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 Orange Park Derby Bios

GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POINT TOTAL ORDER

Post Position Draw Video
Penny Candy - Points (52)
Career Totals (30-12-5-4-4); OP Meet Totals (18-6-2-3-3)
Bk – F January 2006 Stan’s Boy Flyer – Majestic Angle
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the D Q Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
Talk about finding your groove at the right time. Penny Candy led all competitors throughout the stakes qualifying rounds and looked far more experienced that her 30 combined career starts. She never finished out of the trifecta in 4 round of competition as she posted up a pair of wins, a second and a third place effort. What might be even more impressive is how she has been running during the rounds. She is a duel threat over this distance as she can come from off the pace or go to the early lead and take down the competition. She has a total of 6 wins at the Orange Park Kennel Club and 4 of those have come in her last 6 efforts. She is the second youngest greyhound in the field and is only older than her kennelmate Grim Reaper in the finals. This is her first final round rodeo, but she looks poised and ready to take on all comers. She is the first of 2 entries for the D Q Williams Kennel in the finals and leave it to DQ to breed an early speed sire and get a strong distance greyhound. Post is really no all that important to her as she has done well from a ton of different post positions, but getting out of the box well that is something a bit different. If she had to choose at the start of this race I think she would want something on the midtrack to inside part of the racetrack. If she continues to get out of the box well tonight, they are going to have a hard time keeping her out of contention at the finish line.

Stupendous Trent - Points (44)
Career Totals (38-9-8-5-5); OP Meet Totals (7-1-3-0-1)
Bk – F November 2005 Trent Lee – Whistler’s Bride
Owned By – John Melillo
Runs for the Connell Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Jennette Holmes
Stupendous Trent is a recent addition from the newly added Connell Kennel from St. Pete and it looks like the new surrounding, the new distance, the new trainers, the new schedule has not taking any effect on her. Well maybe one effect, a GOOD ONE. This greyhound has looked sharp ever since showing up on our doorstep and kudos go out to trainer Jennette Holmes for taking a chance and trying her over the longer distance for this stakes. You see she has been in stakes competition before at Derby Lane, but she has never run more that 550 yards or made it to a final. All that changes tonight as she will get a chance here to take home the lion’s share of the prize, well that is if she can get close early on. The break will be critical her to efforts in this race. In her 3 races where she finished in the quiniela in qualifying, a win and a pair of second place efforts, she was in the lead or stalking the early pace. In the other race she didn’t break as well and encountered trouble and never recovered to run 5th. Trent is the first of two entries for the Connell Kennel in this final round field as she finished 2nd in points with 44. Post position might be interesting for her as I think she should fare well as long as she has room early on. So a post away from the crowd should be a good launching pad for the start of this run around the longer oval. So far she has run well from the outside, but shows some super efforts at Derby Lane from the rail. With either position I don’t think that she can go wrong, so don’t count her out even though she is a TRENT LEE pup! LOL!

Kiowa Pretence - Points (42)
OP Career Totals (48-9-14-13-4)
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
Kiowa Pretence is arguably the best closer in this final round field and throughout the stakes rounds he proved it. He never finished out of the superfecta in any round and has only missed the board in one of his last 16 starts. With a win, a second, a third and a fourth place finish he had all of the bases covered and in each effort he can from way, way, way back to get up into the mix at the finish line. Pretence is competing in his second stakes race, but this will be his first final round appearance. He is the second of two greyhounds for the newly added Connell Kennel, but he did not just arrive with the rest of the crew from Derby Lane. Pretence is a hold over from the Rae Racing Kennel that Connell replaced. Post position won’t matter at all in this race for this tremendous closer as he will be behind everyone at the start anyways. What will matter to him is a clean trip and room to run down the backside, in the far turn and in the stretch. If he could get around within striking distance early on in this effort I don’t know if there is a greyhound in this field that could hold him off at the wire.

Grim Reaper - Points (41)
OP Career Totals (33-9-9-2-6)
R– M February 2006 Snow Bow – Paris Beauty
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the D Q Williams Kennel
Trained by Chris Nemeth
As always the D Q Williams Kennel finds a way to get a greyhound into the stakes final, or should I say finds a way to get a pair of greyhounds into a stakes final. This will be the 5th straight year that they have a pair of finalist in the Orange Park Derby. Another thing they almost always seem to do is put a sprinter over to 660 right before the stakes and he or she finds a way to make it into the finals. Previous greyhounds, Do It With Grace (twice), Dads Stillfishin and Decisive Strike. Grim Reaper is this year’s version and low and behold here he is in the final round. After a pair of seconds and a 7th place finish in the 2nd round he really needed a big effort in the semis to get into the finals. Well that is just what he did. He hit the lid, took the early lead and ran away from some trouble as he coasted home an unchallenged winner. Reaper is benefiting from some help from mom in this race too. You see Paris Beauty is the sister to 2004 All-American Dustin The Way and 3 time Orange Park Derby finalist Let’s Play Fair. Let’s all remember that the youngest greyhound in the finals is not the least experienced one, even in stakes finals. Granted he ran into trouble and finished out of the money, he still managed to get into the finals of the JGR Juvenile back in December. Post and break will be important to him in this effort. He will need to get out in a hurry if he wants a chance to win this race and with a helpful rail or far outside post, he might just have a shot at taking home the trophy at the wire.

Deco Deano - Points (38)
OP Career Totals (89-28-17-18-6)
Bd – M October 2004 Awesome Assassin – Deco Hexagram
Owned By – Henry T. Howe
Runs for the BJ Racing Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Eric Griffin
The only returning greyhound to the finals of the Orange Park Derby is Deco Deano. Deano was the leader in points last year and encountered trouble and finished out of the money. That didn’t slow him down though as he bounced right back and took home the title in the $30,000 Clay County Classic. Deco is the only greyhound that knows how it feels to win a title and that might just give him an edge in this effort. If that doesn’t than all of that stakes experience will. Deano is competing in his 5th stakes race and this will be his 4th final round appearance. Deano ran tough in 3 of the 4 qualifying rounds, including a great front running win from the 1 box in round 2. He is more of a stalker closer at 660, compared to his huge finishes at 550, so the break is a critical part of his racing strategy over the distance. Even though he is a bit of a wide racer the inside to midtrack post might just fit him better over the longer distance. He breaks better from the inside and has shown in the past that he can get it done from these interior post position. Normally being the oldest is not always a good thing, but being the wisest with fresh legs might just do the trick tonight.

Sweetsouthern - Points (38)
OP Career Totals (83-20-21-15-12)
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 was in contention in all of her races during the stakes qualifying rounds. You see is almost always in contention anyways as she is a superb closer that gets out of the box on occasion and dominates races. That is just what happened in round 1 where she hit the lid and went box to wire in the fastest time of the night. She followed that up with a second place effort by a nose, a trouble ridden 3 round race where she finished 5th by 3 lengths and a semi final bought where she battled thru traffic in the far turn to get up into the superfecta, 4th, at the wire. No quit, would be a good way to describe most of her efforts and that includes ones over the even longer 770 yard course. This is her 4th try and stake competition and this will be her 2nd final round appearance as she finished 4th in the inaugural $30,000 James J Patton Marathon. Southern is the first of two entries for the Lester Raines Kennel in the stakes and the only entry owned by Lester himself. Time to talk about post positions. There is only ONE for this little girl. So wave the red flag and get it over with. She has a tremendous record from the one box, 12/6-4-1-1, and all but one of those starts have come in extra distance races. If she draws the rail, this race could be over in a hurry.

Uss California - Points (38)
OP Career Totals (47-8-10-9-6)
Bk – M October 2005 Flying Penske – Rompin Rhea
Owned By – Ron Wiltse
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennels
Trained by Mike Gerard
Uss California’s outlook changed a bit after his failed attempt in the 2007 JGR Juvenile. He was moved back to 660 yards and has really been running the best in his young career since. He has been getting out of the box better and in turn he has been closer throughout and has been able to use his late speed to his advantage. He has finished in the superfecta in 12 of his last 13 efforts and in the trifecta in 11 if those efforts. All of these elements continued during the stake rounds as he finished in the money throughout, 2nd twice, 3rd once and 4th once, and secured him a spot in the finals of the Orange Park Derby. California is the second of two entries for the Lester Raines Kennel and looks to keep the ball rolling in this effort. Posts position could play a factor for him, but it won’t be the only one. Far inside or outside would be preferred, but a lane to run in and a clean trip so that he can have an unhindered run at the leaders late will determined how well he does in this effort.

Se's Top Speed - Points (36)
OP Career Totals (62-16-4-9-7)
Bd – F April 2005 Rooftop Moby – Crystal Riddell
Owned By – Henry T. Howe
Runs for the BJ Racing Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Eric Griffin
After her effort in the 1st round you might have counted her out of the stakes. It wasn’t her fault that she ran into huge trouble and finished last. But to her credit she didn’t let it affect her in the least. Se’s Top Speed made lemonade out of the lemons she was dealt. She broke better in her next 3 races and closed hard in each of them to find a way to the finals. She even hit the lid in the 3rd round and went box to wire for the victory. Top Speed has always shown that she had the speed to compete but for her it was a matter of staying on the racetrack. She just kept having those nagging little things that have kept her away from the oval 3 times for little over 2 months apiece. All healthy now she was ready to go in this stakes and the culmination of her efforts is a chance to compete in the finals of the Orange Park Derby. This is her second try at the stakes world and this will be her first ever stakes final. Like most of the rest of this field she runs her best from the far inside or far outside part of the racetrack. Just give her some room early on and it might turn into a upset. Remember BJ won the race last year with the other greyhound, Craigie Grandy, the one that wasn’t suppose to win. Could history repeat itself tonight? Maybe, just maybe.