Another stakes race is here and this time we get the toughest of the toughest at bestbet Jacksonville. The Ironhound Stakes is appropriately named as you must get through the grueling gauntlet of 330, 550, 660 and now 770-yard races to come out on top as a winner. Only the strongest remain and it will all come down to just what greyhound can get the job done over 770 yards. Qualifying points are great, but it comes down to this one race, and the point leaders, might have their work cut out for them over the added, added distance.
Let’s take a closer look at the field and see just how it is going to play out in the finals.
Saturday evening April 14th, 2018
Race 11 on the card
- Pat C Bona (Djays Octane – Gable Loaded) is a true distance greyhound that thrives over the longer courses. Posted in a great spot here, he is going to be the one to beat in this race. His last race over 770 was a big time win from the same red box he has tonight.
- Coco Hally Ann (Kiowa Myth – Kiowa Adara Ann) is coming into her own right before our eyes. She competed well over 660 and 550, and now gets a shot at 770 too. She faltered in her first attempt at this distance but seems poised to upset if she can get loose early on.
- Royal Clarion (Golden Squire – Quick Reward) is the wishy-washy runner that can really fly on occasion when she wants to go. She has dominated before over this distance and can get the job done from on or off the pace. Just who shows up? That’s the question!
- Saylor Lee (Pat C Clement – Barts Sweet Pea) is the littermate to the fantastic brother duo of Fix A Drink and Drink It Off. She too can go any distance but appeared a bit short on occasion over 660. If she steals an early lead here, she might have a shot at the upset.
- Cm’s Grayson (Bd’s Grayson – Scarlet Hill) is recently back up in grade and made most of his noise in the stakes over the shorter races. Here he will be really stretching out the distance and I think it is going to be a rough road to hoe. He will need his best effort just to contend.
- Pat C Hell Bent (Djays Octane – Pat C Bambi) is a consistent router that should like the outside post position that he starts from in this race. He can be short at 660 and will need to stretch out to win this one. If he breaks, he could be dangerous in this effort.
- Pj Wigglengiggle (Amf Bad Bounce – Pj Miami) could be the one to beat in this effort. She didn’t do well over the shorter races, but won the 660 leg, and can go a marathon. Her last 770 race, she won by almost 9 in a blistering time. Oh, and she likes it wide too. Double Bonus!
- Drama Free (Golden Squire – All Abort Drama) loves breaking from the 770 box, i.e. box to wire in the 330 race, and can factor even over the longer distances. She is short late over 770 but can set the pace and finish in the money, like she did in 3 of her last 4 starts over 770. A sleeper for sure, but an in the money one, especially from this outside post position.
As the lure rounds the turn and the box pops open in the finals of the 2018 Ironhound Stakes, I see Drama Free bursting to early control of the race, she will be chased early by several greyhounds, including Pat C Bona and Coco Hally Ann from the rail. This lead pack should continue around the turn and up the front stretch for the first time. Pressing and closing will the chasers, but the early leader, Drama Free, should stay tough up top till the backside. This is where things will get interesting. Pat C Bona will start to make her move and should surpass the leader before the far turn. Close PJ Wigglengiggle will be coming as well, in turn with Coco Hally Ann to make it something watch as they turn for home. Everyone will be jockeying for position as Bona looks to get to the wire and hold off the late charging threat that is Pj Wigglengiggle. Coco Hally Ann will be closing as well, as early leader, Drama Fee looks to hold off the rest of the field for a spot in the money at the wire. After the dust settles I think Pat C Bona wins the photo over Pj Wigglengiggle as Coco Hally Ann gives her all in 3rd. Drama Free does all she can, but tires late for the final spot in the superfecta at the wire. (1-7-2-8)
Remember that there will be 2nd chance drawings on Saturday evening in conjunction with the finals of the 2018 Ironhound Stakes!