Stake Races for 2018
|Stakes||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Finals||Winner|
|2018 Orange Park Derby||1/15/2018||1/19/2018||1/22/2018||1/27/2018||2/3/2018|
|2018 James J Patton Silver Cup||2/19/2018||2/23/2018||2/26/2018||3/2/2018||3/10/2018|
|2018 IronHound Stakes||3/30/2018||4/2/2018||4/7/2018||4/14/2018|
|2018 bestbet Puppy Stakes||5/14/2018||5/18/2018||5/21/2018||5/26/2018||6/2/2018|
|2018 bestbet Sprint Classic||7/16/2018||7/20/2018||7/23/2018||7/28/2018||8/4/2018|
|2018 bestbet Derby||10/22/2018||10/26/2018||10/29/2018||11/3/2018||11/10/2018|
2/5/2011 Orange Park Derby Finals
No one saw this one coming? Right? Before the start of the 2011 Orange Park Derby the DQ Williams Kennel looked to have locked up another win. Their superstar La's Lucy was the leader in points, she was in her second straight Orange Park Derby Final, and she drew the 1 box. What more could you ask for? How about for her to break! That was the difference maker for the eventual winner Hallo My Pear.
Pear has always been known as a breaker over the added distance course, and frankly, in the rounds she had not gotten out of the box like he can. Sure he broke ok and held on enough to finish in the money in three of the four efforts, but he did not win a round and only make the lead on one occasion. Saving his best run for the finals, Hallo My Pear made up for everything at the start of the Orange Park Derby.
As the lure moved past and the box popped open, Hallo My Pear came to run! He exploded out to an easy lead and left trouble, and the rest of this field, behind early. Easy was not a way to describe most of the other greyhounds in this race. Despite the other breakers, Kanuka, Gs Tee Up, and Akeem, the rest had to deal with some issues at the break. As Tee Up went to the rail early on, he cut off Really Xtreme, who was shuffled back. That blocked Make U Look and pushed Paddy Whacker wide in the early stages. La's Lucy was also blocked on the rail early, but she drove around and found some room as they headed thru the early turn.
As they headed up the frontside, My Pear was in control, but Gs Tee Up was coming to challenge. He passed Kanuka for second place and narrowed the gap to the leader in the process. By the backside My Pear's lead was just a couple of lengths and it was apparent that Tee Up was going to make the leader work for the win. Also coming was the DQ duo of Akeem and La's Lucy. Both of these greyhounds started to make their runs and both overtook early challenger Kanuka by the far turn.
Down the stretch the chasing trio was poised to make one last run at the leader, but try as they might, they just weren't going to gain any ground. Hallo My Pear just put his head down and continue to keep on going. He looked really strong in the final few strides and even increased his lead by a length at the wire. Gs Tee Up settled for place, with Akeem in show, and race favorite La's Lucy in fourth. Rounding out the field was Make U Look in fifth, early threat Kanuka in sixth, Really Xtreme in sixth, and Paddy Whacker in eighth.
As the prices were posted, the tote board lit up like a Christmas tree. The O'Donnell Kennel had done in once again! They had pulled the rabbit out of the hat in the finals. Just last year in the 2010 James J Patton Silver Cup, Kiowa Vinita also won at long odds. That is just a credit to their trainer Sue Gerard. She gets them ready to go and when she says it's time to step up, they do!
Congratulations to all of the people involved with this great greyhound. From the owners, Smith Greyhounds and James O'Donnell, to his trainer Sue Gerard, to everyone else that helped out along the way, you deserve this title. Thru your hard work and dedication we get yet another fantastic greyhound to watch here at the Orange Park Kennel Club.
I guess the Tutti Frutti song got it right on this occasion. Hallo My Pear, has a girl named SUE and it is apparent that she DOES know just what to do!