ST. PETERSBURG — Charter Kennel's Special Purpose won his first stakes in Night of Stars XXIII on Friday night at Derby Lane, giving trainer Danielle Asbury her first career stakes victory.
Making only his 24th career start, Special Purpose paid $29, $9.60 and $6.40. Favorite Flying Coal City was second, returning $3.80 and $2.80. Kiowa Class King paid $6.80 for third. Alan Green was fourth, completing a 5-6-4-2 superfecta paying $2,862. Winning time for 550 yards was 30.86 seconds.
It was the 11th victory overall for Special Purpose, a 23-month-old male out of a litter by Dodgem By Design and Power Of Faith. He is owned by Jason Billington.
NOS featured 15 races simulcast from tracks across the nation. Part of the proceeds benefits greyhound adoption.
DERBY LANE LEADERS: Patriot won the kennel title for the six-month meet that ended Wednesday. Patriot had 273 victories from 2,135 starts under trainer Victor Hall. Charter was second at 262. Patriot also finished the 2009-10 season with the most wins at 523, six ahead of Charter, the runnerup in both meets. Aerial Battle, a sprinter with Capabal, was the meet's top greyhound with 25 victories from 40 starts. Flying Coal City of McAllister clocked the fastest times on both courses: 30.13 seconds at 550 yards and 36.84 at 660.
Filipelli & O'Donnell was the season's stakes win leader with four, three by Tmc's Remedy, winner of the $30,000 St. Petersburg Derby on June 26 in his career finale. Owner Eddie McDonald, 67, and wife Rhonda made the trip from Bridgeport, Texas, to see their 2009 All-America dog capture his fourth lifetime stakes — all at 660 yards. It was the 59th victory from 178 starts for the 4-year-old male out of a litter by Lonesome Cry and Tmc's Josalynn. "We've had some tremendous dogs, but nothing has done us as much good (as him)," Eddie McDonald said. "He has heart like I have never seen. He didn't care how old he was."
Trainer John Filipelli said Tmc's Remedy relished the major races. "This dog knows when it's (stakes) night," he said. "He's got to be in the top one or two I've had."
Forty-nine of Tmc's Remedy's wins came at 660 yards, highlighted by two $100,000 Distance Classic titles, a $75,000 660-Yard Challenge crown and the St. Petersburg Derby, where he overtook Flying Coal City near the wire. He won 52 Grade-A races and finished in the money (top four) 87 percent of the time. The 71-pound dog will begin a stud career. Flying Coal City is expected to remain at Derby Lane for the summer, kennel owner Malcolm McAllister said.
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: A special 15-race matinee is scheduled for Monday at Derby Lane. There will be no evening racing that day, but the facility will remain open for poker and simulcast wagering.