Some people say that the third time is a charm, but frankly it takes longer then that to get certain things done. In the 2018 edition of the bestbet Puppy Stakes, Lk’s Black Gold finally got over the hump in her sixth stakes final. Against this talented field, she left no doubt just who the winner was.
As the lure rattled through the far turn and the box popped open on Saturday evening June 2nd at bestbet Jacksonville, Lk’s Black Gold STRUCK to the lead from the get go. Taking advantage of the greyhounds sitting in the box next to her, she seized the front end as Kentucky Rich was leading the charge on the outside part of the racetrack. Putting her head down hard, she dug in deep and seemed determined already as she was rushing to the turn. The rest of the field, mostly the outside was rushing along with her, but clearly behind at the start. At the turn, things would get interesting and would seal the deal for this talented pup on the lead. Rounding the corner, Lk’s Black Gold and Kentucky Rich, both cleared, but the rest of the field fell into a disaster. The rushing threat, and super-pup, Jedi Auntie Pho was making a move, but was bumped hard by Se’s Fast Fannie, collided with Craigie Zuri, and fell. The traffic this collision caused just benefited the leaders, but honestly, on this occasion, I don’t know if anyone was going to get to Lk’s Black Gold anyways. Down the backside they turned and with nothing but clean air ahead of her, Lk’s Black Gold just padded her numbers. Taking a 2-length lead and stretching it with every step she took, and by the far turn she was in complete control as she dominated the front end 5 lengths clear of the rest. Kentucky Rich was chasing the best that he could, but just couldn’t keep up as the rest of the field was trying to catch up after the trouble in turn number one. Down the stretch Lk’s Black Gold came, and as everyone in the crowd saw, she was already a winner. No one was going to make up this lead as she breezed all the way to the finish line for the 6.5 length win at the wire in 30.67 seconds. Kentucky Rich held on for the distant place as there was a herd for third at the wire. When the dust settled, and the photo was processed, Arkans Linx took home the show spot just a head of Lk’s Hopscotch in 4th. Completing the race was Se’s Fast Fannie in 5th, Lk’s Berry Frost in 6th, Craigie Zuri in 7th, and Jedi Auntie Pho in 8th.
Congratulation to the Lashmet Kennel, Owner Jill Lashmet, John Lashmet, Trainer Randell Graham, and everyone else connected with this fantastic greyhound. Finally, she got it done on the lead and was not run down from behind in a stakes final. She has been a stellar grade A greyhound at the racetrack for a long time and it is nice to see her get it done in the finals. Doing what she had to do to win, she ran this effort like a true professional. Here’s to continued success and good luck in the future for Lk’s Black Gold.