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

2011 Jacksonville Juvenile Bios

GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POST POSITION ORDER

POST POSITION DRAW VIDEO
Snj Black Porter - Points (52)
Career Totals (28/8-7-6-3)
BK M November 2009 Jt's Goesaround Ultimate Cupcake
Owned By SNJ D Dogs, LLC
Runs for the Crowe Kennel
Trained by Garnet Crowe
Talk about your special ALE's, Snj Black Porter is one sweet greyhound that loves to POUR in on late and challenge for the win. No greyhound was more consistent as Black Porter racked up 4 efforts in a row in the quiniela, including a big time win in the semi-finals to secure him a spot with the best on Saturday evening. Like the rest, first stakes, first finals, and the first of two greyhounds in the mix for the Crowe Kennel. Unlike the rest, Black Porter flew thru the grading ranks and arrived in grade A in just his 7 career start. He has the most experience against the best at the racetrack and that could really come in handy in this effort. His late speed is his best attribute and even if he is out of it early on, don't count him out, he has enough left in the tank late to catch almost anyone in this race and beat them to the finish line. He does run his best though when he is staking early, so a good break will go a long way in helping him out in this effort. One of the per-race favorites to be in this final, Black Porter has lived up to the hype and now just one race sits between him and the title. Running his best at the right time, Black Porter is firing on all cylinders now and is poised to make some noise on Saturday evening. If he comes to run, he will empty the keg in order to hoist the trophy at the finish line.

Kiowa Fire Fly - Points (50)
Career Totals (42/16-1-2-4)
BK F January 2010 Lonesome Cry Kansas Firefly
Owned By Smith Greyhounds, Inc.
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Heather Fowler
No big surprise here as the most experienced greyhound in the field makes it to the finals. Kiowa Fire Fly might be a bit of an all or nothing kind of greyhound, but when you are mostly having ALL races, you pretty much dominate. Kiowa Fire Fly won three of the four qualifying rounds, all of which came on the front end, and posted up the two fastest times in all of qualifying in the process. He is deadly on the lead, and once his nose is in front, he has never been caught from behind. He is no one trick pony though, he has won races from off the pace as well and can close on occasion to get up and steal a win. Competing in his first stakes, Fire Fly makes the finals and has a big burden on his shoulders as the only entry in the finals of the kennel standing leader Lester Raines kennel. Loads of training experience is behind him and so is some red hot running. With seven wins in ten starts, everyone better pay attention to him in this effort. All he needs to do is show up early and make the lead in this race. If history repeats itself, Fire Fly will blaze the trail and take home the top prize at the finish line.

Lk's Gran Slam - Points (52)
Career Totals (23/7-5-7-1)
W R BD M February 2010 Domingo Dodge Hush Darling
Owned By Jill Lashmet
Runs for the Lashmet Kennel
Trained by Tom Artzer
Lk's Gran Slam took the jump back to 550 yards without a hiccup and won three of the four qualifying rounds in the process. He has great late speed, but he didn't need it in any of his wins. He was in early control of those starts, and once in front, he left the field in his lurch as he won by several lengths over his competition at the finish line. Gran Slam is competing in his first stakes and makes the finals in his very first attempt. He is the first of three, yes that's right, three finalist from the Lashmet Kennel and all three greyhounds come from different litters. Big things were planned for this greyhound from the get go as he broke his maiden in his very first start. He closed well in several starts in grade D, but just couldn't find the top spot at the wire, so he jumped over to the 660 yard course and continued to climb up the ladder. It might have taken him two distance and several starts to reach the top grade, but since he has gotten there, he has never looked back or seen a grade B event. After a lackluster performance in the semi-finals, Gran Slam is looking for another home run in this final round race. If he wants to complete the trip around the bases and take home the win, there is just one thing he has to do, BREAK! He doesn't need to be on top in this effort, but he does need to be in the conversation early on so that he can get around close and use his late speed to get up for the win. Clearly he is one of the one to beat in this final round race and if he decides to come out close, he will factor with the leaders at the finish line tonight.

Lk's Angelica - Points (37)
Career Totals (22/6-4-4-0)
BK F February 2010 Daddy Warbarks Zoomn Cheri
Owned By Jill Lashmet
Runs for the Lashmet Kennel
Trained by Tom Artzer
Lk's Angelica is a streaky greyhound that has really started to shine at the right time. Right before the stakes, she won back to back to back races and finally reached grade a after 18 races. The fun continued on for her in the stakes as she was the runner up in rounds one, two, and three, before ending her quiniela streak with a rough trip in the semi-finals. The second of three greyhounds in the finals for the Lashmet kennel, Lk's Angelica is competing in her very first stakes event and make it all the way to the finals. Consistency does pay off as she is one of only two greyhounds to make the elite eight without a win during qualifying. Angelica's key to success in this race has to be the break! She runs her best when she is on, or near, the pace early on and all you have to do is look at her lines to see this. In five of her six career wins, she was in the lead at the first turn, and held tough all the way to the finish line for the win. In the other she was second early and outlasted the front runner at the wire. If she can get out fast and get into contention early on in this efforts, she will make everyone else in this field work if they want to win the championship.

Blazing Hot - Points (34)
Career Totals (39/7-4-2-4)
R M July 2009 Ahk Cannon Fire* Kelsos Gabriella
Owned By Michael Queer
Runs for the Crowe Kennel
Trained by Garnet Crowe
Seizing control is what Blazing Hot did in the semi-finals of the stakes. He needed a win, after a pair of thirds and a six place effort in the first three rounds, and that is just what he came up with at the finish line. Rushing hard to the turn he cleared to the lead and took command of the race. He coasted to the wire and showed that his best running still might be in front of him in this stakes. The second of two entries in the finals for the Crowe kennel, Blazing Hot, is competing in his first stakes event and makes it into his first final round race. He gets the journeyman tag in this race as he has never been to grade A, he has lots of races under his belt, but he has won very few of those starts. He is no slouch though and has competed well and finished in the money in several of his starts. Normally a steady runner, with a bit of a close in the wings, Blazing Hot puts up his best efforts when he is on or near the lead early on. In this final round race, he will need to follow suit with the majority of this field, and find a way to come out running at the start. If he can stalk the pace heading to the turn, he might have a shot to take down the competition and the title at the finish line.

Jeans Two Face - Points (33)
Career Totals (13/2-3-0-1)
W BK M April 2010 No More Loving Whoop Dee Do
Owned By Sharon L Williams
Runs for DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by Louis Amaral
Jeans Two Face is the enigma of this field. He has very few races on her belt and in those he has looked not all the impressive at times, but he found enough in the stakes to post up a win, a second, a fifth, and a seventh place finish and secure himself a spot in the finals. Jeans Two Face is the second of two from the DQ Williams Kennel and he does posses the DQ trait. For those of you unfamiliar of what I speak, it's called CLOSING SPEED! He has a tremendous late kick and when he wants to use it, he can come from well off the pace and take down the leaders before the finish line. Just look at qualifying for example. In his in the money finishes, he was absolutely flying in the stretch and there was no doubt that he was going to get a piece of the action at the wire. Clearly the underdog in this final round field Jeans Two Face is under the radar, and as we all know you can never forget about the DQ Williams greyhound in the stakes final.

Lk's Merrel - Points (36)
Career Totals (12/3-2-1-1)
R M February 2010 Domingo Dodge Stress Reducer
Owned By Jill Lashmet
Runs for the Lashmet Kennel
Trained by Tom Artzer
Lk's Merrel took the long way to the stakes and even though he has the last experience in this field, don't overlook him in this effort. Merrell is the third entry for the Lashmet kennel in the stakes and even though he didn't win a race in qualifying, he was oh so close on a couple of occasions. This big time closer was making up ground in every effort and found himself second twice, third once, and fifth once in qualifying. Sure his recent lines might not look like too much, but if you dig deeper you get a more polished look at just what he can do on the racetrack. Breaking in, Merrel, won his maiden race by ten and a half lengths in a speedy grade A like time of 30.70 seconds. He backed that up with wins in grade D and grade C in consecutive starts and was well on his way to A. He falter after some trouble ridden races and then was laid off for almost two months before returning just before the stakes. This greyhound has speed to burn in the stretch and if he can just get out a bit closer early on, he might be the longshot that everyone will be looking for come post time. Big upside for the true puppy, we will have to see if he is up for the challenge of the finals.

Offthebrakedrake - Points (52)
Career Totals (26/8-4-3-1)
R M February 2010 Coldwater Konow Ruby Is The Best
Owned By Lorenzo Anguiano
Runs for DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by Louis Amaral
Nice to see DQ back in the finals of a stakes event and Offthebrakedrake earned his spot with some stellar running. He never missed the trifecta in any of the rounds and that includes a pair of wins, a second, and a third place effort. He has been a force throughout in each and every effort, and even though he might lack the all out late speed of the other DQ entries, he has enough early and heart to win races against the best at the racetrack. This stakes event was the first for him and he finds himself smack dab in the elite eight on Saturday evening. Drake is also the first of two entries into the finals for the resurging DQ Williams Kennel, and along with that comes a long pedigree of stakes champions to try and live up to. The pressure will be on but he looks up to the task. Drake took the slow and steady route to grade A, as he won his first maiden race, but ran in 18 more to see the top grade greyhounds. He hasn't slipped back yet and has really come into his own against the best pups at the racetrack. His key to winning this race will be his break. He will have to be close early on in order to contend and if he can see the lead, he could be upset minded all the way to the wire. If he keeps the pedal to the metal, watch-out, he could surprise them all in this effort.