After the dust settled on the racetrack after the first round of the $50,000 James J Patton Silver Cup, the DQ Williams Kennel came out as the big winner on the evening. Winning 4 of the 8 rounds, out of just 5 entries, and pushing 2 separate greyhounds into 7 race win streaks, they are the ones to be heading forward in the stakes.
The biggest effort for them came from none other than Seldom Told in the 10th race. Breaking slowly, but finding room early on outside, he rushed hard to the turn and was stalking the leader as they turned up the backside. This was not chump he was trying to go by, O Ya Gunsmoke was the one in the lead, but by the end of the toteboard, he was already in command. Coasting through the far turn he has a easy lead on Gunsmoke, but it was not over just yet. To Gunsmoke’s credit, he never gave up even after being passed, and ran a huge race. Seldom Told took home the win, his 7th in a row and his 8th in 8 starts, in a blister in 30.30 from off the pace. Kudos to O Ya Gunsmoke on a gallant try in second in 30.42, which would have won several of the other rounds on this night. Finishing out the superfecta was Rtr Rocket Man in 3rd and Beachin in 4th.
The other DQ greyhound to keep a clean sheet was Pippi in the 15th race. Breaking from the outside, she took over quick command of the race and got her nose in front of the rest at the turn. She ran gamely on the front end and was pressed throughout by Ddm’s Black Hole. Try as Black Hole might, Hole chipped away at the slim lead, but ran out of real estate late and had to settle for place. Pippi gave another determined effort on the front end and scored her 7th victory in a row, and her 9th in 11 starts. Rounding out the field was the fast closing My First Kiss in 3rd, and Boc’s Buckwild gained steadily to secure a spot in the superfecta at the wire.
Another win for DQ came in the 7th race as Real Good Feelin showed off some impressive late speed to get the job done. In this effort there was a herd to the turn and almost everyone was in contention. By the backside things had shaken out a bit and the lead pack had gotten away from the rest. This is where Good Feelin made her move. Shifting gears she bolted by the leader and took over control of the race, but that little move was nothing compared to what she did in the deep stretch. She exploded with a burst that saw her leave the rest as stretch a length lead to a 4 length win in her final few strides. J Cal’s Woozle came on strong late to steal away the place position at the finish line from Kc’s Todd. Kudos to this pup on a great race. Rushed hard early, led to the far turn, and gave his all even after being passed to find a spot in the trifecta. Pat C More Ever rounded out the superfecta.
The last winner for DQ was the biggest name of all, Need My Moneynow. Missing his break, he was behind the 8 ball early on as Nb’s Copperhead stole a long, long lead on the rest of this field. Moneynow tried to get to the rail and found trouble, like most of the rest of this race, at the first turn, and it appeared that Copperhead might just run off an hide for a win. NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND. Moneynow got on his horse, along with Windy Gabby, and this duo set their sights on the leader. Gaining with every step they took, Copperhead’s lead continued to shrink as they rounded the far turn and entered the stretch. There Moneynow drove on by to take over control and Windy Gabby was now in top gear and was flying up into contention. At the wire Moneynow held on to win by a length over the late flying Windy Gabby. Nb’s Copperhead had to settle for third after a game front running effort, as Gs Flipper rallied best of the rest to find the final spot in the superfecta.
This show of force was impressive by the DQ Williams Kennel, but the race of the evening came from the Lester Raines Kennel and Se’s Real Deal. Breaking on top in the 11th race on the card, Se’s Real Deal never looked back. Pulling away by 3 lengths at the turn, she was in complete control early on and just padded her numbers with every step she took around the oval. By the far turn it was almost 5 lengths, and when she crossed the wire she had stretched it to almost 6. Her 30.27 second romp was the best of her career and the quickest trip of ANYONE in the field tonight. No one here could keep up with her, but it was a battle royal to find out who was going to be next best. The chasing Mrl Call The Popo survived the photo finish for place as the field was all right there at the wire. Third was Sheezsohot and fourth was Nb’s Mighty Love.
The other winners were Ln Houdini in the 4th race, Jack’s Won Love in the 2nd race, and Js Great Escape in the 13th race. All of these greyhound got out of the box well and found a way to get home a winner. Ln Houdini outrushed everyone to the lead and put a hurtin on the 4th race field. He breezed all the way around the racetrack on the front end and coasted up the stretch for the easy win in 30.56 seconds. Jack’s Won Love beat the box and was in control from the get go. He was pressed throughout by the talented Ww’s Lost Girl, but she just couldn’t get to the leader before the wire. Jack’s Won Love took home the W in race 2 with a strong determined effort. Js Great Escape was the longshot winner on the card at 17-1. Like the rest, he broke very well, took over early, and turned back the challengers late for the win.
All greyhounds will return for the second round of the James J Patton Silver Cup on Friday evening February 26th at bestbet Jacksonville. Make you plans, grab your friend, and don’t miss out on the exciting stakes racing action, and catch a little all you can get crab legs buffet, at the racetrack this weekend.