Another great weekend of racing is ahead of us at bestbet Orange Park Kennel Club. Loads of grade A action and a couple of 770 yard races to boot, one of which will be featured along with the rest of the top grade races on the weekend.
Watch for the amount of top grade 660 races increase over the next couple of weeks as the kennels will be trying different greyhounds over the route to see if they can hang before the 2013 Orange Park Derby starts in late January.
So without further ado, let’s dive into the deep end.
On Friday evening the 7th, 11th and 15th races are all grade A events and the 9th race is our feature 770 race.
Tough to beat Pat C April Oak in the 7th race on the card. She has the distinct class edge over the other A’s here and she has won 3 of her last 6 trips at the top level. With a solid break and some closing speed, this double threat gets it done. Post makes Lk’s Angelica tough in this race. Last time out from the 8 box she won by almost 8 lengths, if she clears, watch out. Ww’s Vitalize is moving up in grade with 2 wins in 3 trips, but the 1 box helps her cause, and don’t forget Ss Ambitious. This all out early speeder should set the pace to the deep stretch. (3-8-1-2)
The 9th race is a TC marathon race over 770 yards and the more we run, the more chances we have to see just who can run this far, and who can’t. Favorites here have to be dropper Mac’s Starman and double drop Starz Mai Ling. Starman had the lead in his last marathon trip and was ousted by a nose at the wire. Class edge gets Mai Ling a shot and her 4th place effort was in the hunt in the very same race. Pertinent Trent also held the lead over this distance and was just a few strides short of a big W late, and don’t overlook Jazzy Boobird. This all rail all the time runner also used to be in grade A and might just have a trick or two up her sleeve from the 1 box. (5-4-6-1)
Race 11 is a battle of the heavyweights. A couple of tough running solid grade A greyhound find themselves in with a bit of a weaker field and this could easily turn into a mono a mono confrontation. Ww Fancy Floyd and Gs Jock are both easily capable of taking home the victory in this effort. Floyd gets the edge here for a couple of different reasons. He is a better breaker and he is running better with 4 wins in his last 5 races. Gs Jock is no slouch though with a great post position, he won in 30.50 last time in the 4 box, and superior closing ability. Although they may be apart early on, at the wire I expect them to duke it out for the win. Others to consider are the solid grade A competitor Lk’s Tiara and the late charging Braska Tipsy. (7-4-8-6)
Now to 660 for the 15th race and the newcomer gets another chance to shine. Dutch Velda has not missed the quiniela in 2 trips and gets a much better post in this effort. She can easily go the route and could take home back to back wins. Lk’s Mystifier is the old maid of the route and the best greyhound in this field. If she wants to break and run, the race will be for place. Gavotte is back over 660, off the Jacksonville Juvenile stakes final, and looks to pick right back up where she left off. Here she must break to contend, and you have to respect the closing ability of Pat C Abileena V. Expect for her to give her all in the stretch and for her to make it interesting at the finish line. (2-3-4-6)
On to Saturday Matinee next and a duo of grade a races in the 7th and 11th on the card.
Atascocita Hemp headlines the 7th race on the card as the 3rd place finisher from the 2012 Jacksonville Juvenile is back over 550 yards and ready to get back winning. Clearly there are better breakers here, including Cayenne Santana and Scortch McBones, but no lead should be safe in this effort. The outside post also helps, so everyone watch out at the finish line. Speaking of closers Lk’s Maximus is also lurking in this field from a good midtrack post position. Forget the last start and expect him to rebound with a trip like his previous 5 efforts. Scortch McBones one box could help him get the lead and upset this field, and the upstart Cayenne Santana is hot off a win and could contend from this inside post position. (1-4-6-2)
Loads of talent lurk in the 11th race on the card where several solid grade A’s competitors will go to post and challenge for the victory. Veteran Kiowa Jill Vik can run hot and cold but it is tough to ignore those 52 career wins. She knows how to get it done especially from the inside posts. Atascocita Danon is the flavor of the moment with 3 wins in 4 starts, including 2 at the grade A level. With a solid break and a bit of a close, he will contend again. Ww Head First is hot off the stakes finals and gets a good box away from the crowd. If she gets loose early everyone will be in trouble late, and don’t forget the ship in Pat C Bs Elevate who has finished in the money in 5 of his 6 efforts at Orange Park. (3-4-7-8)
Saturday evening features four grade A events, the 7th, 9th, 11th, and 15th, and two of those come over the 660 yard course.
Speed is the key to success for Wise Bet in the 7th race on the card. Post may play a role too as he always breaks better from the rail post positions. I know he can be short late on occasion, see his last race which ended his 4 race win streak, but he will steal enough early to hold on late and win in this race. Pressing the leader throughout should be the talented Kiowa Jill Smile and the posted up resurging Belleview Buck. Both greyhounds can get around but Jill is probably more likely of the upset at the wire. Lk’s Ambitious can’t be ignored either, that is if she wants to show off her late charging skills. (2-5-1-7)
Newcomers is the theme for 660 tonight and it all starts out in the 9th race with Jacksonville Juvenile winner Ww’s Mile Stone. Trying the distance for the 1st time, she should come out running in this effort and I think she will built the lead early and coast to the finish line for the slim win. Gs Comet is also newer to the distance and the honeymoon is not over just yet. He has 2 quiniela efforts in 2 starts, let’s make it 3 here. Bruno Mars also is trying the longer distance for the 1st time in this effort. He so has been waiting for this call and is going to make the most of this opportunity. The only thing that could make it better would be the 1 box. Now for the veteran of the distance, Gs Kadence. This strong closer will be picking up ground throughout and will challenge them all at the wire. (7-6-8-4)
No bigger name running at the racetrack right now then Kiowa Fire Fly. He has won 4 of his last 6 races and with a great combination of early and late speed he is easily the choice to win this race. He has the experience to get things done and will tonight. Awesome pup Lk’s Now R Never gets another chance at redemption in this effort. He has not won a grade since round 3 of the puppy stakes and looks to remedy that situation from a great inside post position. If he clears on the lead, he is the only greyhound that can truly hang with Fire Fly in the open. Gs Hilda is a great closer that is coming into her own right now. This one box is a difference maker and that might give her an outside shot at the upset, but everyone will have to catch Ww’s Soul on the lead if they are going to get it done at the finish line. (8-3-1-4)
Back to 660 for race 15 and back to the newcomers ruling the distance. This is by no means an easy race. Loads of veterans abound, but it is so hard for me to ignore the greyhound that I have been yearning to see over 660. Gs Grace finally gets the call for the route and it could not come at a better time. She has won back to back over 550 and draws her coveted 1 box. If she breaks, she has the goods to beat everyone tonight. Slick will be the main point of conversation, and rightfully so, in this effort. With 3 wins in a row and 4 in his last 5 starts, he should be the favorite in this race. Clever Is Crazy is a threat at any distance and can win from near the lead, or from well off of the pace. If she wants to go, no greyhound in this field can hang with her raw speed. Speaking of speed, early on all the greyhound are going to have to worry about Cayenne Madonna. Granted she is short late at times, but 4 straight quinielas and a great rail post give her some confidence in this effort. (1-5-6-2)
Sunday matinee caps off the weekend with a pair of top grade events in the 7th and 11th races.
Race 7 only has two solid grade A greyhounds and those are the ones that have a shot to win this race. What is even better is that both are located at the edges of the field in the 1 and 8 box. Both greyhound are good rushers and each has some power to spare in the stretch. The slight edge here goes to Ww’s Wine Cooler. Although she won’t be in front early on, She know how to get it done late. Lk’s Dots Galore is more of a true closer and will have to come from off the pace to challenge late in this effort. Back to back winner Wsr Hunker Down might just break again and pull off the 3 peat and the upset, and the always trying Ty Kay Willing will be making up ground throughout and challenging the leaders near the wire. (8-1-2-7)
Another tough race of grade A’s here in the 11th, but anytime you get a stakes winner in the 1 box, you just have to go with it. Atascocita Rip runs lights out from the rail posts and is seeing red in this effort. He loves it inside but if he wants to win, he needs to be on top of his game tonight. He will certainly be challenged by Jacksonville Juvenile runner-up Braska Char in this effort. Tough to ignore those 4 wins in 6 starts, even if they came against the puppies of the world. Late speed is her forte, so Rip better not let her too close too soon in this effort. Effortless Style gives her all in every start and should be around the early pace again today. She is short late though and it will cost her again in this effort. Gs Jocelyn is at the opposite extreme of the spectrum as Style. She is a strong closer that will find several others gears in the stretch in this effort. Flying up late, she will make her presence known at the finish line. (1-3-4-7)