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|
4/7/2007 Clay County Classic Finals
Everyone knew that Deco Deano was the best closer in this field of greyhound, but several wondered if he would have enough time to catch up to the early leaders in this race. There were several greyhounds with outstanding early speed and everyone expected them to steal a big lead on the rest of the field in the early stages tonight.
Deano must have missed the memo! As the box opened a couple of the greyhounds, kennelmate hanks Beau and race favorite Kay V Tatoo Tony both broke well and drove to the turn in close proximity to each other. The problem for them was that Deco Deano was third and was well within striking distance at the 1st turn.
Down the backside Hanks Beau continued up the torrid pace and Tony was inching every closer as the headed into the far turn. Deano was still around in third and lurked, ready to pounce in the stretch.
As they got thru the far turn the lead had shrunk to a length as Tony was creeping up, but Deano also started to make his move as was just a head behind Tony as they headed to the stretch.
Down the stretch Beau was still in the lead, Tony a close second, but it was Deanoís time to run. He explodes by both of the leaders with a tremendous stretch rush and stole away the top spot at the finish line by a couple of lengths. Deano posted the quickest time on the night at 30.60 seconds, and Hanks Beau held on for second to complete the one Ė two punch for the BJ Kennel in the finals of the stakes race.
Kay V Tatoo Tony ran a solid race and finished in the money for his 22nd effort in a row at the Orange Park Kennel Club. He gave his all, like he does in every start, but it was just third best on this occasion.
Kelsos Spitfire closed up in the stretch to complete the superfecta. This was her 3rd stake race final in a row and her 2nd time finishing in the money.
Rounding out the field was Pat C Red Note in 5th, Jrís Fascination in 6th, Gilís Lampasas in 7th and pat C Rocky Hill in 8th.
Congratulation go out to the BJ Kennel and Henry Howe as they won their second stakes title in a row, the also won the 2007 Orange Park Derby with Craigie Grandy, and capped off the quiniela with their two greyhounds in this effort.
Deco Deano seems to be well worth the $10,500 paid for him at the nationals as he has made the finals of 3 straight stakes races as he finished 2nd in a $20,000 2006 JGR Juvenile race, won several qualifying rounds at 660 yards in the 2007 Orange Park Derby and now won a $30,000 stakes final here in the 2007 Clay County Classic. This duel distance threat is on top of his game right now and is gaining fame with each and every effort. Letís not forget about Hanks Beau either. With this strong front running effort he is got to be the leading favorite heading into the upcoming 2007 $20,000 Orange Park Puppy Stakes.
The 2006 All-American Kay V Tatoo Tony might not have taken home the top spot in this race, but still showed that he is the working mans greyhound that gives his all in each and every start on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. He currently sits just 15 wins away from joining the all time leaders in the sport with 80 career victories. Since he wonít turn 4 until January he still has a shot at some other impressive numbers as well. Next up would be the 86 career wins that Burt Road put up a couple of years ago and beyond that, the all time win number on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit which is help by My Problem and Leoís Midas at 103.
Kelsos Spitfire finished 4th in this effort, but I assume she will be headed back over the distance course in her next effort. Upcoming for her might even be a shot at the 770 yard distance as the James J. Patton Marathon is not too far off in the distant future.
All in all another successful stakes race on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit and what more can you say about the efforts of the BJ Kennel. To win is great, but to finish first and second with two entries, I donít think it gets much better than that.