The draw has been done and the post positions are finalized for the 2018 Orange Park Derby. Some came out smelling like a rose, while others didn’t fare as well. Everyone has a shot though, as that will always be why we run the races. The favorites done win all the time, so let’s take a closer look at this field as see if we can get you some winners on Saturday evening at bestbet Jacksonville.
Finals of the 2018 Orange Park Derby
Race 11 for Saturday evening February 3rd, 2018
- Craigie Avatar (Djays Octane – Debbie’s Dreamer) was the pre-race favorite that turned it on in the later rounds to score a spot in the finals. The all around best router at the racetrack, draws her best starting box. If she is close early, they won’t beat her tonight.
- Craigie Javier (Djays Octane – Craigie Joplin) was undefeated in the rounds, 4 starts, 4 wins, and can get it done from on the lead or from off the pace. He too likes the rail and should put up another big effort inside. The post time favorite, could complete the sweep tonight.
- Boc’s Queen Lady (Kc And All – Boc’s Snow Queen) is competing in her 8th stakes final. She shines brightest in the big races and gives her all in every start. She is the only major stakes winner in the field and could break and factor once again from a good starting post.
- Pat C Bona (Djays Octane – Gable Loaded) is a strong closer that can run down almost anyone late. Forget about the stigma of the midtrack as she feels right at home here. She has run some of her best races in the 4 and 5 boxes. She needs to be closer early to have a chance at winning.
- Boc’s All I Got (Surf Lorian – Boc’s Posh Spice) was a threat in each and every effort she ran in the rounds. She easily could have had 3 wins, but only came out with one. She has great early speed and factor close again here, that is if she can overcome the tough starting box.
- Like A Boss (Pat C Clement – Why Ya Wanna) is all rail all the time and took advantage of she great post positions in the rounds to score on 3 occasions. Here he will have some work to do, but if he breaks, he might just be able to show off on the lead just one more time.
- Critics Choice (Gable Dodge – Glossy Glow) is a veteran router that finally gets to run in a major stakes final. This girl is all about the break and must hit the lid to contend with this talented field. If she breaks first, watch out, she is unbeaten in 10 straight when she breaks on top.
- Drink It Off (Pat C Clement – Barts Sweet Pea) is a converted sprinter that is getting better and better in every start over 660. He draws an ideal post here with the 8 box and could put up another gem like he did in round #2. Like the rest, he must break if he wants to win.
As the lure blows down the backside and by the box, it will be crowded up front. For sure the strong breakers will come out fast and push for the early lead. Boc’s All I Got, Craigie Javier, Drink It Off and Boc’s Queen Lady should be the ones vying for the lead as they round the early turn. The middle will get crowded and leads to some trouble as the edges, and rail and the wide side of the racetrack, slip past and take over control of this effort. Javier comes up the frontside the first time around in front as Drink If Off is stalking just behind in second. Also benefiting was Craigie Avatar, and she is way close early on in this race. From this point on it turns into a 3-greyhound race for the lead, and for control. Around the turn they go with the lead trio of Javier, Drink It Off, and Boc’s Queen Lady, jockeying back and forth for control, and as they continue their battle around the escape turn and down the backside, Avatar is gaining ground on them with every stride. By the far turn, Avatar has made up the cushion and it turns into a Battle Royal as they turn for home. The leaders, Craigie Javier, Drink It Off, contend up front as Craigie Avatar jets by Boc’s Queen Lady and sets her eyes on the prize. Closer and closer they will creep to the wire, but half way home the leaders, become the chaser. Avatar pokes her nose past and takes over control. Outlasting the frontrunners, she scores at the wire as the dueling pair submit to their fate and the Queen finds yet another money finish in the stakes final. (1-2-8-3)