This weekend at bestbet Orange Park we have a load of different things going on for all of our customers to watch, wager, and win on and with.
Not only do we have some great top grade action over both 550 and 660 yards, we will also run the finals of our Sweet 16 stakes and have second chance drawings in races 2-10 on Saturday evening.
Let’s take a look at the feature races for this weekend the finals of our Sweet 16 stakes:
Race 7: A couple of nice rising stars in the 7th race, but they are all going to have to contend with the veteran Ww’s Cous. This solid grade A greyhound know how to get things done and will thumb her nose at the 6 box. Breaking close, she dominates late and wins. She will have to watch out for ladder climber Fuzzys Melanie from the 1 box. This pup has shown great skills with 4 wins in 6 races, and has got it done with or without the lead. In the stretch, you should really see just what she can do tonight. Boc’s Statogale is another promising pup from Blanchard that throw his hat in the ring for the win too. With great early speed, and 3 wins in 4 starts, watch out for him to press the pace throughout, and don’t overlook Ww’s Whiteclover either. With a load of late speed at her disposable, she too might have an outside shot at the money in this effort tonight. (5-1-6-8)
Race 11: Limb time here in the 11th as the well rested Kay Outlaw looks like a solid play that might just come at a price. Before being off for almost a month, she was moving back to 550 after a try in the stakes over 660 yards. Not her cup of tea there, and it allowed her to move down in grade. After that she showed just what she could do as she won back to back efforts. Tonight she is posted well, should follow the early speed to the turn untouched, and will outlast the rest in the stretch for the victory. Speaking of early PACE, we all know just who will be leading this race early on. Atascocita Hoot is clearly the best breaker in the bunch, but she pays for it dearly in the stretch. Short again tonight, she settles for some spot in the money at the finish line. the Ww’s pair also have to be considered here as each is a bit of a closing threat and either could steal away a win if the mood is right. I like Hip Hop Over Lively as he has a grade A win showing in his lines. (8-3-7-5)
Race 15: Plenty of early speed to go around in the last race on the card and it is going to come down to who wants it more in this effort. Flying upstart Catness Everdean has taken the track by storm and has made it to grade A in just 8 career starts. She just missed in her first ever start at the top level and looks to get that first grade A win tonight. From this outside post she should clear cleanly and give a determined effort for the big W, but posted up Easi Butterball is not going to make it EASI on her. He too has come great early speed and seems to be back in form now with a win in grade A in his last effort. He is short late though and that could cost him again in this effort. Both better be wary in this effort of the talented stalking chaser Ww’s Greer and the fresh legged super closer Lucky Bill. If either of these two decide to break, there could be an upset in the making in the nightcap. (8-1-3-5)
Race 7: I don’t care if he just made it back to grade A off of his win last time out, Shootin Outlites is the greyhound to beat in this race. Once back on track this streaky running can put away the wins like a squirrel stockpiling nuts for the winter. From the front, or from off the pace, he can get it done and it can happen from almost any starting box. The hot button is on, so the rest of this field is going to have to bring it all, and it still might not be enough, to keep him out of the winner’s circle in back to back races. Trying to steal away enough of a lead early will be Mulberry Morris. Morris is clearly the greyhound to beat from the box, as he has the best early speed in the bunch, but that will be much harder to do than to beat him to the wire. Like most ankle burners, he is short late and it will cost him again at the finish. A couple of other names to put out there would be the posted up closing force Ww’s Disco, and the consistent chasing solid grade A threat, Pat C Bandwagon. (4-7-3-8)
Race 11: Tough race to call here so you have to go with what you think gives one greyhound an edge over the others. With recent back to back wins, and 3 in his last 6 races showing in the lines, you have to like the experience and drive of Pat C Buckaroo. Plus the 30.24 clocking showing the best raw speed in the bunch couldn’t hurt either. This pup can haul it when he gets loose and here he should make the most of the middle post once again. Just look at his lines, those 3 wins, all came from midtrack posts. Trying to make him work for it will be a trio of your racing talent that is one the rise. Going Nuclear has won back to back races, including her first grade A win last time out, and should flourish from a coveted 8 box. Gs Sweetie is another climber to watch out for with 4 wins in 6 efforts, including her first grade A win in her last start as well. A little older, but still new to the show, is Ww’s Kindling who has been running solidly in grade A and has a pair of top grade wins showing as well in her last 6 efforts. All of these chaser have the talent to win this race as well, but each will have to bring it early on if they want to get it done today. (4-8-5-7)
Race 7: Step-up time in the 7th race on the card as the 2013 JGR Puppy Stakes winner, Razorbingo, looks to get back on track. Recently he has been growing up by leaps and bounds right before our eyes. Gone are the all or nothing days and they have been replaced with a greyhound that tries to run even without the early lead in a race. Forget his last effort as he was taken out at the first turn and had no shot to move on in the stakes. Here he gets some extra room early on with the empty box next to him and no really early speed to contend with to his outside. When he is close early, he is dangerous, and that happens tonight. Once again a trio of talented youngsters will be making their presence know in this effort. Pat C No Fuss is coming off a pair of impressive races that saw him win in grade B by 9 lengths and back that up with a near win in grade A last time out. Here the ill-fated post position could be a hindrance, but if he finds room early, he too could be in the hunt for the win. Dollar Bandit has flourished from the inside with 5 money finishes in his last 6 starts, and no post is more inside than the 1 box that he starts from here. If he gets out well, he too will be in the hunt at the wire, and don’t forget about Ww Ringlet either. This big closer needs the rail and will have to work hard to get there tonight. If she can sneak down inside, she will be a late threat to the leaders as they approach the finish line. (4-2-1-6)
FINALS OF THE SWEET SIXTEEN STAKES RACE:
Race 11: Only the best of the best moved on to the finals of the Sweet 16 stakes race, but this race truly comes down to two greyhounds competing for the win. Lee Opera and Pat C Dude are the best two greyhounds at the racetrack and they more than proved that on Wednesday evening in the first round of the stakes. Both greyhounds came to run and left little doubt who was going to come out on top in either trip around the oval. Pat C Dude’s race was a little more impressive as he won by almost 9 over his field of stakes competitors, but Lee Opera posted up a quicker trip later in the card with his win by almost 5 lengths in 30.87 seconds. Opera is riding high on a 4 races win streak, just a 2nd by a neck cost him 6 in a row, but Dude is on a run of his own with back to back jacks in box to wire fashion. Both could win this race, and we will get to watch the battle up close and personal from the break as this dynamic duo is posted up right next to each other on the outside part of the racetrack. Both of them give their all tonight and it should be a heck of a race to watch, but puppy power wins out as Lee Opera digs a bit deeper late and overtakes the shorter Dude in the stretch. Catching up in a hurry should be the dual distance threat Gs Daisy May from a great inside post position, and after chasing the pace for the majority of this race, Rck Eliminator fades back late but holds on to a spot in the superfecta. (7-6-2-8)
Race 15: Over to 660 yards for the 15th and final race on the card and there is a load, and I mean of load, of talent taking place in this effort. Three greyhound all have win streaks going and only one of them can continue in this race. Which one is the hard part to figure out. C Ville Millie is the best breaker of the bunch and she has won back to back to back races on the front end. Without the lead she is a different greyhound, but no one has been able to deny her the front position during her current streak. Here they might be hard pressed to unseat her from the lead again and that streak could continue on, but she is going to have to contend with the closing pair that both have won back to back races. Gs Ledmaster is blossoming into a completed 660 threat that can come late and run down almost anyone over the backside. He is the third greyhound in his litter to excel over the route and it looks like his new home could bring him many wins in his future. Kiowa Brandy Tim is back in grade A after back to back wins in B and C, and looks the part of a big time threat again in this effort. He has tremendous closing ability and will once again be making his presence know at the finish line. Either of the chasers could get to Millie before the wire, but it will take an extra ordinary effort to get the job done. Let’s also not forget about Indie Man. This greyhound just missed the finals of the 2014 First Coast Derby and won his very next race after missing the big show. He too is a closer and will be flying up late to challenge once again in this effort. (7-4-5-8)
Race 11: Capping off the weekend in final style the top grade event on Sunday Matinee is full of early speed and big time talent. Loads of greyhounds here might have a shot at the front end and the lead in this effort and if they clear all by their lonesome, they too could have a shot at the checkered flag at the finish line. The big time names lurk on the rail in this one and I think that the winner will come from one of this pair of high caliber frontrunners. Flying Plaxico and Ww’s Musician both can get after it early on and either one of them could wire this field, especially in the matinee, on the front end. Each has had some success as of late, both have grade A wins showing, so it could come down to heart to see who gets the nod at the finish line. Look for a heated battle from box to wire, but for my money, I like Plaxico just a head better than Musician at the wire. Others to consider in your wagers should be the former stakes finalist, early speeder, and recent winner, Tony Dinozzo Pc, and the strong closing back to back winning threat K’s Sneaky Deac. (1-2-8-5)
Come out and join us and check out all the excitement, and make your plans for next weekend with us. $.10 superfectas will be running every Friday evening in March, and on the 7th, we will have a $500 Pick em contest at bestbet Jacksonville and a $500 Knockdown contest at bestbet Orange Park.
You can also start earning tickets into the drawing for our Camero giveaway that will take place in conjunction with the finals of the $50,000 James J Patton Stakes on Saturday evening April 5th. Just cash a winning ticket on any bestbet Orange Park race, and you will receive an extra entry into the drawing. The more you play, the more you win, the more chances you will have at the Camero come April at bestbet Orange Park.