Friday, November 13, 2009
As normal we have some great races this weekend at the Orange Park Kennel Club, but if you stayed tuned we have some extra distance fun for those loving the longer routes.
Most of the time we gets one added distance race throughout the grade A races on Friday and Saturday evenings, but this time around we get a pair of 660 yard affairs to cap off both of the evenings.
Sprinkled in before that will be our great fields of grade A greyhounds. From the puppies getting ready for the stakes, to the veterans and big names on the circuit, the fields will be competitive and fun to watch.
Starting right off in the 7th race on the card for Friday Evening the old girls and guys get a chance to show that they still have what it takes to win. Citation Cam has won more races here than a bunch of greyhounds and knows how to get to the finish line with the early lead in a race. Breaking from the 1 box she is going to be extra tough, especially since she has decided to start breaking again. Out and gone early on and surviving late for the win. Closing at her thru this entire event will be Deco Daron Hart. Another a little bit long in the tooth greyhound, Daron still has what matters most, HEART! This greyhound gives his all in each and every effort and even though he doesn't win as much as he could, he always is a threat to do so in any race. Here the 5 box is not his friend but know for sure in the stretch, he will be around! Hallo Triple A is another greyhound that has shown several times in the past that he can take home the cheese. Here the outside post might get him clear and if he makes the lead, the race just might be for place tonight. He is extremely tough on top, but if he is not close early, it could be a different story. I go for the earlier not the latter and expect him to factor throughout tonight. Miss Romy is the puppy in the bunch and she is still learning how to get things done against the big boys! Her biggest hurdle here is the post position. She likes it wide and has to make due from the 3 box at the break. Working for her is her late speed! Let's see if she can get close early and drive home to challenge here.
More veterans in race 10 and this pair has some serious closing ability. Pru Whistler has posted up back to back wins and three in her last 5 starts, but all of those efforts came from the inside post positions. Tonight she is starting out in the 6 box and the outcome might be a bit different. She still is the best late speed greyhound in this race and if she decides to come out close once again, this race will be over early on. The Night of Stars XXII winner, Pru gets the hat trick in this effort. Challenging the leader will be T Dizzle and why? The call it the 8 box! She is a whole different greyhound when she starts out wide and if she wants to run, she will be in the thick of things at the finish line. Here she is running off a win, be it a grade B one, but still it came from the same 8 box that she has in this effort. Either way you think it runs, these two are the keys in this effort. Leading the way early might be Cjc's Knock Out. Knock Out has really flashed some early speed in her last couple of races and in turn she has finished well at the wire. She won one race and was beaten by a head in the other by the aforementioned Pru Whistler. With no big early speed greyhound around her, this race is hers to control. Let's see if she can upset the big boys and girls on the front end here. Another greyhound that might get overlooked and needs to be considered is Where's Playpen. This greyhound has been in grade A for 6 races in a row and has finished in the money in 4 of those starts. Not the flashest of greyhounds, she just keeps plugging along and every now and then she sneaks up on everyone and wins one. She is probably the only greyhound in the race that might have a shot at the early lead besides Knock Out, and if she gets there she might have an outside shot tonight. More likely she chases close throughout and gets outfinished in the super, but hey everyone has to dream, don't wreck hers.
Race 11 is a good early speed match up and recent addition Kay Sara Brian gets ready to take on Hanks Diana. Both greyhound can get out of the box in a hurry and can take over a race from the get go, but Brian has just a bit better raw speed and that might be the difference tonight. Brian also gets a great outside post and he should get a clean run to the 1st turn and that could be a difference maker too. Hard to ignore 30.21 which he ran 3 races back. Moving back to 550 in this effort, Brian gets back in the circle. Diana has to be considered here too. No chump, she has won 3 of her last 6 races and finished in the trifecta in 5 of those starts. Her only out was her last race and that came from a similar midtrack post position. Tonight look for her to shake off the rust and get back to basics, BREAKING! If she does fire to the lead, she has the ability to take home the win. Kiowa Vanessa is a solid grade A greyhound that has enough of a late kick to be dangerous in the later stages of this race. She will have to work a bit though as she is WIDE, WIDE, WIDE and will have to make due from the 3 box. Will she be close enough early to have a shot at the leaders before the finish line here? We will have to wait and see. Jayvan is the typical greyhound from the DQ Williams Kennel. A CLOSER! Forget about that late race, that is what I am telling you. It was trouble ridden and doesn't reflect the abilities of this greyhound. Look before and beyond that race. How about 11 races in a row in the money? Or what about 16 of 19 in the superfecta? Sounds good to me and that is just what she did previous to that effort. No problem inside or outside and 7 box will be a fine place to start from. Don't look for her early as she has never held the lead at the 1st turn, but in the stretch she will be a force to be reckoned with. Winning here is a stretch, but under on your wagers, she is pretty much a mainstay.
The first of two 660 yard races on the weekend come in the 15th race for Friday Evening and who leads the way early, none other than Hobo Dan. Ok, ok, ok, I know, I don't know how long he will hold it either, but you have to love the effort. He is a monster on the front end and if keeps breaking he is going to give everything he has all the way until either the finish line or when he gets overtaken. Flanking him are some super closers in this field and if he wants to win he is going to have to steal a ton of lengths early on. Still it's tough to pick against a greyhound that has won 2 races in a row, 3 in his last 4 starts, and beat almost the same exact field in his last effort. Out and gone early, DAN is the MAN again! Now for the closers. They need no introduction. LOL! Guess where 2 of the 3 are from? Got one guess? Yep, DQ Williams and one is even a stakes winner. Racheal Lee won the 2008 James J Patton Marathon and even though this is a shorter distance, she is on the rail and that is always good for her. She has tremendous closing speed and if she gets around cleanly, no lead may be safe in this effort. Look for her to make it interesting, but she might just run out of real estate late like she did in her last effort. On The Fly has really taken to the added distance course and this B & J Runner has not missed the money in any of her 4 660 yard efforts. Her first was the most impressive as she posted a superb 37.73 second run as she won by 9 lengths. The 2 box is not the 8, but still she has been competitive from inside as well. Just look at her last race where she missed Dan by a nose at the wire. Tonight same post, same result? Maybe. Power Exchange is the second from DQ and he too has the closing gene. He has really come into his own over the last couple of months over 660 yards, we just wish he would start to motor a bit earlier in races. He has not enough room at the end of the race and that is why he has not been getting up for the victories. He has, however, finished in the money in 5 of his last 6 races, including starts from the outside part of the racetrack. If he can follow Dan out of the box early, there could be a new Exchange rate on Friday evening.
Saturday - 11/14/2009
Now for the puppies to start making some noise in the 7th race for Saturday Evening at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Leading the way Gm's Cashman. Ok, I know this might be a bit of a stretch against the competition in this field, but everything seems to be falling in place for him in this effort. He gets a post away from the crowd in the 1 box and should get a good clean run to the turn. He has a couple of A's under his best now and knows just what to expect, and he has already shown that he has the speed to compete at this level of competition. He has won almost half of his lifetime starts and rebounded nicely last time out to finish in the money after a rough trip in his previous start. He will have to step up here to win, but I think he breaks, gets to the lead, and has a welcome to the party moment at the finish line. Jean's Heidi will most likely be the favorite to win this race and if she wants to run and puppy might just be in trouble at the finish line. She has tremendous closing ability and will be coming on in a hurry in the stretch once again in this effort. She fell in her last race, so forgetaboutit and move on. Previous she has won twice in her last 5 effort and finished in the trifecta on 4 occasions. Midtrack is almost the rail, LOL!, so whatever she needs to do to contend, she will in this one. Deerfield Moss is the main threat in this effort. He has won several times in grade A on the circuit and knows how to get up in time for the win. Like Heidi, Moss is a closer too and will most likely be making his run at the leaders to vie for the win in the deep stretch again tonight. In his last 6 races he has been in the trifecta 5 times and that is where he will find himself again tonight. Post is a plus, he likes it wide and gets the 7 box here, and it might just be enough to push him over the edge in time if everything else falls into place for him in this effort. Now for the don't forget about me greyhound, Pak Penny Lane. Why? The 1 box of course. This greyhound loves the rail and gets the railest of rail posts in this effort. She might be a little all or nothing, but as of late she has been all a bit more than nothing. Winning 2 of her last 6 races and finished a close 2nd in the other from this very same post position, she has to be considered a factor at least in this race. If she does decide to hit the lid and break away from the field, you might want to back up the wheelbarrows as the tote board might just be lit up like a Christmas Tree at the finish line.
Early speed fest again in the 11th race on the card as the Red hot Kb's Next Level takes on the upstart Where's Lil Tiny in the ankle burner special. Next level certainly gets the nod in this effort as she not only has the all out raw speed advantage, she has post advantage too. She should get a clean run to and thru the 1st turn from the 8 box in this effort. Just look at her lines. She has won 2 races in a row and 3 in her last 4 starts and in each she was long gone in the early stages. Here I don't think she will win for fun and might even have to come from just off the pace to get it done, but she gets it done in time. Where's Lil Tiny has stormed onto the scene with 3 monster races in a row. She won two of those start and was just a head away from the 3 peat. She has blazing early speed and has not been touched from the box to the turn in any of those 3 starts. Breaking from a near midtrack post, she should be the one to catch again in this effort. Oh, and did I mention that her mom is CM LIL BIT? Well I did now so it should not be that much of a surprise on her success. Also trying to throw his hat into the mix early will be recent addition Kiowa Stan Frank. Since arriving he has been a force in the majority of races that he has run in. Breaking is the key to his success and he will need to be close in order to be effective once again tonight. Last time out from this post position, he posted up a win in grade A. If all three of these greyhounds break and clear early, there is going to be a herd at the 1st turn and a battle for the lead and win throughout. Now for the closer! Miss Yue is a strong greyhound that will be coming from off the pace late in this effort. She likes it wide and gets to start out this one from a good almost wide 6 box. Like at DQ greyhounds, she runs her best in the stretch and will show up in this effort. Two starts ago she broke and went untouched for the win, don't expect that here, but she does have enough to factor with the big time early speeders in the stretch. Making it a bit interesting late, she factors in the money once again tonight.
The final race on the card and for the big races from the weekend is the 15th for Saturday evening over the 660 yard course. Yep, the second on the weekend and it is still full of talent. Let's get into it with the 8 greyhound, La's Lucy. Lucy is fitting right in over the 660 yard course as she has been in the money in 5 of her 6 starts and has won twice in very speedy times. She likes it outside and gets the 8 box and that will be enough to get her back into the top spot at the wire tonight. Making her work for it will be Gs Kruz. Kruz has found his break and he has been terrorizing fields on the front end over his last 3 races in a row. Granted he has only won one of those efforts, but they have had to run a huge race to get to him before the finish line. Money should be his name! Since returning to 660 yards in early October, he has not missed the trifecta. Yep, 8 races in a row where he has finished in the top 3 positions at the wire. More of the same tonight. Xtra Style upset everyone in her last race as she decided that she wanted to run and well, everyone else had to settle for a spot behind her at the wire. She has won twice in her last 3 starts and has been in the money in 4 of her last 6 efforts. She has great closing ability and will be showing it off once again in this effort. Breaking from a near rail post in the 3 box, everything is in place for another big effort tonight. Watch out for her in the deep stretch as she tries to get to the leaders again before the wire. Lover Girl Bambi might have faltered in her last race, but previous to that she had won 3 times and was in the quiniela in 5 races in a row from several different post position. Breaking close might held her effort, but she has enough left in the tank in any race to be effective in the stretch too. Her only problem here will be getting to the rail. That is where she really wants to be. If she does break close, she has the ability to win this race. Don't count her out in this effort.