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|
2009 JGR Puppy Stakes Bios
GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POST POSITION ORDER
POST POSITION DRAW VIDEO
| Nj's Noble Fred
- Points (42)
Career Totals (30/7-5-3-3)
Lt Bd – M June 2007 Teamster – Nanot Baby Karen
Owned By – Nancy L. Jensen
Runs for the Crowe Kennel
Trained by Garnet W. Crowe
Not it's time for the greyhound that no one thought would be here. To his credit Nj's Nobel Fred did earn the right to be here though as he posted up almost a career best in the semi-finals to solidify a spot in this final round race. His 30.78 second clocking is his best winning time and even though he was getting caught, he didn't up or in before the finish line. His pair of second place finishes helped out too and as long as he is close early, he is a force to be reckoned with here at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Welcome back to stakes finals for the Crowe Kennel with this entry in the finals and even though he might be a longshot his recent work has to get him some respect amongst the other competitors. Fred meandered his way to the top level of competition in nineteen starts and although he didn't stay too long the first time, he jumped right back up with a win a couple of efforts later. Peaking at just the right time, Fred has never looked better. When Fred is on top of his game, it is all about the break and post really doesn't factor in all that much. He has won from a plethora of post positions, but if it came right down to it I think he would prefer the far inside or outside starting boxes. With nothing to lose, this loose cannon is all fired up and ready to go in this final round race.
| Wired To Wind
- Points (56)
Career Totals (44/16-9-7-6)
W R – M May 2007 Let's Winendine – Faith Keeper
Owned By – Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by Randell Graham
To no one's surprise Wired To Wind ended up as the leader in points for this event. He is the only finalist with previous stakes races experience, the 2009 Orange Park Derby and the Jacksonville Sprint Classic, and let's not forget that he was caught in the stretch by an All-American to be denied the Derby win. Wind has been running like the seasoned veteran that he is in the qualifying rounds as he posted up three victories in four efforts. Every single one of his victories in the stakes was the fastest trip of the day, including other grade A efforts on the cards. No doubt that he has a solid rush to the turn and once in front it just keeps on getting UGLY. Wind comes the from the DQ Williams Kennel and that comes along with a long tradition of winning puppy stakes behind him, and as their only entry he is going to be ready to rock and roll in this final round race. Wind climbed up to grade A in nine career races and big things were thought of him early on as he was entered into a stakes race in just his fifteenth career start. There is probably no doubt that he will be the early favorite to win the whole thing, but against this talented field he is still going to have to show up in order to get the job done. Post is going to play a big role here as there is a ton of early speed and he will need a lane to rush to the turn in. Something to the far inside or outside would be great, so that he can stay away from possible trouble and have a clean shot at the leaders as they enter the backstretch. This race should be his too loose, let's see if he can make the most of this opportunity tonight.
| Rs Libby Lu
- Points (48)
Career Totals (39/11-6-2-8)
Dk Bd – F May 2007 Lonesome Cry – Sweet Sandra Sue
Owned By – Ronnie Stanley
Runs for the Stacey Blanch Kennel
Trained by Linda Blanch
Her biggest question in the stakes would have to be, "Can I get a do over in the first round?" Besides a rough trip to start things out, Rs Libby Lu was perfect. She is the hottest greyhound headed into the finals as this Stacey Blanch Kennel representative won her last three remaining rounds of the stakes. She was one of only two greyhounds to win three rounds and the other was point leader Wired To Wind. How did she do it? She stuck with what got her here in the first place. Bombing to the early lead from the starting box and hanging tough late for the victory. So they weren't wins by a mile or anything, but a win, is a win, is a win, and her last race was not only the best in qualifying it was also a career best too. Libby Lu did take her time to reach the top level of competition, twenty starts, but she has really preformed well against of the best greyhounds at the racetrack. Like most other early speed greyhounds post really doesn't matter all that much to her but she is all rail all the time and in those three wins, she was never outside of the two box. So if she had to choose, the rail post would be an ideal spot for her to start from in this race and if she continues to show her best she might have a shot at stealing away a win on the lead in this effort.
| Kb's Next Level
- Points (50)
Career Totals (37/10-3-6-3)
R – F April 2007 Dodgem By Design – Bf Pina
Owned By – Caldwell Greyhounds B, Inc.
Runs for Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Michael Gerard
Kb's Next Level did just what his name implies during the qualifying rounds, he took it to the NEXT LEVEL. Starting out slow he took him 4 races just to break his maiden and another nineteen to reach grade A. But trainer Mike Gerard of the Lester Raines Kennel must have seen something he liked out of this greyhound and just kept him on the right track, and here he is as the first of their two finalist in this race. So why the recent success? It has been all about the break as of late. He has been hammering out of the starting box and that helped him post up a pair of wins, a second, and a fourth place effort in his four qualifying starts. Granted he didn't have to run against the big two in the stakes so far, but if he breaks in the finals like he has in qualifying, they might just have to come and get him before the finish line. Next Level might want to stick with the rail posts in this final round race too. All four of his qualifying efforts came from the 1 or 2 box and they seemed to have done him well. If he wants to contend throughout in this effort, he is going to have to come on running at the start of this race.
| Slatex Kabuki
- Points (40)
Career Totals (42/10-4-4-3)
Dk Bd – M February 2007 Randy Handy – Just Dance
Owned By – George H. Harlan
Runs for the Pat Collins Kennel
Trained by Scott Jarvis
Slatex Kabuki is a terror on the front end and in two of the four rounds of the stakes that is just where he found himself, IN THE LEAD! Once clear of the rest of the pack this greyhound is as fast as he wants to be and with those thirty-two points along with his pair of fifth place efforts, it was enough for him to round out the final spot in this stakes field. Kabuki is the one and only entry in the stakes for the Pat Collins Kennel and if he can see the lead unabated, you never know. It took him quite a while to reach grade A, twenty-nine races, but since he has not fallen below grade C. He is going to be the underdog in this race as he competes against some highly talented greyhounds in his first and ever stakes final. Post really doesn't matter all the much to him as it is the big break and rush that gets him in control of the races that he wins, but if he had his druthers it would an outside post position. Just give him the 6, 7, or 8 and I'm sure he would be a happy camper at the start of this effort. Winning here might be a longshot, but if he clears on top and gets some help along the way, stranger things have happened.
| Fth Fiyacracker
- Points (44)
Career Totals (37/6-14-5-2)
F – F April 2007 Fth Redmoonrisin – Picki Thang
Owned By – Henry Howe or Bill Lambert
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Chris Grieb
Fth Fiyacracker might not win a ton of races, but boy is she sure tough throughout in each and every start. The qualifying rounds of the stakes were no different as she posted up a victory in round one and followed that up with a close second, and a pair of third place efforts. In each of her finishes she was never more than 3 lengths from the winner at the wire and if you look at her lines, you know that trend is going to continue. How about fifteen in the money finishes in her last sixteen efforts? Pretty good huh? Well actually it is even better as she has finished in the quiniela in eleven of those starts! Fiyacracker might have taken thirteen efforts to make it to grade A, but it was a long stint in grade B that slowed up the process a little. She made it there in just five races and it just took a while to get over the last hump. Since this B & J Kennel greyhound has been up and down a bit from A to B, but always she continues to strive for the lead and the win in each of her starts against some of the best greyhounds at the track. Breaking is not at the top of her list of things to do, but the POP from this Fiyacracker is saved for the rush to the 1st turn. She can really fly down the frontstretch, but she does pay for it a bit at the end of the race. She is short in the stretch, but on occasion she has held on to win at the wire too. Likes most rushers she needs a lane early, so a far inside or outside post would be where she wants to start this race from.
| Fth Keystone Cop
- Points (56)
Career Totals (22/11-5-2-1)
R F – M July 2007 Dodgem By Design – Cm Lil Bit
Owned By – Henry T. Howe
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Chris Grieb
Fth Keystone Cop was the most consistent greyhound in the bunch. He never waver from the quiniela during the four qualifying efforts as he won two races and finished a second in the other pair. For his efforts he also cashed in with 56 points and that was good enough to tie for the lead at the end of qualifying. Pressure has been on his shoulders throughout and he has not faltered one bit. WHY? His kennel, B & J Racing, are the defending champs of the last three puppy stakes with Craigie Cool Man, Take It Over, and Count Ivan, not to mention a little bit of family pride too. Keystone Cop is the half brother to last year's winner, Take It Over, and from the looks of things, mama is the one passing on the superior talent. Breezing his way to grade A, Keystone Cop climbed the latter in just 8 races and posted up a win in his first ever grade A start. Working for him is his solid break and his signature rush to the 1st turn and like Wind, he is pretty tough on the lead too. In his thirteen career races where he has held the lead at some point during the race, he has won eleven times. In both of the other races he was beat out at the wire, once by a neck and the other was by a length and a half in his first career race. Post may play a role in how he does in the finals too, but if he breaks like he can, it really won't matter all that much. He is the main competition to Wired To Wind and let's not forget that the only race that Wind lost in qualifying, was at the paws of Fth Keystone Cop.
| Cjc's Knock Out
- Points (40)
Career Totals (42/15-3-3-1)
R Bd – M April 2007 Maryville Rumble* – Gable Claiborne
Owned By – Caldwell Greyhound B, Inc.
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Michael Gerard
Cjc's Knockout is a solid competitor that really shined thru in the qualifying rounds in the 2009 JGR Puppy Stakes. This greyhound started out with a third place finish and backed that up with two straight victories. Hoping for more in the semi-finals, the plan was foiled as she ran into sever trouble and finished last. No worries as his previous efforts secured her a spot in this final round field. She will be the second of two in the finals for owner Bruce Caldwell and the Lester Raines Kennel. Knock Out really started out fast in her career as she won her M, D, and C races back to back before running out a couple in starts in grade B. In her next effort she did win and holds the claim in the finals as the fastest greyhound to reach grade A in just six career efforts. Working for her in against this tough field will be her one, two combination. Knockout can go to the front or come from off the pace to win races and this versatility makes her quite the threat in this race. He is pretty stout on the lead too as she has only been run down a couple of times in his career when she has seen the lead in a race. When the bowls are pulled at the draw there is only one color that she wants to see. RED! In 5 career races from the one box, Knockout has NEVER LOST!