The beat rolled on in the third round of the 2013 First Coast Classic, as Gs Daisy May proved that she is the best 660 yard greyhound around with her third straight win in qualifying.
Breaking from the 4 box in the 7th race, Daisy wasted little time as she burst to the early lead and never looked back. She was in instant command of this effort and drew away from the chasers with each and every stride that she took around the oval. By the far turn she was 6 lengths clear of the rest and held that margin all the way to the finish line. Stopping the clock at 37.50 second, she was the fastest winner by far on the card. Chasing the pace throughout in place was Kiowa Brandy Tim, and third went to the slowing gaining threat Mega Nicaragua.
Daisy was not alone with her impressive trip, as Ww’s Sweetie found her break again and put up back to back wins in the 11th on the card. As the lid came open, Sweetie was out like a shot and a full length ahead of the rest of the field in the first few strides. What I break this was, and once she gets on top, she is very tough to run down. Around the oval she went with her slim lead and her determined running style, and that was good enough to maintain all the way to the wire for another solid victory. Pushing the pace in place from start to finish was C Ville Wynter and Amf Punk Rocker, but try as this duo might, they could just never trim down the margin of Sweetie before the wire. Wynter settled for place as Punk Rocker finished 3rd.
Upset abound in the other two races, the 9th and 10th on the card, as the favorites ran into trouble and just couldn’t get back up for the win.
Pat C Bs Lamotte put another closing gem together in the 9th race as she hugged the rail and found some running room late. Setting the pace from the box to the deep stretch in this one was Ty Kay Event. Early she was easily in control, and even got some help behind her in this effort, but in the end it still wasn’t enough to keep the closers at bay before the wire. She settle for place after Lamotte got by in the final few strides, and trust me when I say, that was an accomplishment. Race favorite Gs April had other things in mind, but just couldn’t get through either of the turns without getting into trouble. Finally in the stretch the rail opened up and she came with a flourish, but it was just too little too late. In the mix at the line, she capped off the trifecta just 2 lengths behind the leaders.
Now for the LONGSHOT of the day, Braska Shimmy. Bolting from the box in race 10 was the favorite Snj Black Porter along with early speeder Leroyjethrogibbs. Both had their eyes on the front, but Porter would get taken out early, found more trouble, and finished out of it in the end. Gibbs on the other had was inside of the mess and assumed the lead down the frontside. As they turned up the backside he was game command, by a couple of lengths, but this is where the closers started to get revved. After skirting trouble on the rail in the turn, Braska Shimmy was clear in second and was gaining on the leader with every stride. By the far turn Gibbs lead had all but evaporated and down the stretch Shimmy showed the leader just what she had left in the tank. Finding another gear on the rail, she bolted home and secured the win at the wire. After being initially passed, Gibbs packed it in, and was no match of the super closer Gs Sidney in the final few stride. Settling for third, Gibbs ran a big race, but he just didn’t have enough left in the tank to get to the wire. Sidney ran another great race, but it is hard to close from so many lengths behind early on. Granted she was just a length off of the win at the wire, but she needs to break better if she wants a chance to post up a W in the future.
The field will be cut down again and only 3 races full of talent will take to the racetrack in the semi-final on Monday January 27th at bestbet Orange Park. Come root on your favorites and see if they can secure themselves a spot in the finals on Saturday evening February 1st.