Stake Races for 2017

Stakes Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Finals Winner
2017 bestbet Derby 1/16/2017 1/20/2017 1/23/2017 1/28/2017 2/4/2017 Barts Risingstar 
2017 James J Patton Silver Cup 2/2/2017 2/24/2017 2/27/2014 3/4/2017 3/11/2017 Js ArmdnDangerus 
2017 IronHound Stakes 3/17/2017 3/20/2017 3/25/2017 4/1/2017 Boc's Queen Lady 
2017 bestbet Puppy Stakes 5/15/2017 5/19/2017 5/22/2017 5/27/2017 6/3/2017 Ww Next Bigthing 
2017 Battle of the Sexes 6/12/2017 6/16/2017 6/19/2017 6/24/2017 7/1/2017 Pullanallnighter 
2017 bestbet Sprint Classic 7/17/2017 7/21/2017 7/24/2017 7/29/2017 8/5/2017 Real Good Feelin 
2017 Orange Park Derby 10/23/2017 10/27/2017 10/30/2017 11/4/2017 11/11/2017  

Stake Races

bestbet Derby
Orange Park Derby
bestbet Sprint Classic
bestbet Puppy Stakes
James J Patton Marathon
James J Patton Silver Cup
bestbet Juvenile
Night of Stars

2006 Orange Park Derby Bios

GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POINT TOTAL ORDER
Dac - Points (56)
Career Totals (60-27-15-6-5); OP Meet Totals (20-10-5-2-0)
R Bd – M Dec 2002 Dominator – Hard Traveler
Owned By – Watler S. Ray or W. Shannon Ray
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Mike Gerard
Dac has made a huge statement so far over the 660 yard and it is by no real surprise that he is the leader in points during the qualifying rounds with 56. He has been hammering out of the starting box and leaving fields for fun at the Orange Park Kennel Club. In his last 13 660 yard races he has won 10 times, including 3 of the 4 qualifying rounds in the 2006 edition of the Orange Park Derby. Dac is no stranger to stakes competition as he competed in 4 stakes events at Southland Greyhound Park and finished in the superfecta in all four efforts. He was the winner of the March Madness Countdown stakes and finished a close second in the Lou Derteen Juvenile. This is his first try at a stakes race on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit and he is competing in his first final. Dac is the only entry for the Lester Raines Kennel, who won last year’s edition with Craigie Bouquet. Dac, if he breaks, can really run from almost any post position, but what he really wants is to wrap himself in the American flag for this final. Give him the red, white or blue blanket and they are going to have to run him down off of the lead if they want to win.

Let's Play Fair - Points (46)
Career Totals (222-69-45-44-25); OP Meet Totals (26-14-3-4-3)
W T – F August 2001 Molotov – Greys Gold Dust
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
What more can you say about this cagey veteran than she will be competing in her 3rd, yes that’s right, her 3rd Orange Park Derby final in a row. She didn’t fare well in those other two efforts, but she also hadn’t been running as hot as she has this meet at the Orange Park Kennel Club. So far she has won 14 races over the added distance and set the meets best time with a clocking for 37.30 seconds, which is the fastest I have seen in 10 years. During qualifying she posted a pair of wins, a second and a 6th place effort. Fair has had an illustrious career on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit and competed in 6 stake events and she has made it to the finals of every one, 5 in all, that has been over the added distance course. From the outside there is no one better at the racetrack. To prove my point let’s just look at her numbers from the 8 box. In her last 20 races from the 8 box she has won 12 times and has only missed the trifecta once. That’s overall, but like I said she has been running better as of late. Since the start of the Orange Park Meet she has won 4 of 5 races and finished a close second in the other. If anyone has a chance to get to Dac on the late lead in this race he has to be her. She is the only greyhound amongst the finalists to do it this meet. Speaking of happing endings, what better way for this 4 ½ year old veteran to go out than with a win in the finals of a race that she has been in 3 years straight. Sound familiar? See 2005 Mayor’s Cup.

Runnin Starlite - Points (46)
Career Totals (36-8-9-5-9); OP Meet Totals (30-7-8-4-6)
Bk – F February 2004 Teamster – Let’s Get Itdone
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
Running Starlite was a sleeper pick on several people’s minds as the stakes started, but now she has jumped into full fledged contention. During the rounds she won a race, finished second twice and finished 4th in her other effort. As for consistency she is near the top of the list amongst the competitors with 9 races in a row in the superfecta. She has good closing speed and when she decides to break he can really put up some big time lengths on the field. Case in point, her last 3 wins over the added distance have been by 5, 10 and 5 lengths. Two of those victories came from the inside post and the other was from the outside. Starlite is the second entry of 4 for the DQ Williams Kennel in this race and one of only three greyhounds to run in the money throughout in qualifying. Post position for her could be an interesting subject. She likes to race wide but has performed well in the past from the inside posts. Her best efforts have come from the 3 box inside or from the far outside post positions. Where ever she starts this race from the leaders better be wary of her in the stretch as her late speed is her best attribute.

Kelsos Battlecry - Points (42)
Career Totals (80-20-18-19-11); OP Meet Totals (26-8-7-4-2)
Bk – M April 2003 Kelsos Kingpin – Kelsos Incognito
Owned By – John W. Kelly
Runs for the John Kelly Kennel
Trained by John Farmer
Kelsos Battlecry just missed the finals of the 2005 edition of the Orange Park Derby and this time around he was not going to be shut out. He won with ease in the 1st round and backed that up with a pair of second place finishes. In the semi-finals he was in a world of trouble and finished out of the money in 6th. So what’s so different this time around? How about a little age. Battlecry has looked so much better during qualifying and has actually closed well throughout most of the race that he has been in. He has always performed well at the Orange Park Kennel Club and since returning in September of last year he has been back on a tear. He has only finished out of the trifecta twice in his last 18 races and that includes wins over both distances. This is not his first rodeo at the added distance either as he was a finalist in the $86,000 Bluffs Run Derby in 2005. In his career he has competed in 6 stakes events and has made the finals 3 times. Battlecry was the winner of the 2005 Clay County Classic at the shorter 550 yards course, and made the semi-finals of the $300,000 Bluffs Run Open. He has really made a name for himself around here as a good closer that will run thru a wall to try and get up for the win in a race. As far post positions go, he is hoping and praying for the red blanket. He loves the rail and his lines show it. He has started from the one box 6 times on the meet and has not run worst than 4th. How about a record of 6-2-2-1-1 for this John Kelly speedster when starting from the one box.

Z My Dust - Points (38)
Career Totals (54-14-4-9-8); OP Meet Totals (28-10-3-5-3)
R – F November 2003 Diamond’s For Me – Let’s Run To Win
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
Z My Dust might have peaked a bit too early for the stakes, but still managed to get enough points to secure the 3rd spot in the finals out of 4 for the DQ Williams Kennel. After being switched back to 660 yards in November Dust won 4 races in a row and 5 in her first 7 starts. Despite a couple of even runs before the stakes she has almost been lights out in the money. In 12 of 14 races, at 660 yards on the meet, she has crossed the finish line in the superfecta and those stats do include all 4 of the qualifying rounds of the 2006 Orange Park Derby. There she won in the 3rd round and added that to her pair of 3rd place finishes and her 4th place effort in the semis. Dust is out of former Jacksonville Racing Circuit superstar Diamond’s For Me and so far the genes have carried on quite nicely. She runs just like dear old dad too, about an inch off of the rail in most of her efforts. Unlike dad, she is not just a burn and go specialist as she has come from off the pace to win her share of races, especially at the shorter 550 yard course. Here at 660 yards she has won with and without the early lead in the race and might just have another big effort lurking in the shadows. The post position for her might seem easy at first, but really it might surprise you as well. I know that the one box would be a great choice for her, but so would the 8. In her last 7 races from this post at 660 yards she has not missed the superfecta and has won 2 times, both of those efforts coming in her last 4 starts from the 8. Good luck to Dust in her first ever stakes final as she looks to do something that Daddy never did, win a final round race.

Dads Stillfishin - Points (34)
Career Totals (145-29-25-30-22); OP Meet Totals (33-7-7-6-6)
Bk – M October 2002 Teamster – Rayvan
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
Dads Stillfishin is the 4th entry in the finals for the DQ Williams Kennel and he made it there without a win in any of the qualifying rounds. He ran 2nd twice, 4th in another round and 5th in the other. He did close well in all of his races at the added distance even though he only received one warm up race prior to the start of the Orange Park Derby. He hasn’t raced over the added distance in over a year, but it seemed like he never missed a beat. He is the second oldest greyhound in this race, behind kennel mate Let’s Play Fair, but is in just his second stakes final. He did fare well in that effort as he came on strong late and took second place at the wire in the 2005 edition of the Mayor’s Cup. Dads Stillfishin is not quite the greyhound that his almost name sake Daddysgonafishin was, but none the less he has been a solid contributor on the circuit for a couple of years. Post position is not too hard to guess for him as he is all rail all the time and you know what that means. Gimmie the one box. He has only started from the red blanket in 3 races in his career over the 660 yards course and in those starts he has posted his 2 best efforts. One race by 6 ½ lengths and another by 5 ½ lengths. Both in times in the mid 37.50’s. But most important that post will be his break. If he gets close enough early on, he should have a shot at them late in this effort.

B's Kayleigh - Points (34)
Career Totals (82-10-20-11-11); OP Meet Totals (30-3-8-5-3)
W R F – F April 2003 Flying Penske – D’s Moon Shine
Owned By – Travis Bartley
Runs for the Rick Bartley Kennel
Trained by Bobby Duran
As Gomer Pile would say, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!” B’s Kayleigh did just that in the semi-finals as she missed the early trouble and drove hard late to take home the place points at the finish line. Along with her with her other 2nd, 4th and 5th place efforts she earned enough to make it into the finals of the 2006 Orange Park Derby. She is the only entry for the Bartley Kennel in the finals and barely made it into the stakes as she was won a grade C race to move to grade B just before the entry deadline. Recently she has been getting back on track and despite a couple of troubled races, she has been game throughout in most of her efforts. Her game at the added distance is to get close early on and keep pace throughout to finish line the money. Her break is going to be crucial in her efforts in the finals. Post position picks might be a little odd for her as well here as this wide runner really gets out of the starting box better from the rail post positions. In her last 6 races from the one box she has won 4 times and has finished in the superfecta on 5 occasions. If she breaks she might have and outside shot, but like they say, “The best greyhound doesn’t always win the stakes and that’s why we run the races.”

Sol Victory - Points (32)
Career Totals (112-25-18-8-21); OP Meet Totals (31-5-4-3-7)
Dk Bd – F December 2002 Itsa Lucky Deal – My Vienna
Owned By – N. J. Sherck
Runs for the Melvin Langford Kennel
Trained by Jonah Canupp
Talk about your stories, how about a greyhound that was a former grade A winner that was down in grade C just over a month ago. She battled between grade A and B before the stakes started and had really been relinquished to a late closing role during the first part of the qualifying rounds. With a 3rd and a pair of 5th place efforts heading into the semi-finals she really had only one shot to make it, and that was to win the race. How was she going to do that? She was going to have to break and did it look like that was going to happen? NO. She was in with the super speedy Dac and Garnett Hobo, but guess what. Sol Victory showed them how to get out of the starting box in that race. Talk about stepping up to the plate when you need a big hit. Victory exploded to the lead and coasted to a 5 length win in the semis to make the finals for the second year in a row. She is the only other returning finalist besides Let’s Play Fair and in that race she finished ahead of her rival. Victory might be the last in points for this event, but if she is getting back into form than this field of greyhounds better be wary of her. She has won about 20 races over the 660 yard course in her career and several of those were at the grade A and S level of competition. If she breaks post really won’t matter that much to her in this race, but if she had to choose I think she would want something inside or maybe on the rail.