The field got shorter for the 3rd round of the 2013 Jacksonville Sprint Classic and that means that the competition got even tougher as we roll on through to our way to the finals.
Four great races remain with two greyhounds proving untouched so far. Easi Mitchie, and Pat C Proper both have perfect scores so far, but the veterans, and stakes winners, got back on track in round 2.
These races will be highly contested, and when the dust settles, we will have a better idea of just who are the ones to beat heading to the final part of this stakes.
We start off in race 4 on the card and get a great battle on the front end where both of the early speeders might just not win the race. Here you have to love the veteran double stakes winners Snj Black Porter. Porter has really shined in qualifying and won his last race by a monstrous 10.5 lengths. With all his late speed, all he has to do is be around early, and he will have a good chance to win. Battling for the frontend, and early control of this race, will be the duo of T’s Chugginalong and Atascocita Hoot. Both of these greyhounds can really get after it early on and either could wire the field on the lead if they get some help behind them, but both could get run down or into trouble if they don’t break well. Expect big things from them, but don’t forget about the puppy Country Stanley. This guy can really run too and has been a force in both of his trips in stakes round competition. If he can break better, he has the speed to steal away this victory and the 16 points. (6-5-3-8)
The second stakes event on the card comes in race 7 where another duo of early speeders will be duking it out from the get go. Kiowa Mat Marty and Scortch Mcbones both love to run on the front end, but only one of them is going to get there in this effort. Both greyhounds are short in the stretch, so every inch they can steal away from the chasers will help them as they approach the finish line. Slight edge here in my book to Marty. More experience, better post, more consistent breaker, and he has not missed the trifecta in 8 straight races. Trying to chase both of them down will be first round winner, and second round runner-up, Ww’s Cous, and the talented puppy from Pat Collins, Pat C Gatsby. Both have enough late to get the job done, but they will have to break well to get it done late. So look for battles throughout and for it to be every crowded at the finish line. (4-2-8-1)
The fun continues on in race 10 as Easi Mitchie tries to stretch her win streak to 3 straight in the stakes. Here she might just be the best breaker, if she wants to come out fast again, but late she is not the runner that several others are in the deep stretch. I feel that Warped is the best suited to get back on top in back to back races in this effort. Breaking next to Mitchie, Warped will stalk the pace throughout and find another gear late to outlast the leader for the win. Others to watch out for have to be the other winners in the stakes so far, Time for Tootsie and Safe At Home. Tootsie just missed in round one and got the job done in round two. With a tremendous late rush, and her form returning, she will be in the hunt at the wire. Home was the winner of the 2013 Orange Park Derby and has gears late over the shorter 550 course. He has not missed the trifecta in 6 straight, and that includes a win in round 1 from off the pace from a similar post position. (4-3-6-7)
The final stakes race of the card runs in race 11 and it is going to be a humdinger to watch and wager on! This one is going to be crowded early, and I think that it is going to stay that way for the duration of this event. Double winner Pat C Proper makes a case from the 1 box to stay undefeated, but she will need to fire out faster than everyone else to keep her streak intact. That will be hard as Battle of the Sexes winner My Present is also in this field along with the always breaking and rushing Red Oak threat Ww’s Musician. Both of these greyhounds could see the lead in this race and both could wire the field on the front end. If all three come to run from the starting box, it is going to be a battle royal from box to wire. Another greyhound not to sleep on is Kay Outlaw. Roughed up in round 1, she rebounded in round two with a big box to wire win in a speedy time around the oval. In her last 10 starts, she has seen the money in 7 trips, and even without the lead, she can be a threat. (5-7-1-4)
The field will be trimmed down again one more time as the semi-finals will have 3 fields vying for all those important points and a chance at the finals on our Special Labor Day Matinee ONLY performance on Monday September 2nd at bestbet Orange Park.