Sunday, December 17, 2017
Sports

D'Arcy wins first Derby Lane Distance Classic as kennel owner

ST. PETERSBURG — Brother Buck made his presence felt in kennel owner Mick D'Arcy's absence.

With D'Arcy at Wheeling Island (W. Va.), where he manages another kennel, wife Frances and daughter Catherine celebrated with co-workers and friends after Brother Buck won the $80,000 Distance Classic, Derby Lane's richest stakes race, last Saturday.

"Dad booked to come and then changed his mind at the very last minute," said Catherine, kennel manager and trainer of Brother Buck. "He was kicking himself that he wasn't here. But he's absolutely over the moon that the kennel won it. I think it was Frances that got (Brother Buck) over the winner's line. She cheered louder than any of us."

Mick won his fourth Distance Classic but first as a Derby Lane kennel owner. His last victory in the 660-yard event came 12 years ago, with Greys Free Style. Mick's first Distance Classic win in 1995, with Greys Mardigras, came when Catherine and Frances were in Ireland.

Catherine said Brother Buck ran a "picture-perfect race." The Kansas-bred dog raced second behind pace-setter Kentucky Fire and went in front in deep stretch. The next three finishers — Flyin Commandant (Red Oak kennel), Kiowa Wildbraves (Patriot) and Kentucky Fire (Cal Holland) — were only a length behind.

"It's nice to see a dog that's been a consistent runner here (like Brother Buck) have a successful finish, as well as the dogs that finished second, third and fourth," Derby Lane racing secretary Jerry Miller said.

It was the first stakes victory for Brother Buck, a 35-month-old male from a litter by 2005 Southland (Ark.) Sprint Derby champion Kiowa Mon Manny and Bow Okie Barb. For greyhound breeder-owner Donnie Ryan of Ryan Farms Kennel, Brother Buck's 17th lifetime victory represented a milestone.

HORSES: Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective faces Hansen, one of the Kentucky Derby favorites, in the Grade I $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes today (Race 11, 6:18 p.m.) at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. … Cozzetti, third in the Tampa Bay Derby, drew the rail in the Grade I $1 million Arkansas Derby (Race 11, 6:45 p.m.) at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. … Tampa Bay Downs trainers Jamie Ness and Derek Ryan entered Lady of Greatness and My Sunshine Gal in the $200,000 Sugar Maple (Race 11, 9:45 p.m.) at Charles Town (W. Va.).

Comments
Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Warren Sapp pointed to the sky. And then he dropped Kurt Warner to the ground.The Bucs had just intercepted Warner for the fourth time. Sapp’s block cleared the way for Derrick Brooks to cross the goal line and clinch the win.Before Tampa Bay p...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Published: 12/16/17
Updated: 12/17/17

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Avalanche

Could tell just how much Ryan Callahan meant in the Lightning dressing room by hearing teammates talk about his latest injury. Steven Stamkos said he was "sick to my stomach." Brayden Point called him a "heart and soul player." Teammates all saw how ...
Published: 12/16/17
Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

The good news for the Lightning is that GM Steve Yzerman is hopeful RW Ryan Callahan will be ready to go in 3-4 weeks when his upper body injury is re-evaluated. The hard part, however, is finding someone to replace the veteran wing. "I don’t know if...
Published: 12/16/17
Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Thunder 111-96 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 ...
Published: 12/16/17
Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

BOSTON — Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal 1:56 into overtime to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 13 games (9-3-1) overall...
Published: 12/16/17

Sports in brief

MLBTRADE SENDS KEMP BACK TO L.A.OF Matt Kemp was reacquired by the Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Braves. The Dodgers sent 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash to Atla...
Published: 12/16/17
Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

LAS VEGAS — Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, safety Kekaula Kaniho returned an interception 53 yards for a score and No. 25 Boise State beat Oregon 38-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Brett Rypien threw for 362 yard...
Published: 12/16/17

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
Published: 12/16/17

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: Florida State at Texas12:30 p.m.FS1Women: Georgia Tech at Georgia1 p.m.SECStony Brook at Providence2:30 p.m.FS1North Carolina at Tennessee3 p.m.ESPNSavannah State at Baylor3 p.m.Fox SunWomen: USF at Florida International...
Published: 12/16/17