Another great stake racing final is upon us here at bestbet Jacksonville. The 2017 edition of the $35,000 Orange Park Derby will run this Saturday evening, November 11th, in the 11th race on the card, in conjunction with our dash for cash promotion and our second chance drawings. Loads of fun to be had by all, so let take a closer look at the finalist and just how this final round race will play out.
Greyhounds in post-position order.
- Rt Banana Foster (Djays Octane – Shelley) has really stepped things up since returning from Southland. A strong stalking threat, she can steal the lead on occasion, but can be caught from behind as well. The post could work for her here, but a huge break will be needed to contend.
- Boc’s Queen Lady (Kc And All – Boc’s Snow Queen) is the only stakes champ in the bunch. The winner of the 2017 Ironhound Stakes, she can close over any distance and with 2 wins in 4 qualifying starts, she is still firing on all cylinders. Posted well near the rail, she should challenge well again in this effort.
- Lee Trinity (Kiowa Sweet Trey – Lee Devin) is the most experienced greyhound in the field, and probably has more 660 wins as these greyhounds have starts. She is tough on the early lead, but you never know if she is going to break or now. If she can steal a ton early on, she might just upset minded in this effort.
- Gs Humongous (Pat C Game Face – Gs Ashlynn) is a converted sprinter that has made breaking a business over 660 yards. On the lead early in 5 straight, that is where I expect him to be again tonight. Problem is that he just a tad bit short in the stretch. Holding on could be tough, but with some help behind, he might just wire them all
- Businessasusual (Djays Octane – Fruition) was the only greyhound not to win a race during the rounds. He is a good stalking closer that can come from off the pace to challenge in a good race. He would rather not be in this starting box, but he will make due. He must be in the conversation early on to stand a chance against this talented field.
- Nizy (Bd’s Grayson – Secret Papers) has taken the 660 course by storm with 3 wins in 4 efforts in the stakes. She has speed to burn late and can get it done from on or off the pace in any race. She should like the midtrack post, and most likely will be the greyhound to beat in this effort.
- Pat C Typhoon (Iruska All Star – Pat C Ok) another converted sprinter that hangs around the front end in each start. He has shown to be a bit short late, like most sprinters are, but he did also hang on to win a race in the rounds. Like the rest of the sprinters in this final, he will need a big break and some help behind if he wants to steal the win.
- Dutch Casey (Djays Octane – Djays Im A Star) is the best closer in the field and is coming off a stellar win in his semi-final race. He would rather be on the rail, but might just find room from the outside as the early speeders get out of his way. No doubt he will be a force late, and if he decides to break, he could pull off a huge win. That 37.33 effort was no fluke!
The lure hops into motion and whirls by the 660 starting boxes. And out pops the 4, Gs Humongous to the lead. No big surprise there as he has not been beaten to the front end in 5 straight races, but it is who comes out behind him that makes this race one to watch. Clearly outside is the triple race winner Nizy along in tow with the Ironhound Champ Boc’s Queen Lady. Also in contention is the one Rt Banana Foster and the lurking closer Dutch Casey. Around the early turn and up the frontstretch they go, and it is just more of the same. Humongous set the pace with the others chasing and trying to keep him in sight as they roll through the escape turn and up the backside. Still in command Humongous is putting on a show on the front end, but it is all about to change come the far turn. The chasers are coming, the closers are flying, and everyone is getting closer and closer to the early leader. As they turn for him, the lead has disappeared and the chasers are now the leaders. Nizy and Boc’s Queen Lady both blow by the man in front and make a two-way run to the wire for the win. Both battle hard back and forth and neither of them want to give an inch away. Down to the final few strides they are duking it out, but in the end, Nizy comes out just better than Boc’s Queen Lady at the finish line. Closing from behind is Dutch Casey to overtake Humongous in the deep stretch and steal away 3rd. After running a great race on the lead, Humongous was just outfinished by longer running greyhounds and must settle for the final spot in the superfecta at the wire. (6-2-8-4)