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 Orange Park Derby Bios

GREYHOUNDS LISTED IN POST POSITION ORDER

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POST POSITION DRAW VIDEO
La's Lucy - Points (56)
Career Totals (115/43-20-11-13)
BD F May 2007 Get Over Ruby Is The Best
Owned By Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by David Helton
La's Lucy seems like she has been here forever, but even though she is the oldest greyhound in the field at almost 4, she is running like a puppy. Lucy has always been tough over the added distance and makes the finals of this race, the Orange Park Derby, for the second year in a row. Talk about something that is tough to do, but really no surprise for the DQ Williams Kennel. They have done it before and probably do it again. Lucy came in as the leader in points in this race with a pair of wins and a pair of second place effort. In all she just missed staying perfect by a length in one effort and a length and a half in the other. She is really back on top of her game now and has been using her whole skill set to dominate and contend in her effort. She has been coming out fast and has shown great closing ability in all of her qualifying races. Let's not forget that Lucy has all out great speed on the lead and posted up the fastest time in the last 14 years about a year ago as she stopped the clock at a blistering 37.06 seconds. Lucy is the first of three entries for the DQ Williams Kennel in this final round race as she competed in her third stakes event, and her second stakes final. She is looking to improve on her eighth place finish last year. With all the tools at her disposal post position is not all as important as her coming out of the starting box well, but if she gets a choice, let's say the 8 box might be good. She has won 6 of her 7 career starts from this post, she finished 3rd in the other, and that includes her career best of 37.06 seconds. If Lucy comes to run tonight, the rest might be racing for the place position at the finish line.

Akeem - Points (0)
JGR Career Totals (53/9-8-6-5)
BK M April 2008 Rhythmless Sweet Darla
Owned By Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by David Helton
Akeem might just be a clone to his kennelmate Make U Look. He too comes to the Orange Park Kennel Club by the way of Daytona Beach. He also was a useful greyhound over the 550 yard course, but as most DQ greyhounds, he has shown that the longer distance might just be the place that he might make his mark on the world of greyhound racing. Akeem has only a handful of starts over the 660 yard course, but this third entry of the DQ Williams Kennel won twice and finished in the trifecta in 5 of his 7 career races. Akeem is an even runner over this route and can come from just off the pace to get it done in the stretch. He doesn't posse the big late closing speed like others over the route, so the break is extra important to him. In his winning trips he has aided by not only a good post position, but a fantastic break. He came out close in both of those efforts and proved that he could hang with the best of the best over this distance. Akeem is competing in his first stakes race and he made it all the way to the finals of the 2011 Orange Park Derby. Post position might be an easy one to call here. This rail runner needs to get there one way or another, and the inside post positions would go a long way to help out his effort tonight. If he wants a chance to win this race, he has to break faster than he ever has in order to get it done.

Really Xtreme - Points (0)
Career Totals (32/16-9-0-1)
I think it is safe to say now that Really Xtreme is a puppy NO MORE! He is just a greyhound, a great greyhound, that is trying to live up to his daddy's, Afleet Alex's, name. So far he is doing a pretty good job. This race will be his 3rd stakes final in a row and in the other two, he finished 4th and was the winner of the 2010 Jacksonville Juvenile. Proving that he is no one trick pony, Xtreme took to the added distance course and after a rough trip or two, he got his timing down pat for the start of the stakes rounds. With a win, and three second place finishes, Xtreme finished 2nd in points as the only entry in the finals for the Lester Raines Kennel. Xtreme's forte over the added distance is breaking and controlling the race on the front end. He has been short on occasion, but he can held on to win races too. It all depends on how much of a lead he can muster at the start of the race. He was a threat to win in all of the qualifying rounds and I'm sure that trend will continue on here in the finals. He has some help at his side too as his trainer, Mike Gerard, has won this race three times in the last 10 years with Dac, Craigie Bouquet, and the converted sprinter, like Xtreme, Sugarnooche. The edges would be good place for him to start from. He breaks and runs best from the 1 or 8 boxes. The one might be a shade better as he has 5 wins and 2 places in 7 career starts. If he can steal enough early, he will hold on late and take his second stakes title in a row.

Make U Look - Points (0)
JGR Career Totals (49/9-7-8-7)
R F May 2008 Diamond's For Me Let's Run To Win
Owned By Sharon L. Williams
Runs for the DQ Williams Kennel
Trained by David Helton
Make U Look came to the Orange Park Kennel Club from Daytona Beach, but his true home might not have been found until just before the stakes rounds started. This greyhound was a useful one at 550, but might have turned into something special over the added distance course. Big surprise for a DQ Williams Greyhound to flourish over move distance, right? Make U Look really took to the route and has only missed the money once in her six career starts. Getting better with each and every effort, Make U Look started out with a third and fifth place finish in rounds one and two, and stepped it up with back to back winning efforts to cap out the qualifying rounds. Make U Look is in her first stakes, makes her first final, and is the second of three entries for DQ. She will get trainer help too. David Helton has won this race more than anyone else in the last 10 years and always has someone in the money at the finish line. Although she can close when needed, she has run her best over the 660 yards course on or near the early lead. So, in this effort she will need to channel that breaking spirit, from her last two starts, and come out running. With only a couple of starts over the added distance it's tough to tell where she wants to start from. She needs room early, so I would say that she wants to be on the edges somewhere. The rail was her money maker in sprints, so the rail should be where she wants to be. If she can hit the lid for the third straight race, she might be taking home the hat trick in this effort.

Kanuka - Points (0)
Career Totals (95/15-11-12-13)
BK F May 2008 Fuzzys Cannon Well Chosen
Owned By Kirk Whitehair
Runs for the Stacey Blanch Kennel
Trained by Linda Blanch
Kanuka parlayed her consistent running into the final spot in the 2011 Orange Park Derby final. She did not win a round in qualifying, but what she did do was contend in each and every effort. She finished off the stakes with a pair of second place and fourth place finishes. For her efforts she recorded 36 points and that was good enough to tie for 6th in the finals. This Stacey Blanch Kennel greyhound might be their only entry in the finals, but they know how to get them ready to run. Anyone remember Rs Libby Lu? Remember her back to back stakes titles? Remember her dominance? I do, and I'm sure they do too. Now Kanuka is not Libby Lu, but you get the point. Kanuka might have a bigger uphill battle though. She has never won a race in grade A over 660 yards, but she has been oh so close on a couple of occasions. She has a good early speed over this distance and will need to use it in a big way in this race. She can be short at the end of the race sometimes, but others she has held on all the way thru the wire for the victory. Post for a rail runner is easy! The one box! Enough said, but more importantly to her is the break. She has to come out running in this effort to have any shot at an upset. With all of the big names lurking above her in the point standings, with all of the favorites begin tagged already to win this effort, her chances seem slim, but this is why we run the races. If she can steal a lead and get some help behind her, you never know.

Paddy Whacker - Points (0)
Career Totals (70/23-13-10-9)
BD F July 2008 Heart Rumble* Spicy Candy
Owned By Lisa B Riches
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels Inc
Trained by Tom Artzer
I think no greyhound at the racetrack stepped up more when the bright lights hit than Paddy Whacker. This greyhound didn't win a race over 660 yards in his first nine starts over the distance, but when the stakes started, GAME ON! He broke better and took home impressive victories in rounds 1 and 2, and after a rough trip in round three, he showed up big time in the semi-finals. Overcoming the tough 1 box, and some trouble in the race, Paddy closed throughout and took home the place position at the wire. With that effort he finished 3rd in points as the only entry in the finals of the B & J Racing Kennel. Experience is on his side too as he is competing in his 4th stakes final in a row. He has never missed one, and he finished in the money in 2 of 3. He was the winner of the 2010 JGR Puppy Stakes, finished 4th in the Night of Stars Feature, and finished 6th in the James J Patton Silver Cup. There is no doubt in anyone's mind where this greyhound wants to be on the racetrack. WIDE! That could be the key to his success in this final round race. If he can start outside, he has an advantage, but don't count him out if he isn't. He ran big in the semi's from the rail, and possibly could do it again. If he come to run, and gets out of the box fast, he is going to be a big time threat to everyone in this effort.

Gs Tee Up - Points (0)
Career Totals (48/14-8-12-5)
R M February 2009 Afleet Alex Gm's Peachy Keen
Owned By Gary or Sharon Willis
Runs for the Willis Kennel
Trained by Brandy Willis
Gs Tee Up is another fantastic greyhound out of our very own All-American Afleet Alex. As he broke in you knew he was going to be something special and here in his second stakes event, and his first stake final, Tee Up is proving that he is force at the Orange Park Kennel Club. This only entry in the finals for the Willis Kennel made his way into the main event with a win, a third, and a pair of fourth place efforts. He was one of only 3 greyhounds to win a round and finish in the money throughout in the stakes, and in fact he has never finished worse than 4th in any effort over 660 yards. Breaking fast is the main reason for his success. He has been able to come out quickly in almost all of his starts, and even though he might be a bit short at the end of the race, he has held on late in a couple of occasion to win. Come out of the starting box fast might be more important to him than the starting post, but you have to break from somewhere. So, where does he want to be? Let's see. How about somewhere that he can get around the turn cleanly. That might be his biggest hurdle in this race. He needs room. From the outside he has fared well in the past at both 550 and 660 yards. If he draws the 7 or 8 box, he should be a happy camper. If he wants to take the Orange Park Derby Crown, he needs to be out of the starting box first tonight.

Hallo My Pear - Points (0)
Career Totals (136/16-37-15-16)
W F M December 2007 Hallo West Acre Kiowa Chil Cavel
Owned By Smith Greyhounds of James O'Donnell
Runs for the James E O'Donnell Kennel
Trained by Sue Gerard
Hallo My Pear might not have won a race during the qualifying rounds, but he was close enough in all of his efforts to take home enough points to earn him a spot in this final round race. With a pair of places, a third, and a fifth place finish, he tied for sixth in points for this even. Even though he has more starts than anyone else in this talented field, he is competing in his very first stakes event and make the final round field. No worries for the O'Donnell Kennel as they have had great success with greyhounds that squeak into the finals over the last couple of years. Kiowa Wish Frank and Kiowa Vinita both won stakes by as the last greyhound into the final round field. Here one notch up, the task is no different, make the most of your opportunities. Right now as the only grade B greyhound in the field, you might think he is overmatched, but don't be fooled my friend, this greyhound has won plenty at 660 against the best at the racetrack. He has a great break and can make even the most talented breakers, and closers, work for each and every step they take around the racetrack. With so many 660 races under his belt you get a pretty good look at where he performs best from and that would be the rail part of the racetrack. The majority of his big time efforts have come from the 1 or 2 boxes. This race is not going to be easy, but if he can get a good post, time the break best, get the lead, and some help behind, he too has a shot to win this final.