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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Husker Magic, the only greyhound in Derby Lane history to reach 100 wins, has been retired from racing in St. Petersburg, Fla., kennel owner Jim AbernathyGreyhound Racing Husker Magic announcedWednesday.
The 69-pound greyhound finishes with 105 wins from 167 starts to rank tied for 33rd place on the National Greyhound Association’s all-time win list. She closed her career with five consecutive victories, the final one on Tuesday with the fastest 550-yard time among 120 dogs on the matinee performance.
“It’s time,’’ Abernathy said. “She’s done enough, and I don’t want to get her hurt.’’
Husker Magic, a three-time stakes winner and two-time All-America first-team selection, was the 2015 Rural Rube award winner as the nation’s best sprinter and All-America captain.
The 50-month-old female from a litter by Rhythmless and Casino Zada is owned by Arthur Kaufman of Sarasota, Fla., Terry Haber of Grapevine, Ark., and Abernathy.
Husker Magic, who has earned more than $109,000, is expected to spend time at the residence of Jim and Kayruth Abernathy – Jim’s wife – for several months being beginning a breeding career at Haber’s farm.

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.