The semi-finals for the 2018 Orange Park Derby are upon us and after Saturday evening we will know just who the top 8 are that are going to contend for the title. We still have 24 greyhounds in the running and every point that they can earn will be a valuable one. Several still have a chance at the finals, but they will need to step up if they want into that race for a chance at the title. Let’s take a closer look at the races and see if we can get you cashing some tickets this weekend at bestbet Jacksonville.
Semi-Finals of 2018 Orange Park Derby
Saturday evening January 27th, 2018
Race 7 – Multiple winners and contenders in this effort, but sometimes it comes down to other details, tonight is on of those nights. Two round winner, Like A Boss, draws the rail and that is enough said. Both of those victories in the rounds have come from the rail, and in each, he has beat the box and wired the field on the early lead. Tonight, another red box, no one around with early speed, and he should be unabated to the front end. Look for another big rail effort in the win. Pushing him the entire way should be Pat C Typhoon. A finalist in the 2017 Orange Park Derby, Typhoo is always around the leaders at the wire over 660 yards. He has not missed the money in all 3 of his efforts but might need to score if he for sure wants a spot in the finals. Those 19 points would come in handy, so a bigger break and it may take a lead to get him home to upset. Converted sprinter Drink It Off also needs to get out of the starting box fast in this effort. He looked strong in round 1 and 2 but found trouble at the end of round 3 and finished out of the money. Even though he has a win, he too still needs a big showing in this effort. The post is fine, he has the skills and time, he needs to give his all if he wants to move on. Don’t forget about Royal Clarion either. This greyhound can run all day and gets a favorable post position as well in this effort. She has unmatched speed in the stretch but can’t get too far behind early on or she will be out of this race. She can steal them from off the pace, so she needs a repeat of round 2 in this effort for a chance at the finals. (1-5-4-8)
Race 9 – I’ve been touting the greyhound since before the stakes started, so there is no backing off her now. Craigie Avatar might just be the best 660 greyhound at the racetrack, and she aims to prove it in the finals. First though, she must get there, so a big effort will be needed tonight. She can win with or without the lead in any race, and if she gets loose, she can dominate fields. (Just look at her last race) As long as she can get around the turn clean from the outside tonight, she will prove unstoppable at the wire once more. Making her work late will be the red hot running Critics Choice. This greyhound has been breaking, and winning, in the rounds and tonight she could complete the hat-trick if it all goes right for her. She likes it midtrack, and gets it here, and could wire this field on the lead for the win. Either that, or a late surrender to the best of the best at the track. Closing Businessasusual was the runner-up in the 2017 Orange Park Derby but has some work left to get there again in 2018. He likes the inside, and gets it here, and he has the closing speed to threaten in the deep stretch. He needs to steer clear of trouble early and find room late if he has a shot at all taking home a big time W in this effort. Finally, in the superfecta should be Dutch Casey. The winner of the 2018 Orange Park Derby is a huge closer that just can seem to get around with a clean trip in these stakes rounds. He just keeps finding trouble. Even with a win, he would be hard pressed for the final, but he could get some satisfaction out of ruining someone else’s trip. He has the tools to get it done, but I don’t know if he has the luck. Tonight, a late close and a spot under on your tickets. (7-4-3-5)
Race 11 – Undefeated time in this race as the back to back to back winner, Craigie Javier, it ready to complete the run through the rounds unscathed. Breaking from the 1 box, really like he needed the extra help, Javier should be around close to the early lead and do what he needs to do late to keep his perfect record intact. It won’t be easy though. There are several greyhounds here with early speed and a nose for the front end. Any of them could see the lead but holding on against his superior talent will be the tough part. Looking to make him work should be Boc’s All I Got. No greyhound in the rounds has been more around the front end than All I Got. Living up to her name, she leaves it all on the track and that is why she has a win, a second by a nose, and a second by a length in her 3 rounds in the stakes. She will come to run again in this effort and force the pace from the start all the way to the wire. A great quiniela play in this effort. Watch out for Pat C Bona too. Another first round winner with 3 straight trifectas looks to take back the top spot at the wire again in this effort. This closer is strong late in the race and has a nose for the wire. He likes the post and will make his presence known at the finish line. Check out the SURVIVOR, pun intended, Tiger’s Eye as well in this effort. This greyhound might not have won a race yet but has been in the trifecta in all three rounds. Always close to the leader, the inside post does her a favor in this effort. If she can hit the lid, she can use the eye of the tiger to factor on the lead and push for the upset at the wire. (1-4-6-2)
Remember the finals of the 2018 Orange Park Derby will run on Saturday evening February 3rd at bestbet Jacksonville in the 11th race on the card. In addition, we will be running our new P-L-I-N-K-O board with great cash and prizes to be given away, along with our fan favorite 2nd chance drawings. Don’t miss out on our famous AYCE buffet, featuring Snow Crab Legs! Grab your friend, make some plans, and come have a GREYT time at the races!