The third round of the 2017 bestbet Sprint Classic was ruled by longshots. Only one single favorite took home the top spot in the 4 rounds, and that win belonged to the new Sensation at the racetrack. Pure Sensation broke on top in the 7th race on the card, but was quickly outrushed to the lead by the ankle burner Gs Viola. He stalked the leader to the turn, but she stole a couple of lengths on him early on. Down the backstretch this duo went, and Viola held her own all the way to the far turn. Sure, her lead dwindled, but it wasn’t until they rounded the far turn that Sensation got his nose in front. Once in the clean air of the lead, this race was OVER! Putting the pedal to the metal, Sensation easily drew away from the rest and crossed 3.5 lengths better than anyone else as he posted up the fastest trip on the night in 30.91 seconds. This was his 6th win in 7 career starts, and two of those have come again stakes competition. Watch out for more from one of the best puppies in the country right now! L’s Sum Dog closed from well off the pace to win the photo for place with the fading Gs Viola. The steady chasing Anarchy Dream was 4th.
Another impressive effort came in the 11th race as Gs Humongous hit the lid, outrushed the competition to the first turn and never looked back. He was chased throughout by Bgs S Spielberg and Perfect Pitch, but try as they might they could not reel in the leader. In fact, they both retreated a bit late as they saw Humongous turn on the power late and drew away by 2 more lengths to finish 4 ahead of the nearest competitor at the wire as he stopped the clock at 31.04 seconds. Spielberg won the photo for place over Perfect Pitch, both of whom were threatened late by the late closing after trouble threat Hey Hey Daddy. This win was Humongous’s second in a row and he paid well for his backers at 4.5-1.
The remaining two winners got it done in come from behind fashion. The more dramatic effort of this pair came in the 12th race from Bang Ludwig. As the box came open, the strong breaker Lk’s Freestar moved wide at the start and made room for her and Bang Ludwig to get wide early and find room to rush to the turn. At the turn, Freestar was easily in command by 2.5 lengths, and she took that margin down the backside. There Ludwig swung wide and lost second place briefly to the Chasing Jesse Varges. By the far turn, Ludwig was on the move again and closing fast on the leader Freestar as they started to round the corner for home. Down the stretch they went as Ludwig swung wide again and Freestar tried to hold on for the victory. Ludwig dug in deep, but on a rush, and bolted by the leader to steal away the win on the wide side of the racetrack. Crossing 2.5 lengths better than the rest, in 31.01, Ludwig threw his hat into the ring as someone to contend with in this effort. Freestar settled for place after a winning trip on the lead, followed by the chasing Jesse Vargas, and the even superfecta threat Kc’s Waltrip.
The other winner on the card, came in the 10th race as the longest shot on the board at 11.6-1. Once again, the winner was not in the lead at the start, but ran a huge backside to get it done at the wire. In this effort, everyone broke and it was a mad house as they all rushed to the turn. Several greyhounds were crowded as at they tried to find room, but coming out on top at the turn was the fleet footed Ww Rowdy. Turning down the backside he separated himself by 2 lengths from the rest of the field, but that fun would be short lived. Also clearing was Pat C Typhoon and Mrl Bold Ego. Both greyhound gave chase after the leader and by the far turn, Typhoon had pulled off the magic trick and made the lead disappear as they turned for home. Pouring it on with every step he took, Typhoon drew off from the rest and crossed the line 2.5 length better than the competition in 31.20 seconds. The closing Mrl Ego finished an easy 2nd at the line, followed by the early leader Ww Rowdy in 3rd. Fourth place went to Real Good Feeling, who closed from last after encountering trouble throughout in this effort.
The semi-finals for the 2017 bestbet Sprint Classic will take place on Saturday evening July 29th. The final 24 greyhounds will battle it out for the points and an opportunity to find a spot in the finals on Saturday evening August 5th at bestbet Jacksonville. Make you plans to cheer on favorites and play some greyhound bingo as well on the upcoming Saturday evenings at bestbet.