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

2008 JGR Puppy Stakes Bios

GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POST POSITION ORDER

Post Position Draw Video
Hanks Madison - Points (40)
Career Totals (19-5-4-2-2)
R F – M July 2006 Dodgem By Design – Dolly Madison
Owned By – Henry T Howe
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels
Trained by Chris Grieb
Hanks Madison is the third entry in the stakes for owner Henry Howe and the B & J Racing Kennel and even though he might be the longshot of the trio, he relishes that role. You see Hanks Madison graded off. That’s right he finished out of the money four times in grade D and had to requalify just to get back on the racetrack. I guess B & J really knew what they had on their hands as he has been nothing but exceptional since. He climbed right up the grading ladder over the next 7 starts and has not relinquished his grade A status as of yet. Riding a big winning effort in the first round, Madison continued to plug away and made his way into his first final round stake appearance. Madison has been in the trifecta in 8 of his last 9 races, including a run of 6 races in a row in the quiniela. He might get overshadowed by his kennelmates in this final round race, but everyone you better not forget about him. Two other times the B & J Kennel has won stakes events on our circuit, the also ran was the won holding the trophy at the finish line.

Kiowa More Am - Points (36)
OP Career Totals (22-6-3-1-4)
Bd – F August 2006 Trojan Cruze – Kiowa Morley Cee
Owned By – Smith Greyhounds, Inc.
Runs for the James E O’Donnell Kennel
Trained by Sue Gerard
Well what would the finals of a stakes race be around here without a Kay Smith Greyhound in the mix? Answer. A boring one. This time around the entry comes from the James E O’Donnell Kennel as Kiowa More Am showed off some tremendous determination throughout the 4 rounds of the stakes. After the first round where she was battered all around the racetrack and still managed to run 3rd, her second round race was a thing of beauty. Breaking from the outside she was long gone early on and coasted to an impressive 8 length victory. Follow that up with a pair of closing 4ths and you have your first shot at a stakes title. The O’Donnell Kennel are the defending champs of this race as Kiowa Wish Frank won last year’s edition and kennelmate Kiowa Wild Boy was second. Humm that prefix sounds kind of familiar for some reason? LOL! This youngest greyhound in the field, that’s right she won’t be 2 until late August, closing ability is what gives her an outside shot at winning this race. Waking up during the stakes from a period of not so great efforts, she is peaking at the right time. Is she going to need some help in the finals to take home the victory? Probably, but if she breaks and runs like she can, it might be time to break open the Budweiser and christen a new longshot winner on the circuit.

Take It Over - Points (64)
Career Totals (29-19-3-1-1)
Bk Bd – M February 2006 Get Over – Cm Lil Bit
Owned By – Henry T. Howe
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels
Trained by Chris Grieb
Where do I begin with this greyhound? How about he was undefeated thru the qualifying rounds and frankly was never really challenged. He averaged almost 8 lengths in every victory and flirted with the track record in each and every effort. No one ran faster than him on any card, all his races were under 30.40, and he even put up a 30.39 second run from off the pace. Over is getting better with every start, if that is really possible, and is learning how to win races even without the early lead. While he is no stranger to success, winning 2 of the 4 rounds of the Jacksonville Sprint Classic, this will be his first final round appearance. Toe problems early slowed his success, but after a layoff, this greyhound has been money. Starting back out the first of the year he strung together 9 straight wins to climb from maiden to grade A without a break and then proceeded to win 5 grade A’s in a row. During that span he put up at 30.18 second time which is just .04 off the track record. This greyhound is as fast as he wants to be and is doing things that have never been seen here before on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. Just look at his totals this year, 23 starts and 19 victories, you can’t get much better than that. But the B & J Kennel is hoping for one more blazing trip to take home the top prize in the stakes. This race is his too loose, tonight the puppy needs to step up once again and become a man.

Flying King - Points (36)
OP Career Totals (44-13-6-7-4)
R Bd – M May 2006 Kiowa Sweet Trey – Royal Tara
Owned By – Vince Berland
Runs for the Steve Gilster Kennel
Trained by Mark Blair
Well the Flying prefix and Vince Berland are no strangers to final round races but this greyhound will be the first from the mighty Flying Eagles Kennel to make an appearance here on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. Congrats just for that, but more props should go out to the greyhound himself. King looked special breaking in and as he has grown up, he just kept on getting better. It took him just 8 races to get to grade A, and since King has been a solid grade A competitor who showed up well with back to back wins in the first two round of competition. With those efforts he stretched his in the money streak to 11 races in a row and his win streak to 3 straight races. Up next was the 5 box and all I can say is ouch. He had a couple of rough trips, but still managed to squeak out enough points to make it to his first final round race. King is a good closer that can come from off the pace and get up into contention in almost any race that he is entered into. On occasion he can break too, like he did in the 1st round of the stakes, and then he is almost guaranteed to post up a winning effort. Raw speed in the open, King has that too. Remember the win by 10 earlier this year in an ultra fast 30.33 second time? I do and so better the rest of this field if he can find a lane to rush in at the start of this final round race.

Hanks Cody - Points (46)
OP Career Totals (23-10-7-0-2)
W Bk – M July 2006 Fuzzy Cannon – Greys Eaglewings
Owned By – Henry T Howe
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels
Trained by Chris Grieb
There is no better story and Hanks Cody. Most of you will remember the story in the review about the little boy on the crutches that was picking winners at the racetrack during Kay V Tatto Tony night, well Cody is his name and Henry Howe named this greyhound after him. What a great gesture by a great man, and I guess he either knew he was going to be good or maybe it’s just karma, but Hanks Cody is an early speed monster here on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. This greyhound might be a bit short at the end of the race, but trust me when I say that he gives his all in each and every effort. As always there is one greyhound that steps up in the semi finals to solidify a spot in elite eight and this time around it was Cody. Breaking on top and never looking back, Cody finally got away from La’s Anthony and Take It Over to hold on for the win. The bad news is that both of them are in this race too. LOL! Adding those points to his pair of seconds and his 4th place finish, Cody securely landed in the top 4 positions in points for the stakes. Cody has been in the quiniela an astonishing 15 of his last 19 starts and in 14 of those races he has held the lead at the 1st turn. I don’t know if he can hold the lead throughout in this stakes final but the one thing I know is that this B & J Kennel super breaker will be there at the first turn and will do everything in his power to try and win this race.

La's Anthony - Points (52)
Career Totals (26-15-2-2-3)
R – M June 2006 Dustin The Way – La’s Felisha
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the D Q Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
Well here he is the best some of 2004 All-American Dustin The Way to come down the pipe yet. This greyhound is just like dear old dad in so many ways it’s scary. He has the all out track record speed, he has the double threat running style, he is a rail running monster and he even looks like him too. DQ has another monster on their hands with him and what else would you expect. It only took him 6 races to get to grade A and from that point on he has never dropped from the top level of competition. Anthony won 3 of the 4 qualifying rounds and was just a collision in the far turn away from winning all 4. In each of those 3 efforts he punished the field as he won by an average margin of almost 8 lengths. He too put a hurtin on the clock as he posted up times all around the 30.40 second barrier. Anthony was the next closest competitor to Take It Over’s time on each of the stakes cards where he won a race. This race will be Anthony’s first final and that is saying something from a greyhound that is not even 2 years old yet. Winning 8 of his last 9 starts in impressive fashion there is no doubt in my mind that this greyhound will be ready to Rock ‘N Roll with the best of them come post time on Saturday night.

Uss Know It All - Points (38)
OP Career Totals (14-6-1-3-1)
R Bd – F July 2006 Impossible Dream – Uss Memphis
Owned By – Ron Wiltse
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennels
Trained by Mike Gerard
Uss Know It All didn’t take well to Tri-State but he seems to have found a home here at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Trainer Mike Gerard must have had some big confidence in this greyhound as he started off the qualifying rounds in just his 15th career race. And for the recognition, Know It All was obviously not going to let his trainer down. Hitting the lid in the first two rounds of the stakes, Know It All, was the master of his domain. He put up a pair of box to wire gems that not only saw his first grade A victory, but stretched his win streak to 4 races in a row. Sure he might be a little short at the end of the race, but he is still game enough to hold them off on occasion too. Competing in his first stakes race final, this puppy out of the former Jacksonville Racing Circuit stakes threat, Impossible Dream, won’t even be 2 until next month. The Lester Raines Kennel will just ask him to get out of the starting box on stakes night. Know It All has enough early speed to steal the lead and with some help behind him this greyhound has a shot at stealing away the top prize at the finish line.

MRL Runner - Points (60)
OP Career Totals (47-11-7-10-4)
R Bd– M January 2006 Uss Raceway – Greys Acrobat
Owned By – Mrl Metals, LLC.
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Mike Gerard
Mrl Runner was the oldest and most experienced greyhound in the stakes and frankly it showed. He won 3 of the 4 qualifying rounds and finished a close second in the semi-finals to point leader, Take It Over. After a slow gaunt to grade A, 15 races, he has had his share of success and failure. He had won in the top grade, but was an early exiter from the 2008 Jacksonville Sprint Classic after just 2 rounds. Since this greyhound has really matured well. He has been getting better in each and every race and for almost 2 months he has been a money making machine for the Lester Raines Kennel. With 11 straight races in the trifecta, the cash is rolling in with each and every start. The difference? His determination. Runner always had the speed to contend with the great greyhounds in the open, but now he has learned that he can do it from behind, thru traffic or without a clean look at the lead. No better example of this was his first round stakes win. He broke well, ran into some trouble and still managed to get back up in the stretch for the victory. Competing in his first final round race, Runner will be primed and ready for the challenge on Saturday evening at the Orange Park Kennel Club.