The third round of the 2018 Orange park Derby is here and now that the field has been trimmed down, the action is going to heat up. Only the best of the best remain and each will be vying for points, and a chance to move on, in the Orange Park Derby. Plenty of talent is still in the mix, and with only one repeat winner, almost everyone still has a shot. Let’s take a closer look at the races for Monday evening and see if we can get you cashing some tickets tonight.
Round 3 of the 2018 Orange Park Derby
Monday evening January 22nd, 2018
Race 7 – Tough race here as we get two winners in round 2 and one from round 1 all matching up. Clearly, they have a class edge over the rest of this field, but what order do you like them in?? I like the greyhound that just missed in round 2 by a nose, after winning in round 1. Boc’s All I Got seems to be the real deal. She can break, she can lead, she can hold on, and she can even come again like she did last time out. I expect her to see the front end early and dominate. Pushing the pace from a great inside post will be a second-round winner, Critics Choice. This solid grade A threat is will around throughout and challenging the leader all the way to the wire. Royal Clarion got back on track last time out too with a win. Better over 770, she is a closer at 660, but will need to break well again to have a chance to win. The post helps, she had the 3-box last time out in her win and should factor well in the stretch. Don’t forget about Pat C Zz Top either. This greyhound came from a mile back in round 2, after early trouble, and just missed running down several greyhounds by a neck. If he gets loose early, WATCH OUT! (7-2-3-5)
Race 9 – After a rough trip in round 1, Craigie Avatar needed a big effort in round 2 and got one as she missed winning by just a half a length. Now with some breathing room, she needs a W here to get back into the mix at the top of the point totals. Helping her is the box. She will be close early and dominate late for the win. Pushing the pace should be the converted sprinter Pat C Typhoon. This greyhound just missed last time out and stole a huge lead with a superior break in his second-round effort. Typhoo also gets a good box to break from and should be a force throughout on the front end again in this effort. Look for her to get edged out late and settle for next best for the second trip in a row. Pat C Merlin also has some early speed and won his first-round race in the stakes. The midtrack post is a great place for him to start from as well, and if he can get loose early on, he too might have a shot at taking home a win at the wire tonight. He has all the tools to wire the field, that is if he can hold off Avatar in the stretch. Keep and eye out for Boc’s Queen Lady as well. She always runs tough in the stakes round and can compete at any distance. She might be a bit short at times over the longer ones, but you never know when she is just going to dig in deep and stretch it to the wire for the win. (i.e. look at her last start) The post is different here though, so she need a big break to get things done tonight. (1-2-6-4)
Race 11 – No doubt about who to pick in this effort, Craigie Javier. Winner of back to back races in the rounds, Javier is the only undefeated greyhound remaining. No matter if you win by 1 or 1 thousand, a win is a win is a win. Determination is the key to his success so far as he has outlasted the rest at the finish line in both of those stakes efforts. Posted well again here, I expect for him to break well and find a way to hold on at the wire for the hat-trick. Tiger’s Eye might just be the surprise of the stakes so far. The ship-in from Birmingham has not missed a beat over 660 and has faired well in both rounds of the stakes so far. Closing hard in each of those efforts, she has really started to get noticed by the gamblers. Tonight, the post might try her patients, but with a strong late close, she should be around at the wire once again. Pushing the early pace, and stalking the leader, should be RT Banana Foster. Clearly, she has not broke like she can in the rounds so far, and frankly she is running out of time to do so. If she wants to move on in the stakes, this greyhound needs to wake up. Foster can run and beat the best of them at the racetrack over 660, she just needs to get out of the starting box. Just look back a bit and you will see 3 wins in a row in grade A. She has the potential, time to see if she has the desire to break and win a round tonight. Finally, in the money is Scottish Rouge. This greyhound is a steady pace runner that varies little in his effort. What you see early, is what you get, and that is not such a bad thing. He has finished 4th in both rounds of the stakes so far and you should be able to expect more of the same in this race tonight. (2-6-3-1)
Race 15 – Hot hand is what the calling card of this race is as super pup, Drink It Off, might just have figured it all out in his last effort. Breaking close and taking over early, he coasted all the way around the racetrack to put up the best effort in the stake so far at 37.59 seconds. No better post to break from here than the 1, so let’s see this guy hit the lid again and dominate in back to back races. Pat C Bona must also be considered in this effort. A winner in round 1, he followed that up with a strong 3rd in round two and get a better post tor beak from here in this effort. He can run with or without the early lead and can come on late to challenge if need be. He has all the tools and could take home another win if he decides to hit the lid in this effort. Lee Banshee is well overdue for the top spot and could take it here tonight if he can remember to break. He is always around in his races, you know in the money 5 of his last 6 starts and is good at pressuring the leaders in those races all the way to the wire. Here he is a long way from the rail and he will have to work to get there in this effort. Breaking is the key to his success in this effort. Even if he can’t get it done, he should be a quality play under on your tickets. Last but not least is the rebounding Businessasusual. The runner-up in the 2017 Orange Park Derby, this closer can come and get almost anyone at the racetrack when he wants to. Here the outside post could hinder his efforts if he encounters trouble early on. No doubt the second half of the race will be better than the first, but he too could upset if the planets are aligned tonight. Help will be needed, but it is not out of the realm of possibilities for him to get it done. (1-3-6-7)
The field will be trimmed down again as 3 races will remain in the semi-finals to determined just who will move on to the elite eight in the finals of the 2018 Orange Park Derby. Join us on Saturday evening January 27th to see who gets in and who is out.