Five races return in the 2014 First Coast Derby, and with the favorites missing the mark in round 1, this round could be quite interesting and could determined just who moves on toward the finals.
Let’s take a closer look at the races and see if we can get you some cash in your pockets.
Race 2: No first round winners here, so let’s go with the greyhound that ran the best race in round 1. Pat C Bs Lamotte came flying at the end of his effort and overcame trouble to just miss at the wire. This big closer will be doing it again tonight, and this time around he gets up for the win. Pressing the pace early should be the trio of Ty Kay Event, 2nd in round 1, Rck Cant Deny It, 4th in round 1, and Ww’s Hopeful, 6th in round 1. If any of them steal enough early on, the upset could be in place again. (4-1-8-3)
Race 7: A pair of first round winners lock up horns in this race, but the greyhound on the outside looking in last time out, might just be the one looking to dethrone the Queens. Still I like Gs Sidney in this effort. No greyhound in the entire field can run with her late, and as long as she can stay out of trouble early, there will be no stopping her at the wire. Rain City Flyer should be the biggest threat to Sidney and could surprise with the win from an advantageous post position. She too is late speed, so she will need to be closer early on to win. Stacalopoly is the other round 1 winner to contend with and should duel to the wire once again with the early speeder Kay Outlaw. This pair will set the pace, but will be no match for the closer in the deep stretch tonight. (5-8-4-2)
Race 9: Another match-up between round 1 winners, but clearly Gs Daisy May has the edge over Indie Man. Granted both ran good races, but Daisy May will be closer early and is just getting better with every start that she has around the 660 yard oval. Indie Man might be the better closer of the duo, even though Daisy May can come late two, so this could get very interesting at the finish line. Expect Ww’s Brutal to set the pace and make the leaders work, but she would need some major help behind her if she wants to hold on and win, and don’t forget about the cagey veteran in the 1 box. Kiowa Leap could wake up at any time, especially from the rail, and surprise each and every greyhound in this race. (4-3-6-1)
Race 10: Two big wigs will be duking it out in this effort, and it really comes down to what your personal preference is. Will the big time early speeder steal enough to hold on late? Or, does the big time closer get by in the final couple of strides for the win? Those are the questions that have to be answered by Ww’s Sweetie and Gs April in this race. Sweetie missed her break in round 1 and ran into trouble and couldn’t recover, but Gs April overcame hers with a huge late rush to finish 2nd. Here I like April nosing out Sweetie at the wire, but it could go either way. The post gives Sweetie the edge, but the power goes to Apil. It’s a pickem, play who you like best. Trying to at least factor for third should be the solid distance ship in Pat C Uproar, and the newcomer to the route who needs to find her break, Atascocita Pier. (4-8-6-3)
Race 11: No doubt about who we are picking in this effort, SNJ Black Porter. The man was back on top of his game for round 1 and this race could be his third win in a row. He clearly is the class of this field and has already won a stakes race, the 2012 Orange Park Derby, over this distance. If he is on again tonight, the race here will be for place. Dueling early for the lead and making the leader work should be the I need to rebound runners Cayenne Madonna and Ww’s Genteel. Both of these greyhounds did not give their best efforts in round 1 and need a big race here to get back into the mix. Each can bring it early and if both decide to hit the lid, this is going to be an exciting race to watch from box to wire. Don’t forget about the up and comer Braska Roz either. She has 5 trifectas in her last 6 starts, including a 2nd place effort to Porter in round 1. (2-5-3-7)
Round 3 of the stakes takes place on Friday evening January 24th at bestbet Orange Park. The field will be slightly trimmed, down top 4 fields, so just the best of the best will move on. Come on out and cheer for your favorites to move on here in the 2014 edition of the First Coast Derby.