Others might have started with a chance to win in round 1 of the 2018 bestbet Puppy Stakes, but it was one kennel that owned the night. The Lashmet kennel won 4 of the 9 stakes events on the card and posted up the best trip of the evening too boot. Showing why she has been a stakes final mainstay since her time here at bestbet, Lk’s Black Gold left no doubters in the 15th race on the card. Breaking from the 8 box, she outrushed everyone to the front end on the way to the turn and never looked back. Clearly by 4 lengths at the turn, she stretched that margin out with every stride and was 7 lengths clear at the far turn. She padded it even more coming home as he crossed the line ahead of the rest by 10.5 lengths in a blistering time of 30.49 seconds, beating James J Patton Silver Cup runner-up Jedi Texas Acre in the process. She was not the only winner, Sumalee went box to wire in the 4th race to win by 5 full lengths over Jedi Fawney in 30.83 seconds. Another early speed determined win came in the 5th as Jack’s Lil Havoc took control from almost the get go and hung tough throughout for the slim win, 1.5 lengths, over Jm Caitlynjenner at the finish line in 30.85 seconds. Lk’s Hopscotch was the other Lashment winner on the card and that came in the 9th race. Lying in wait off the pace, Hopscotch made a tremendous move in the stretch to come from 4th at the far turn to steal away the victory at the finish line by a half a length over Dutch Marco in 31.01 seconds.
The other big winner on the evening was the Ocala kennel, and that was not only because they won 2 of the stakes events on the card. What makes news for them is their ultra-talented pup, Jedi Auntie Pho. Pho is the real deal and proved it yet again in Monday evening at bestbet. Breaking in the middle of the pack in the 10th race, she rushed hard to the turn but was still easily trailing Jack’s Mizz Tutu as they headed up the backside. There she shifted gears, made up ground, and by the far turn was 3 lengths clear of the rest of the field. She put the hammer down in the stretch and drew away to win by 5 lengths at the wire over Lnt Batman in 30.71 seconds. Normally not a big deal to win the first round of the stakes, but when you have yet to LOSE in your career, yeah, it’s kinda a big deal. Pho is a perfect 7 for 7 since breaking in at bestbet and big things are left ahead of this stupendous greyhound. The other Ocala winner came in the 12th race as Se’s Fast Fanny went box to wire and increased her margin with every stride that she took around the oval. From just 1.5 lengths at the first turn, to 2 by the far turn, and 3 at the finish line, no one could keep up as she bested Dc Thunder Dog in 30.60 seconds.
The other winners included Lester Raines Craigie Zuri in race 7 with a box to wire romp of 4.5 ahead of Kentucky Rich in 30.364 seconds. Double J Kennels Arkans Linx in the 11th race, who stalked the pace, took over at the far turn, and survived the stretch to win by a nose over Ww Mighty Tieton in 30.87 seconds. Kc’s Rich, from the Crowe Kennel, was the final winner and that came in the 2nd race on the card. Breaking in the middle of the pack, he rushed up into contention at the turn, blew by down the backside and left em late as he crossed 6 lengths clear of Last Act Leon in 30.86 seconds.
All the greyhounds return for round #2 on Friday evening May 18th at bestbet Jacksonville. Yet another chance to cheer on your favorites, so done miss out on the stakes races action this weekend. I’ll see you at the races!