in that five race on Saturday which will likely serve as a championship race preview between the two hot runners. FAIR PLAY (Plum Creek Kennel) is currently laying fifth with 35 points thanks to a win and two runner-up finishes in the three rounds run so far. After FAIR PLAY, the final three positions for the championship field look up for grabs still.

FEAR MODE (Magic City) has 27 points in sixth place while JACKY BABBAM (Legg Greyhound Kennel) has 26 points in seventh spot. While CRAIGIE DAUGHTY currently holds that final spot with 23 points via a tiebreaker with WINSUM DOUGH (Plum Creek), there are eight other greyhounds within a second place finish of possibly sneaking in to the big race.

The semi-finals will be held on races 3, 5, 9 and 14 on Saturday afternoon. The top eight will make the championship race while the greyhounds finishing 9th through 16th will make up the consolation field. Both those races will be held a week from Saturday.

Standings through three rounds - Herb Legg Spring Futurity Stakes Championship

Finals - Saturday, May 22, 2021

1 JS KEEPHOPEALIVE Lester Raines  45

2 JS ZIP FUEL Lester Raines  45

3 CRAIGIE DELEGATE Lester Raines  40

4 GOVERNMENT SLAVE Magic City  40

5 FAIR PLAY Plum Creek  35

6 FEAR MODE Magic City  27

7 JACKY BAMBAM Legg Greyhound 26

8 CRAIGIE DAUGHTRY Lester Raines  23

9 WINSUM DOUGH Plum Creek  23

10 BARTS BLUE BLOOD Charter  22

11 LK'S RUFFIN Steve Sarras  19

12 CBJ SHOCKER Ryan Farms  18

13 RR TRUCKER Magic City  18

14 ARKANS JD BUGS Darren Henry  17

15 BGT MAHOMES Robert Thorne, LLC  17

16 HOGS NOPROBLEM Robert Thorne, LLC  15

17 PUPPETRY Plum Creek  15

18 AMF URUGUAY A Ray  13

19 CENTEX RYAN Darren Henry  12

20 FGF DUKE Charter  12

21 SIMPLE GRACE Northshore  12

22 CBJ MANTIS Wayne R. Ward, Inc.  11

23 DECO BOJANGLE Darren Henry  11

24 FLY FIRE DRAKE Legg Greyhound  11

25 HOTWHEELS HERMAN A Ray  11

26 PANZER TANK Ryan Farms  11

27 HL'S MIGO Legg Greyhound  10

28 SLATEX MATT Robert Thorne, LLC  10

29 IMARK BOOG Ryan Farms  9

30 BARTS READYORNOT Charter  5

31 HL'S ASPEN Legg Greyhound  5

32 STORYLINE Northshore  5

Shane Bolender