Time for round 2 of the 2018 edition of the Orange Park Derby. All five races return for this round as the leaders will battle it out with the rest of the field for the points needed to move on in the stakes. Loads of talent still on tap and we will see if the Pat Collins kennel can keep up the dominance again in this round. Let’s take a closer look at the races for Friday evening at bestbet Jacksonville.
Round 2 of the 2018 Orange Park Derby
Friday evening January 19th, 2018
Race 7 – (SEVEN GREYHOUND RACE) Coming off a stupendous effort to win in round 1, you must like Pat C Bona’s chances again here. This pup can really fly in the open and can get it done from the lead or from off the pace. The post will not hurt this effort. Look for him to have another great showing tonight. Pushing the leader, the entire way should be the other converted router Drink It Off. Getting back on track in round 2, Drink It Off should make strides again tonight from a favorable post position. Dutch Dalton also did well in round 1, but couldn’t keep up with Bona last time and won’t be able to again here. Look for him to be an early threat, and late keep an eye out for Mrl Pay Back. This fantastic closer almost found the money after double trouble in round 1. If she clears closer early, she too could have a shot at the top spot at the wire. (7-8-3-6)
Race 9 – Forget the last race and get back on board with the pre-race favorite. Craigie Avatar was just a few steps from the early leaders in round one until she has knocked wide and back out of contention. She rallied the best she could, but finished out of the top four spots at the wire. She needs a big effort here to get back on track, and score some points to move on to the next round. Before that effort, 4 of 6 wins and 6 straight in the quiniela. Watch her wake up tonight! Pushing the pace should be the first- round winner Pat C Merlin and the always tough factor that is Critics Choice. Both could steal away the win here, and could get it done with some help behind them. Everyone needs to not forget about Easi Turner either. A bit of a hot and cold runner, you never know what you are going to get, but if the faucet is warm, he might just make his presence know at the wire. (6-5-4-8)
Race 10 – Big second round duel here between tow first-round winners. Both Craigie Javier and Boc’s All I Got have early speed and won their races on the front end. Both have limited experience over the distance and either could see the lead tonight. So, what we really have is the need to figure out just who wants it more. That could be problematic as well. You must pick someone though, so post separates them for me. Boc’s All I Got loves the one box and has flourished from the red and blue boxes in the past. That gets her just a nose better out in front all the way to the wire. Javier will challenge but just miss late for the W. Both need to worry about the always closing monster that is Lk’s Rose Petal. She can come at any distance, remember she broke the track record over 990, and even though he missed in the first round, Pat C ZZ Top could factor from a good post if he can break. (1-6-8-2)
Race 11 – Back on track time for a lot of greyhounds in the stakes, but maybe none more that Rt Banana Foster. Winner of 3 of her last 5 starts, she was poised to make some noise in round 1, but didn’t break sharp and found trouble. Here she will have room outside and I expect her to rebound with a strong front running effort. Pushing the back should be the rail contingent of Boc’s Libra and Boc’s Queen Lady. Both can come out running and challenge early, and the posts will make both a much tougher out in this effort. Both are around the pace in almost every race, and if Foster sits in the box, either one of them could pull off the win in this effort. Lurking is the Orange Park Derby winner in 2017. After a troughed up out of the money finish in round 1, he will be on a mission tonight and it could spell bad news for the early speed trio. Casey is a closer, a dam good one, and will be showing that off late in this effort. If he can overcome the tough 5 box, and get around in contention early, he might just be able to run everyone down late and pull off the upset. (6-2-1-5)
Race 15 – We do have a first-round winner in this effort, but I think it might be hard to repeat from an unfavorable post position. Here I like the greyhounds that ran all around the win in round number one, but failed to get the job done. Tonight, the script changes as Lee Banshee gets up for the win. Well overdue for the top spot, Lee Banshee gave a great hard trying effort in round one for the same post that she has in round two. I expect her to break closer, threaten throughout, and come home a winner at the wire. Also in contention will be Pat C Typhoon. The early leader is a bit short over the added distance and should be again tonight. Late you know that Jack’s Jet Speed will be revving up the engines and making a late thrust to try and steal away the victory, and just because the post is tough, don’t write off Like A Boss either. A winner in round 1, he broke extremely well and proved tough on top. The 5 box is not the 1 box, so he will need a similar box beating break to upset again in this effort. (2-7-4-5)
The field will be trimmed down for the 3rd round as the top 4 races of greyhounds will move on to compete on Monday evening January 22nd at bestbet Jacksonville.