We’re Back! I’m glad to report that the bestbet Building, the kennel compound, and the greyhound are all safe and ready to go for this weekend. Kudos to all the hard-working kennel employees that risked themselves to keep all our greyhound safe during the storm.
Now for the good stuff, racing! We have another great weekend ahead of us here at bestbet Jacksonville with feature event over 550, 660 and even 770 yards. Loads of names you have heard of before, and maybe even some new ones, will have you bolting for the windows to cash those winning tickets. Let’s take a closer look and see if we can help you out with your selections.
Friday evening September 15, 2017
Race 7 – Let’s get this party started in the right way! The track record holder, and almost 90 race career winner, Real Good Feelin is posted and ready to go. The 8 box is home, and she will dominate from here. Look for her to break close, and leave this field in her dust late. Pushing the leader early will be the early speeder Mac’s Kelly, but no way she will be able to hang in the stretch. Posted closing super pup, Kells Caribbean could be a big-time threat from the rail, and don’t forget about the recent back to back winner Easi Kassee. (8-4-1-5)
Race 10 – Tough to pick against a greyhound on a streak, so I won’t! Lk’s Black Gold has found the Texas T and struck it rich over her last 5 efforts. Winning all of them in a row, she has commanded fields on the front end and will do so again in this effort. Sure, there are some that might challenge her here, but she finds a way to get the 6 pack. Closing threat Pat C Hash Tag is back in grade A and is always around at the finish line. With 6 straight in the money, you know what you are going to get, and she hopes to put up another gem in back to back races tonight. Flyin Kryptonite is hot off a win, and 3 in her last 5 starts. He could press early, but late he will not be a match for the winners. Don’t forget about Roc A By Sunset either. When the planets are aligned, this girl can flat out fly. That 30.17 best time is not a joke. (1-4-2-6)
Race 12 – In this evenly matched up race, something has to separate you from the rest, and here it is the experience card. Idaho Kinky has been in stakes finals, is a solid grade A, is posted up well, and has enough left late to get the job done. All pluses equal a win. Battling it out up front for early command, and a chance to wire the field will be Pat C Flagship, Lk’s SilverStone, and Dutch Marco. All three has good early speed, and any of the above can be caught from behind on the late lead in any race. They should force the pace throughout in this effort, and in the stretch, is where it is going to get interesting. If they can steal enough early on, any of the three could pull off the upset. (4-2-7-5)
Race 15 – Over to 660 yards for the nightcap and another resurging favorite gets the nod for us here. The former 770 track record holder, Herstal, has found her groove again. Winning 3 straight, including back to back in box to wire fashion, this little girl is on top of her game right now. One of the best closers at the racetrack has been breaking on top, that should be really bad news for this field as well, especially with no big early speeders in the mix. Look for another strong effort. Trying to ruin her night will be closing threats Lee Banshee and Boc’s Libra, and always keep an eye in the rearview mirror for Fiesta Bonker. This greyhound can gain ground on anyone, and if the mood is right, she could make it interesting at the finish line.
Saturday matinee September 16, 2017
Race 11 – Great match-up between some fantastic puppies. BGR Benny Da Jet gets a slight edge over the rest as he has won 3 of his last 5 races in grade A and has been in the cash in 6 straight. He can get it done from the lead, or from off the pace, and has speed to burn. Liking this post, won last time out from here big, he will be tough to beat. Upstart Cp’s Nauset Flo might have something to day about it though. She has been in the quiniela in 8 of her first 9 starts, and that includes 6 victories. Posted well, she will be a force throughout in this effort. Don’t forget about the others… Speedo Tuxedo might just be the one to catch on the lead if the other greyhounds want to win, and Flying Riverwood is no slouch herself. With 2 wins in 3 races, her early speed will make her a factor from start to finish in this effort. (4-2-7-6)
Saturday evening September 16, 2017
Race 4 – It might not be a grade A race, but everyone who is everyone loves a marathon. Something about the longer distances that really get the crowd going. I also like them as there are spot plays to see in almost all of them here at bestbet Jacksonville. First off, most are mixed grades, like this one, and you get to see some experienced greyhounds over the route take on others that have never run this far. Double dip those things and you get the winner Aston martin in this effort. Last time out in a 770 race, he started from the 7 box, and won by 6 lengths! Enough said! Fist time starter B’s Jackiejoyner looks custom made to run this far and gets a good inside post to start from. Triple grade drop Royal Clarion has too much class to be forgotten about and Pat C Nevada like the middle of the racetrack and could keep on coming the further he runs. (7-2-3-5)
Race 7 – Back to the streaking side as Boc’s Andross is looking for his 4th win in a row in this effort. She has been a woman on a mission as of late with some strong come from behind victories. Tonight, you will probably get more of the same as the lead should be reserved for someone else, but at the wire, we know who will get it done. Duke Rufus might be the best early speed greyhound in this race, but he can be run down late again, just like he did 2 races ago by Andross. Déjà vu time for him again here. Craigie Warlock has made it up to grade A again and is ideally posted in this effort. Currently in the cash in 6 straight, including a pair of wins, he will be a strong threat again in this effort. Ww’s Holy Grail rounds out the superfecta selections. A good breaker, he should push the pace to the stretch again in this effort. Late he surrenders, but should find a spot in the money at the wire. (7-5-1-3)
Race 11 – Closing is the name of the game in this race as several of the top competitors will be flying up late to try and win the photo at the wire. Nacho’s Newfie gets the slight nod for me in this effort. This solid grade A greyhound has won 2 of his last 3 efforts, and even though the post is not his favorite, he will break well and be close enough to hold on for the score. Pressuring the leader late will be the Irondhound Winner Boc’s Queen Lady. Almost midtrack she will rack up yet another in the money finish in this effort, and if she can get around close enough at the start, she could take home the top spot at the finish line. Talented up, Jeti Texas Acre cannot be forgotten about in this effort. With 12 quinieals in 19 starts, you know she can run, and this solid grade A is not slowing down at all. In her last 6 races, she has been in the quiniela 4 times. From a good midtrack post, she too could be upset minded at the wire. Finally, C Ville Kayelyn. Another stalking closer who has been in the cash 6 straight, she too will be a superfecta force tonight. (8-3-5-7)
Race 15 – Back to 660 and back to the dynamic battle between two of the best at the racetrack over this distance. Lk’s Centuria, winner of back to back races and 3 of her last 4 efforts, and Barts Risingstar, who won the 2017 bestbet Derby, and can unleash fury whenever he clears close to the leaders. The edge here as to go to Centuria as she has been breaking well, gets a good post, and has no one to deal with early on. Don’t count out Risingstar though. He can close with the best of them has steal away wins at the wire, but the post will make him work extra hard in this effort. Others to consider include DQ’s Hustle It Upgirl from a great rail post position, along with Super closer, Super C Amy from a great outside starting box. (3-7-1-8)
Sunday matinee September 17, 2017
Race 11 – An evenly matched up event that might play out a few different ways at the finish line. My way is that Kells Ferrari will take the checkered flag. This solid grade A greyhound can get after it early on and has won several starts in grade A. Here I expect him to make the lead and hold strong late to win. Lk’s Freestar is a strong paced greyhound that should be pushing the leader from start to finish. She loves this post position, winning last time out in the 3 box, and might even have a shot at stealing away the win in this effort. Ww’s Castle Rock needs to rebound after a tough trip last time out. She can break on occasion and could be close to the pace as well in this effort. L’s Sum Dog is the closer of the bunch and will be making up ground on the leaders late in this race. He has been in the money in 6 straight trips and looks to continue that streak in this race. If he can get into the conversation early on, he will have an outside shot at an upset at the wire. (8-3-7-6)