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Flagler champion James Campbell has two greyhounds in Derby Lane's Fall Juvenile

ST. PETERSBURG — From coast to coast, Campbell karma is contagious.

A week after winning the kennel title at Flagler in Miami, St. Petersburg kennel owner James Campbell has two greyhounds in tonight's third round of the $20,000 Fall Juvenile at Derby Lane.

One is Backwood Shyster, who shares the points lead with Flying Tim Tebow (McAllister kennel) and Grady Judd (Floyd & Porter) at 26. Littermate Backwood Cody (11 points) also has advanced.

Qualifiers are Races 6 and 10 with first post at 7:30. Qualifying concludes Wednesday with the top eight advancing to the 550-yard final on Nov. 13.

"It's been a good week," Campbell, 37, said. "It really hasn't sunk in yet."

Flagler marked Campbell's second career title. In third with four weeks left, Campbell rallied to win by 19 races. The kennel led nearly every statistical category under trainer Kenny Borges, finishing with 355 victories among 2,420 starts from July 1 to Oct. 30.

Four of his greyhounds were among the top 10 in wins, including runnerup Dutch Dabney, who missed the final three months with a torn rear muscle. Dutch Dabney had 19 wins, one shy of Gottoget­upearly and tied for the fastest 550-yard time at 30.52 seconds.

Campbell's fondness for Flagler started at age 9.

"I grew up in Miami, and (my family) raced at Biscayne, Hollywood and Flagler," he said. "Flagler was the best of the three. I spent a lot of time eating their hot dogs, drinking their sodas and watching unofficial schooling."

Campbell, whose first kennel crown came in 2004 at Tampa Greyhound Track, has moved his Flagler dogs to Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track for the Bonita Springs meet, which began Friday.

At Derby Lane, injuries and several inconsistent performing litters have forced Campbell to rebuild his operation. Through Thursday, Campbell ranked 11th among 16 kennels with 109 wins and 15th with 800 starts.

Backwood Shyster, a 20-month old male out of a litter by Dodgem By Design and Backwood Stepper, has surprised Campbell and Texas owner Hugo Hartsfield.

A winner in six of 21 career starts, the late-running Backwood Shyster has a victory and a second in two qualifiers under trainer Brandy Glaspey. He is in Race 10.

Deaths: Thirty-two dogs were found dead at Ebro Greyhound Park in the Panhandle, some with duct tape around their necks, according to arrest reports filed at the Washington County Courthouse. Trainer Ronald Williams, faces 37 counts of animal cruelty — one for each dog, plus five counts for emaciated animals that were still alive. He was being held Friday at the county jail on $74,000 bail.

NOTEWORTHY: Paul Giguere (Red Oak Racing) and Monica Smith Rigo (Royal Racing Team) are new trainers at Derby Lane.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Flagler champion James Campbell has two greyhounds in Derby Lane's Fall Juvenile 11/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 9:40pm]
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