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

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GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POST POSITION ORDER

Post Position Draw Video
Sugar Shadow - Points (44)
OP Career Totals (48-11-7-5-5)
Bk – F May 2006 Shadow Ofa Doubt – Damon Simona
Owned By – Ronald Bond
Runs for the Steve Gilster Kennel
Trained by Mark Blair
Sugar Shadow might just be the surprise of the entire event. No one expected this greyhound to find her way to the finals, but low and behold here she is. Through some hard work and some good front running efforts she has broken thru in her first stakes race appearance. She needed to come up big in the semi’s to get it done and that is just what she did. She hit the lid and took advantage of some trouble behind her as she was clearly the best on this occasion. Sugar looks just like dear old dad, Shadow Ofa Doubt, as early speed is the key to her success. He won several stakes races at Gulf Greyhound Park with his blinding early speed and now his traits have passed on to the next generation. Sugar is the only entry in the finals for the Steve Gilster Kennel who has had some success in the past with getting greyhounds into the finals. They are overdue to win one though, so a big front running effort out of her might just be what the doctor ordered in the big race tonight. Like they say, you can do no wrong with the early lead in any race, in this final with a little help behind her; you might just see a repeat of the semis.

Sign And Drive - Points (41)
Career Totals (35-10-9-6-2); OP Meet Totals (22-7-4-4-2)
R – F May 2006 Dodgem By Design – Happiness
Owned By – Arnell G Connell
Runs for the Connell Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Jennette Holmes
Sign And Drive got the post benefit in the first three rounds of the stakes and like any good greyhound should, she made the most of each and every start. With a close third and back to back wins from the 8 box, she was the win leader thru three rounds of the stakes. In the semi’s she ran into all kinds of trouble from the middle 5 box and finished out of the money, in seventh, for the first time in almost a month. Sign And Drive might have started out her career at Derby Lane, but she has found a home over the oval at the Orange Park Kennel Club. With her solid rush to the turn she can prove tough on top and give some strong closing greyhounds all they can handle in the deep stretch. Drive is the first of two entries for the returning Connell Kennel who gets a pair in the finals for the second stakes race in a row. Don’t let her lack of starts or the post advantage in the qualifying rounds fool you. This greyhound must be taken seriously or all they will be seeing is her tail in front of them. She can break with the best of them and has won races from other post position. Looking for there first stakes win since returning, the Connell Kennel has a good chance to Drive off a winner on tonight.

Ask Jaime - Points (40)
OP Career Totals (34-10-6-5-2)
Bd – F April 2006 Fortified Power – Gs Brooke
Owned By – Gary M. Willis
Runs for the Willis Kennel
Trained by Stacy Chase
The Willis Kennel knew they had a pretty good greyhound with Ask Jaime, but I don’t know if they expected what they got during the qualifying rounds. This greyhound really blossomed and put up a couple of superb efforts against some stiff competition. Jaime not only won twice in qualifying, to go along with her sixth and fourth place efforts, she posted up the fastest time of the night on both occasions. She really showed off some things that she never has before as her first round race was a personal best effort. Most of the time she stalks and tries to run late, but on both of those trips she broke to the lead and was never in question. This greyhound is the first stake race finalist for the Willis Kennel here on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. So no matter how she runs she gets a big congrats for just getting here, but I’m sure the Willis Kennel is looking for bigger and better things. With three wins in her last five starts, including the fastest time in the qualifying rounds, no greyhound has been hotter. So what will it take for her to win? A big false start! She needs to come out quickly tonight and if she does, this race could get very ugly early on.

Get Readythunder - Points (44)
Career Totals (95-42-15-8-9); OP Meet Totals (32-17-4-3-6)
Bk – M November 2004 Okie Cooper – Get Ready Set Go
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the D Q Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
DQ thought enough of Get Readythunder to send him down to Mardi Gras and give him a try at the World Classic. After a couple of tough efforts, DQ made another good decision, to bring him back in time for the start of the Jacksonville Sprint Classic. Thunder has rewarded that decision with a strong showing and a final round appearance. During the qualifying rounds he posted up a pair of winning trips and a pair of fourth place finishes. The scary thing to think about is that he only broke on one occasion. In the clear this greyhound is as fast as anyone on the circuit, notice the 30.20 second best time just next to his name in the program, and he can do that at anytime from any post position. Thunder has many things in common with his kennel mate Ray, he is a ship in from another racetrack, he is competing in his first stakes event and he has made his first stakes final. Coming from Wichita the learning curve seemed huge, but he made quick work of it and has posted up wins in over half of his starts at the Orange Park Kennel Club. The second of two from the DQ Williams Kennel, Thunder perpetuates their model greyhound. He can come on late with the best of them and when he breaks fast, the race is already over. With a clean run to the turn, a storm might just be brewing for the rest of this field tonight.

Blaze N Ray - Points (46)
Career Totals (47-34-8-1-3); OP Meet Totals (8-3-2-0-3)
Bd – M February 2006 Craigie Whistler – Rayvan
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the D Q Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
The DQ Williams Kennel is looking to the past with this greyhound. Blaze N Ray is a recent addition to the Orange Park Kennel Club and seems to like the surrounding just fine. This Daytona Beach superstar has not missed a beat over the new oval and looks to repeat the success of a couple of other greyhounds you have heard of. Just Kickin It won the 2003 Mayor’s Cup and Stake Your Claim was the recent winner of the Night of Stars XIX race, and both of those greyhounds started off their careers at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club. Big things were expected of him upon his arrival as his record at Daytona Beach was second to none. How about thirty wins in thirty-six efforts? WOW! What about thirty-five of thirty-six in the trifecta? WOW, again! Ray didn’t disappoint as he was the leader in points for this event with a win, a pair of seconds and a fourth place finish. Those starts have proved that he is not intimidated by his new surroundings in his first ever stakes race competition. With his strong rush and his late gears, Ray is going to be a formidable force in almost any race that he draws into. Ray is the first of two entries for the DQ Williams Kennel in this field, who has seen there share of doubling up in the past on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. If Ray decides to hit the lid in this final round race, he’s going to be tough to keep out of the winner circle.

Kiowa Guv Water - Points (40)
OP Career Totals (70-11-15-4-9)
Bk – M November 2005 Coldwater Guv – Kiowa Arubaangie
Owned By – Smith Greyhounds, Inc.
Runs for the Connell Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Jennette Holmes
Kiowa Guv Water was the only greyhound to make the finals of this stakes without winning one of the qualifying rounds. Consistency plays a big role in stakes events as a couple of other greyhounds that won qualifying rounds were left out of this final round race. After a slow start in the first round with a fifth place effort, Guv Water reeled off three straight second place efforts in a row to make the finals. Guv Water has really taken to the new surrounds as he has become a more consistent runner over the last couple of months. We have seen him rise from grade D all the way to the finals of a stakes race and he has only missed the pay sheet 3 times in his last fifteen efforts. Frankly Guv Water is as fast as he wants to be on any occasion and if he keeps getting out of the box close to the leaders, then he is going to be a factor at the finish line in those efforts. Guv Water is the second of two entries in the finals for the Connell Kennel and maybe he was just saving his winning effort for this final round race. The big happy greyhound with the funny turned up tail will be ready to rock and roll in this effort tonight.

T Dizzle - Points (40)
OP Career Totals (41-10-9-4-4)
W R Bd – F March 2006 Craigie Brooker – Unbridled Time
Owned By – Michael R, Gerard
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennels
Trained by Mike Gerard
AHH, the little girl greyhound with the funny name is growing up right before our eyes. Well that’s what you get when you let the help name them. LOL! Dizzle has really come into her own as of late with some tremendous efforts. Thru the first three qualifying rounds she finished first, second and third. Heading into the semi’s she was in great shape and seemed to be in the driver’s seat. In that effort she was in the mix to the far turn before encountering trouble and finishing 5th. Not really how she wanted to make the finals, but here she is none the less. From the start there was never really any question if this greyhound, or her littermates, were fast or not the question was are the going to show up. Dizzle has proven that with some maturity, and some good help in the training department, you can learn how to be more consistent on the racetrack. Oh did I mention that the trainer owns this one too? Interesting, very interesting. LOL! Dizzle fits in well with the rest of the strong greyhounds in this field as she it not one dimensional any longer. She can close from off the pace to challenge and every now and then can even go to the lead and show off. Looking for the spotlight tonight, the Lester Raines Kennel is looking for back to back sprint stakes wins at the Orange Park Kennel Club from this first time stakes starter and finalist.

Kiowa Wild Boy - Points (44)
OP Career Totals (59-27-12-4-6)
F– M October 2005 Flying Penske – Kiowa Kim Says
Owned By – Smith Greyhounds, Inc.
Runs for the James E O’Donnell Kennel
Trained by Sue Gerard
Kiowa Wild Boy is a stake racing machine, but he needed to work a bit to make his 3rd stakes final in a row. He had to come up big in the semi-finals and that is just what he did. He broke to the lead and left the field in his dust. He drew out throughout the race as he crossed on top for a full sixteen additional points. With a win in the second round and a third and fifth place finish that was good enough to land him a spot in the elite eight on Saturday evening. Wild Boy had to hold to the torch for the O’Donnell Kennel as the big dog, Kiowa Wish Frank, was competing in the 2008 edition of the World Classic. Don’t get me wrong Wild Boy is not slouch. He finished second in the 2007 Orange Park Puppy Stakes right behind Frank and has won almost fifty percent of his official starts. This greyhound can run! Like other competitors in this field Wild Boy is at home with or without the front end. He can close from nowhere or steal a lead and increase it throughout. Wild Boy is the only finalist for the James E O’Donnell Kennel in this race and will give his all, like he does in every start, as he tries to take home the title. If he comes out running, the rest of this field will have to settle for second best at the finish line.