This weekend feature races are a bit different than what we are normally used to. It is the second round of the Sweet 16 Kennel Championship and although there is just two races, we have 4 separate different battles going on. The 1 seed, the DQ Williams Kennel, will be taking on the 8 seed, the Jim Blanchard Kennel, along with the 4 seed, the Ocala Kennel, taking on the 5 seed, the J & J Calabro Kennel on Friday evening. On Saturday we get another pair of match ups as the 2 seed, the Lester Raines Kennel, takes on the 10 seed, red hot Red Oak Racing, along with the 14 seed, the upset maker CB Kennel, taking on the 11 seed, the Pat Collins Kennel. All the action will play out and in order for a kennel to move on, their 2 greyhounds in their respective races have to earn more points than the kennel they are running against. The top for remaining kennels will move on to the finals on Saturday evening April 2nd. In that race, whichever kennel receives the most points for their kennel wins the entire competition. Let’s look at the races and see just who will get a chance at the cash next Saturday evening.
Friday, 11th race, 2nd round of Sweet 16 Kennel Championship –
In this race it appears that the higher seeds should both move on. DQ Williams has the power punch of Real Good Feelin, who won in impressive fashion in round 1, and the 550 Daytona Winner, and All-American, Need My Moneynow in his best box. Feelin can get the job done from on or off the early pace, and Need My Moneynow loves the outside post positions and should get a great start in this effort from outside. This duo will be challenged though as Jim Blanchard’s duo is pretty strong in their own right. Pullanallnighter might have faltered last time out, but she has already won a stakes race here and gets a strong post position with the 2 box. Breaking will be the key to her success, but that can also be said about the other entry Braska Runcie. Runcie has been firing out fast in her last could of efforts and just misses a win at the wire in round 1. Both could be in the mix for the lead in this race, and if they do, this could be a closer call that what it appears on paper.
The other matchup might be contested a bit more as Ocala has the early speeders and J&J Calabro has the closers trying to run them down at the wire. Flying Go Daddy was a first round winner for the Ocala Kennel who has posted up 4 wins in her last 6 races. Tonight she gets the 1 box, where she has won 2 straight, and could prove a formidable foe again in this effort. Flying Chandler is no slouch himself as he has 3 wins in 6 races showing in grade A, and ran a solid 4th place effort in round 1 after a troubled first turn effort. J & J Brings the closing speed of Lk’s Beechwood, who has 5 straight trips in the money including a 3rd in round 1, and the veteran stakes runner Jack’s Won love who is looking to improve on his roughed up out of the money trip in round 1. Both greyhounds have enough late speed to be dangerous to any leader here and if they decide to go at the start, there could be an interesting finish to this match up.
Picks for this round, the DQ Williams Kennel and the Ocala Kennel move on.
Saturday, 11th race, 2nd round of Sweet 16 Kennel Championship –
Upset might be the right way to describe the other side of the bracket best. Several lower seeds took home W’s in round 1 and that trend could continue on in this second round race. The Lester Raines kennel has a great duo of greyhounds running for them in Charlie Bale and Atascocita Pirro, but they are matched up against the hottest duo in the competition. Ww’s War Cry and Ww’s Sammy both won their respective races and in those efforts, they beat both of the Lester Raines runners. Now they have to go against each other and it might be a tougher task than most imagine between a 2 seed and a 10 seed. Ww’s War Cry has not only been winning races, but setting the racetrack on fire with blistering times, but Charlie Bale just missed her last time out from well off the early pace. If he can break with here, this will be a battle royal to the wire. So I think who wins this effort will come from the 2nd greyhound on both teams. Both are stakes vets, both could win this race if they wanted to, but one has her best box, breaks better, and frankly is running better as of late, so we have to go with Ww’s Sammy to finish further up the chain from her beloved 1 box and seal the deal for Red Oak Racing as they move into the finals.
Double up-setters move on in the CB Kennel and Pat Collins, but clearly one has the edge over the other. Puppies Pat C Outbounds and Pat C Zip Code are stars in the making as both finished right in the mix in their first round efforts. Zip Code was 2nd to Sammy in round one as she was denied by a nose at the wire and Outbounds was third in the big War Cry, Charlie Bale, battle. Both greyhounds are money making machines as Zip Code has finished in the Quiniela in 10 straight trips, and Outbounds only out of the money effort in her last 7 races came in the finals of the James J Patton Silver Cup. They will be matching up with Kiowa Monique and Rovers Sky in this round. Monique finished out of the cash in 5th in round 1, but Rovers Sky did a bit better as she was 3rd to Sammy in her first round race. Sky is easily better than Monique is at this point and proves as their best chance to score more points than the competition in this effort. All in all, I see no way for CB to beat Pat C in this effort. Sometimes you just have to trust your eyes, and this is one of those occasions.
Picks for this round, Red Oak Racing and the Pat Collins Kennel move on.
Finals of this event will run on Saturday evening April 2nd at bestbet Jacksonville in the 11th race.