Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Come-from-behind style keeps greyhound in the running

ST. PETERSBURG — Craigie I Am Jak erases deficits with energy, excitement and an enormous surge at the end.

"I've never had a dog like him," Derby Lane kennel owner James Campbell said. "I don't know where he learned to come from way back, but I'll take it. This dog is a monster from the top of the backstretch to the finish line."

Craigie I Am Jak proved that in his stakes debut, winning the $50,000 Fall Sprint on Oct. 1. It was Campbell's first stakes victory since 2005.

Trained by Brandy Glaspey, Craigie I Am Jak has become a hot commodity since he was bought in April for $2,500 at the National Greyhound Association spring auction in Abilene, Kan. He lost seven of his first eight starts, won the next three then dropped eight straight. In the losses, Campbell saw potential.

"He got in a bunch of trouble and still kept coming (and) trying," Campbell said. "You can't train that."

Now, the 21-month-old pup is on a roll. The youngest finalist in the 550-yard Fall Sprint, Craigie I Am Jak used his dynamic closing kick to defeat stakes winners Aerial Battle, Storm Rush, Uss Gazillionair and meet win leader Jw Titleist. He has won four races in a row and eight of his past 14. In 12 career victories, Craigie I Am Jak has beaten only two greyhounds out of the starting box.

"This dog just comes out of nowhere," said Campbell, 38. "Heart and determination are what make him what he is. He's shy and introverted, but 100 percent all business. He is smart, seems to pick and choose his lanes well and not afraid to stick his nose in between two dogs."

Craigie I Am Jak is a male from a litter of Lonesome Cry and Craigie Crimson. Lonesome Cry, a two-time stakes winner, was the Derby Lane win leader in 2003. Craigie Crimson was runnerup in the 2007 Gold Trophy Juvenile. Craigie I Am Jak is owned by Michelle Edgar and her mother, Tammy Edgar. Michelle is Campbell's fiancée. Craigie I Am Jak is expected to enter the $20,000 Fall Juvenile Oct. 29-Nov. 12. After that, Campbell plans to try the dog at 660 yards.

MORE DOGS: Uss Gazillionair sustained a broken hock in the Fall Sprint. Losing the 2010 Fall Juvenile champion is a tough blow to Lester Raines kennel co-managers Ken and Jeanne Lesperance, who raced his parents (Uss Raceway and Greys Torrington). Uss Gazillionair had 32 wins and more than $57,000 in purse earnings. … Aerial Battle (Capabal kennel) earned his 70th victory Thursday, and Flyin Carnoustie (McAllister) got win No. 60 on Sept. 27.

HORSES: Six "Win and You're In" races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., head today's national card. Top Grade I events for 2-year-olds are the Champagne and Frizette at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., and Dixiana Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Come-from-behind style keeps greyhound in the running 10/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2011 10:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. ‘Biggest fight' behind her, Petra Kvitova returns ahead of schedule


    PARIS — Five months after a home invader's knife sliced into her left hand, Petra Kvitova will return to competitive tennis at the French Open, a last-minute decision to make her comeback earlier than expected.

    Petra Kvitova adjusts her hair during a news conference at Roland Garros Stadium, where she will make her tennis return at the French Open. Kvitova's left hand was badly injured by a knife-wielding intruder in December; she has recovered ahead of schedule. [Associated Press]
  2. Video: Rays Souza on that oh-so-bad dive, and reaction from Twins fans


    What was Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. thinking when he made that oh-so-bad dive for a ball in the seventh inning Friday? Well, we'll let him tell you ...

  3. What was Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. thinking on that comically bad dive?


    What could Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. been thinking in the seventh inning Friday when he dove for a ball and came up yards short?

    Actually, he insisted after all the laughing, teasing and standing ovation from the Twins fans was done, it was a matter of self-preservation.

  4. Rays at Twins, 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Minneapolis

    The Heater

    Today: at Twins

    2:10, Target Field, Minneapolis

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  5. State baseball: Unbeaten Calvary Christian makes it 29 straight wins, reaches final


    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian is one game from season-long perfection. And its first state championship.

     Calvary Christian players celebrate their win after the FHSAA class 4A semi-final against American Heritage on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary defeated American Heritage 7 to 1. Calvary takes on Pensacola Catholic in the championship tomorrow night, at Hammond Stadium.