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 Pullanallnighter 
2017 bestbet Sprint Classic 7/17/2017 7/21/2017 7/24/2017 7/29/2017 8/5/2017 Real Good Feelin 
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

2010 James J Patton Silver Cup Bios

Kiowa Vinita - Points (38)
Career Totals (104/20-18-21-13)
Bk F September 2007 Flying Hydrogen Greg Kiowa Girl
Owned By Smith Greyhounds, Inc. or P. O'Donnell
Runs for the James E. O'Donnell Kennel
Trained by Mary S Gerard
Kiowa Vinita turned consistency into a spot in the finals of the 2010 edition of the James J Patton Silver Cup. She was tough throughout all of the rounds with a win, a pair of thirds, and a fourth place finish. She won the tie-breaker for the finals spot in the stakes, but the James E. O'Donnell has done well from this spot, in this race, in the past. Ok, Kiowa Vinita might not be Kiowa Wish Frank, but you have to be in the race, to win the race, and trust me when I say this little girl will give everything she has in this effort. With the most experience around the racetrack, she knows what it takes to win races at Orange Park and that might come in handy in this effort. She has a determined drive that gets her up late into contention in the majority of races that she runs in, but can't be left too far behind too early in this effort. The keys to her success are getting room to run and close. She has no specific part of the racetrack that she really likes to race from, she can compete with her late kick from almost all of them, but if she can't get around the turn she is going to have problems. Can the O'Donnell Kennel pull another rabbit out of the hat from the last qualifier like they did in 2008? You never know what Mary has up her sleeve.

Comedrinkwithme - Points (56)
Career Totals (69/18-10-10-10)
Bk M January 2008 Dauntless Instant Vintage
Owned By Tina M. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by David Helton
The DQ Williams Kennel might have only gotten on greyhound into the finals, but for what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality. Comedrinkwithme was the leader in points for this event as the only greyhound to win three of the four qualifying rounds. Fitting the DQ mold to a tee, Comedrinkwithme can run from the lead and blow fields away, like it did in round one, or he can come from off the pace and take the leaders down before the finish line. What really separates him from other greyhounds recently is that he never gives up in any race. That is probably why his in the money percentage has been so good. In his last nineteen races he has only finished out of the top four positions once, and the majority of those races have come at the top level of competition. Comedrinkwithme is no stranger to stakes competition as he raced in the 2009 edition of the Jacksonville Juvenile and the 2010 edition of the Orange Park Derby. He missed the finals of both of those races even though he had a couple of good efforts in each. This race will be his first stakes final and the kennels hope of a win lie solely on his shoulders. DQ used to win this race all the time, but it has been four years since they were the champs and their run of three straight ended seven years back. Here is a chance to get back to glory from the perennial kennel champs. The key to his success in this race will be drawing a post on the edges and coming out of the starting box close to the leaders. He doesn't have to be in front, just in the conversation, as his late speed is enough to overcome almost anyone in this race.

Paddy Whacker - Points (40)
Career Totals (51/19-7-7-8)
Bd M July 2008 Heart Rumble* Spicy Candy
Owned By Lisa B. Riches
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Tom Artzer
Paddy Whacker is the only greyhound in this final round race that already has won a sprint stakes title on the 2010 season. He was the winner of the 2010 JGR Puppy Stakes and even though he looked a bit more impressive in qualifying there, he was still plenty stout during the rounds. From a tough inside box in round one, he broke well and dominated all the way to the wire. From that point on his break left him and he had to go into closing mode. He came flying in each of his other races from off the pace and recorded a close second place finish and a pair of fourth place efforts. Regardless of those lines, he is still the most dangerous greyhound in this final round race. He has the best raw speed and can beat you early or late on a whim. In his ten career stakes starts, he has never finished out of the money. (10/4-1-2-3) This B & J Kennel entry is competing in his third stakes final in a row, he was fourth in the Night of Stars Feature, and is looking to win his second straight multi-round stakes final. The keys to his success in this race are like the others before him, he needs a good post and a good break. Paddy is in love with the outside post positions and the wider the better for him. In his last fifteen races from the outside he has won ten times and has not finished out of the money. Unlike the rest a good break, is just fourth or so. He doesn't have to be in the lead, just around early, and it still could get ugly late. B & J is known for winning more than their share of stakes finals, tonight could be another one for Paddy, and the kennel.

Really Xtreme - Points (41)
Career Totals (13/8-3-0-0)
R F M December 2008 Afleet Alex Xtreme Hustler
Owned By Deborah L. Strickland Trust
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel, Fl, Llc
Trained by Mike Gerard
I REALLY don't know how to explain this greyhound or how he has taken to the racetrack and accomplished what he has at such an early age, but I'm going to give it a try. I guess in other sports they sum it up with the work PHENOM, and I think that is just what I will use! Really Xtreme is making a huge statement for his daddy, our 2003 All-American Afleet Alex, as he makes his way into a stakes final in just his thirteenth career start. What is more impressive is his current record. Xtreme won his first six races in a row, and overall, he has won eight starts and has finished in the quiniela a whopping eleven times. He has only missed the money twice and in both of those races he started from the 8 box, didn't break well, and ran into trouble. What makes him so tough is that he can break and race off all alone and stop the clock at a speedy time, or he can close from off the pace and get up in the final strides to win at the wire. This Lester Raines kennel greyhounds is the first of two entries in the finals, and despite his inexperience, he is a threat to win this final round race. The key to his success is to get a inside post position and get a clear lane to rush to the turn in. He is not the best breaker in the field, but has a solid rush and has enough late speed to even come from a bit off the pace and steal away the win. If it all goes his way, he has what it takes to take down the competition in this race.

Raiders Bart - Points (52)
Career Totals (64/22-12-10-3)
Bk M Feb 2008 Dodgem By Design Raiders Azeri
Owned By Ann Y Occhino
Runs for the Willis Kennels
Trained by Jerry Rhodes
Even though he has been running tough for a while now at the Orange Park Kennel Club, Raiders Bart just never gets the due that he deserves. In this stakes race he was going to make a statement, and gets some recognition, and that is just what he did. Winning two of the four rounds and finishing in the money throughout, Bart has parlayed his third attempt at a stakes into a final round appearance. Bart also gets the solo act for his kennel, the Willis Kennel, in this effort and will have to keep up the good work if he wants to bring home the title. Bart has really been one of the standout sprinters day in and day out over the last four months at the top level of competition. During that span he has used his quick break and bold rush to the turn to take command and win nearly half of his starts. But Bart is not just a frontrunner, he can challenge from just off the pace as well. That is probably why he has only missed the money in a handful of starts over those previous months. The key to his success in this effort has to be the post position. If he could beat them all from the box it really would not matter, but there are a couple of greyhounds that might beat him in the first couple of steps. So, this all rail all the time runner could really benefit by drawing the inside part of the racetrack. In his last seven red box starts, Bart has won four times, place second once, and finished third twice. If he can start inside tonight, he might just leave this field seeing red at the wire.

Leading Steps - Points (40)
Career Totals (56/16-16-7-5)
W Bd M July 2008 Lonesome Cry Tk Ashira
Owned By Lester Raines
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel, Fl, Llc
Trained by Mike Gerard
Leading Steps is the best breaking in the bunch and he used that blazing early speed to win two of the four rounds of the stakes, and finish a close third in another. Even though he gets overlooked at times for being nothing but a front end or nothing greyhound, you still need to respect his abilities and his consistency. This Lester Raines kennel greyhound is competing in his third stakes final in a row and in the other two, he finished in the money. In the 2010 edition of the JGR Puppy Stakes, Leading Steps was a game threat throughout and was outfinished late, and settled for fourth. The Night of Stars feature in July was a bit of a different story as he exploded from the starting box and stole a big lead on the rest of the field. Eventually getting nosed out at the wire, he had to settle for place, but trust me when I say it was a winning effort. The key to his success in this race is simple, just BREAK! He needs to stay true to what has got him here, he needs to be flying from the starting box and steal away as many lengths as he can in the early stages of this race. A good post position would go a long way to get him in the right mind too. He loves to come out from the inside post and if he can do what he needs to do, the third time just might be the charm for this Lester Raines ankle burner.

Kiowa Top Design - Points (39)
Career Totals (90/22-10-11-12)
R F M March 2008 Dodgem By Design Flying Acme
Owned By Smith Greyhounds, Inc.
Runs for the James E. O'Donnell Kennel
Trained by Mary S Gerard
No greyhound in the field came into their own at the right time more that Kiowa Top Design. Top Design has shown some good early speed in the past, but in the stakes he flashed it in three of the four efforts. In two he made the front end and once his nose was clear of the competition, no one was going to beat him. Winning twice on the lead, and finishing third in another race, Top Design coasted into the finals as the first of two entries for the James E. O'Donnell Kennel. Like several other greyhounds in this field, Top Design is not just a one, hit or break, wonder. He can close from off the pace and win a race or two as well. Competing in his third stakes event, Top Design finally makes the finals after seeing a quick exit in his previous two attempts. The key to his success in this final round race is an easy one, he must break quickly. He runs so much tougher when he is either in the lead, or stalking it, as they head up the frontstretch and into the first turn. All thirteen of his victories on the year have come from no further back than third at the first turn. If he can come out running like he did in qualifying, and make the front end, he could be an upset winning in the finals.

Eds Budby - Points (48)
Career Totals (95/28-17-17-7)
W F Bd M December 2007 Domingo Dodge Cherokee Queen
Owned By John M. Crowe
Runs for the Crowe Kennel
Trained by Garnet W. Crowe
Known for his extra distance prowess, the 2010 Orange Park Derby Winner, Eds Budby finally makes it to the finals of a sprint stakes, in his third attempt, and has a chance to add another stakes title to his 2010 resume. This time around over the 550 yard course the difference has been how he has been getting out of the starting box. We all know that he has loads of closing speed over the shorter distance, but sometimes that left him too far behind too early on and even though he was closing like a truck, he was still out of contention. In round one he even posted up a box to wire win and followed that up with a pair of second place efforts, and a third place finish. Budby is the only entry in the finals for the Crowe Kennel, but that is the same number he had in the Orange Park Derby and that was the only one they needed to win that final round race. The keys to his success in this race are the post position and his ability to break at least a little bit. Both play an equally important role and one may just help him with the other one. Budby loves the rail and if he can get a rail or inside post, that in turn will help how well he breaks in this race. All you have to do to see what I mean is look back to the first round of the stakes. Budby started from the one box. Budby broke on top. Budby won the race with ease on the front end. Double photo ops for him are possible in 2010, let's see how he does tonight.