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

2011 Jacksonville Sprint Classic Bios

GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POST POSITION ORDER

POST POSITION DRAW VIDEO
Hs Butane - Points (56)
Career Totals (48/13-13-7-5)
R M January 2009 Ben Awhile Flying Santan
Owned By Lori B Hill
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Mike Gerard
Well someone got their FIRE lit in the 2011 Jacksonville Sprint Classic and his name was HS Butane. I don't think anyone would have had this greyhound on top at the end of qualifying, but her earned it thru hard work and should get the accolades for a job well done. Always a good closer, this greyhound found his breaking skills early and often and that led to some impressive runs and wins in the qualifying rounds. Leading the pack with a pair of wins, and a pair of places, Butane was never out of the quiniela in any of his efforts. Butane is the first of three entries into the finals for the Lester Raines Kennel, and as he competed in his second stakes, he makes it to the finals and gets a chance at the crown. His signature win during qualifying came in round three. There he bombed to the early lead, held tough throughout, and beat a stellar field to take home the win in the fastest time in all of the qualifying races in 30.49 seconds. Well breaking might have gotten him here, but it is his determination that might get him the title. He has been tenacious over the last two months and has not missed the money in his last eleven starts in a row. Butane is a rail runner by nature, but has performed well from the edged of the racetrack. Just like in qualifying, he wins most from the inside to outside posts. As long as he can stay clear of the middle boxes, this double threat with good early and late speed, should be able to get around close and make everyone work if they want to beat him in this effort. The rounds were not a fluke! This greyhound is for real and is poised and ready to take on all comers in this final round race. Time to get it done once again!

Really Xtreme - Points (44)
Career Totals (44/23-9-2-3)
R F M December 2008 Afleet Alex Xtreme Hustler
Owned By Deborah L. Strickland Trust
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Mike Gerard
Really Xtreme was one of the pre-race favorites to make the final and despite a couple of fourth place efforts in a row, his pair of victories in rounds 1 and 2 were enough to get him here. This third entry in the finals for Lester Raines might not have the points that the previous two do, but he might just have more talent. Recently he has been arguably the best at the racetrack winning 7 of 11 starts and missing the money in none of those efforts. This Afleet Alex pup is running in his 4th stakes final in a row over two different distances. He was 4th in the 2010 James J Patton Silver Cup, he won the 2010 Jacksonville Juvenile by 8.5 lengths, and was a finalist in the 2011 Orange Park Derby. From the lead or from behind, this greyhound can get it done from almost anywhere on the racetrack, and just like dear old dad, once he is clear on the lead, no one is going to deny him a win. His biggest race this time around in the stakes came in the second round as he broke to the lead and left everyone, including the track record holder Paddy Whacker, in his dust as he posted up the best time on the card at 30.55 seconds. The ICE MAN cometh again to a stakes final and all he is asking for is the little old 8 box. Why? Well he has won his last 7 races in a row, and 9 of 11 in his career, from this post position. He loves it out here and is pretty much untouchable in tiger stripes. Wanting to prove himself, he is going to take it to the XTREME once again in this stakes final.

Uss Fine Touch - Points (50)
Career Totals (107/39-13-11-10)
R F December 2007 Uss Raceway Uss Glimmer
Owned By Ron Wiltse
Runs for the Lester Raines Kennel
Trained by Mike Gerard
Uss Fine Touch might be the veteran of this field, but he has been running like a spring chicken. A really fast chicken. No one is hotter from the box, or at the wire, heading into the finals than Fine Touch. When I say this greyhound has found his break again, I MEAN IT! He has been flying to the early lead in his race and that has helped him overcome a 6th place finish in round one, to put up three wins in a row and secure himself a spot in this final round field. The second of three from the Lester Raines Kennel, Fine Touch is running in his sixth stakes event and this will be his fourth stakes final. He has had success in the past with a 2nd in the 2009 Jacksonville Juvenile, a 3rd in the 2009 Holiday Special, and a 4th in the 2010 Orange Park Derby. Even though he can be short at times in the stretch, if he turns home with a lead he has been extra tough to beat out before the finish line. Just look at his last effort. It might have been as impressive as his previous two wins, but it did show a lot of heart. He was in tougher and everyone and their brother was coming after him as they approached the wire. Did he quit? Did he throw in the towel? NO! He held tough and survived for the win. That is what makes champions, no giving up, no surrendering, and Touch might just have found that magic again. When he is on the post really doesn't matter all the much as he is ahead of everyone going to the turn, but if he had to choose, he would take the middle to inside post positions. He come out running early and these are where the majority of his wins come from. If he is going to have a shot to continue the streak in this effort, he needs to hit the lid once again.

Kiowa Adara Art - Points (44)
Career Totals (77/17-15-9-10)
BK M December 2008 Starz Jenko Sol Adara
Owned By Smith Greyhounds, Inc.
Runs for the James E O'Donnell Kennel
Trained by Mary S Gerard
Kiowa Adara Art was channeling his half brother, Kiowa Wish Frank, in all of his races in the 2011 Jacksonville Sprint Classic. All of a sudden this greyhound has woke up and found a racing form that we all thought he had when he first broke in. Art put up some quality starts in rounds 1, 2, and 3 with a pair of wins and a 3rd place finish. In those efforts he broke close and rushed to take control of the race at the first turn. Sound familiar? It does to me, and when he is on he looks more and more like Frank did in his day of winning races. He is a bit shorter than Frank late though, so getting enough of a lead early on is really important to him. His strongest effort in the stakes came in round one, where he coasted all the way around the racetrack on the lead for the easy victory. Running for the James O'Donnell Kennel, Art has the second most starts in the field, but this is his first taste of stakes racing and this final will be his first attempt at a title. Post positions are another place that Frank and him are similar. He likes it on the rail or on the outside. Just keep him away from the middle boxes and he should be alright. With recent success in the stakes, O'Donnell won the 2011 Orange Park Derby and the 2010 James J Patton Silver Cup, the kennel will have him ready to go here. If Art wants a chance to win this race, all he has to do is remember one word, BREAK! If he can do that, he might just join his half brother as a stakes winner.

Mandy Of Ruckus - Points (52)
OP Career Totals (23/6-3-2-2)
BD F September 2007 Fuzzys Cannon Stormy Ruckus
Owned By Billie Jo Smart
Runs for the Red Oak Racing
Trained by Robert Ooton
Possibly the biggest surprise in this field might just be Mandy Of Ruckus! No one expected her to win back to back races to start off the stakes, and once she did, everyone thought that she was going to have a rough go of it as the fields got tougher, well everyone, but her! To her credit Mandy didn't fold the tent and just missed winning three straight. With a strong second and third place finished in rounds 3 and 4 this ship in from Victoryland has shown that she definitely has what it takes to compete against the best at the racetrack. Mandy runs for the new Red Oak Racing Kennel and she is the first stakes finalist for them at the Orange Park Kennel Club, so let's make sure and take the time to say CONGRATULATIONS in big bold letters! Red Oak has really been making a name for themselves since arriving and it really is no surprise that they have a greyhound in this final. Get used to it people as I have a feeling this trend is going to continue on in the future. What makes her dangerous is that she can run any type of style needed to win races. She can go to the lead, or come from off the pace and take down the leaders for the win. Her biggest effort came in round 2 where she left a field late to win by seven and a half lengths. She prefers the inside, but can run from the outside on occasion too. In this race she needs to keep up the pressure and if she keeps on keeping on, she will factor in the outcome of this race.

Snj Ginger - Points (50)
Career Totals (22/9-4-4-1)
R F F June 2009 Maryville Rumble* Gable Jazz
Owned By Snj D Dogs, LLC
Runs for the Crowe Kennel
Trained by Garnet Crowe
It's Puppy Power time for the Crowe Kennel as Snj Ginger worked hard and probably ran the best of her short career in the qualifying rounds. With a pair of wins, a second, and a fourth place finish, Ginger was never out of the mix in any of her races. What has been doing it for her is the way she has been coming out of the starting box. She has been breaking extremely well and in turn that has carried to around the track and gave her a chance to win in all of her stakes starts. Being the youngest greyhound in the field, this is her first stakes competition and she makes it all the way to the final eight. This race will be the true test for the youngster though, as the competition level will be greatly increased in this effort. In her four rounds she only faced three of the other finalist and no more than two of them in any attempt. To her credit the win the semi-finals was her best effort, and trying as best as she could, Pat C Red Dawn could not get to her before the finish line. Don't get me wrong this pup has skills and can really run from the rail post positions. In her last 14 starts, she has finished in the money 13 times, running 4th only once. So it comes down to this, can she draw inside and keep up the tremendous breaking in this race? If she can, Ginger might just have a shot at upsetting this stakes final field on the front end.

Pat C Red Dawn - Points (52)
OP Career Totals (29/6-6-3-9)
R F April 2008 Flying Hydrogen Pat C Cavort
Owned By Patrick Collins
Runs for the Patrick Collins Kennel
Trained by Scott Jarvis
Pat C Red Dawn is the big time closer in this field. She can come from way off the pace to challenge, and if she gets around close, she is a threat to win each and every time on the racetrack. In qualifying no one was closer to winning each and every round than Red Dawn. In round one, she won by nose, and in the next three she was second by a length and a half, two lengths, and half a length. In all she was flying up at the wire and left it all on the racetrack. Kudos head out to the Pat Collins Kennel for bringing this fine greyhound from Dubuque here to the Orange Park Kennel Club and for entering her into the stakes. This was her first attempt against the elite at the racetrack and she gets a chance here in the finals to win a stakes championship. Her best race came in round one as she closed from last to get up at the finish line and steal away a win from the rest of the field. Of course that came from her best box, the one, and if you know her, well then you know that the post could play a major role for her in this effort. She loves to race on the rail and is extremely tough from those inside post positions. I know she has the speed to overcome trouble from anywhere, and she can, but from the inside she breaks much better and with her close early, the rest of the field has to be on their toes all the way to the finish line. No matter where she starts you know you are going to get everything she has in this race. Whatever happens, I have a feeling that she is going to be a stretch threat again in this final round race.

Kiowa Mc Gee - Points (40)
Career Totals (63/17-8-11-7)
W T R F M March 2009 Kiowa Sweet Trey Kiowa Wild Color
Owned By Smith Greyhounds, Inc.
Runs for the Connell Kennel
Trained by Robert Morris
Last but not least in the stakes is Kiowa Mc Gee. Mc Gee made his way into the finals with a win, a pair of second place finishes, and a fourth place effort. In each and every start he did something that has eluded him in the past, he just kept on coming. Before he has been known to cash out if he wasn't close at the start of the race, but the older he gets, the tougher he gets around the racetrack. His win was stellar in round one, but that was easy. He was posted up, he broke, and the rest was history. In that one he put up the biggest margin of victory, six and a half lengths, and the fastest time on the card at 30.50 seconds. The rest were not a cakewalk, but to his credit he never gave up. All of them did come from advantageous post positions though and if he gets a tough one tonight, we will have to see if he can make lemonade out of it. This rail runner wants to be red all the time, but can settle for a good far outside post too. This is where he has made his money from in the past and is where he hopes he can again in this race. This Connell Kennel runner is competing in his second stakes race and finds himself in his second straight final round. The finals have been good to him so far as he finished 4th in the 2010 edition of the Jacksonville Juvenile. Mc Gee has a good mix of break and close and can win at will when he gets to the early lead in races. Here he is in extra tough, but don't be surprised if he runs far beyond his 8th place points finish as he has not missed the money in his last 9 races in a row. Remember the winner of the 2011 Orange Park Derby and the 2010 James J Patton Silver Cup both came from the final spot in qualifying.