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

2008 Jacksonville Juvenile Bios

GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POST POSITION ORDER

Post Position Draw Video
Count Ivan - Points (64)
Career Totals (28/17-3-1-2)
Bd – M November 2006 Kiowa Sweet Trey – M's Countess Amy
Owned By – Henry T. Howe
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Chris Grieb
For the third straight year the B & J Racing Kennels takes an undefeated greyhound into the finals of this race, but this time around they are hoping for a better result. Both Fth Jive Talker and Deco Daron Hart breezed thru qualifying only to be denied a title in the finals. Working on their side is their recent stake race success. So far this year they have won the Orange Park Derby with Se's Top Speed and the JGR Puppy Stakes with Take It Over. Count Ivan hopes to break the streak in this effort and should have a good chance to get it done. Ivan is the only greyhound in this field with final round experience. He finished a close second to All-American hopeful Kiowa Wish Frank in the finals of the $50,000 Sunshine State Silver Cup. In his qualifying races he was never really challenged as he took command at the first turn and was long gone in most of his efforts. He posted up the fastest trip in qualifying in three of the rounds and was just .02 from sweeping the stakes. What I really am trying to say is that he DOMINATED qualifying and has to do it just one more time to win his first stakes final. No doubt he is going to be the race favorite and will have the big money resting on his shoulders in this effort tonight. Looking for the sweep of the puppy stakes on the year, owner and all around good guy, Henry Howe has a pretty darn good shot at getting it done. All Ivan needs is room to turn the turn and this race should be his to lose tonight.

Fenix Fire - Points (38)
Career Totals (39/8-11-8-4)
R Bd – M December 2006 Flying Newport – Jr's Tender May
Owned By – Rob Williams or Steve Gilster
Runs for the Steve Gilster Kennel
Trained by Mark Blair
Fenix Fire inherited all of the right things from his daddy Flying Newport, and so far in his young career he is putting them to good use. Fire has the same late drive as dear old daddy and he seems to have something else in common, he is in the finals of a stakes race. Fire really showed off in the first round as he dominated the stretch and drew off by five full lengths at the finish line to win. He back that up with a strong closing second and third place efforts. In the race where he finished out of the money, he was in trouble at the first turn and really never got a chance to get going. Fire is the second of two entries in the finals for the Steve Gilster Kennel, who is still searching for their first stakes win on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. He has been in several finals and always has some tough runners but it might take some FIRE to get them over the hump with their first stakes victory. Fire himself can run from the inside or the outside of the racetrack and a post at either end away from the crowd would be a great spot for him to start from in this effort. As one of the only true closers in this field, a lane early is what is going to decide how he is going to finish at the wire tonight.

Wsr Dac Attack - Points (48)
Career Totals (20/7-2-0-1)
R Bd – M February 2007 Dac – Tnt Star Shine
Owned By – Walter S. Ray or Shannon Ray
Runs for the Steve Gilster Kennel
Trained by Mark Blair
Well Wsr Dac Attack gets the award for the greyhound that stepped up his game the most for the qualifying rounds. Frankly I don’t think there were many people that had him on their short lists for the finals, but to his credit, here he is. Breaking was the key to his success throughout qualifying. He won two rounds in box to wire fashion and in the other race that he was close in, he drove late to finish a close second. In his other effort he was in trouble throughout and finished in 5th place. Even though it is not in this race, he does have some history on his side too. His daddy DAC won the 2006 edition of the Orange Park Derby and with this greyhound he seems to be looking good in the breeding barn too. Dac Attack is competing in his first stakes race and this is his first final around appearance. He is the first of two greyhounds from the Steve Gilster Kennel in the finals, and I'm sure he is hoping that he keeps on breaking in this effort. Inside would be an ideal spot for him and he has really flourished in the stakes when he has started inside of the four box. Can he buck the trend just one more time at the Orange Park Kennel Club? Turn in Saturday evening and you can see for yourself.

Gs Make Urmove - Points (38)
Career Totals (40-10-5-7-7)
Bk – M January 2007 Lonesome Cry – Bow Rozz
Owned By – Gary or Sharon Willis
Runs for the Willis Kennel
Trained by Gary M. Willis
Gs Make Urmove might have tied for the final spot in points for this event, but don’t let that fool you. Several greyhounds in the past have won the stakes final, or come really close, from this eighth entry position. Kiowa Wish Frank just won the $50,000 Sunshine State Silver Cup from here and Santa's Playgirl finished a close second in the 2007 Orange Park Derby. Make Urmove is another greyhound that came to the party with who brought him. He is an all out early speeder that consistently broke close in each of the qualifying rounds. He finished in the money in all four trips and recorded a big win in round number one. Make Urmove is the second entry for the Willis Kennel in this final round field and this was his first ever stakes competition. Something else that might get overlooked by some is who he had to run against in the qualifying rounds. In three of his four efforts he had to lock horns with the top three point getters in the stakes. Yep that's right Count Ivan and Wsr Dac Attack once and he had to run against Kiowa Spock in all three trips. Talk about being in tough, that has just made him more ready for this effort. Post position is not all the important to him, as long as he breaks, but the far inside or outside would suit him just find in this race. Trying to make it two stakes in a row from the final spot in qualifying, Urmove will give his all once again in the finals.

Kiowa Spock - Points (56)
Career Totals (20/7-4-2-2)
Bd– M March 2007 Kiowa Mon Manny – Kiowa Sweet Sue
Owned By – Smith Greyhounds, Inc.
Runs for the James E. O'Donnell Kennel
Trained by Sue Gerard
Kiowa Spock really started to put it all together in the qualifying rounds of this race. Most of the time he is a strong closer in his effort, but in two of the rounds he found the front early and all I can say is, well, it got pretty U-G-L-Y. He won one race by eight lengths and the other by ten and a half. Spock was the only greyhound to run faster than Ivan in qualifying, and with all of these big efforts he finds himself in his first stakes race final in his very first try. Spock is the only entry for the James E. O'Donnell Kennel in this stakes final. Spock showed to everyone that he has what it takes to win this race, but he might have put up another personal best to get it done. He can run a ton and you have to respect all of those greyhounds that are dual threats. You know, they can go to the front or come from off of the pace to run you down and win races. Post may play a role in how he does in this effort too. He likes it outside and would be salivating like Pavlov's dog if he could get one on the outer half of the racetrack.

Ripstick - Points (41)
Career Totals (25/6-5-1-4)
Dk Bd – M February 2007 Lonesome Cry – Linda Davis
Owned By – Michael Gerard
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennels
Trained by Mike Gerard
Ripstick coasted into his very first finals as the only entry for the Lester Raines Kennels with a disappointing seventh place finish in the semi-finals. Really though it was his fault. He did was he was suppose to do. He did what he did in the other rounds. He broke well, rushed the turn, but was bumped back out of contention at the first turn. His first three efforts, now they were something to talk about. In each of those races he came out close and in two of those starts he held the lead at the first turn. He won the second round in box to wire fashion and finished second in the other two to gain enough points to make it into the elite eight puppies at the racetrack. Clearly breaking is his best attribute and if he wants to be around at the finish line he is going to have to come out running in this effort. Helping him along the way, is his owner and trainer, Mike Gerard. Mike always has his greyhound ready to go for the big dance and has had success in the past winning stakes finals here on the Jacksonville Race Circuit. As for post, the inside is the place where he wants to be. If he can get inside it would greatly help him in this effort tonight.

Dirty Picture - Points (42)
Career Totals (17/6-3-1-4)
R – M March 2007 Coldwater Konow – Chance With Me
Owned By – Tina M. Williams
Runs for the D.Q. Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
Well just like almost every stakes race on our circuit, the DQ Williams Kennel has an entry in the finals and in this race they have had great success in the past. Over the last seven years they have won this race four times and tonight I might be a stretch to get there with the youngest entry in the final round field. Despite his age, this greyhound showed that he can compete on this level of competition. Picture came from off the pace to win in the first round and backed that up with a tremendous box to wire effort in the second round. He is one of four greyhounds in the field to win two of the four rounds, and even though he missed the trifecta in the other two efforts, he showed off that patented DQ late closing speed in the stretch. This race was his first attempt at stakes competition and he made it to the finals with some solid running. If he wants to be in the thick of things at the wire tonight, he is going to have to get out of the starting box well. His best efforts have come when he is close to the leaders early on and against this top notch field he is going to need every advantage that he can get. Wide running his calling card and can you believe that he has never had an eight box? Tonight would be prime time for him to start from there!

Gs Aleyah - Points (46)
Career Totals (41/9-10-4-4)
Bk – F January 2007 Dk's Prime Time – Everlastingbliss
Owned By – Gary or Sharon Willis
Runs for the Willis Kennel
Trained by Gary M. Willis
Gs Aleyah gets the distinction of the most experienced greyhound in this final round field. She just beat out the competition by just one start. With that aside, you have to love the effort she put forth in the qualifying rounds. This little early speed merchant did just what she was suppose to do, get out of the box well and push the pace. Granted the first round was not as good as the last three, but hey she was in trouble early and still managed to hold on in the super, that has to count for something! She nearly won two rounds, she was nosed out in the semi-finals, and coasted her way into the finals with three straight quiniela efforts. She is the first of two greyhounds from the Willis Kennel in this final round field, and she made it here in her very first stakes competition. Post really doesn't play that much of a role for her as long as she gets out of the box well. As I always say, you can run from anywhere if you are in front of the field at the break. LOL! If you take a closer look at her lines though, she seems to favor the outside post positions. So if she draw one, break like she can and gets some help behind her, she's got a chance to surprise everyone in this effort.