ST. PETERSBURG — The Floyd & Porter kennel littermates have the names. But do they have the game?
Grady Judd and Danicas Go Daddy can show it tonight in the $20,000 Fall Juvenile at Derby Lane. The fourth annual race is the track's final 550-yard stakes of the year. Post time for Race 10 is about 10:11 p.m. First place pays $9,000.
"It seems like Grady Judd has just woken up," said kennel co-owner Randy Floyd, who owns both greyhounds. "I thought he was going to be a usable dog. I always knew Danica could run a bit."
Grady Judd, without a Grade A win when qualifying began, was the points leader at 52 with two victories and two seconds in four starts. He had lost eight of nine races before winning in rounds two and three. Danicas Go Daddy snapped a nine-race losing streak with a second-round victory. The 2-year-old speedsters have combined for 16 wins in 81 starts under trainer Cal Holland Jr. They have led at every call in 13 victories.
"Grady Judd has really started breaking, and that makes a big difference if you can get out of the box and around the turn," Floyd said. "He runs better from the outside. Danica likes it out there, too. She's got a little more finish."
Grady Judd drew the No. 2 box, where he is 0-for-9 lifetime. Danicas Go Daddy starts from post eight, where she has won twice in four attempts.
Floyd's wife, Pat, named the dogs: Grady Judd in honor of the sheriff in Polk County, and Danicas Go Daddy after racing driver Danica Patrick and an Internet company. They are part of a six-dog litter by 2005 All-America sprinter Joe Hearns and Kiss The Bride. The Floyds own Joe Hearns, their only first-team All-America dog who stands in Ocala. Joe Hearns won the 2005 Inaugural, was sixth in the Derby Lane Million in 2006 and had win streaks of 11 and 10 during a 51-win career.
Grady Judd and Danicas Go Daddy are fourth-generation dogs for Floyd.
"I raced their mom, both grandmothers (Tequila Girl and Touche Baby) and great-grandmother (Yukon Girl)," he said. "There's a lot of satisfaction in our bloodlines carrying on and still being competitive at the big tracks."
The week started with a bang for Floyd & Porter, whose Subzero Bettyboo paid $152.80 to win on Monday for her first Grade A victory. It was the highest win mutuel of the meet. The kennel is seeking its first stakes win since 2007, when Brady Thomas captured Night of Stars XX.
Leading kennel Lester Raines goes for its third consecutive Fall Juvenile title with littermates Uss Billionaire and Uss Gazillionair. Cal Holland and Campbell Greyhound Racing haven't won a stakes since 2005. Cal Holland is represented by Pd Dark Express, while Backwood Shyster runs for Campbell. Makin The Law and Ts Swifter, both from Charter, complete the field.