We are ready for some more stake racing action here at bestbet Jacksonville in the 2nd round of the Battle of the Sexes. The Jim Blanchard kennels dominated round 1, but the chips are back on the table for round 2 and there could be a different all in call as each greyhound is vying for more points and a chance at the finals. Four races for your Friday evening, two MALE and two FEMALE, so let’s see if we can pick you some winners to start off your weekend on the right foot.
Round 2 of the Battle of the Sexes Stakes
Friday evening June 16th, 2017
Race 7 – First MALE race – He we get the two hottest greyhounds at the racetrack matched up once again. In round number 1, Watch Me extended his 4-race win streak to 5 over the recent puppy stakes winner WW Next Bigthing. Both greyhounds have loads of talent and might just be the one to beat in this whole stake race. Tough to go against a greyhound with 5 straight, so I won’t, Watch Me to Win, but it would not surprise me much if Ww Next Bigthing will break better and pull off the upset in this effort. Either way this should be the best quiniela of the weekend. Others to consider in this one are the well posted 3rd place finisher in the puppy stakes Pat C Hash Tag, and you never know when Ln Michaels is going to wake up and decided to break. On the lead, he is as good as anyone in the stakes. Maybe the 2 box will help him find the front end tonight and challenge on the lead. (5-4-3-2)
Race 10 – First FEMALE race – In this one we get to see two first round winners match up. Lorine Of Ruckus and Boc’s Queen Lady, both from one of the Blanchard’s kennels took top the top spot in the first round of qualifying, but each got there in a different way. Lorine is best when near the early lead and she got there in a hurry in that first round race. Boc’s Queen Lady, who was the Ironhound champion, stalked her rival to the stretch and then hit the gas as she surged by for the upset. Tonight, that is how I see things playing out once again. No big early speed here, no reason for Lorine not to make the lead, but she will not be alone throughout like last time. Queen Lady stalks again and makes it interesting at the wire. Play them like you wish, slight edge in my opinion to Lorine. Watch out for Stakes Veteran She’s A Mystery. Third in round 1 and tonight she has the best post she has had in 6 races. Perfect Pitch might throw her hat into the ring as well. Rough outing in the first round, looking to rebound here, before that effort, 5 straight in the money in grade A. (6-7-3-4)
Race 11 – Second MALE race – Post position, post position, post position. That is the calling card for this effort. Sure, I’m going out on a bit of a limb, but a couple of things influenced my choice. Clear Lakes is tearing up the track this week, and Bang Ludwig is as fast as he wants to be from the outside. Don’t expect much from the rail, we saw what happened in the puppy stakes, but outside he is a monster. Just look back 4 races to his last 8 box. Breaking to the lead and running off and hiding from a field as he stopped the clock at a blistering 30.25 second 8 length romp. Bigger names and better finishers are also here, and they might put up enough effort to win, but I line LUDWIG. Pressuring for sure will be the first-round winner, and big time early speeder, Flyin Kryptonite. He might even see the lead, but late he will be no match for the closer. Speaking of closers, Dutch Double is also in this race, but without the outside he could have troubles winning too. You know he will be closing throughout in this race, but will it just be too late to win again? We’ll See! Don’t overlook Ww Jackpot either. A rising star who just missed in round 1 and has 5 trifecta finished in his last 6 efforts. He can break and close and could be a double threat in this one. (8-6-2-1)
Race 15 – Second FEMALE race – Cj’s Sadie did her part in round 1 of the stakes, you know breaking best, stealing a lead, pushing the pace all the way to the stretch before surrendering at the wire for place. Tonight, you will probably get the same effort from here. She is the best breaker at the racetrack, in my opinion, but she pays dearly for it late. On a fast track, she can steal some wins, but tonight she must race against a former stakes winner, Hey Hey Daddy. Daddy didn’t break in round 1 and that was her demise. She continued to gain throughout, but it was too little too late. More midtrack tonight, she should be feeling more at home in the 3 box and should find her break and outlast the front runner for the win. Watch out for the super talented pup Ww Mind At Rest. With 7 quinielas in 9 starts, including her last 6 in a row. She must be considered a threat to win this effort, especially from a great rail starting post. Never count out Pat C Cozy either. After she saw her 12 races in a row in the money streak come to an end in the puppy stakes final, she rebounded with a win, and an even running after trouble effort in round 1. She has a good starting box and could be poised for an upset in this race. (3-5-2-8)
There will be no cut down for round 3 as all the greyhounds will return for one final try at a win and some more valuable points on Monday June 19th. After that round is run, the top 8 point getters for the MALE and FEMALE divisions will run in the gender semi-finals on Saturday evening June 24th. The top 4 finishers in each semis will move on to the finals on Saturday evening July 1st at bestbet Jacksonville.