Round two of the 2017 bestbet Puppy Stakes is here and all 6 races, minus a couple of greyhounds, is ready to challenge for some more points and a chance to move on toward the finals. Loads of talent on tap, and some very tough races to contend with. Let’s look at round 2 and see if we can get you cashing some tickets this weekend at bestbet Jacksonville.
Round 2 of the 2017 bestbet Puppy Stakes
Friday evening May 19th, 2017
Race 7 – Seven Greyhound Race – Class rules the day in this race, and when we are talking class, we are talking Pat C Cozy and Ww Next Bigthing. Clearly these solid grade A’s, who have both won back to back races and 4 of their last 6, will be the ones to beat. Both greyhounds are poised to win, but the post advantage goes to COZY. It will be a heated battle, play them like you like, and cash, cash, cash on tickets. Next best should be reserved for the finally outside again runner Bang Ludwig, and capping off your superfecta wagers I would go with the other side of the empty post Fury Kapcori (8-7-6-4)
Race 9 – Seven Greyhound Race – This race is the toughest in the round with 6 grade A’s and a grade B in the mix. All greyhounds in this race have a shot at the big-time victory, but only one can come out on top. Clearly early this race will be first round winner’s Ln Michaels to lose. This early speed machine is tough up top and comes in here with back to back wins, but he can be caught and will be challenged late by the late closing first round winner, and room early foe, Dutch Double. Don’t sleep on Ww Rowdy either. This back to back winner, including round 1, can also contend, even though he might be a step over his paygrade. Best of the rest, early speeder on the inside, Cat Ballou. (8-4-6-3)
Race 10 – Outside once again as Pat C Panic looks to get back on track from a great post position. The highest ranked greyhound in a race with no grade A’s, his experience will pay dividends at the wire tonight. Pushing hard and making him work for the win will be the always trying threat Ww Tuaca Ron. Also, trying to find a way to victory lane will be April Ross. Probably the best early speed greyhound here, she might just get the front end, set the pace, and upset all if the mood is right. Don’t forget about Cruella Deville either. A former grade A runner, she is tough if she can get close to the early lead in any start, but she must overcome the post to get it done here. (8-5-3-7)
Race 11 – Load of early speed in this race and it could a battle from the get go to see who gets control and if they will be able to hold it all the way to the wire for the win. Ww Caramel is a stalking closing grade A that would prove best at the wire tonight. Posted well, he should get out around the leaders and find a way to get his nose in front before the wire. Setting the pace will be Braska Jericho. Finally, back in inside again, he will discover his brake force the pace throughout in this effort. Pat C Typhoon loves it wide and will use his late speed to get up into the mix at the finish line, and don’t forget Paxton Bradshaw from a great inside post in this one. If he gets loose early, he could be upset minded in this effort. (6-3-8-2)
Race 12 – Sticking with the class theme, 3 grade A’s in this race and 3 in the money greyhounds. Bambi Brake just missed in round 1 and get another good spot to break from. Holding on late, she makes amends in this effort. Trying his best to take her down will be first round winner Pat C Hash Tag. A long way from the rail here, he must adjust in this effort. If he can get a clean lane, he can contend too. Pat C Flagship has good early and will be around the pace till late in this race, and Ww lemon Min looks to get back to grade A despite wanting to be wide and starting from the 1 box. A big break could even the playing field in this one. (7-8-4-1)
Race 13 – Everything is going for Got It Good in this effort. The greyhound loves the rail and get the one box. He has been hot as of late, 2 wins and a close place in round 1, in his last 3 starts, and no early speed around him at the start of this effort. I think that he will break well and should command the lead and the win in this effort. Pressuring him, but not until late, will be his next-door neighbor, Critics Choice. Coming from well off the pace in round 1, he finished a close 3rd at the wire. Look for a bigger and better trip tonight. Twelve Volt Man shocked with a 2nd in round 1, but gets a better post and could be around late as well. Don’t sleep on Pat C Dupree either. I know the lines are not that great, but he can flash when clear and has enough early to steal the lead if he wants to go. He’s here just in case. (1-2-6-8)
The field will be cut in half for the 3rd round of action as only the best of the best move on in the 2017 bestbet Puppy Stakes. Catch us on Monday May 22nd, and see just who is left and what will happen in round number 3.