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Former dual record-setter retiring
Time always seemed to be on the side of Extruding Dream.
By DON JENSEN, Times Correspondent
Published December 22, 2007
ST. PETERSBURG - Time always seemed to be on the side of Extruding Dream.
The only greyhound to set records on Derby Lane's two courses in the same meet, Extruding Dream exceeded the dreams of Magic City Kennel. After an Inaugural Stakes victory in January, trainer Doug Flint said his standout was "a sprinter that can carry his distance a little farther."
Father Time changed that.
Extruding Dream will be honored in a retirement ceremony tonight at Derby Lane, capping a career that spanned 899 days and 133 starts. An All-America team member and winner of the Flashy Sir Award (top distance performer) in 2006, Extruding Dream will share the spotlight with finalists in the inaugural $75,000 660-Yard Challenge.
Flyin Bridgeport, one of five qualifiers for McAllister Kennels, can add the Challenge to his Distance Classic victory April21. But the chase for the $33,500 first prize will be competitive with kennelmates Flying Macbeth, Flying Midnite, Flying Fabian and Turbo Penske in the field. Flying Macbeth was the only undefeated dog in qualifying. D'Arcy's Castle Princess, Filipelli & O'Donnell's Hallo Arouser and Wayne Ward's Wbf Royaldemetri also are entered in Race 10 (post time 10:07).
All five McAllister dogs will start side-by-side, beginning with Flying Macbeth in the No.2 box. The Challenge lost several contenders Wednesday, when injuries forced Greys Touch Gold and Kay Buffalo Bill to be scratched.
Extruding Dream will walk the track in a ceremony before Race7. A video tribute on television monitors will highlight the career of the 46-month-old black male out of a litter by Impossible Dream and Iwantthattrophy.
Owned by Magic City operator Randy Finegan, Joe Ametrano and Bruce Caldwell, Extruding Dream earned $138,557 and had 57 wins, 49 against GradeA or stakes competition and 41 at 660 yards. In 2005-06, he set the Derby Lane record for wins in a meet (37), and became the only dog in the track's 83 seasons to set records at 550 and 660 yards (since broken). He won the Distance Classic, Derby Lane Million Consolation and St. Petersburg Derby in 2006, and the Inaugural and T.L. Weaver Memorial this year. In 14 stakes, Extruding Dream ran in 12 finals.
"Our sport is no different in that age becomes a factor," Finegan said. "He was hampered this year with injuries, but still made six finals. He did it on heart and determination. He's the best dog I've ever had."
LUCKY SHOPPER: One fan will win a $1,000 shopping spree in a drawing tonight before Race8.
Tampa Bay Downs
Agent Herson Sanchez continues to handle some of the top riders at the Oldsmar thoroughbred track. Jose Velez Jr. was tied for third in the standings with four victories entering Friday. Sanchez also is handling Huber Villa-Gomez (currently injured). Last season, Sanchez was the agent for Daniel Centeno, whose 125 victories set the Downs' single-season mark. Centeno leads with six wins this year. ... Jockey Jesse Garcia is recovering from a rotator-cuff injury and plans to begin riding in January. ... More than 300 attended a Christmas party Sunday for backside employees. Sharyn Wasiluk, president of the Tampa Bay Downs Chapter of Race Track Chaplaincy of America, said individuals received blankets and pillows donated by area Rotary Clubs and the TRCA. Raphael Rock Amengual is the chapter's new chaplain.
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:On Christmas Eve, Derby Lane will feature a matinee with no evening racing, and the Downs will offer simulcasts only. Both facilities, along with Tampa Greyhound Track, will be closed Christmas. On Wednesday, Derby Lane and the Downs resume regular live racing.
HARNESS: Driver Daniel Maier, 23, was convicted of trying to fix a race in California last year and faces up to three years in prison and a lifetime ban from racing.