bestbet Orange Park is starting out the year right with our brand new stakes event, the 1st annual First Coast Derby.
This race will be conducted over the 660 yard course and consist of four qualifying rounds and a final run on Saturday evening February 1st.
Five great boxes chalked full of distance talented will be heading to post starting this Friday evening, let’s take a brief look at each and every one.
Race 7: No doubt about who will be the one to beat in this effort. Ww’s Sweetie is back from a try at Wheeling and she is back in tip top form here at bestbet Orange Park. Winning 3 of her last 4 efforts and finishing in the quiniela in 5 of her last 6 trips, she ready to make the most of this advantageous post tonight. Pressing her early she be the converted sprinters Kiowa Red Brook and Kay Outlaw, but they will be no match for her in the deep stretch. Also watch out for the closing Brasky Shimmy. Coming off a hard driving win, she will put a scare in the leaders at the wire again tonight. (2-6-7-8)
Race 10: Loads of speed will be on display in this effort as three greyhounds will be battling for the lead, and the win, from the get go. Pat C Chip Ahoy and Atascocita Pier are 550 greyhounds taking the leap for the rounds and should come out running once again in this effort. Both have won over 660 in grade A and both has showing the ability to get after it early on. Both will have to contend with and 660 veteran Amf Downsideleft, who also is an early speed beast, and the coming from off the tailgate newcomer Gs Sidney who will be flying up to challenge in the final strides of this effort. Will the early speed hold, or will the closer get there? We will see on Friday evening. (1-2-8-6)
Race 11: I’ll take the veteran in race 11 and especially one that can get out of the box well and has been running hot at the grade A level. Ww’s Genteel loves this post and is close enough to the midtrack to be dangerous tonight. Sure she can be short late at times, but here she steals enough early to survive at the finish line for the win. Pressing the leader throughout should be the solid grade A 660 threat that is Amf Punk Rocker and the rising star over the distance Easi Arrow. Don’t forget about the rail though, Gs Daisy May is still learning how to run this distance and if she finally decides to break, and gets loose early on, she might just take down everyone in this one. (3-1-2-5)
Race 14: Easy selection on paper once again as Cayenne Madonna is the class of this field. I know some will say that former Orange Park Derby winning Snj Black Porter is, well he would be if he was more consistent. Sure he can run down Madonna on the lead, that is if he wants to. If the light bulb is on, he could be poised for the upset, but I’ll take my chances with a greyhound that has been breaking well and is more consistent on a daily basis. Out and gone early on, she holds on late for the slim win. Besides Porter, watch for recent ship in Pat C Uproar and the rising threat Braska Roz to be the main threats in this race. Both greyhounds can get after it, but Uproar likes to come late and Roz is more of an early speed factor. If they get loose, either might be able to outlast the rest for the upset. (1-2-4-6)
Race 15: Capping off the evening card and the first round of the stakes, we could go with a Flyer, but I like the greyhound that has run the fastest time I have seen in a while over 660 to win. It’s really hard to ignore Gs April’s 37.18 run 6 races back and she could do it again if she gets loose in this effort. No big early speeder around, so she will be closer early on, and if she can clear the turn, no one is better than her here in the second half of the race. Doing what she needs to do, she finds a way to win it late. Coming off a win, Rain City Flyer should also be a big time player in this effort. She has good closing speed and could also be a threat as she tries to win back to back races. Ww’s Hopeful might not be winning races, but she is always around in the money. No deviation here as she stretches her in the money streak to 6 straight, and don’t overlook the hot and cold running Rck Cant Deny It. Tough on the early lead, this greyhound must hit the lid if he wants a chance tonight. (5-3-7-8)
Second round action of the First Coast Derby takes place on Monday Evening January 20th at bestbet Orange Park. All 5 races will be back for the second round, so join us and watch, wager, and win on the best 660 greyhounds Orange Park has to offer in the very 1st First Coast Derby.