Right back at it again in another stakes, the Pat Collins Kennel has taken the reins in the 2019 edition of the James J Patton Silver Cup. Winning 3 of the 8 races in round number one, and finishing in the money in 3 other races, they came to play, but still they didn’t have the biggest win on the card, that belonged to the Ocala Kennel.
Leading the charge for the Collins Kennel was Pat C Sly Murray who posted up a victory in race 11 on the card. Breaking close, he outrushed everyone to the front end, and never looked back. Stretching his 1 length lead to 3 by the far turn, he coasted to the wire to win by 3.5 lengths in a speedy 30.38 second clocking. Pat C Zeus and Pat C Stealth both gave similar efforts in the wins in the 7th and 9th races. Zeus exploded from the box, took a lead early on, gradually increased that margin, and breezed to a 3.5 length win in 30.62 seconds. Stealth was not out done but gained his win in a different fashion. Breaking close, he stalked the pace all the way around the racetrack and put on a smooth move in the deep stretch to sneak past for the slim 1 length win at the wire in an identical 30.62 second clocking.
Jedi Fawney was the big winner not named Pat C in round number 1. Like the others, she was almost in the lead from the get-go, and left no doubt about the win late. Bursting up the frontside, she left the field in a hurry as she was 4 lengths ahead of the rest at the first call. By the far turn she had stretched that margin to 6 and she wasn’t done just yet. Down the stretch she poured it on and won by 7.5 lengths in a night best of 30.30 seconds.
Not far behind those blistering numbers was the Orange Park Derby winner James Clubber. Back over 550, he didn’t miss a beat in the 15th race on the card. Breaking third, he was chasing the leaders early and made up ground all the way to the stretch on the frontrunners. In the stretch there was no stopping this raw speed talent as he just put the car in another gear and motored by everyone on his way to the checkered flag and the victory. It might have only been by 2 lengths, but you have to respect that 30.367 second clocking.
Other winners included Gs Octavia in the 12th, Easi Gus Perry in the 4th, and Ice Rylee in the 5th. Octavia might have given the most determined win in round number one. Breaking in the middle of the pack, she rushed hard to the turn and found herself in a knock down drag out battle with Kw Bacardi Run for the lead and the win. Trailing at the first call, she went by and took the lead by 2 at the far turn. Down the stretch Bacardi came back hard, but in the end, Octavia held on by a head for the win. Easi Gus Perry left little to the imagination in the 4th race. He broke close early, flew to the first turn, coasted up top with a big lead and arrived at the wire all alone for the 4-length win in an uncontested 30.55 second jaunt. Early speed was the key to success for Ice Rylee in the 5th race on the card. Breaking on top, she jetted to a 3 length lead early on, and in the end, she would need every inch of it. She saw that margin dwindle throughout and survived a late charge by Pat C Zitty at the wire for a half of a length win in 30.69 seconds.
All greyhounds return for the second round on Friday evening February 22nd at bestbet Jacksonville.