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

2010 Orange Park Derby Bios

GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POST POSITION ORDER

POST POSITION DRAW VIDEO
Uss Fine Touch - Points (35)
Career Totals (54/20-6-6-4)
R F Dec 2007 Uss Raceway Uss Glimmer
Owned By Ron Wiltse
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Mike Gerard
Uss Fine Touch is showing off her versatility as she makes her second stakes race final in a row over two different distances. She finished second in the 2009 Jacksonville Juvenile and hopes to do just as good, if not better, in this race. In the 2010 Orange Park Derby she has shown that she compete and win against the big boys and girls over 660 yards. In three of the rounds she broke well and was in the thick of things throughout as she finished first, second, and fourth. In the semi-finals her break failed her and she was in a world of hurt early on. She never recovered and settled for a seventh place finish. Looking to rebound in this effort, the first of two for the Lester Raines Kennel, will have to get back to what got her here. BREAKING! She must come out fast, I mean really fast, if she is going to have a chance to win this one. She has been short in the past and against this great field she will need to have a commanding lead if she wants to upset in this effort. The post could help her out with this. If she can draw something away from the pack where she can get a clean run thru the turn, she should be able to have her best chance at success. Looking for a far inside or outside post, let's see how she does.

Bad For Ya - Points (44)
Career Totals (29/10-8-3-2)
BK M April 2008 Trent Lee Leafs Flying
Owned By Tina M. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by David Helton
Making the biggest impression as almost anyone when moved to 660 yards was Bad For Ya. This greyhound won his first four races in impressive fashion and didn't miss the money until the semi-finals. He was undefeated after two rounds of the stakes where he went straight to the lead in his races and posted up some easy victories. Rounds three and four were tougher as he sat in the box on both occasions and only could muster up a third and fifth place finish. Either way, he makes it as the second entry for the defending champs, the DQ Williams Kennel. This event was his second attempt in a stakes race as he competed in the 2009 Jacksonville Juvenile. There he just missed making it into the finals, so tonight will be his first try to win a stakes championship. In order for him to have a shot at winning this race he is going to have to find his fantastic break. He needs to get back to the round one and two form that saw him dominating his races from box to wire. Post position could play a role for him in this race too. He seems to run better from the far inside or outside post positions. From the middle posts he has not been all the successful at either 550 or 660 yards.

Gs Ashlynn - Points (42)
Career Totals (29/8-6-1-4)
F F May 2008 Rapido Rambo Gm's Cutie
Owned By Gary or Sharon Willis
Runs for the Willis Kennels
Trained by Jerry Rhodes
Gs Ashlynn is one of two greyhounds in this field that is competing in her second stakes race final in the row. Ashlynn also was in the finals of the 2009 Jacksonville Juvenile, and I know she is hoping for a better showing this time around. In qualifying the light bulb finally started to come on for her over the 660 yard course. Leading up to the stakes she was not running her best at 660, but slowly and surely she is getting it all figured out. The good news was it was in time for her to be successful in the stakes. The difference? The break! She has started to come out of the starting box well and that has really added to her efforts. In the rounds she won a race, finished second twice, and was sixth after a trouble ridden race with no place to go in the turns. Ashlynn is the only entry for the Willis Kennel in the finals of this race, but they feel great as she might be in many more down the line. As the youngest greyhound in the field, she has may more opportunities ahead of her here at the Orange Park Kennel Club. If she wants a chance to win this stakes final, she MUST break well! She has to be around early on and the post could help out with that. She likes to race wide and starting from there could go a long way in helping her factor throughout in this effort.

La's Lucy - Points (54)
Career Totals (59/25-8-4-4)
BD F May 2007 Get Over Ruby Is The Best
Owned By Sharon L. Williams
Runs for DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by David Helton
La's Lucy was the pre-race favorite to win this race and so far she has not let down any of her supporters. She also won three of the four qualifying rounds and finished fourth in her other effort. There she missed her break and was miles behind early on and had to rally from downtown to get back into contention. In the other three races she hit the lid and was long gone ahead of the competition, as she won by an average margin of over seven lengths. She also posted up the fastest time in qualifying with a 37.31 second clocking in the semi-finals. Lucy is the first of two entries for the defending champions, the DQ Williams Kennel, and might just be this year's Penny Candy. Lucy has been in only one other stakes race, the 2009 JGR Puppy Stakes, and there she only made it to the semi-finals. This race will be her first stakes race final round appearance. The key for her to have a chance to win this race will be her break. Once in the lead she is the best greyhound at the racetrack over 660 yards. She has never been caught at any distance from behind on the lead at anytime in a race, and she has won races from behind at both 550 and 660 yards. Post position really doesn't play that much of a role for her as long as she breaks. If you go to the lead, who cares where you started from, if she sits and has to rush something midtrack to outside might be good for her. Don't forget she has won half of her races over 660, including a run of 5 straight in late 2009.

Xtra Style - Points (34)
Career Totals (161/29-28-30-28)
W R F F January 2006 Kl's Doug Exceptional Bid
Owned By Deborah Strickland
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Mike Gerard
If Xperience matters, then Xtra Style should easily be the winner of this race! She has been there and done that way more than any other greyhound in this field. In this effort she will be competing in her fourth stakes final over an added distance in a row. She finished fourth in the 2009 James J Patton Marathon, and was a finalist in the 2009 Orange Park Derby and 2008 James J Patton Marathon. Style is the second of two entries for the Lester Raines Kennel in this final, and easily the best closer left. As we all have seen with her success over 770 yards, this greyhound can make up ground on anyone at 660 when she feels like it and if she is close early on, WATCH OUT! Just look at her second round race where she broke fast and drew away late for the easy victory. Adding to that with a third, fourth, and fifth place finish she gets enough points accumulated to find a spot in the finals for a second straight year. Even with all of this experience, she is still a question mark. If she wants to run she is just as fast and dangerous as anyone in this field, but if she is not close early on, there may be too much ground to make up in the stretch in order to contend for the win. Her best shot to steal away a title in this race is to come out running in this race, and that is going to be hard to do with all of the other early speed greyhounds lurking around. I know it sounds off but the five box might be a good place for her to start from! She won her only round in the qualifying rounds from there and has posted up victories in six of her last seven races from this post position. She breaks well from this box, and that is really what she needs in this effort.

Eds Budby - Points (60)
Career Totals (59/11-11-13-4)
W F BD M December 2007 Domingo Dodge Cherokee Queen
Owned By John Crowe
Runs for the Crowe Kennel
Trained by Garnet Crowe
On a MISSION! That would be a good way to describe the effort that Eds Budby has put out during the 2010 Orange Park Derby qualifying rounds. He has really stepped up his game and has thoroughly impressed everyone in the process. With three wins and a second place effort in four rounds, Budby was the leader in points for this event with 60 and in turn will get to randomly select his post position for the finals first. This is not his first qualifying rodeo, but it is his first final round appearance. He also competed in the 2009 First Coast Classic and the 2009 Jacksonville Juvenile. Both were sprint races and it seems that the 660 yard course has done him a lot better this time around against the best at the racetrack. What has been the key to his recent success? Well I would have to say it is the break. I know he can close well throughout the race and make up ground on the leaders, but being closer early on has gotten him to the winner's circle consistently in these stakes rounds. Budby is the one and only entry into the finals for the Crowe Kennel who has jumped back into the finals scene in two of the last three stakes events. In order to contend in this final round race he will need to just keep doing what he has been doing in the qualifying rounds. Get out of the starting box close and give his all from the box to wire. Speaking of boxes, Budby would like to start from somewhere on the inside part of the racetrack. There he should be able to get around close and stay out of harm's way early on in this effort. If he clears the turn close or on the lead, he has a very good shot at taking home the title at the finish line.

Holly Noelle - Points (32)
Career Totals (49/8-5-7-7)
BK F December 2007 Cricket Express Solitary Camile
Owned By Steve Schlachter
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Tom Artzer
Holly Noelle is clearly the underdog in this stakes final. Just nine races ago she was in grade D after couple of out of the money efforts in grade C. She had never been to grade A and even though the move to 660 seems to be a good one, she looked overmatch heading into the stakes. BUT, someone forgot to tell this little girl that she had no chance. In the first round she broke close and found another gear in the stretch to get by fellow finalist Rays Scout for the narrow victory. That race gave her a three race win streak and set her on her way to the finals. In the second and third rounds her break left her and she encountered a ton of traffic and trouble and finished sixth. So if she wanted to move on she was going to have to step up in the semi-finals, and she did. Even though she was no match for the eventual winner of that race, La's Lucy, she was next best as she chased the pace throughout and crossed in second. Those twelve valuable points were enough for her to squeak her way into the final spot in the final round race. Noelle is the only entry in the finals for the B & J Racing Kennel and that might be all they need. Even though she might be a long shot, the Kennel has been very successful recently in stakes finals. In fact they have won this race in two of the last three years, and the last time they won it, in 2008, it was with the greyhound that finished last in points in qualifying. If she breaks post is not all that important to her. Something far inside or outside would do the trick.

Rays Scout - Points (44)
JGR Career Totals (18/5-4-6-3)
R M July 2007 My Judge Ivyona Star
Owned By Woodall Racing, Inc.
Runs for the Connell Kennels, Inc.
Trained by Richard Rowell
Rays Scout is new to everything and is taking well to all of it. He is new to the Orange Park Kennel Club, he is new to stakes racing, and he is new to the 660 yard course, yet none of it bothered him at all. So far at the Orange Park Kennel Club, Scout has not finished out of the money. Yep that's right, eighteen starts in a row and never a fifth or worse place finish at either 550 or 660 yards. Now that's impressive. Scout comes from an impressive litter of greyhounds that were all entered into the derby, but he is only one to make it into the finals for the Connell Kennel. Over 660 yards he has shown great early speed from the starting box and has turned that into some strong efforts in the qualifying rounds. He did steal away a win in the third round, which added to his second place finish and his pair of thirds saw him finish in a tie for third overall in points. The key to his chance to win this race is his break. He is tremendous in the early stages and might need to even steal away a ton if he is going to upset this very talented field. Why, well he is short in the later stages and will need to cushion to win. Post is not all that important for him if he does get out of the starting box, but away from the crowd would be a good place for him to start from. Something to the far inside or outside I think would be ideal for this talented greyhound.