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|
9/1/2007 First Coast Classic Finals
Well trainer Mike Gerard might have wanted the 8 box for the leader in points, Afleet Alex, but the next best thing was getting it for his other greyhound Platinum Perfect. See Perfect loves the outside and in the final of the 2007 $50,000 First Coast Classic, he made the most of the post.
As the announcer wailed out Here Comes Rusty, Perfect was poised to go and as the box opened up; he stomped on the gas and got out in a hurry. Perfect was unstoppable to the lead, which is saying something with Kay V Tatoo Tony in this race, as he rushed up front into early control of this race. At the first turn Perfect drifted wide a bit as Tony saved ground on the rail. Leaving the turn and heading down the backside, Perfect was still ahead but was just a half a length in front of Tony. Both were followed closely by Fth Jive Talker and Afleet Alex.
As the leaders progressed down the backside Perfect had stretched his lead to a length and was looking strong ahead of the rest of this field. But turning for home Fth Jive Talker had started to make his run.
As they approached the wire Jive Talker inched closer and closer, but the lead was too much for him to make up before the finish line. Perfect held on gamely and crossed the wire for the win in the 2007 $50,000 First Coast Classic.
Jive Talker ran a huge race as he didnít get the front but closed ground throughout to challenge for the win in the stretch. Kay V Tatoo Tony yet again runs in the money in a final round race. This time he didnít have the lead, but was totally close at the 1st turn and still showed the heart of a true champion. He never game up in this effort. Sure he was passed for second, but he dug in deep at the wire and outnosed the closing Afleet Alex for third.
Starz Margie did make it to the rail at the 1st turn, but the bad news was that she had no where to go. Same thing happened in the far turn where she tried to work by so that she could close up into contention. Blocked twice, she settled for 5th at the wire.
Kiowa Wild Boy sat in the box and had some trouble getting to where he wanted to be on the racetrack. He too kept on coming throughout and managed to move up from last place to finish 6th.
Gilís Lampasas was shutdown in the deep stretch as he tried to find a crack on the rail to drive by toward the leaders. The main reason he didnít win though was that he was left behind early on.
Completing the field in 8th was Tmcís Dogbone. He was close early on and was cutoff entering the backstretch and faded back out of contention at the end of this effort.
Congrats go out to the Lester Raines Kennel and the hard luck greyhound Platinum Perfect. This greyhound should have made the finals of the 2007 Clay County Classic and the 2007 Orange Park Puppy Stakes, but due to a strained muscle he was withdrawn in the 3rd round of both of those extra money races. Finally he gets to show what he can do.
Props also to trainer Mike Gerard who deserves the credit of waiting till this greyhound was right before putting him back on the track, and it shows with a stakes title. Finally they get back into the winners circle this year after finishing 4th in the 2007 Orange Park Derby and 3rd and 4th in the James J Patton Marathon.
Some interesting facts about the winner are that he has competed over half of his career races in stakes rounds. He has won 13 of 20 starts at the Orange Park Kennel Club including 11 of 16 races in the money during stakes rounds.
Get used to the name folks as he is going to be a mainstay in stakes competition at the Orange Park Kennel Club for many years to come.