Cut down time in the 2014 First Coast Derby as the field is shortened down to 4 races, and the competition gets longer and longer. Two greyhound remain undefeated heading into Friday evening’s races, but the rest of the points are all over the place. Pick up a win in this round and you will go a long way towards making it into that final round field.
Let’s check out the races and see just who is going to take that next step.
Race 7: Tough to pick against Gs Daisy May here, so I won’t. She has back to back victories and just seems to be getting more comfortable with each and every start over the 660 yard course. She has taken down 2 greyhounds off the late lead to get the job done in round 1 and 2, so expect this close to do more of the same in this round. Trust me when I say, it’s not going to be an easy task as there is a pair of early speed threats that might just wire the field on the lead tonight. Cagey veteran Cayenne Madonna just missed last time out and this rail runner gets her coveted 1 box to start out this race from. If she hits the lid, she might just take it all the way in this effort. Another threat is Rck Cant Deny It. Like Madonna, he too just missed late with a 2nd place finish last time out and once again he should press the pace to the stretch. Late Pat C Uproar should be coming to threaten, as he looks to improve on his pair of 4th place finishes in rounds 1 and 2.
Race 9: Last time out Ww’s Hopeful got to the wire as a winner, and she might be able to do it again tonight, that is if she can hold off the ultra closer Gs April. Hopeful gave a huge determined effort last time out and it is going to take another special trip to get the big W in this one. No doubt she has the chops, and the will, but Gs April is overdue for a victory and tonight would be a good place to get back on top. She has came from well off the pace in both of her starts in the stakes, and just missed a win last time out by a nose. She has more closing ability than anyone else in this race, but she needs to be close early on to get up at the finish line to win. Don’t forget that she posted up a win by 10 in 37.18 last month and has the potential to do it again. If she shakes loose early, the race here will be for place. Others to consider tonight is the first round winner Stacalopoly in the 1 box, and the always closing threat that is Pat C Bs Lamotte.
Race 10: Back to the well one more time with the 2012 Orange Park Derby winner, Snj Black Porter. Porter has found some fresh legs in the stakes and has looked like his old self again over the route. Getting it done on the lead, and from off the pace, Porter takes his undefeated record into round 3 and comes out the other side unscathed. Here I think it is more of the second race than the first, as he stalks early and takes over late for the win. If he does want to take home the victory, no doubt he is going to have to catch Ww’s Brutal and Rain City Flyer. Both greyhounds can bring it from the box, but Brutal is the one that will be setting the early pace. She will give her all to the stretch, but that is where all that early lengths start to dwindle. Late she is not match for Porter and he will showcase that in the final few strides. Flyer should be coming late again and will be in the mix, and don’t sleep on Gs Sidney either. This super strong closer won in round 1 by almost 7 lengths and was a hard driving 3rd in round 2. If she gets around in the conversation by the midpoint of this effort, she might be tough to keep out of the winner’s circle tonight.
Race 11: Back on track and ready for another win, Ww’s Sweetie is poised to make more noise in this race. After a dismal trouble ridden effort in round 1, Ww’s Sweetie hit the lid and made amends with a determined front running win in round 2. Now back on her game she could be unabated to the lead once again in this race and prove best at the finish line. Winning 4 of her last 6 efforts, Sweetie is the greyhound in beat tonight. Making her work for it will be posted up round 2 winner C Ville Wynter. Running the fastest time of the night in round 2, she won by just a half a length, but a win, is a win, is a win. Wynter also has the post going for her as she has won back to back races when starting in the 7 box. If she can stalk the pace early, she will make it an interesting battle for the lead and the wire tonight. Converted sprinter Kiowa Red Brook likes the inside, gets a good post here, and should continue her strong chasing ways in this effort. Winning might be a stretch, but this solid grade A will be in the mix early and stick around for the duration once again in this one. Another to watch out for is Amf Punk Rocker. This chaser always seems to be around the lead, and with a great post position, she too could be upset minded in this effort.
The semi-finals of the 2014 First Coast Derby will take place on Monday evening January 27th at bestbet Orange Park. The field gets trimmed down again as just the top tier athletes move on for a chance at the finals on Saturday evening February 1st.