The third round of the 2017 bestbet Puppy Stakes is over and I guess you could say it was the MORE OF THE SAME round. The right keep getting richer as the two undefeated greyhounds make quick work of their fields and posted up their third win in a row in the rounds. The other two winners, we repeaters from round 1 as they got back to the top spot with strong front running effort. The undefeated duo have already clinching a spot in the finals. The rest of this field must duke it out for the remaining 6 spots in Saturday evening June 3rds race.
Ww Next Bigthing make it know that he is the one to beat in this field. Breaking from the middle of the racetrack, he was close a few strides out and wasted no time in getting to the early lead. Rushing to a 3- length margin early he was in complete control of the 11th race on the card. Maintaining would have been great, but he had BiggerThings in mind. Driving off the rabbit down the backside, he met the far turn with a 7-length margin, but even then, he was not satisfied. Shifting gears down the stretch, he hit the gas once again and blistered the clock at 30.48 seconds as he won by a mile, well 11.5 lengths at the finish line. Next best was Braska Jericho, followed by Gs Echo in 3rd, and Critics Choice in 4th.
Ln Michaels might not have run as fast in the 15th race, but the results were the same as he joined Next Bigthing as the other greyhound that has not lost so far in this stakes event. Breaking from the same 4 box, he treed the field at the start and was in control from the first step he took from the starting box. Rushing well to the turn, he took his length margin up the backside and continued to hold strong on the lead to the far turn. As he turned for home he was comfortably in front by a pair of lengths, as he gave a determined finish to the wire to secure yet another win in the rounds. Crossing 1.5 lengths better than the rest, he stopped the clock in 30.75 seconds. Pushing the pace the entire way, but just never quite getting close enough to challenge for the front end, was Pat C Cozy. Baseball Trophy finished 3rd and Rams Black Rose completed the superfecta.
Dutch Double ran the race of the night as he made the most of his post, the 8 box, and put up and impressive victory in race number 9. Breaking sharply, Dutch Double was in the front from the start, and if you have seen him run, that was going to be trouble for the rest of this field. Clearing by a couple of lengths at the first turn, he cruised around the turn, down the backside and thru the far turn in completed control of this effort. Down the stretch, he turned on the jets, like he always does, and drew away from his rivals as he scored a 5-length win at the wire. Posting up the quickest trip of the night in 30.43 seconds, Dutch Double just re-established the fact that he could be a major player in the outcome of this stakes race. Second was the game early threat Ww Lemon Min, followed by Bang Ludwig in 3rd and Twelve Volt Man in 4th.
Ww Rowdy was the other winner on the card, and that hard-fought effort came your way in the 7th race. Breaking close, Ww Rowdy found a rushing late, bolted by his rivals, and took over command of this effort at the first turn. Clearing by a couple of lengths, he was breezing down the backside and even improved his position by the far turn. Down the stretch, it got interesting though. Chaser, Of Wagon Train, circled the WAGONS and was making a run for the finish line, but in the end Ww Rowdy held them off late and got the win at the wire. Second was the aforementioned Of Wagon Train, followed by the always in contention threat Bambi Brake, and the steady gaining Kells Drago in 4th.
The field will be trimmed down once again for the semi-finals as only the top 24 greyhounds will have a shot at the finals on Saturday evening June 3rd at bestbet Jacksonville. Join us this Saturday night, May 27th and root on your favorite and see if they have what it takes to make it into the elite eight. I’ll see you at the races!