The second round the bestbet Puppy Stakes is complete, and as early speed dominated the round, two greyhounds have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Ww Next Bigthing and Ln Michaels both make quick work of their fields and arrive in the 3rd round as the undefeated duo, and greyhounds to beat in this stakes race.
Clearly, Ww Next Bigthing put on the biggest show in round number two. Breaking to the lead in the 7th race, he stole away an early margin and kept up the pace all the way to the wire. He was 3 lengths clear at the wire and stopped the clock at a cards best 30.57 romp. It would have been uglier, but solid threat Pat C Cozy ran a game race and didn’t let it get out of hand. Third was the chasing Ww Pure Gold as Bang Ludwig also came on late to complete the superfecta.
Even though the 9th race was almost the slowest of the 6 stakes events, it didn’t matter for Ln Michaels. He might not have put on his best foot from the box, but he did bring his rushing shoes. Flying to the front end, he seized command at the turn and took a length lead down the backside. Once in the open air, he got comfortable and even padded his lead on the way to the wire. Crossing 3 lengths better than the rest, Ln Michaels is proving once again that he is stakes final material. Second was Ww Rowdy. Third was Pat C Galaxy, and fourth went to Kenro Ruger.
The DQ Williams Kennel, and the Lester Raines Kennel, both also showed up to run in round number two as they recorded 2 wins each. DQ took home victories in the 10th and 12th races, while Lester Raines won the 11th and 13th on the card.
Both of Dq’s winners came from the 7 box and the wins looked like mirror images of themselves. Breaking on top in race number 10, Cruella Deville stole away a couple of lengths early on and maintained all the way to the finish line for the victory. (Of Wagon Train was 2nd, Pat C Panic was 3rd, and Ww Coherent was 4th) Bambi Brake followed suit in the 12th was a strong break, and early lead, and a breezing win on the front end. (Pat C Hash Tag applied pressure in 2nd, followed by Gs Echo in 3rd and Pat C Flagship in 4th)
Lester Raines greyhounds followed the early speed trend, they must have gotten the memo, and make quick work of their fields as well. Breaking close and demanding control from the field as he rushed the turn, Kells Drago, make them stand up and take notice in this effort. Clearly by 2 at the turn, he stretched that margin to 4 by the far turn and crossed the line 3 lengths better than the rest. Paxton Bradshaw chased throughout in 2nd, as Baseball Trophy finished 3rd and Braska Jericho finished 4th. Rams Black Rose had to work a bit harder to get her win in the 13th race. She hit the lid and was in the lead from the get go, but she was not alone. She was pressed with every step she took around the oval, and she almost saw her 2-length lead at the far turn, evaporate at the finish line. She survived the late surge by Got It Good as she completed the task by a NOSE at the wire. After a winning trip, Got It Good settled for place, followed by Critics Choice, 1 length off the win, and early threat Pat C Dupree who retreated late into 4th.
The field will be trimmed down to 4 races for the semi-finals on Monday evening May 22nd at bestbet Jacksonville.