The telephone at Jack and Mary Butler's residence in Abilene, Kan., didn't stop ringing Wednesday afternoon.
Good news travels fast.
Greys Calibrator, owned by the Butlers, stole the show in the Derby Lane Million at Derby Lane.
Running for D'Arcy Kennel, Greys Calibrator set a track record and was one of two dogs to post back-to-back victories in Round 2 of the tournament-style event. The 32-month-old red brindle female by Craigie Whistler and Greys Nose Dive stopped the timer in 29.80 seconds at 550 yards, breaking the previous mark of 29.84 by Bob's Skeet. She also picked up 16 points, joining Floyd & Porter's Joe Hearns atop the leader board at 32.
"It's been quite an afternoon with a lot of people calling," Mary Butler said. "When someone congratulated me on the record, I thought they were joking."
Greys Calibrator, a Wheeling (W.Va.) Downs invader, broke second from the No. 2 box, took the lead on the first turn and remained comfortably in front on the lightning-fast track. She won by four lengths, her third victory in four Derby Lane starts. Kennel owner Mick D'Arcy said Greys Calibrator, who has recovered from a hip injury, should contend for the $500,000 first-place prize on March 4.
"She's got great box speed and a good head on her. Nothing bothers her," D'Arcy said.
Joe Hearns, the 2005 Tampa Greyhound Track win leader and Derby Lane Inaugural champion, showed that he's recovered from a shoulder injury. He won by four lengths in 30.11 seconds.
Magic City Kennel scored two victories with Distance Classic champion Extruding Dream and Your Lucky Charm. Other winners were Bob's Skeet (LaRosa Enterprises), Flying Nitrogen (McAllister Kennels), Mayor Daley (Ryan Farms) and Pressure Packed (Abernathy Kennel).
The field was cut for the first time with 16 dogs eliminated, three by injury. The point cutoff was five. Round Three comes Saturday night.
Three of the four international entries, Ireland's Malbay Mole and Australia's Baurnahulla Hero and Incision, are among the 48 remaining dogs.
The 660-yard track record was broken later on the card when Jr's Boy of Campbell Greyhound Racing was clocked in 36.53 seconds, eclipsing the 36.75 by Its Dust Em.