Against one of the deepest stakes fields in the history of the bestbet at the Orange Park Kennel Club, Atascocita Rip upsets in the finals of the 2012 James J Patton Silver Cup.
Clearly the favorites were track record holder, and recent puppy stakes winner, J’s Robin as well as 2011 winner of this race, and All-American, Gs Uncle Henry, but someone forgot to tell RIP that he was no suppose to win this race.
At the break, no one was sharper as Rip bolted from the box and took advantage of the extra room early on. He seized control of the race heading to the first turn and was poised for a long battle on the lead. Gs Uncle Henry was not going away without a fight as he pressed and gained on the leader to the far turn. There Rip moved back to the rail and shutdown Henry’s run and that proved to be the difference in the stretch. As they turned for home, Rip was still leading, Henry was still chasing, and J’s Robin was absolutely flying up the rail. Rip was determined and proved tough on top as the chasers, and closers, were just not going to get to him before the wire.
Rip crossed in 30.36 seconds, a great time to run a personal best, and was a length and a half better than the rest at the wire. J’s Robin rallied after breaking slowly. She drove to the rail early and weaved her way through traffic to try and get into contention. By the far turn she was still 5th, but managed to find the rail in the stretch and came flying up for second place. Gs Uncle Henry was a game third after a great trying effort and Locall Cortina finished out the superfecta in 4th place. Rounding out the field was early threat Secret Papers in fifth, Rail hugger Gs Grace in 6th, long standing veteran Miss Kate in seventh, and Lk’s Instigator in eighth.
11th Grade: S Distance: 550 Condition: Fast Atascocita Rip 68.5 4 1 1 1 1 1.5 1 1.5 30.36 11.80 Patton Silver Cup J's Robin 68.5 3 7 6 3 2 1.5 30.45 0.80 Rally Was Too Late Gs Uncle Henry 66 5 5 2 2 3 1.5 30.48 4.20 Gave His All Inside Locall Cortina 60 6 6 4 4 4 3.5 30.62 14.90 Ran A Nice Race Insd Secret Papers 57.5 8 3 3 6 5 5.5 30.74 9.10 Threat Till Far Turn Gs Grace 60.5 2 2 5 5 6 5.5 30.75 14.90 Hard Early Bid Rail Miss Kate 62 7 8 7 7 7 8.5 30.96 8.50 Jumped Up After Brk Lk's Instigator 79.5 1 4 8 8 8 18 31.61 9.50 Dropped Back 1st Tn Lester Raines Kennels, Fl, Llc, Bd, M, 05/14/10, GABLE SOUR CREAM - ATASCOCITA STAR 4 Atascocita Rip 25.60 8.80 3.00 3 J's Robin 3.40 2.10 5 Gs Uncle Henry 2.20 QU(3-4) 19.40 PF(4-3) 113.10 TR(4-3-5) 254.00 SU(4-3-5-6) 598.50
Congratulation head out to owners Atascocita Racing for their first ever stakes win at the bestbet at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Also congrats to kennel owner Lester Raines, and trainer Mike Gerrard on yet another stakes victory.
Big things are ahead for this pup as he has proven that he can beat the best at the racetrack when he wants to get out and get it done. Good luck in the future to the RIPPER!