Another great weekend is ahead of us here at bestbet Orange Park Kennel Club with a pair of top grade races in the matinees, and a pair of 550 grade A in the evenings, along with an A 660 race and a grade A 770 yard event on Friday evening.
Almost all of the Orange Park Derby finalist will be back in action. Some over 550, including winner Safe At Home and Pat C Abash, some over 660, including Gs Grace and Gett It Going, and some over 770 yards, including Gs Cosmo and the Connell duo of Slick and Kiowa Leap.
So let’s look at some phenomenal puppies, some rising stars, some stakes veterans, some stakes winners, and even an All-American in the feature races this weekend at bestbet Orange Park Kennel Club.
Friday evening starts off the weekend with a bang in the 7th, 11th, and 15th race on the card which is over the MARATHON distance!
Race 7 showcases a bunch of greyhound making their way to grade A again, but the hottest of the bunch has to be Braska Nymph. Winning back to back efforts in determined fashion, this posted up greyhound will do what needs to be done to win. Just look 6 races back! Enough said! Pat C Stonewall is a fantastic breaking pup who has won back to back races of her own in grade A. She is short late though and it will cost her at the wire tonight. J’s Moonshine loves the rail and gets close here. It’s hard to ignore that last effort, and with great closing speed, he must get some consideration. Ww’s Soul is the other breaker in the field and the only solid grade A in the mix. She too will press throughout, but late, she surrenders back into the bottom spots in the money. (7-3-2-8)
Veterans step up in race 11 as Gs Jock is back over 550 and draws a great inside post position to break from. He is clearly the class of this race and no one can match his raw speed in the open. All he needs to do is come out close! This race is his to lose. Wise Bet is a great breaking greyhound that can dominate on the front end. From a favorable post tonight, he could be upset minded in this effort. Ww Head First is a solid grade A that gives her all late in each and every start. She can come home with the best of them and has not missed the money in 6 efforts in a row. She loves it outside, and if she breaks, she might just take them all down tonight. Mo’s Mozart gets a look here as he is consistently finishing in the money against some tough competition. With a mix of break, rush, and close, he has the tools to find the super again. Is he up to the task? We will see. (3-7-8-6)
The one you have been waiting for, a grade A field over 770 yards and trust me when I say, this one will be worth staying up late for. Such a talented field of greyhounds, but you have to go with the best greyhound and that is Gs Cosmo. I know he missed out on the stakes title, but he gave a huge effort after trouble in the Orange Park Derby and came flying up at the end of the race to challenge. He loves this distance and usually breaks over the route. Once in front, no one here is going to get to him. They will make him work though and that starts with My Dawg. Look at his last effort over 770! What a huge easy win and if he breaks, WHO KNOWS? Mac’s Frontier has to be considered as well with 3 straight victories over 660 and in each he has extended the lead in the deep stretch. He loves the rail and gets the 1 box. Might be his first try over 770, but it could be his first win too. Kiowa Leap definitely can run this far if she wants to go. She has the gears left late in a 660 to get the job done, she just needs to want it more than anyone else. If she is in the conversation early on, she will be in the mix come the finish line. (5-3-1-7)
On to Saturday afternoon and the 7th and 11th races on the card.
Puppy power is in full display in the 7th race on the card. Kiowa Mat Marty is a fantastic looking greyhound out of our very own All-American Kiowa Tatoo Tony. Looking like dear old dad, Marty can break well and give a determined effort on the front end. He will need all the tools and use them well if he wants to make his first trip in A, a successful one. Challenging him will be the veteran and solid grade A competitor Tapstar Baron. With 5 of 6 in the trifecta, you know he is going to be around throughout and challenge again. Puppy Stakes winner Ww’s Mile Stone is also in this race and we all know what he can do when he gets loose. Here his biggest hurdle to overcome has to be the 8 box that his is starting in. A long way to the rail, but if he breaks, he could take it all. Easi Butterball is just a pup too, but you can’t forget about him in this effort. He has blistering early speed and came hit the lid with the best of them at the racetrack. He is posted up well tonight in the 1 box, and even though he is short late, if he steals enough early, he could be in line for the upset. (6-7-1-8)
Ship ins from higher racetracks usually do well at Orange Park, so if you get one from the top grade at Tri-State, I think he should be able to win a few here. Git N Extreme is the greyhound in question and with another favorable inside post position, she will be stalking early and taking home back to back wins in this effort. Truly a router, this pup has plenty of gears over the shorter course and will do whatever she has to do to win once again. Gs Kristen has been on a tear from the outside post position as of late and has not missed the quiniela in 5 straight trips. She has won 3 of those efforts and is ready to challenge again from box to wire today. My Present loves the rail and has posted up some great efforts in the red blanket. This solid grade A must break to contend, so getting out of the box well will be his priority in this effort. Me. Quiggly is a strong closer that just keeps on coming in races. He has been running hot too with 5 straight efforts in the money over the last month or so. He has not quit late and loves these outside post positions. Winning might be a stretch, but finishing in the money is right where he belongs today. It must be the shoes! (2-6-1-8)
Next up is Saturday evening and the 7th, 11th, and 15th race which is over the 660 yard course.
All-American time in the 7th race as Gs Uncle Henry tries for another attempt at inching closer to the all time win list. You need 80 to get in and Henry is knocking on the door with 78 career victories. He has the best early speed of the bunch and is the class of this field, but this my son is not going to be easy. Why? The Orange Park Derby winner, Safe At Home is back over 550 and if he breaks, this race is history. This guy can get it done at any distance in my opinion on the early lead and over 550, he can even get it done from off the pace. Right next to each other at the break, Safe At Home and Gs Uncle Henry could put on quite a show in this effort. Others trying to wreck their love fest are the resurging former stakes finalist, System Of A Down and the rising puppy star Pat C Dude. (4-5-8-3)
Crowded early is a good way to describe the 11th race on the card as the talent is all here and they all can break and run through the wire for the win. The most impressive as of late award has to go to Amazing Run. Boy has she been living up to her name as she has posted up back to back wins, and not missed the money in 6 straight trips, and has won 3 of those starts. She can break and close and should find a way to 3-peat in this effort. James J Patton Silver Cup winner Atascocita Rip might have something to say about that though. He loves the inside and is ultra tough near the rail. This 2 box might be the potion he needs to get him back to his winning ways. When he breaks he is a monster. Let’s see if he is up to the task tonight. Speaking of breaking, the greyhound that everyone is going to have to catch to win has to be Bb’s Alonzo. Alonzo is clearly the best breaker in the field, but his drawback comes at the end when he is short, short, short at the finish line. With the big dogs chasing him late, it is going to be hard for him to hold on, but keep him in your plays because you just never know. P Kay Buy rounds out the field and like Alonzo, she needs to be around early if she stands a chance at the win or the money. She too is short late, so a huge break is needed tonight from a lest than favorable post position. (4-2-5-7)
Back to 660 yards and a couple of greyhounds that just missed in the finals of the Orange Park Derby. Gs Grace was the runner-up and here from another great rail post position, she will be trying to get back into the winners circle on the front end. She has gotten stronger in each start over the 660 yard course, and she will need it in this effort against this talented field. Watch he bomb to the early lead, control this race to the stretch, and hold on late for the win. Challenging her will be fellow finalist, and point leader, Gett It Going. Another rough post for this greyhound, so she needs to break better and stay clear of trouble if she is going to get back winning. She has loads of speed and has won several over 660. She knows what to do, she just needs to step up and do it. The 2012 Orange Park Derby winner is here too. Snj Black Porter has shown signs of recovery and signs of him being a shadow of his old self. Clearly if the lights are on, he is the best 660 greyhound at the racetrack, but we don’t know when that is. Here he is in his best starting box, the 8, and if he wants to run, this could turn into a blow out. Watch early to see what switch is flipped, but either way, he has to be in your picks just in case. Chasmo’s Sage loves the one box and that is the reason for the look here. He won last time out in red and finished a close third in the qualifying rounds from this post too. He breaks well from here and will need to against this quality field. He is short late and it will cost him again in this effort. (2-5-8-1)
Capping off the weekend, let’s look at the 7th and 11th race for Sunday matinee at bestbet Orange Park Kennel Club.
Class time in race 7 as Warped is the only greyhound in the field with 6 grade A lines showing in the program. She might not always get around like she needs to, but with an empty box next to her in this one, she finds a way to come out close at the turn. Once there she will use her gears late to prove best at the finish line. Barts Back Road has to be a threat simply because of the post position. He loves it on the rail and won a start 2 races back with a determined effort at the finish line. He can hang with anyone in the stretch and should be a threat throughout again in this effort. Wild Boy Andy draws his best box here on the outside part of the racetrack and if he comes to run, he might just be the one to beat in this effort. Andy runs hard as long as he has the lead and if you don’t get to him before the stretch, he can prove a tough out before the finish line. He can be short, and is most of the time, but if he finds front early on, he will be in the money at the wire. Ww Double Space is a nice closing greyhound that has been competing against some tough fields and has been having some success too. She needs to break close and find the rail early if she is going to contend again in this effort. (5-1-8-4)
Post position is an important part of why Ww Fancy Floyd should come out a winner in the 11th race on the card. Floyd is a monster from the rail post and comes out so much better at the break. He has been running well as of late, but the post is what has taken him over the edge over the last 5 starts. He has won twice during that span and both of those efforts came from rail post positions. His last start out wearing red, he went box to wire and won by 5 lengths! Time to step up and shine today! Veteran Kiowa Jill Vik should be Floyds biggest competition, well that is if she can get out of the starting box well. Vik runs her best near the early lead and will have to work to get there from the 4 box today. Working for her is the fact that she has had success in the past from this post and with 57 career victories, she knows how to get things done at the wire. If she hits the lid, she will make a strong case for the win. Back to 550 for Orange Park Derby finalist Pat C Abash and it looks like she is taking well to the change. She posted up a strong win in her first effort back and looks to parlay that into another quality start in this race. The post might stand in her way a bit here, but if she breaks, she should be on her way to threaten for back to back jacks today. Fth Thunder never gets the respect that he deserves as he always tries and always gives everything that he has on the racetrack. Out of a pair of Orange Park stakes winners, his pedigree is right, but he just didn’t get the elite closing ability of either his mom or his dad had. Still he is a posted up solid grade A chaser who will find a way into the superfecta once again in this race. (1-4-7-2)