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  
2017 bestbet Sprint Classic 7/17/2017 7/21/2017 7/24/2017 7/29/2017 8/5/2017  
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

2007 James J Patton Marathon Bios

GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POINT TOTAL ORDER

Post Position Draw Video GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POINT TOTAL ORDER
Santa's Playgirl - Points (48)
Career Totals (80-36-16-8-5); OP Meet Totals (46-26-7-4-4)
Bd – F September 2004 Teamster – Miss Setter
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the D.Q. Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
What more can you say that WOW! Playgirl has taken to the marathon course like a fish to water. Everyone thought that she could go this far and if she got her timing down she was going to be a tough out, and low and behold she lived up to everyone’s expectations. Even more impressive than going undefeated in the qualifying rounds, is the fact that she has gotten faster in each and every start. She has been exploding out of the stating box and taking the lead early on in her races and has never really been challenged in any of her efforts in the stakes. She has won by an average margin of over 6 lengths in an average time of 43.64 seconds. In Playgirl’s semi-finals effort she almost set the track record stopping the clock at 43.38 which is just off Gil’s Cuero’s time of 43.27 set back in March. Playgirl has shown remarkable versatility as she is the first greyhound that I can remember running on our circuit that has made a stakes finals at three different distances. The First Coast Classic a 550 yards race, the Orange Park Derby a 660 yard race and now the James J Patton Marathon stakes over 770 yards. In those races she finished 5th in the 2006 First Coast Classic and was the runner up, 2nd place, in the Orange Park Derby. Playgirl is the first of two finalists for the D.Q. Williams Kennel, both out of the stud Teamster. Playgirl is the greyhound to beat in this race and if she gets the lead early on it is all going to be over but the crying for the rest of this field.

Kiowa Two Step - Points (36)
JGR Career Totals (43-8-7-6-12); OP Meet Totals (43-8-7-6-12)
Dk F – F March 2005 Ww Apple Jax – Uss Yahoo
Owned By – Bryan Dalton or James O’Donnell
Runs for the James E O’Donnell Kennel
Trained by Mary S Gerard
If you want to see the best closer in this final round race than look no further than Kiowa Two Step. This greyhound spots the field a ton of lengths early on and then comes flying up from nowhere to get into the mix at the finish line. She finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in three qualifying rounds and did I mention that she closed from last in each of those efforts. She is the first of two entries for the resurging O’Donnell kennel who won the last stakes race, the 2007 $30,000 Orange Park Puppy Stakes, with Kiowa Wish Frank. Two Step has never been in a stakes race before and makes it to the finals in her first attempt at the added money. Even though her times might not be quite as fast as the rest of the field in her first couple of efforts, you have to respect that last to first win in round one. This little girl is never out of any race that she is in because she posses the late kick needed to overcome any trouble that she might encounter. If she were to ever get out of the starting box there is no telling what kind off impressive effort she could put up. No matter how many lengths that this field puts on her at the start of this race, she will drive throughout and make a run at the leaders in the deep stretch again tonight.

Gottagetitdone - Points (32)
Career Totals (107-15-20-27-14); OP Meet Totals (57-9-13-15-9)
R – F February 2004 Teamster – Let’s Get Itdone
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the D.Q. Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
Gottagetitdone improved throughout the stakes rounds to find herself amongst the top 8 greyhounds competing for a share of the $30,000 purse in the finals of the 2007 James J Patton Marathon. After a disappointing 5th place finish in the 1st round, she rebounded nicely with a strong 2nd place effort in the second round. In the semi-finals she stepped it up when she needed too and drove home for the victory and solidified her spot in the finals. Done is the second of two finalist for the DQ Williams Kennel in this field and she too was a finalist in this years Orange Park Derby. With a 5th place finish in that race she is looking to improve in her 2nd attempt at a stakes final. The main thing that she has to do in this race to be successful is to break from the starting box. She is not a big closer over this distance and will need to be stalking the pace early on if she is going to finish amongst the leaders at the finish line.

Doright Sugar - Points (30)
Career Totals (80-20-24-6-11); OP Meet Totals (36-9-12-3-6)
Bk – M July 2004 Dg’s True Blue – Sugarnooche
Owned By – J. T. Ragans
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Mike Gerard
Well if you are looking for a sleeper pick in the finals than Doright Sugar might just fit the bill. He has looked really tough over the 770 yard course and is the only greyhound to defeat Playgirl over this distance. Granted that was in Playgirl’s first effort, but the way I look at it a win is a win is a win. Sugar also was the closest greyhound to run against Playgirl in the qualifying rounds as he finished 4 ½ lengths behind her in the second round. With a win in the 1st round things looked good headed into the semi-finals. There he had a rough early trip and finished 6th at the wire. This was the first time he finished out of the quiniela over 770 yards. Also going for him is the fact that mommy was a multi distance stakes winner on our circuit too. Sugarnooche was a tough competitor over both 550 and 660 yards as she won the 2000 Orange Park Puppy Stakes and the 2001 Orange Park Derby. Sugar is the first of two entries for the Lester Raines Kennel in the finals and is competing in his second stakes race and this is his first final round appearance. The break will also be critical for this greyhound. If he is going to get back on the quiniela streak in this effort, he is going to have to break a ton better than he did last time out.

Tmc's See Ya - Points (30)
Career Totals (71-7-22-8-10); OP Meet Totals (60-7-17-5-10)
Bk – F November 2004 Oshkosh Slammer – Tmc’s Fairy Tail
Owned By – Bryan Dalton or James O’Donnell
Runs for the James E O’Donnell Kennel
Trained by Mary S Gerard
Tmc’s See Ya tied for 4th in points with a win, a second and a 6th place effort in three rounds of qualifying. She is the second of two entries for the O’Donnell Kennel in this finals and the second strong closer too. I labeled Two Step as the best closer in this field and if it’s not her than it is her kennelmate Tmc’s See Ya. See Ya also has come from way off the pace in races to get up late into the mix. Another thing that might get over looked here is the grade of these two greyhounds. Both started out in grade C at the start of this stakes and they ran toe to toe with the big greyhounds in each and every round. Props should go to Trainer Sue Gerard and her crew for getting these greyhounds to perform at their peak during the qualifying rounds. See Ya is competing in her 2nd stakes race, the first was the 2007 Orange Park Derby, and this is her first finals round appearance. See Ya is going to keep coming throughout no matter what she runs into early on. Granted she might be a bit overmatched in this effort, but you can never count out the closers in an extra distance race. If any trouble happens on the front end, she is going to be close enough late to put on a charge. Watch out if she breaks too. She has come out close a couple of times in the stakes and with an inside post, it might just happen again in the finals.

PTL Leona - Points (28)
Career Totals (49-8-10-11-7); OP Meet Totals (49-8-10-11-7)
F – F April 2005 Stan’s Boy Flyer – Sh’s Andretti
Owned By John Steiner
Runs for the PTL Kennel
Trained by Jonah Canupp
PTL Leona was one of only two greyhound to make the finals of the 2007 $30,000 James J Patton Marathon without winning a race. Even though she didn’t find the winner’s circle don’t think that she can’t compete at this level of competition. With a 2nd place finish and a pair of third she was a consistent threat in each of her races during the qualifying rounds. She is a greyhound that gives her all in each and every start and most of the time that is good enough for her to finish in the money at the wire. In her last 13 races in a row she has not finished out of the superfecta, and if you go even further back, she has been in the top for positions in 14 of her 17 career starts over 770 yards. She can beat you from behind and if she decides to break she is very tough on the lead. She is one of a few greyhounds that can claim that they have beaten track record holder Gil’s Cuero and Sweetsouthern over the 770 yard course. The fastest time off her career came in her last effort as she finished 2nd to Santa’s Playgirl. She is peaking at the right time and that could mean the streak continues in this effort.

Heavenly Devine - Points (28)
Career Totals (90-22-9-13-15); OP Meet Totals (68-15-10-7-11)
R – F January 2004 Ww Time Warp – North Of Heaven
Owned By – Paul or Diane Paulk
Runs for the Rae Racing Kennel
Trained by Marshall Rae
Heavenly Devine stretched out over the marathon course for the first time just before the start of the stakes and posted up an impressive win. That success spilled over in the stakes rounds as she finished in the money in all 3 qualifying rounds. With a pair of thirds and a second place finish she was in the hunt throughout in each and every effort. She never finished more than 3 lengths from the winner at the wire and held the lead in the last two qualifying rounds. Her early speed has improved, but she has looked a tad bit short at the end of her last couple of efforts. If she is going to factor in the outcome of this race she is going to have to hit the lid and keep on running, just like she did in the semi-finals. There she posted up her fastest time over 770 yards and was beat out at the finish line. This race is her third stakes race, she competed in the 2006 First Coast Classic and the 2007 Clay County Classic, and her first final round appearance. Improving her times throughout the qualifying rounds, she is peaking at the right time to take on the rest of the field in the finals of the 2007 $30,000 James J Patton Marathon.

Sweetsouthern - Points (26)
Career Totals (60-13-15-12-8); OP Meet Totals (57-12-15-12-8)
Dk Bd – F December 2004 Dk’s Prime Time – Kl’s Sandy
Owned By – Lester Raines
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Mike Gerard
Cagey veteran trainer Mike Gerard got Sweetsouthern ready for the stakes by giving her some time off and rest. She was introduced to the 770 yard course awhile back where to took to it very well. She is the only greyhound that can claim to have beaten the track record holder Gil’s Cuero not once, but twice. Sure she might have squeaked into the finals with a win, a fourth and a sixth place effort, but trust me you better not count this greyhound out especially if she draws a rail post position in the finals. She has some closing ability and if she gets in front she is tough for anyone to run down at the end of the race. The semi-finals were the first time in her career that she has finished out of the money in a race over 770 yards. Besides Santa’s Playgirl, Sweetsouthern has the fastest time of all of the rest of the competitors in this final round race. As the second of two entries for the Lester Raines Kennel Southern has a shot to get them back in the winners circle in this effort. Remember the greyhound that finished last in points in the Orange Park Derby ended up running second, Santa’s Playgirl. Here I see a chance for history to repeat itself in the finals of the 2007 $30,000 James J Patton Marathon.