Only one chance left in the 2018 bestbet Puppy Stakes to score some needed points and have a shot at the finals. On Saturday evening May 26th, the final 3 remaining races will run and there are plenty of greyhounds that still have a shot at a final roster spot with a good effort. Loads of talent is on tap, but the biggest question remains. Can Jedi Auntie Pho make it a perfect 10 for 10 to start off her career? We’ll just have to wait and see, but one thing we do know for sure, these are going to be some highly competitive and exciting races to watch, wager, and win on. Let’s take a closer look.
Saturday evening May 26th, 2018 – Semi-Finals of 2018 bestbet Puppy Stakes
Race 7 – Tough race here with loads of greyhounds that have a shot at the W. Good early speeders, pace pushers and closers, but who is going to come out on top? I like the could winner, Craigie Zuri. Zuri has enough early to be in the lead, or threaten the pace, and has enough late to get it done at the wire. He will have to battle hard here and will edge out the rest for the win. Kentucky Rich is the other greyhound with a good shot at winning this trip. A huge early speeder that can be a force in the open on the lead. He is just a tad short in the stretch and might just have to settle for his fourth 2nd place finish in a row. Se’s Fast Fanny is posted well, and another greyhound that should force the pace from the start to the finish in this effort. She is in an ideal starting box and could pull off the upset if it all goes her way early on. Lk’s Hopscotch is a big time closer that has won 2 of the 3 rounds of the stakes so far. She will be shifting gears in the stretch and catching up late to challenge at the wire. (6-2-1-7)
Race 9 – No doubt who we are going to pick in this effort. Jedi Auntie Pho must be the choice until someone beats her. She has not lost yet in her career! A perfect 9 for 9 and tonight could be 10 straight. She has a solid break, a strong rush to the turn, and she just uses that late speed to draw away from fields for fun. She has posted some big wins, some blistering times, and she keeps up the streak in this one tonight. Making her work early will be the combo of, double winner, Lk’s Berry Frost, and the ankle burning threat Iron Hearted. Both greyhound can steal the lead in this race and both will have an easy time setting the pace over the rest of the field. They one problem they both have is that they pay for all that early speed in the stretch. They are just a tad bit short coming home, and that is bad news against the rocket closing threat Auntie Pho in the stretch. If either want a chance to pull one off as the Budweiser longshot, they will need to hit the lid and get some big time held behind them. Another greyhound not to forget about is Gs Conan. Conan is a converted router that comes home strong over 550 yards. He has faired well in his last 2 efforts and could be in the mix for another money position at the wire in this effort. (4-8-6-5)
Race 11 – Time for the stakes vet to put up another big effort. Posted well on the rail, I expect this on to be over from the get go. She can break with the best of them at the racetrack and it takes someone special to get to her before the finish line. Tonight, she is heads and shoulders better than the rest of this field and that is what she will prove in this effort. Look for her to put in another stellar trip. Trying to deny her late will be a strong closing trio of greyhounds. Lnt Joker loves it outside and has 3 of 5 efforts at bestbet. He can shirt gears at will and if he clears close early, the joke might be on the rest of the field at the finish line. Growing into her own right before our eyes is Arkans Linx. Winning 2 of the 4 rounds of the stakes, she has proven determined in the stretch and has shown some good closing ability in those efforts. Post will aide her in this start and like the rest, if she is close early on, she will have a shot at the win at the wire. Kc’s Rich was hot early and has cooled off a bit as the rounds wore on. He has good staking closing speed and will be a force throughout in the money, but I don’t know if he can get home late against this talented field for the win. (2-8-7-4)
The finals of the 2018 bestbet Puppy Stakes will run on Saturday evening June 2nd at bestbet Jacksonville. Not only will we have the finest pups around for the you win on, you will also have a shot at even more cash, prizes, and drink specials. In conjunction with the stakes race, we will have our mad, mad money machine running. We will have our 2nd chance drawings. We will have our Dash for Cash promotion, were you must pick the winner of the stakes race to have a shot to win. Don’t forget about our Sangria and Margarita specials, along with our great concession and Clubhouse food offerings, and you will be poised for a great evening out on the town. So, grab your friends, makes your plans, get your reservations, and have a great time on Saturday evening June 2nd at bestbet Jacksonville. I’ll see you at the races!