On Saturday evening November 10th, at bestbet Jacksonville, the best greyhounds at the racetrack over 660 yards, competed in the 2018 edition of the bestbet Derby. Loads of talent was strung through the ranks as half the field won 2 or more of the qualifying rounds. There was a mix of everything in this effort. We had breakers, rushers, chasers, and closers and each had a shot if they could align the planets at post time. After all the dust settled it was the break that would determine the winner at the finish line.
As the lure rumbled down the backside and passed the 660 box, it popped open with a bang and out came the greyhounds at the start of the 2018 bestbet Derby. Getting the jump on the field early was Arkans Tt Cash, the double winner in qualifying, he is no stranger to the lead or the win and made an early case as he seized control in the first few strides. Breaking in his shadow was the three-time qualifying winner, Token Phantom and Leadin The Crowd. As they hurried around the early turn, Cash remained with a slight lead, but the scenery behind him was a changing. Leading the way collided with Token Phantom and allowed Atascocita Kitty to rush around him and take over a close chasing position as they headed to the first call at the finish line the first time around. There Cash was a length clear of Token, 2 in front of Kitty, and 5 in front of everyone else that wanted a chance to win. Coasting on the lead, Cash entered the turn, dropped to the inside, and remained strong as Token continued to apply pressure up front. Down the backside this duo went. Drawing away from the rest, as they fell by the wayside, with Cash clinging to his length lead over the always trying Token Phantom. Into, and around the far turn, more of the same. Leadin The Crowd was finding his stride again and making up some on the leaders, but still it was a 2-greyhound race to see just who was going to come out on top at the wire. Down the stretch they went, this lead pair, but in the end, try as he might, Phantom was no match for the leader on this occasion. Digging in deep in the final few yards, Arkans Tt Cash found that extra something that all winners have, and just refused to surrender to the pressure. Giving a huge front running box to wire effort, she crossed the line in front and took home the title, the trophy, and the CASH at the wire by 2 lengths in a blistering run of 37.32 seconds. Kudos to Token Phantom who gave his all, but just couldn’t get to the leader before the finish line and had to settle for next best. Leadin The Crowd made up ground after early trouble and easily took home the show spot at the finish. Race favorite Quick Style, was blocked, moved wide in the early turn, and rallied a bit late to round out the superfecta. Completing the field was Ab Smoke Show in 5th, Itsafoolsgold in 6th, Johnny Camaro in 7th, and Atascocita Kitty in 8th.
Congratulations head out to the Blanchard Kennel, Trainer Mark Blair, Owners Brent and Tom Taplin, and Rachelle Henry, and everyone else connected with this fantastic greyhound. Like I said before the race, he is something special on the lead and would need to break to win, I guess he listened well. What a gutty determined effort from the get-go that Cash put on here, and many more W’s should be ahead of him in the future here at bestbet Jacksonville.