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|
4/3/2010 Jacksonville Sprint Classic Finals
The Queen Does it AGAIN! That is what would be uttered at the end of the 2010 Jacksonville Sprint Classic as the 2009 Sunshine State Silver Cup winner, Rs Libby Lu, took home her second straight stakes title in this final round race.
This race was by no means a cakewalk though, she had to work hard throughout to finish just ahead of the competition at the wire.
At the break it was Hallo Mr Great who bombed to the early lead, but to matter how much effort he gave Libby Lu would just not go away in this effort. She pressed the leaders every step all the way to the far turn and that is where she made her move to take over the lead. Then her attention turned to the closers as they were coming and before this race was over it was going to get even more heated. Blaze N Ray was loose on the inside and ultra-closer, Lady Avery, was getting all revved up on the outside to make the deep stretch surge. Closer and closer the chasers came, and shorter and shorter Libby Lu's lead became, but in the end it was Libby Lu that outlasted everyone for yet another stakes title at the Orange Park Kennel Club.
Blaze N Ray finished a close second as he won the photo over kennelmate Lady Avery half a length behind the winner. La's Anthony rounded out the superfecta and early leader Hallo Mr Great finished fifth. Sassy Gloria was sixth, Wp's Commodore was seventh, and Eds Joy Of Pride finished eighth.
11th Grade: S Distance: 550 Condition: Fast Rs Libby Lu 58 4 2 1 hd 1 2 1 .5 30.74 3.10 2010 Sprint Champ Blaze N Ray 69.5 2 4 5 2 2 .5 30.78 8.80 Driving On The Rail Lady Avery 57 8 7 6 5 3 .5 30.79 3.00 Slow Brk, Late Drive La's Anthony 69 5 6 3 4 4 2 30.87 7.20 Never Far Back Mdtrk Hallo Mr Great 67 7 1 2 3 5 2.5 30.90 4.90 Crowded Far Turn Sassy Gloria 56 3 3 7 6 6 2.5 30.93 9.70 No Muzzle Wp's Commodore 73 6 5 4 7 7 5.5 31.12 5.00 Declined In Stretch Eds Joy Of Pride 62 1 8 8 8 8 5.5 31.13 11.00 Blocked On Rail Stacey Blanch Kennel, Dk Bd, F, 05/29/07, LONESOME CRY - SWEET SANDRA SUE 4 Rs Libby Lu 8.20 7.20 3.80 2 Blaze N Ray 8.60 3.60 8 Lady Avery 3.00 QU(2-4) 36.20 PF(4-2) 114.30 TR(4-2-8) 163.00 SU(4-2-8-5) 880.10
Congratulation to Rs Libby Lu, owner Ronnie Stanley, trainer Linda Blanch, Stacey Blanch, and everyone else connected with this fantastic greyhound. In the 15 years I have been here, no greyhound has won back to back stakes and Libby Lu is proving that she is among the elite not only at the OPKC, but around the country.
Her solid break, blazing rush to the turn, and tremendous determination on the lead sees her winning a ton more races in the new future. Up next for this great little girl is a chance to defend her title in the 2010 James J Patton Silver Cup. Coming your way in August 2010!