The Semi-finals of the 2017 bestbet Sprint Classic should be a while affair and 14 of the top 24 remaining greyhounds are just a win away from the point lead and everyone still might have a chance, if the cards play out right, to make it into the finals. The points are spread out a bit and it should be interesting to see just who shows up on Saturday evening at bestbet Jacksonville. Let’s take a closer look at the remaining 3 races and see if we can get you cashing some tickets this weekend.
Saturday evening – July 29th, 2017
Race 7 – Puppy power will be in full display once again tonight. The new sensation at the racetrack, PURE SENSATION, should be the one to beat again in this effort. This pup has gone straight up the ladder to grade A and has won 6 of his 7 lifetime starts, 2 of which have come against stakes competition. He has gears to burn and should put them on display once again tonight from a great outside post position. He will not be in the lead early on, that is saved for the lid popping threat Lk’s Freestar, but in the end, he will take over and get the job done in the stretch. No doubt Freestar is the one to catch on the front end in this effort. Easily the best breaker, she has not missed the trifecta in any of the rounds, but has been caught in her 2 of those efforts. Look for another strong trip and for her to surrender late again tonight. Others to consider here include the late closing, getting stronger with every start runner, L’s Sum Dog, along with the posted up third round winner, Pat C Typhoon. (7-6-4-1)
Race 9 – Going with the hot hand here, and a bit of a longershot, Gs Humongous. This greyhound is breaking extremely well he has turned those good early starts into W’s at the finish line. He has won back to back races and is the hottest thing going coming into the semi-finals. Another strong outside post will give him room to rush early on and no one should beat him to the lead again tonight. Here’s to holding on at the wire for the hat trick. That might be easier said than done in this race though as the track record holder, Real Good Feelin, is right next door and ready to pounce. As you can tell, she is as fast as she wants to be and can run down pretty much anyone at the racetrack if the mood suits here. When she breaks, she is almost unbeatable, but she didn’t get out well in her last two efforts and had to overcome trouble to contend. She needs a win to for sure stamp her spot into the finals, so tonight could be her time to shine. Others to not overlook in this effort include the ideally posted in the money 6 straight races runner Perfect Pitch, who has two wins showing and both of those came from the same one box that she has tonight, and the forget my last race and look at the previous 4 in the quiniela threat Boc’s Andross. (7-8-1-5)
Race 11 – Step up time for a couple of greyhounds in this race. Last year’s winner, Hey Hey Daddy, and recent stakes round ruler, Watch Me, both need to step up here and put up a big effort if they want to move on to Saturday evening and have another shot at a stakes title. Hey Hey Daddy is clearly the greyhound to beat in this race as she has track record type speed and can win with or without the lead in any race. She needs to break better there so that she can get back on top, and the middle post is a good place for her to start from. She has not missed the quiniela, including 2 wins, in her last 3 starts from the middle posts. She might have to come from off the pace to get the job done as Watch Me can hit the lid and steal leads on occasion, and she must avoid the right breaking Band Ludwig from and 4 box. Watch Me has the best chance to spoil Daddy’s return party tonight. He can hit the lid and sire fields on the front end, and he needs a solid trip here if he wants to make the finals once again at bestbet Jacksonville. He is short late on occasion and could be run down here too again if Daddy or others get around the lead in the early stages of this race. Still a threat, you can’t leave him out. Keep an eye out for Bgr S Spielberg early and he has really come into his own as of late and has just missed the win in his last two efforts in a row in the stakes. His early foot will make him dangerous to the stretch. Mrl Bold Ego must not be overlooked either. With a strong 1 box, he should get close early and factor for the duration of this effort. His last win, came from the same red box that he has in this effort tonight. (5-6-3-1)