The field for the finals of the 2015 bestbet Juveniles might have just entered the real racing world, but the talent that they displayed showed that they belonged with the best at the racetrack. Loads of early speed threats dotted the final round field, and if you wanted a seat at the table, you needed to win at least one round in qualifying. Several did better than that and two of the finalist won 3 of their 4 qualifying starts. Everyone knew this was going to be a great close race to watch and as the box popped open, the puppies didn’t disappoint.
Firing out fast was Arkaska Lotus to seize early command of the race, but trust me when I say, she was not alone. Several others brought their A game on this occasion as Pullanallnighter, Sheezsohot, and Mac’s Melanie were stalking the pace as they headed up the frontstretch. By the finish line the finish time around things had started to change and at the first turn, we had a new leader in the barn. Pullanallnighter had outrushed Lotus to the lead, as Ww’s Sammy dove to the rail and made extra room for himself on the inside. Sheezsohot was also in tow around close as the rest of the chasing field encountered trouble in one form or another trying to get position on the racetrack. Down the backside the leader took the pace and it was clear at that point that someone was going to have to run a huge race if they wanted to catch Pullanallnighter on the lead. Holding strong to a 2 length advantage, Pullanallnighter was in command, but the field was not going to go away just yet. Ww’s Sammy was scraping the paint on the rail chasing in second as early leader Arkaska Lotus moved out wide and Sheezsohot looked to rally from a bit of trouble in the first turn. But the far turn and position order had not changed by the chasers were creeping ever closer to the leader. Down the homestretch they turned with Pullanallnighter clearly in front. Ww’s Sammy and Sheezsohot gave everything they had left in the tank as they approached the wire, and even though they shrank the lengths to the leader, their best was just not good enough on this occasion. Sammy ran a winning effort, just a length short of the W and settled for a well-earned place finish at the wire. Sheezsohot might have run the best race of all. Nice to see a pup rebound from trouble and come from well off the pace to challenge for place at the finish line. Sohot finished third. Early leader Arkaska Lotus was outgamed throughout and completed the superfecta. Rounding out the field was Super C Britni in 5th, Lk’s Picketwire in 6th, Mac’s Melanie in 7th, and Ww Char Fontane in 8th.
Congrats head out to the Jim Blanchard kennel for their first major stakes race win here at bestbet Jacksonville. The greyhound didn’t do it by herself, she had some help along the way, so we need to congratulate her new trainer Traci Chase for doing such a great job with her not only in the rounds, but in the final as well. Congrats head out to her owner’s M Pence, J Draper, and J Henry. All three should have something special to remember this holiday season. Kudos to everyone else connected with this fantastic greyhound too. At not even 2 years old, this little girl has a huge future in front of her and she could rack up many more wins and titles in the future here at bestbet Jacksonville. We are all anxious to see what the future holds for her in the new year. Good luck on and everyone better get ready to hear her name a bunch in the coming months.