Its stakes racing time again, and this time out we get to see the best puppies at the racetrack here in the 2017 edition of the bestbet Puppy Stakes. Loads on talent is on tap in the 6 feature races in round 1. It all starts on Monday evening May 15th, with the second round taking place on Friday evening May 19th. The field will be trimmed down for round three on Monday May 22nd, and the semi-finals will take place on Saturday evening May 27th. The finals of this event will run on Saturday evening June 3rd in the 11th race in conjunction with the kickoff of our Greyhound Summer Promotion! Make you plans, and trust me when I say, you don’t want to miss all the fun that is planned on that night.
Let’s take a closer look at the races in round 1 and see if we can get you cashing some tickets tonight.
Round 1 of the 2017 bestbet Puppy Stakes
Monday evening May 15th, 2017
Race 4 – Class always plays a role in stakes rounds and here only three greyhounds are in grade A. So, let’s go with them. Braska Jericho is a posted up strong contender that will be in the mix throughout for the win. He needs to work though as solid grade A Pat C Hash Tag is looking to get back into form tin this effort from a better starting post. Cruella Deville can also be tough if closer early on and the 3 box should get her into contention as well. Don’t sleep on the puppy Dutch Dalton as he has showing good closing speed and could surprise in the super. (7-4-3-5)
Race 7 – Once again 2 grade A’s vs the rest. The class of this field is Pat C Cozy. Clearly, she is the one to beat in this effort, and she might even be the won to challenge for the whole title when it is all said and done. Cozy has won 3 of her last 4 races in grade A and this is no grade A race. Easy winner, who wants second. Trying to make her work will be Ww Lemon Mint. Another grade A who can flash on occasion. Keep an eye out for the early speed threat from the rail, Dutch Kylee Jo and the back to back winner got it good. (8-3-1-6)
Race 9 – Early speed will separate the rest in the 9th race. Cat Ballou is a front running machine that will clear early again in this effort. The question is if she can get to the wire and hold on for back to back victories? She is short late, but I think she can get it done on this effort. It won’t be easy early as Ww Rowdy should be pressing the pace from next door, and late and closers, Grade A threat Pat C Panic, and 660 convert Critics Choice, will be coming on strong to threaten at the finish line. (7-2-6-8)
Race 10 – This might be the toughest stakes evening on the card. Tons of talent in this one and anyone might have a chance to win if the cards fall right to them at the wire. Dutch Double is a solid grade A that has double the wins of anyone in this field. Posted well, on or off the pace, he will be a handful in this effort. Pushing him early will be the rising star Ww Caramel, along with the solid grade A well posted threat Bambi Brake. Don’t forget the 1 either. Pat C Dupree won the last two times he has started from the 1 box. (2-5-8-1)
Race 11 – Another mismatch in my opinion in this effort. The two-grade a’s here as better than the rest and one is even a former stakes finalist. Ww Next Bigthing has been on a tear late with 3 wins in 4 races, including a victory in his last race from this same starting box. Expect for him to leave quickly and make quick work of this field.; Dutch Casey also get a look after 4 trifectas in 5 races in grade A and B. Sure it might be at 550, but he can sprint as well. Late he will be a factor. Puppy power could factor as well. Lk’s Striker looks to be the real deal with 3 wins in 6 starts and 5 in the quiniela, and the late threat Pat C Typhoon with 5 races in a row in the money. (1-3-2-5)
Race 15 – Another race with some miss-matches. Four grade A’s should be enough to overcome the rest. Ln Michaels is a former stakes finalist that has better early speed than anyone else in this field. The solid grade A, has not missed the trifecta in 4 straight and has been getting fresher in each start. Look for back to back, box to wire, wins! Recent stakes winner Pat C Galaxy is moving back to sprints and could challenging from a great outside post. Kennelmate Pat C Flagship also could be factor too as he has only missed the trifecta once in his last 6 starts. Bang Ludwig is totally not in the right spot in this race, l but if he can clear early on, he has the skills to win this effort. With 2 wins in 3 races, don’t count him out. (6-8-4-1)
Round 2 will run on Friday evening May 19th, 2017 and all 6 races will return. Don’t miss out on your favorites.