The Quarter-Finals are done and no one has remained perfect. Points are spread out all over the place and as Pat Collins still had another good evening of racing, Red Oak Racing was the kennel that really shined with 2 wins in the 4 remaining races in the bestbet Puppy Stakes.
Red Oak Racing got the party started for them in the 9th race as Ww Standardissue put on a stellar performance on the front end. Breaking from a beloved one box, he was too close too early not to gain control of this effort. By the turn he had already stolen 3 lengths on the field and that number was only going to increase as the race went on. At the far turn 4 lengths clear of the rest and at the finish line he had stretched the margin if 5.5 lengths as he stopped the clock at a speedy 30.54 seconds.
The other Red Oak winner came in the 10th race as Ww’s Holy Grail also took advantage of the 1 post and came out running. Instant command is a good way to sum up this effort as he took to the front end and never looked back. Bolting 3 lengths ahead of the rest at the turn, he maintained that margin throughout ahead of the chasing, but not gaining, undefeated greyhound Js Great Escape. A bold running effort in deed and signs of good things to come for the future.
The biggest trip on the evening came in the 12th race as Mr. Winston of the Dq Williams kennel decided that he wanted to break and run. Bombing from the box he was clear of this field in a hurry and was not going to give up an inch any time soon. He put 3 lengths on the rest at the turn and kept the margin all the way to the far turn and then on to the finish line. Never challenged, he was in complete control of this effort from the get go and breezed to the line in a blistering 30.42 second clocking.
The other winner on the card went to the Pat Collins Kennel as Pat C Outbound posted up back to back wins with a determined strong closing effort. Craigie Coldshot took over the early lead in this race and was comfortably in front as they headed up the backside. Not to be denied Outbounds moved up to second and continued to gain as the race went on. By the far turn the lead was cut in half and down the stretch, it disappeared. By the wire Outbounds had stolen away the lead and the win from the clutches of defeat. Coldshot settled for second.
The semi-Finals will run on Saturday evening May 28th at bestbet Jacksonville. Three races remain, just 24 greyhounds, with a chance to move on to the finals. With the points being spread out all over the place, this is going to be a fun evening of racing to watch. Grab some friends, make your plans, and come on out and watch, wager, and win on the best puppies around here in the 2016 bestbet Puppy Stakes.