The field has been trimmed down for the 3rd round of the bestbet Puppy Stakes and only the cream of the crop has moved on to challenge for a chance to get into the finals. Loads of talent are still on tap, and two greyhounds are still undefeated, but there are several chances for others to step up, win and move on in the stakes. Points are available still, so let’s look at the race and see if we can get you some winners on Monday evening.
Third Round of bestbet Puppy Stakes
Monday evening May 22nd, 2017
Race 7 – Class is the key to success in this effort and you must like the solid grade A, Bambi Brake in this effort. This greyhound has not missed the quiniela in either r9ound and is coming off a big time win last time out. Finally, back on the inside, she will break well and prove determined late again. She will not be alone though as double runner up, and red hot running threat, Got It Good, should be pressing the pace throughout. Watch out for the solid rail running Ww Rowdy to throw his hat into the ring for the W as well in this effort, and don’t sleep on Kells Drago. I know he is just figuring it all out, and is not even in grade A yet, but if he gets loose, he has the chops to take them all down tonight. (1-8-2-6)
Race 9 – Post makes a difference for Dutch Double in this effort. After a strong win in round 1, double didn’t break, found trouble, and finished out of the money in round #2. Here he must get back on track and the 8 box is a perfect place for him to start from. He will love it outside and will be close enough early to take down anyone late in this effort. His biggest threat will most likely be Paxton Bradshaw. Another well posted closer, he will make it interesting in the stretch. Pat C Galaxy has the class and post to be a threat, but the distance doesn’t suit her that well. She wants to go longer, and here just will just be another late runner to contend for a money spot. Bang Ludwig also get a notice as he loves it outside and can flash so big time speed when clear. If he hits the lid, he could upset this field. (8-3-1-6)
Race 11 – Arguably the best greyhound in the stakes, Ww Next Bigthing is not only winning races, he is dominating fields and making a strong case for the greyhound to bat moniker. Winning both rounds of the stakes, winning 3 straight, and 5 of his last 6 efforts, he has been a beast and it all starts with his break. Here he gets room early next to him with the 5 box and no early speed around him. He will clear close, or on the lead, and post up another big win tonight. Trying to keep things close will be the inside solid grade A duo of Pat C Flagship and Braska Jericho, who both have been in the money in both rounds so far in the stakes. Winning might be a stretch for either one, but both are posted well and could find some mojo if Bigthing sits at the break. Don’t forget about Cat Ballou either. Probably the only greyhound with the early foot to beat Bigthing to the lead, but late she will be no match for the big dogs. Short and drifting back, she holds on somewhere in the super at the wire. (4-2-3-7)
Race 15 – Great match-up here in the nightcap. The undefeated Ln Michaels and the solid grade A, winning of 4 of 6 races, Pat C Cozy. Both elite greyhounds who should be headed to the finals and tonight they get a little bit of a warm-up for that effort. Michaels has the early speed edge over Cozy, but Cozy can close late and get to Michaels before the wire if things play out. So, who wins? Does the early get it done? Or, does the late speeder get it done? I’ll take Michaels by a nose. Others to consider here include the resurging in the stakes runner Pat C Hash Tag, and the well posted hot off a determined win threat Cruella Deville. (4-7-6-3)
The semi-finals will run on Saturday evening May 27th. The field will be trimmed down to 3 races and only the best of the best will move on to the finals. Remember that they run on Saturday evening June 3rd in conjunction with the Kickoff of our GREYHOUND SUMMER PROMOTION. Make you plans early as you do not want to miss out on all the cash, fun, prizes, and stakes that awaits on June 3rd. I’ll see u at the races.