Another exciting round of stakes action took place on Monday evening at bestbet Orange Park in the 2nd round of the 2014 First Coast Derby, and after the smoked cleared, two greyhounds came out on the other side leading the way in points with back to back victories.
One should be no surprise as he has already won a 660 yard stakes event at bestbet Orange Park, the other is a new comer to the route who is figuring everything out at just the right time.
Snj Black Porter put on a clinic on how to never give up and do whatever you need to do to take home the win in the 11th race. Breaking just in arrears to the fleet footed solid grade A, Cayenne Madonna, he was behind the 8 ball at the start. Madonna is no slouch and has won multiple grade A’s on our circuit and can hang tough late with the best of them. Here she was in complete control and has proving determined on top as she maintained her slight edge to the far turn. There Porter had enough of his chasing role and took over control as they headed up the stretch to the wire. Madonna was not done yet. She mounted a comeback of her own and made the new leader work for the win. Down the stretch both were giving their all, but Porter was just too much for Madonna on this occasion. Finishing third was Leroyjethrogibbs who pressed the pace to the stretch, but weakened late and coasted home for the easy show.
The other repeat winner came in the 9th race as Gs Daisy May proved unstoppable from well off the early pace once again. Breaking fast and bullying her way to the early lead was Ww’s Brutal, and once she got her nose in front, she was a force to be reckoned with. Stealing away a couple of lengths early on, she coasted down the backside in easy command of this race. By the far turn things had turned a little different for her though as the closers were coming. Gs Daisy May hunkered down on the rail, hit her top gear, and jetted by the leader to take control down the stretch. Pulling away with each stride she took, Daisy May made it look easy late as she crossed a couple of lengths better than the rest at the finish line. Ww’s Brutal settled for show as the solid chasing Braska Shimmy won the photo for show over the always trying Par Super Easy at the finish line.
Now for the quickest trip of the card, and it came from the unsuspecting paws of C Ville Wynter. In the 7th race there were 2 scratches, so with just 6 greyhounds in the field there was plenty of room to run and at the break Rain City Flyer lived up to her name. Exploding out of the box, she stormed to the early lead, but it was only a short lived trip in the open air. C Ville Wynter surged past her and assumed the front spot in this race. By the far turn she had stretched the lead to 3 full lengths and coming home she was going to need every inch in order to get the job done. You see Flyer had never given up the idea of getting the lead again, and in the stretch she was on a mission to try and win it back. Digging in deep, she hit the gas and came with a late rush. Closer and closer she crept with each step she took, but in the end it just wasn’t enough to get by the leader before the wire. All in all a huge effort by Flyer, but she came up just a half a length shy of her goal as C Ville Wynter survived at the wire for the slim win. Third was the ever closing Gs Sidney, who was left at the break and had to coming from way, way, way back just to get up into distance show position at the wire.
The other two stakes races were won by Red Oak Racing and pair of Julia Ward greyhounds. Solid grade A runner, and fan favorite, Ww’s Sweetie took home the win in the 10th race and Ww’s Hopeful recorded the big W in the 2nd race on the card.
Ww’s Sweetie found her break in the 10th race and took instant control over the rest of the field. Normally this would be an easy win, but trust me when I say, she EARNED this victory. Not only was she being pressed throughout by Kiowa Red Brook, she had to hold off a late charge from Gs April as well to get the job done. No race on Monday evening might have been as impressive as this one. She showed just what she had and got back to her patented racing style to record the win in this effort. Out fast to the lead, stealing lengths early, and putting on a tenacious on top run that saw her prove a nose better at the wire for the win. Gs April also gets props as she did what she needed to do as well. This extreme closer came from well off the pace and was absolutely flying in the stretch to try and steal away the win from the early leader. Try as she might, she was just a NOSE short at the finish line. Third, and really in the mix throughout, was Kiowa Red Brook. Never really a threat for the lead, she did press well for the majority of this race and finished in contention at the wire.
Ww’s Hopeful’s effort in the 2nd race was just about as good as Sweetie’s. This greyhound not only had to come again once to get the lead, she had to do it twice in order to outlast the rest and take home the win in this effort. Breaking quickly she seized command of the race early on, but was shadowed by Rck Cant Deny It and Amf Punk Rocker. All three greyhounds were locked up in a heated battle and around the escape Hopeful saw her lead disappear for the first time to Amf Punk Rocker in the escape turn, but she put her head down and regained it heading up the backside. All the way to the far turn she held tough on top, but there she lost it for the second time to Rck Cant Deny It. Most greyhounds would have given up at the point, but not a greyhound full of HOPE! As they turned for home, Rck Cant Deny It swung wide as Hopeful stayed the course on the inside track and blew by the leader, and even drew away a bit, for the solid victory. Rck Cant Deny It held on for place as he won the photo over Amf Punk Rocker for the 2nd spot. Steady closer Kiowa Brandy Tim finished was also in contention at the wire as he finished just a couple of lengths off the leaders at the finish line.
The field will be trimmed down to 4 races for the third round of the stake and with half of those runners just a win from the lead position, this will be an exciting round to watch, wager, and win on at bestbet Orange Park. Join us on Friday evening January 24th for the 3rd round of the 2014 First Coast Derby.