Everyone in America loves the underdog. We root for them when they have no real chance of succeeding, but I guess that is because that was what our country has been founded on. We were the underdogs. There was no chance we could win and beat the might powerful nation that governed us, but somehow, someway, we found a way to get it done. Sometimes it all comes down to heart, determination, and maybe a little luck, and that is just what happened in the finals of the 2016 $50,000 James J Patton Silver Cup.
As the lure barreled through the far turn, the greyhounds in the finals of the Patton Silver Cup were ready to go. Pop went the box and to no one’s surprise, the big time early speeder Pippi hit the lid and took over quick command of the race in just the first few steps. What she did next would determine the outcome of this race. As they moved off the launch pad and up the front stretch. Pippi drove down to the rail and laid some havoc in her wake. Cutting off Sunkist N Salty in the 5 box, who also broke well, and pinching in and closing down the others on the inside part of the racetrack. This left room outside for Ln Houdini and Need My Money Now to rush up, but only one of them took advantage of the extra room. As they continued up the frontside, Pippi had made it to the rail untouched so far and was in the lead. Ww’s Sammy bobbed and weaved best early and was just behind on the rail, as Ln Houdini found another gear and rushed through the open air ahead of him on the outside part of the racetrack. At the turn it got really crowded, really fast, and a ton of contact ended quite a few greyhounds chances to win this effort. The biggest deterrent came when Ww’s Sammy had no room to get by Pippi on the rail but tried anyways. Colliding with the leader from behind, he made the duo offstride slightly and that gave Ln Houdini a chance to take over control of this race. Behind there was even more trouble as Pat C Outbounds pushed Se’s Real Deal wide, and then she collided with Real Good Feelin, who was essentially taken out of the race. Sunkist N Salty was blocked again as Outbounds came backwards after the collision. The only greyhound to skirt past the chasing trouble was Need My Moneynow. He rushed fairly well from the start and slipped inside at the turn to put up stakes behind the leaders headed up the backside. By the edge of the toteboard, Ln Houdini had stuck his nose in front and was making a play to be the one to win this final round race. He was not alone though, he was in the thick of a heated battle as Pippi and Ww’s Sammy were not going away anytime soon. Houdini continued the hot run on the lead and maintained his margin all the way to the far turn. There Pippi made a play to get back into contention for the lead once again, but Houdini moved to the rail, shut her off, and strengthened his case for the win. Down the homestretch they turned and it was clearly a three way race for the title, the cash, and the crown. Houdini was clinging to a short lead as Pippi and Ww’s Sammy were giving their all to try and get to the leader before the finish line. Try as they might, they were just not going to get it done. Houdini dug in deep, put on one last rush and crossed the line as the upset winner of the 2016 edition of the $50,000 James J Patton Silver Cup. Pippi held on for place in the photo as Ww’s Sammy had to settle for third, both were just a length and a half off the winner at the wire. Completing the superfecta was Need My Moneynow, who ran a steady effort and finished 5 lengths back at the finish line. The rest of the field was Pat C Outbounds in 5th, Se’s Real Deal in 6th, Sunkist N Salty in 7th, and Real Good Feelin in 8th.
Upsetting the field as the longest shot on the board, Ln Houdini’s backers cashed in big time at the windows. Paying a whopping $85.40 to win was just the start. The quiniela was $73.80 with the co-favorite of the race. The perfecta was $793.20, the trifecta was $5994.00, and the superfecta paid $585.71.
Congratulations head out to the Double J Kennel, kennel owner Jim Blanchard, Trainer Chris Maynard (both with their first stakes win at bestbet Jacksonville), greyhound owner Kenneth Lane, and everyone else connected with this fantastic greyhound from all of us here at bestbet Jacksonville. What a great trip around the oval, as Ln Houdini made the most of his opportunities and gave a great determined effort in scoring his first stakes victory.
Big things lay ahead for this puppy as he is just two and a half years old, and there is plenty of time and numerous stakes races ahead of him in the future at bestbet Jacksonville. Good luck to him, and get used to hearing his name, as he will be winning several more efforts around our racetrack, and I bet he won’t be 40-1 next time out.