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Monday, November 16, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Watson Racing made up for lost time this past week at Derby Lane.

Despite having two of its seven live-racing performances canceled by Tropical Storm Eta, Watson Racing recorded kennel-leading 11 victories to climb into second place in the win standings.

One of 14 kennels at Derby Lane, Watson Racing won at least once on every card – capped by a five-win performance on Saturday’s matinee - to improve its win total to 194 under the leadership of kennel manager-trainer Alan Friedman. Watson Racing only trails three-time kennel champion Everett Racing, which leads with 199.

The six-month meet is scheduled to end Dec. 27.

Floyd kennel was the only other operation to reach double-digit wins for the week with 10.

Capabal kennel is third in the standings with 191 victories, followed by reigning champion Lester Raines at 188 and Abernathy at 177.

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.