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||Drink It Off|
|2018 James J Patton Silver Cup||2/19/2018||2/23/2018||2/26/2018||3/2/2018||3/10/2018||Ww Whatsapp|
|2018 IronHound Stakes||3/30/2018||4/2/2018||4/7/2018||4/14/2018||Saylor Lee|
|2018 bestbet Puppy Stakes||5/14/2018||5/18/2018||5/21/2018||5/26/2018||6/2/2018||Lk's Black Gold|
|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|
5/26/2007 Orange Park Puppy Stakes Finals
Kiowa Wish Frank (Kiowa Sweet Trey – Sol Adara) left no doubt in the finals of the 2007 $20,000 Orange Park Puppy Stakes as he dominated in the stretch and cross the finish line 4 ½ lengths clear of the field in the fastest time on the card, 30.69.
Although he wasn’t the post time favorite, well almost just .10 off, he sure ran like a greyhound well beyond his years. Frankly, yes pun intended, he looked as though he had been competing for years and not just a puppy with 12 career trips around the oval.
Granted there was some trouble at the 1st turn in this race as the one greyhound, Tmc’s Dogbone, collided with the three, Barts Classified, and the seven, Roger Penske, and the eight, Starz Margie, were taken along for the ride, but he was already ahead of that mess and wasn’t going to be run down by any of them anyways.
As expected at the start of this race Hanks Beau, the runner-up in the 2007 Clay County Classic, hit the lid and took the lead down the frontstretch and into the 1st turn. Frank broke well from the outside post and was just off in second. Kiowa Wild Boy drove up early too with Starz Marjorie coming along in the super.
At the 1st turn Beau continues to lead the way with Frank in close proximity. Kiowa Wild Boy swung wide and gave up third for a brief moment to Starz Marjorie on the inside.
Down the backside they went with Beau still in the lead and the others chasing along in second. By the far turn Beau lead had evaporated and Frank was getting revved up and ready to run. By the bottom of the turn Frank was in the clear and they weren’t going to get him.
Down the stretch he continued to drive away from the field and crossed the line all alone for the easy victory. Beau ran the best that he could but just couldn’t keep up the pace down the homestretch. Kiowa Wild Boy won the ongoing duel with Starz Marjorie in the deep stretch for place as she barely got by Beau for third at the wire. Beau settled for a fourth place finish. Completing the field was Starz Margie, who had trouble in both turns, in 5th, Roger Penske in 6th, Tmc’s Dogbone in 7th and Barts Classified in 8th.
Congratulations to the O’Donnell Kennel for not only qualifying three greyhounds for the finals, but for running first and second with two greyhounds that had a combined total of 23 career starts. Yes that’s right 12 by Frank and 11 by Wild Boy. This goes to show the talents of trainer Sure Gerard and the confidence she had in her young charges. Many a trainer might not have entered the untested puppies, but in this case I’m sure she was glad that she did.
Congratulations should also go out to Kay Smith for breeding and raising such a great pair of greyhounds, and THANKS for sending them here to us on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. She has had some good success here as of late with the 2007 All-American Kay V Tatoo Tony and now with a one-two finish in the finals of the 2007 $20,000 Orange Park Puppy Stakes.
All in all another successful stakes event on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit and get used to the names of these finalists as they look to have a very bright future ahead of them here at the Orange Park Kennel Club.