Well Blanchard tried to get the back to back stakes money, but he only succeeded in one of the two races in the second round of the 2018 Redo Stakes Race. Winning one is tough, but the little girl over 660 did it in back to back finals, but in the sprint race it was just a little too late for the man to get back for the win.
Race nine went to post, the lure breezed by, and it was Pat C Hell Bent, who was Hell Bent on trying to win this effort. Clearly easily to the front, Hell Bent was 2 lengths ahead of the rest as they crossed the finish line the first time around. By the turn everyone was starting to catch up as Gs Conan made a press with L’s Princess By and Ww Outlaw Kate making up ground into contention. Down the backside Hell Bent went with the lead, but Gs Conan was making his presence known. By the 660 box, Conan had taken over control as the early leader, Hell Bent was in retreat mode. First final winner L’s Princess By was flying fast and closing the gap on the leader as Ww Outlaw Kate continued to gain. Around the turn and down the stretch they went, and there was no stopping L’s Princess By. Rocketing by the frontrunner, she lived up to her name as she breezed on by and drew away for back to back stakes titles. Gs Conan survived the place photo as Ww Outlaw Kate was just a head shot after a prolonged closing effort. Coming again in the stretch, early leader Pat C Hell Bent, made a try for place, but was a half a length behind in 4th at the finish line. Rounding out of the field was Craigie Javier in 5th, Quick Shot in 6th, Toodles in 7th, and Critics Choice in 8th.
Well if the first one was chalk again, the second as far from it. No one saw the outcome of the 11th race coming as the quiniela paid a whopping $128 in a finish that saw 4 greyhound finish just a length and a half apart at the wire. Rusty rattle around the far turn and the outside part of the starting box got a false start. Bombing to the early lead was ankle burner Mac’s Kelly, with race favorite Lk’s Black Gold in close proximity. Both greyhounds rushed hard to the first turn and separated themselves from the rest of the field. Kelly stole away a couple of lengths at the 1st turn and held on to the margin all the way to the far turn ahead of the pace prompting threat Lk’s Black Gold. In the stretch is where it got interesting as Gs Dobie was catching up and final one winner L’s Sum Dog had started to find that other gear that frightens everyone late. Kelly clung to the lead as she inched closer and closer to the finish line, but would she have enough to hold on. Black Gold made up ground on her, Gs Dobie made up ground on her, and L’s Sum Dog was flying and picking up lengths with every stride. At the wire, the dust would settle, and it would take a bit to figure out just who had won. In the end, Mac’s Kelly held on for the victory by a half a length. Gs Dobie was second in with a winning effort. L’s Sum Dog stole away third, not quite 1st like last time out, but he did catch Lk’s Black Gold in the stretch for the second straight race to deny her a spot at the finish line. Early threat Lk’s Black Gold ran another game race throughout but had to settle for the final spot in the superfecta at the wire.
Congrats head out to the Jim Blanchard Kennel for back to back wins in the two finals over 660 in the Redo Stakes with L’s Princess By. Also, kudos to trainer Mark Blair and owner Ken Le Febvre on what they for this tremendous greyhound. Congrats to the Flacon Kennel on the win over 550 in final number two with Mac’s Kelly. Props to trainer Bobby Duran and owner Patrick Mc Million too. Good luck to everyone in the future and remember, the bestbet Puppy Stakes starts next week!