The Lester Raines kennel took over the commanding spot in qualifying as they posted up win in 2 of the 5 races on the card, including the biggest effort of them all in the 7th race. Hitting the lid, Lee Trinity stole away a mile ahead of the rest of the field, and come the stretch, he would need every inch to get the W at the wire. Watching his lead dwindle down the stretch, he still crossed with a slim margin, a length and a half, in the fastest time in qualifying 37.91 seconds. Kudos to Dutch Casey as he gained throughout and made it interesting at the finish line. Super C Amy gave her all late as she outphotoed Cbj Sonner for the final spot in the trifecta at the wire.
Raines other winner came in the last race, the 15th on the card, as Nizy showed that she might have found a new home over the added distance. Breaking quickly and taking over early as expected was Ww’s Jax Straw. Stretching the margin early and maintaining to the far turn and into the stretch, she looked like she might just live up to her favorite title, but Nizy was not done yet. After chasing all the way in second, Nizy found some gears late and overpowered the leader in the stretch. Drawing away late, winning by 3, this converted router could be a tough out in the stakes. Ww’s Jax Straw finished 2nd after a game front running trip, followed by the solid battling Dutch Dalton in 3rd and Pat C Typhoon in 4th.
The Lashmet kennel also posted up a win in round 1, but it was not by the greyhound that everyone thought would win. Lk’s Fanciful had to give everything to get the win in the 13th race on the card. Solid grade A sprinter, Gs Humongous, bolted from the starting box and took over instant control of the race. Proving game on the lead, he held his slim margin down the backside, but the closers came a running in the far turn and down the stretch it was anyone’s game. Everyone dug in deep and tit was a tight finish at the wire. Lk’s Fanciful proved best in the photo by a nose, Humongous was denied at the wire and had to settle for place as the closing Like A Boss was just a half a length off in 3rd. Finishing out the superfecta was B’s Valiantnight, who ran a monster race to finish just a couple of lengths back at the finish line.
Race 11 went to the Jim Blanchard kennel as the former stakes champ, Ironhound Stakes, Boc’s Queen Lady took advantage of the trouble in the turns to score a strong victory in round 1. Easily breaking to the lead in this race was Lk’s Centuria, but that front running place would not last that line. The lock of round one saw he win go up in flames as converted Sprinter Kells Pretender cut her off in the escape turn and block her again in the far turn. Shuffling to last, she would never recover. So, the closers were the ones to benefit here. Weaving through traffic and circling the rivals in the far turn, Boc’s Queen Lady came from way back to take over control at the far turn and cruise home for the victory. Also taking advantage was Hustle It Upgirl in 2nd, and Dutch Ranger in 3rd. Previously mentioned leader Kells Pretender held on for the final spot in the superfecta at the finish line.
Finally, was the former track record holder, Herstal, posted up a win in race number 9 for the Clear Lakes Kennel. Talk about a competitive event? The top 5 finishers were all within 3.5 lengths at the wire and each had a shot to take home the win in the stretch. Breaking on top and setting the pace was Ww Great Wall. Pushing the lead to 2 lengths early, she held tough all the way to the far turn before surrendered to the 770 monster Herstal. There she was passed and it took the gas right out of her tank. The closers would all go by her late and she will have to settle for the first spot out of the money at the wire. Herstal would not get the easy win as she put on a closing clinic and held tough all the way to the wire. Stretching out her lead, she crossed by a length and half over the fast closing threat Businessasusual in 2nd. Third was another closer Lee Banshee, and Royal Clarion took care of the early leader as well late and completed the ranks of the superfecta.
Round 2 of the stakes will return all 5 races as the competitors search for more points and chance to move on to the quarter-finals this Friday Evening, October 27th at bestbet Jacksonville. Grab your friends, make you plans, and don’t miss out of the best routers at the racetrack in round two of the $35,000 Orange Park Derby.