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|
9/6/2008 Sunshine State Silver Cup Finals
No matter what happens you canít deny talent and on Saturday evening at the Orange Park Kennel Club in the finals of the $50,000 Sunshine State Silver Cup, talent is what shined thru. The only former stakes winner in the bunch, Kiowa Wish Frank just racked up another title to his list of extraordinary accomplishments.
Breaking from the outside Frank got room early on and rushed hard up the front stretch. By the first turn Frank had already stuck his nose in front of the field and trust me when I say, that is all he ever needs to win a race. Driving to the rail down the backside Frank opened up on the rest of the field and took a commanding lead to the far turn. Showing no signs of slowing down, Frank just kept the pedal to the medal as he drove home for the easy victory 4 Ĺ lengths better than the rest of this stakes field. His 30.44 second clocking was clearly the best on the card, proving again that he is not just good, he is fast too.
Praises should also go out to the puppy Count Ivan. With just 15 races under his belt he ran a game early 2nd to the best greyhound at the racetrack in a stakes final. Laís Anthony should also get some love as he makes the money in his second consecutive stakes final in a row. Rounding out of the field was Gilís Lampasas in 4th, Whereís Playpen in 5th, Mindless in 6th, Looks Can Kill in 7th and Itís Not Over was scratched.
Congrats go out to the James E. OíDonnell Kennel, Trainer Sue Gerard and owner Kay Smith of Smith Greyhounds, Inc. What a great run she is having at the Orange Park Kennel Club. She always in the mix of things and has had some great greyhounds really shine on our circuit over the last couple of years. (See All-American Kay V Tatoo Tony, Kiowa Wild Boy, Kiowa Pretence, ETC.)
The true star though is this wonderful greyhound. Frank has all of the traits that make a greyhound great. He can run with or without the lead in any race. He never gives up and he never gives in. He has not missed the money all year at the Orange Park Kennel Club and has only finished out of the top 4 positions once. That was a 6th place finish in the semi-finals of the Mardi-Gras world classic. Remember he beat the eventual winner of that race, Starz Jenko, in a start before the stakes started, so donít think he was outclassed, just because he didnít make the finals. This greyhound is truly a star and can hang with anyone in the country.
I donít think I can say it any better than his trainer Sue Gerard, who has see the likes of several past champions on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit. Gullís Wetlands, Panama Darrell and 103 race winner Leoís Midas ďHeís the best greyhound I have ever trained, maybe not the fastest, but the best!Ē Now thatís saying something!