Ez Pattonpending made it look easy. The MJG Greyhounds Kennel multidistance dog won his first three starts at Tampa Greyhound, the longest win streak of his 69-race career, by almost 20 lengths.
"He is tenacious and has taken to (Tampa's) racing surface," trainer Larry Ruip said.
Ez Pattonpending's winning ways ended with a seventh-place finish in his last outing, July 21, when he collided with a rival and fell. But Ruip hopes the 42-month-old red male rebounds tonight in Race 9.
Owned by Judy Jones, the Daytona Beach invader started the Tampa meet with two wins at 550 yards followed by a 91/2-length Grade A win at 660 yards. It was his 15th career win, ninth at the longer distance.
"He ran against some of the top dogs at Daytona and competed very well," Ruip said.
Ez Pattonpending, out of a litter by Oshkosh Slammer and Flying Winfrey, previously raced in West Memphis, Ark., and Shorter, Ala. A split webbing to a front foot sustained in February sidelined him for seven weeks.
"He was on a roll before he got hurt," Ruip said.
"He has had time to freshen up, and you see what he's capable of."
AROUND THE TRACKS: Several greyhounds are leaving Derby Lane for the Sept. 8-29 American Derby in Lincoln, R.I., including Flyin Bridgeport and Starz Supreme of McAllister Kennels and Phenomenal Dream of Magic City Kennel. ... Malcolm McAllister, owner of McAllister Kennels, said Derby Lane Million winner Flying Stanley, injured in Kansas, will return to Derby Lane soon. ... Extruding Dream is back at Derby Lane after spending time in Ocala for breeding, Magic City owner Randy Finegan said. . . . All I Can Get, runnerup to Any Given Saturday at the Sam F. Davis Stakes this year at Tampa Bay Downs, won the $50,000 Spartan Stakes on July 17 in Muskegon, Mich.