The first round of the 2019 First Coast Classic is in the books and it was a mix of favorites and longshots that saw 3 kennels take home wins in 2 of the races. A mix of the old and the new in the winning trips, but puppy power ruled the evening.
Leading all contenders, the Lester Raines Kennel, posted up win in races 7 and 14 with a pair of LEE greyhounds. Super pup Lee Liam had the race of the night in the 7th on the card. Breaking close, he outrushed his opponents to the first turn and left the field in the dust. Three lengths clear heading down the backside, he drew away from them for fun and crossed the finish line 5 lengths ahead of the rest in the blistering time of 30.34 seconds. He was followed by Wanna B A Champ in 2nd, Tr’s Selma in 3rd, and Lk’s Country Girl in 4th.His kennelmate, Lee Dalila, also score in the 14th race but did it in a different fashion. Beating the box, she was instantly in command of this effort. Rushing to the turn clearly in charge, she coasted all the way around the racetrack on the lead and was never challenged. An easy winner, she was 3 lengths ahead at the wire winning in 30.58 seconds. Saber Bryce was 2nd, Arkans Bb Kodiak was 3rd, and Bgr Hardtohandle was 4th.
Pat Collins also got into the mix with a pair of wins in back to back races. Scoring in the 11th and 12th races on the card, Collins is back to make some noise once again during the stakes rounds with a pair of greyhounds out of the same mother. Leading the charge for the kennel is the perennial winner, and puppy stakes champ, Pat C News. News is known for his outstanding break and rush and that was in full display again on Monday evening. Popping the box, he was out and gone early on again in this effort. Stealing away 3 lengths early, he was in complete control. By the far turn he had increased his margin to 5 lengths as he breezed home to win by 3.5 at the finish line in 30.66 seconds. Finishing behind him was Ww Wasabi in 2nd, Js Peter Parker in 3rd, and Charming Nature in 4th. Pat C Kudos mimicked the effort by News on this night as she was out fast and determined for the win, but hers was not an easy trip by any means. Unlike News, she was pressed from the get-go and had to dig in deep from the start. Dashing off to a length lead over her rivals, she was pushed all the way to the finish line as she scored in a box to wire gem by a length and a half in 30.71 seconds. Rounding up the field behind her was game chasing Mo’s Tom in 2nd, a closing Dutch Lantana in 3rd, and an even threat Ponda’s Angie in 4th.
The Double J Kennel also went for a double dip in the winner’s pool with victories in the 4th and 9th races on the card. These names are not of the household variety, but they got the job done and that is all that matters now. Big Backlash left nothing to chance after the break as he made the most of the 1 box, found room to rush, and took the lead at the turn. He was 3 lengths ahead of the rest early and maintained that margin all the way to the far turn. Coming down to the wire, he drew away a bit more and crossed the finish line 4.5 lengths clear in 30.71 seconds. Next best, was Lk’s Next Step in 2nd, followed by the closing duo of Lee Endo in 3rd and Kells Conor in 4th. Surfin Sammy was the biggest longshot of the night to score a win and that came in race number 9 on the card. Breaking close, Sammy outrushed everyone to take a slim lead at the turn. Down the backside He as outgamed by Ww Annie Kay and found himself a length behind at the far turn. In the stretch he found some more inner strength and shift gears late and powered back past the leader for the determined win at the wire. He was 1.5 lengths clear at the finish in 30.79 seconds. Annie Kay had to settle for 2nd, as the even chasing threats, Ice Rylee and Pondas Waco Girl finished out the superfecta in 3rd and 4th place.
The Blanchard Kennel was the other winner on the card and that came in the 10th race in a box to wire romp. Breaking on top, Arkans Tt Cali was never in doubt in this effort. Leading from the box, she dashed off to an early 3 length lead and never looked back at the competition. Strolling around the racetrack she was never threatened and crossed the line in 30.61 seconds with a 3.5 length margin over the field. Chasing throughout in 2nd was Lk’s Alexis, followed by the gaining threats Arkans Bb Tres in 3rd and Morgan Fairchild in 4th.
The field remains the same for the 2nd round of the 2019 First Coast Classic which will take place this Friday, October 25th, at bestbet Jacksonville.