No doubt about the effort of the evening in round 3 of the 2013 JGR Puppy Stakes as we almost history repeat itself in back to back years.
Breaking from the 4 box in race 10 on the card, WwSparksFlying lived up to her name in more ways than one. Out she came like a shot to seize instant command of this effort and left the duo of undefeated greyhounds, Razorbingo and Ww’s Ignite Fire, in her wake. By the first turn she was already 4 lengths clear of the nearest competition and that number was just going to get bigger and bigger. Determined on the late lead, she stretched her margin to 6 full lengths at the finish line, but that was not the big story, the big story was what she put up on the clock. Crossing in 30.18 seconds, this was the fastest time all year so far, and maybe the quickest trip since J’s Robin set the track record in the finals of this race last year at 30.07 seconds. I career trip and a big statement by Sparks Flying as she just threw her hat into the ring as the one to beat in this race.
Red Oak Racing was not done just yet either as Ww’s Musician also posted up a victory in race 9. Using his big break and dominate rush to her advantage once again, Musician was hitting all the right notes at the start. She jumped out to a comfortable lead at the first turn and maintained it throughout to the finish line. She was never really challenged and despite the best efforts of the chasers, no one was going to make her loose this race. This was her second win in the stakes and her third in the quiniela finish in the rounds. She is ready for the semis and if she keeps breaking like this, she might just be shoe to make the finals on Saturday evening.
Pat C Stonewall also won her second round of the stakes in three tries in the 11th race on the card. Breaking close, she used her tremendous rush to the turn to take over by 2 lengths early on. Cruising down the backside, she got a little help behind her and that would all she needed to cruise along on the lead all the way to the wire for the victory. Crossing 2 lengths better than the rest, in 30.68 seconds, she posted up a big payday once again for those that had confidence in her at the windows. At 12.6 to 1, she paid 27.20 to win, but don’t expect that much of a payday next time. With two wins in three rounds of the stakes, sooner or later you have to start considering her a threat to win once again.
The biggest surprise on the evening came in the 7th race as D’Bulls Tyvek decided to break, rush, run, and win again at bestbetOrangePark. Really this greyhound has all the tools to win a round and has dominated in grade A before, but as theBoston song says, It Has Been Such a Long Time, that he went off at 13 to 1. Looking like he has when he was on top of his game, Tyvek came out close, outrushed everyone to the lead, and gradual drew away from the field to win by 4 lengths in the second fastest time on the card at 30.43 seconds. If he can keep it up next time out, he has an outside shot at the elite eight come Saturday.
The Semi-Finals will run in our SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY MATINEE. The field will be trimmed down once again and just 3 races remain as the competitors jockey for the remaining points and a chance at the big show on Saturday evening.