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
Sweetsouthern - Points (26)
Career Totals (110/28-26-20-16)
Dk Bd – F December 2004 Dk’s Prime Time – Kl’s Sandy
Owned By – S Lester Raines
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennels
Trained by Mike Gerard
Sweetsouthern is the only other returning finalist in this field besides last year’s winner Santa’s Playgirl. Not only did she make the finals of last year’s race, she finished 4th and picked up some added money in the process. This time around she might not have won a round but she was competitive in each and every one of her efforts. It took an extra ordinary effort by Penny Candy in the first round to run her down before the finish line, and in the next two races from tough post positions she still managed to find the superfecta in the deep stretch. Southern like Playgirl is a stakes veteran that has competed in them over 550, 660 and 770 yards. The second of three greyhounds from the Lester Raines Kennel, Southern gets the benefits of a good trainer in Mike Gerard. Other maybe will overlook her here just because she didn’t finish in the top of the points, but if they do that they might be in for a shock if she decides she wants to break and run. Southern has a long history of tough races over this distance and she has won her share from the front and a few from off the pace. No matter what the rounds might say, she must be considered a threat especially if she can get the rail early on.

Kiowa Pretence - Points (48)
Career Totals (85/15-25-19-13)
Dk F – M January 2006 Flying Penske – Fly Kiowa Sadie
Owned By – Smith Greyhounds, Inc.
Runs for the Connell Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Jennette Holmes
Talk about getting into a groove, Kiowa Pretence is on a whole other level as of late and it has propelled him to the leader in points throughout the qualifying rounds of the stakes. To say that he has been unstoppable is an understatement. This greyhound has come from last in each and every effort, battled thru trouble and still ran down the best greyhounds at the racetrack before the finish line. He has won 5 of his last 7 races including all 3 rounds of the stakes, which is the same amount he had won in his previous 62 efforts. This will be his fourth stakes race overall and the second final over an added distance. His last was the 2008 $50,000 Orange Park Derby where he came from last, no really, and finished up in third place at the wire. Pretence is the best closer in the field, and trust me when I say, no lead is safe. In the semi’s he might have run his best race to date as he took down last year’s winner of this event, Santa’s Playgirl, on the lead in the deep stretch to win. Also working for him is the kennel connection. The Connell Kennel, and trainer Jennette Holmes, have been a force since coming to the Jacksonville Racing Circuit and already have a several stakes finalists and a stakes title on the year.(Sign And Drive won the $30,000 Jacksonville Sprint Classic) Pretence will be the greyhound that everyone will be watching at the end of this race. No matter how far he is behind early on, his extreme late speed will give him a chance to take down anyone on the lead late in this race.

Xtra Style - Points (25)
Career Totals (55/7-12-13-8)
W R – F January 2006 Kl’s Doug – Exceptional Bid
Owned By – Deborah Strickland
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennels
Trained by Mike Gerard
Last but not least in qualifying for the final is Xtra Style. Style might have faulted a bit in the semi-finals after a tough trip, but the two previous efforts were silver. No quite gold as she finished in 2nd, but of the first two rounds showed off just what she was capable of. She closed strongly in both of those races and saw no ill effects of a 2 month layoff. Like most of this field her game is coming from off the pace late, but on occasion she has gotten out of the box and raced off alone to win over the 770 yard course. This third finalist from the Lester Raines Kennel will be making her first final round appearance and it comes in her second attempt in a stakes race. Overmatches, outclassed, lack of races over this distance, plenty could be said but never count out the heart or desire of any athlete. In years past we have seen several greyhounds find their best stride in the finals and that might be just what Style is waiting to do in this effort. Rested and ready to go she will be trying for added Style points against this field tonight.

Racheal Lee - Points (30)
Career Totals (69/10-14-12-16)
W R – F March 2006 Get Over – Nothing But Fine
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the D Q Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
With the DQ Williams stocked barn of distance stars some of the very good don’t even get a shot to compete. This would be the story of Racheal Lee. This greyhound is running in her first stakes event and she had to go to the marathon course just to get a chance at an entry. Racheal is a strong closer that took forever to break her maiden, but then was quickly moved to 660 yards and then her career started to take off. With more room to close she was getting into the picture a bit more and the 770 yard course was even an easier transition. Like her kennelmate Penny Candy she can come on strong late with the best of them and proved that well with a pair of 2nd and a 4th place finish in the qualifying rounds. Her best effort came in the second round as she pressed Kiowa Pretence all the way thru the wire and really made him work for the win. Racheal Lee might not have the name power as the other two entries in this final from the DQ Williams Kennel, but you still have to respect that talent level of this girl.

Santa's Playgirl - Points (44)
Career Totals (131/ 58-19- 20-7)
Bd – F September 2004 Teamster – Miss Setter
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the D Q Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
The name should say it all for anyone that follows the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. Santa’s Playgirl has been the queen over the added distance for a couple of years and in 2007 she finished 2nd in the finals of the Orange Park Derby and went undefeated to win the finals of this very stakes event, the James J Patton Marathon. After winning 7 in a row earlier this year a slight toe injury kept her out of action for a couple of months. Since returning she has been getting back into the groove and in the rounds her break returned and she looked dominating. With wins in the first 2 rounds and a solid 2nd in the 3rd she is still a threat to win the whole thing in back to back years. What an accomplishment it is just to make the finals in two years in a row, but to win the race again for the second time is almost unheard of nowadays. Playgirl has the chance to make history as the only greyhound to win this race, and let’s not forget that in last year’s final she not only won but just missed the track record in the process by .02 seconds. No one in this final round can match her out of the box and I fully expect her to be in the early lead in this race. She finally looked human over the distance last time when she was caught from behind, but this will be for all the marbles and I have a feeling that she might just step up her game a bit in this effort. Besides, DQ has won so many stakes over the last 10 years that the formula for success is down to a science. Playgirl will be ready to go, we’ll have to see if it is enough tonight.

Uss Contender - Points (40)
Career Totals (73/15-8-10-15)
Bk – F October 2005 Flying Penske – Ea’s Rompin Rhea
Owned By – Ron Wiltse
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennels
Trained by Mike Gerard
If you want to talk about coming into your own, then look no further than Uss Contender. This greyhound has found a home over 770 yards and looks like she never wants to leave it. She too went undefeated thru the first two rounds of the stakes and finished a close third, missing place by just a nose, in the semi’s with a strong late closing effort. How good has she been over this distance? She has not missed the money in her last 10 efforts in a row over the marathon course. From the lead she has won by as many as 10 lengths and from behind she has run down a plethora of talented greyhounds on the lead. She too fits the mold of the other big time closers in this field as she just keeps coming and coming and coming and coming throughout in her efforts. Contender is the first of three entries for the Lester Raines Kennel in this race which has seen its share of success over their tenure at the Orange Park Kennel Club over both sprint and distance stakes events. If you think that the top picks might have this race sewed up, you might want to take a look at the race right before the stakes started. Contender took down four of the stakes finalists in that effort, including running by Kiowa Pretence in the stretch. If she gets out of the box well and gets room to run early on in this effort, there is no reason that she won’t be in the mix at the finish line tonight.

Penny Candy - Points (48)
Career Totals (59/27-11-8-6)
Bk– F January 2006 Stan’s Boy Flyer – Majestic Angle
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
Not to be outdone, Penny Candy, has been on a roll of her own as of late and enters into the finals with a 5 race win streak, including all 3 rounds of the stakes. She too has tremendous late speed and her never say quit attitude has been present throughout qualifying. Albeit the slowest of her trips in the stakes, her first round win as a monster effort. She ran into so much trouble it appeared that she had no chance to win as last year’s finalist Sweetsouthern was comfortably in the lead. But she only worried about herself as she made up 6 lengths and stole away the victory at the finish line. No big surprise that DQ has multiple finalists in a distance stakes, they have for the last 6 stakes distance finals in a row, and Penny is the first of three in this final. Penny is no stranger to stakes competition either. She competed well in the 2008 Orange Park Derby and just missed winning the $50,000 event by a head at the finish line. With another couple of strides she could have won that race and now would be looking at a chance to sweep the added distance stakes for the year. Tonight in this race the distance is further and that will give her the extra time she needs to try and get it done. One thing you can count on for sure in this effort is that she will be giving her all throughout and making up ground in the second half of this race tonight.

Gs Rambo - Points (30)
Career Totals (91/18-11-9-17)
Bk– M December 2005 Rapido Rambo – Everlastingbliss
Owned By – Gary or Sharon Willis
Runs for the Willis Kennels
Trained by Staci Chase
GS Rambo not only got his name from his father it looks like he got some of his talent too. Rapido Rambo was a triple distance closing threat when he raced at the Gulf and set track records over 660 and 770 yards there. That greyhound really could come on strong late and it looks like his son has that family gene. Well maybe not closing like a truck, but the ability to compete and win over both 660 and 770 yards. Rambo ran solid thru the stakes with a pair of second place efforts and a closing 4th place finish in the 1st round, and making his first stakes final he appears up for the challenge. Even though he ran well, he didn’t really show off what he could do in those three races. If you want to see his true potential, they you might have to look back a few more starts right before the stakes started. On June 4th he hit the lid and beat four of the finalists on the front end as each and every one of them had a chance to get to him before the finish line, and they didn’t. Rambo is the only entry in the stakes for the Willis Kennel who did pretty good with their last one, Ask Jaime, who finished second in the 2008 $30,000 Jacksonville Sprint Classic. Rambo has the breeding and the skills to win this race, but getting out of the box is where he needs to excel tonight if he wants to take down the competition.