Are your ready for the most exciting night of the year? Well at bestbet Jacksonville, WE ARE! Come on out and join us on Saturday Evening December 9th for our Holiday Winning Promotion! Not only are we giving away cash and prizes after races 3-10, each of those races will be a stakes race on the card featuring all the distances at the racetrack! We start out with a 330 super sprint and run through 550, 660, 770, and even 990 super marathon Yards before we are done. Don’t miss the opportunity to turn your losing tickets on Jacksonville greyhounds to winning cash with our second chance drawings from races 2-11, and never forget about our awesome weekend buffet in the clubhouse. Make your reservations early as bestbet Jacksonville is going to be packed with people, prizes, cash, and stakes race this coming Saturday evening.
Let’s take a closer look at the stakes events on the card and see if we can get you cashing some tickets, and taking home some extra money, for the holiday season.
Saturday evening, December 9th, 2017
Race 3 – (330 Yards – Super Sprint) This race is short, from the 770 box to the finish line, so that means whoever gets the early lead is probably going to win. No matter the grade, you need ALL OUT EARLY SPEED to get the job done, and there is a duo here that stand out amongst the crowd. The on that gets the nod for me is Sunday Funday. First to the turn in 6 straight, she will be hard to beat to the lead as she can rush with the best of them. She will be pressed throughout though as Problem Child also is a 6-straight race front end finder at the turn. This duo will be nose to nose for the duration and should be a solid quiniela play on the card. Others to consider here include the classy play, solid grade A, Boc’s Andross, who has not been worst than 3rd to the turn, and Taking My Time, a greyhound that has been in the lead in the 4 of the last 5 races and draws a great rail post. (2-4-8-1)
Race 4 – (990 Yards – Super Marathon) No one knows how this race is going to play out. Twice around from the 550 starting box, it is a long, long, long way home. We do know how some of these greyhounds perform over 770 and if they can close there, they might have the stuff to go even further. I’ll play it safe with the class and experience in this effort. No doubt to me that the former 770 track record holder, Herstal, should be the post time favorite. She has loads of starts over the marathon course, can close well over that distance, has the 1 box, had a track record at 770, and might just set another one in this effort. Challenging here will be the pup Lk’s Rose Petal. Another well suited greyhound that closed hard over 770 and is finding her groove as of late. Hot off a win, she is the only grade A greyhound in this field. Jesse Owens made up ground in both of his recent marathon races and could challenge for the win here, and Camp Ellie also gets a nod. He has one pace and it looks like he can keep it up for a great while. If he can stay out of trouble tonight, you never know what he might do. (1-5-2-8)
Race 5 – (550 Yards Consolation Stakes) Everyone in this race didn’t have a great first run at the stakes, but tonight they get another chance at it. Veteran experienced power comes to mind and only one greyhound in this field has won a stakes final, Hey Hey Daddy! Daddy might be getting a little long in the tooth, but he still has the cops to win. (See 3 wins in his last 6 starts). Posted midtrack here where he likes to be, I expect a big effort and a win tonight. Another strong grade A winner that should challenge is L’s Sum Dog. As fast as he wants to be, this greyhound can get it done on or off the early pace. Before his last effort, 5 straight in the money with 2 wins. Tonight, he rebounds and challenges for the win. Post position makes Duke Rufus a factor here too. This greyhound loves the 8 box and runs his best when he is wearing the tiger stripes. Winning against this talented field might be a stretch, but he should a solid under play on your tickets. Let’s not forget about Pat C Alex either. Even though he likes to race outside, he can hang from the rail starting boxes too. For him its all about the break. If he can get close early on, he too might have a chance to score an upset. (5-6-8-1)
Race 6 – (770 Yards Consolation Stakes) Another humdinger of a race where any one in the field might just have a chance at a victory. Some greyhounds here have experience over the route, and that might just separate them from the rest at the finish line. Aintgunnawasteit is better than his lines show and there is no doubt in my mind that he can run this far. He has competed against tougher fields and finished in the money, and this time around he has a favorable post position. Look for him to rebound with a bit winning effort tonight. Pressing him should be the former grade A, and strong marathon threat, Good Luckchigger. Chigger missed her break and found double trouble last time out. Look for her to remedy that situation tonight. Super C Amy is not in the right box at all, but with so big early speeders in this race, she might just see the lead headed to the turn in this effort. She is short over the marathon course and would need to steal a mile to upset. Could it be done? Sure, but it will take her best to accomplish that. Keep an eye out for Cbj Thunderbolt as well. A solid chaser, he could factor in the money from the start in this effort. (2-5-1-6)
Race 7 – (550 Yards Holiday Stakes Final) Now to the meat of the program, the 550 stakes final is here, and boy is this race loaded with everything you want. Plenty of early speed, exciting pups, cagey veterans, and even a track record holder with over 90 wins! No doubt it is going to be a donnybrook as 6 of the 8 greyhounds have wins in grade A showing in their last 6 races, and the other two have been in the money 5 or more times in their last 6 starts. Hot hand gets the grease here as super pup Drink It Off gets the nod once again. Currently, on a 4-race win streak, Drink It Off has shown mad skills in the stretch to take down leaders near the wire for those victories. Here he better not give up too much ground early, and there are greyhounds in this field that could wire him on the lead. Speaking of that, Lk’s Black Gold could be that greyhounds. On a streak of her own, back to back wins and 5 straight quinielas, Black Gold has the early rush needed to get to the lead and stay there in this effort. Posted well tonight, she too is a strong threat to score. Never count out Real Good Feelin. I know she is getting some age on her, but you can’t replace heart, desire, drive, talent, experience, and will! These characteristics she has in abundance and they will be on display again tonight. If she breaks near the lead, the race might just be for place. Don’t over look the other stellar pup in the field, Kiowa Sure Wild. Posted well in the 1 box, this pup can run tough when close early on. She needs to break again here for a chance to win, but has enough late speed to contend without it. She should finish off the race somewhere in the money tonight. (5-7-3-1)
Race 8 – (660 Yards Consolation Stakes) Another wide-open race that could be had by anyone that wants to step up tonight. I’ll firmly jump out on a slim limb with this pick, but deep down I think it can happen. Former 550 track record holder Kmz Kraken can run this far and is a monster when she can get loose in any race. The problem is that we are just not sure when that is going to happen. In her last effort, the post hindered her performance, and tonight from the rail, I see that improving. Look at her last race from the 2 box! Enough said. Pressuring her late will be the 2nd place finisher in the recent finals of the 2017 Orange Park Derby. Businessasusual is a good closer over the route that just needs to stay out of trouble to have a shot to take home the win here. He likes the post and should fly up into the mix at the finish line. Like A Boss is almost a duplicate of Businessasusual. Both can close, both like it midtrack, and both could upset if they get around close tonight early on. Look for Boss to be coming on strong in the stretch as well to challenge in this effort. With 4 of 6 in the money, including a win, I expect another strong performance. Setting the pace and making all the closers work will be Nb’s Paris Hilton. In 5 of her last 6 races she has been in the lead early, but has not lasted to win any of those efforts. She is short late and will be once again in this race. She should be able to hold on in the money tough as she has been there in 5 of her last 6 races. (2-6-3-8)
Race 9 – (770 Yards Holiday Stakes Final) This is a tough stakes final. Loads of talent here along with some big efforts last time out from some greyhounds with little experience over the route. You must pick someone, so I will go with Lee Banshee. The winner of back to back races over this distance, including the Thanksgiving Marathon Consolation win, he is an absolute terror on the early lead. Once he gets his nose in front, he shows no signs of slowing down whatsoever. The break is the most critical part of this race for him, and remember that he ran faster than the finals in that consolation effort, and he posted up the quickest time in qualifying for this final round race. Out and gone early on! NEXT! Trying to chase down the early footer will be Jack’s Jet Speed. The other first round winner draws a tough post here and will have to overcome it if he wants a chance to win. He can close late, and has 3 marathon wins showing in his last 6 races. Royal Clarion is the other greyhound that will throw her name into the mix to win this effort. She has the early speed to see the front end and she it extra tough up front when she gets to the clean air. She was the winner of the 2017 Thanksgiving Marathon Stakes, and has not finished out of the money in 4 races in a row over 770 yards. She might get outgunned late, but she will give her all here and contend from the box to wire with the leaders. Dutch Casey might not win a bunch, but he is always in contention at the finish line. With 6 straight in the trifecta, including 3 straight in his last 3 marathon races in a row, he will be a presence around the lead for the duration of this effort. (4-1-6-5)
Race 10 – (660 Yards Holiday Stakes Final) This final has something for everyone. Early speed, check! Late speed, check! Stalkers, check! Converted sprinters, check! Recent winners, check! Stakes winners, check! And even a greyhound that has won 3 of her last 6 races over this distance! That is where we will start with Craigie Avatar. Closing is the name of her game as all of those victories have come from off the pace. She likes the midtrack to inside posts and gets a gem here with the 3 box. On a couple of early speeders to deal with, and she should be too close too soon not to take care of them in the stretch. Look for another hard driving effort and for her to post up another W at the finish line. Critics Choice might not have been in the choice to win in round 1, but that is exactly what she did. After back to back races where she was just a head too short of scoring, she came up big in round 1 and moved into this final. She has been breaking well, gets another good post here, and should factor up front throughout. Lk’s Fanciful is a hot and cold running greyhound that can really turn on the scald when she wants to. Tonight, she gets a tough box and will have to overcome it if she wants a chance to win. A strong break would go a long way in helping out her effort. Finally, is the Ironhound stakes winner herself, Boc’s Queen Lady. Lady is all hart, can run any distance, and somehow always ends up in the money at the wire. She has not missed the top 4 spots in forever, ok 17 races in a row, but you get the drift. No matter what happens, this girl will be there at the finish line. Tough post to get room early on, but she will find her way clear and contend. You can count on that! (3-6-2-5)
Don’t forget! Prizes and Cash Giveaways races 3-10. Stakes Races over all distance in races 3-10. Second chance drawings in races 2-11, and a great night had by all on Saturday evening December 9th at bestbet Jacksonville. I’ll see you at the RACES!