Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Results Round 2 Orange Park Derby

DQ Duo Remain Undefeated in Derby

The beat rolled on Monday Evening as the Dynamic Duo from the DQ Williams Kennel continued to dominate as they press on for the finals and chance to repeat as winners for the second year in a row.

The only difference this time out, La's Lucy was the queen of the hill and Bad For Ya had to settle for the second best winning effort on the card.

Lucy exploded from the starting box and drove to the inside part of the racetrack from her 8 box starting position. She was in instant command of this effort and frankly was never in question. She was pressed really early by Where's Big Papa, but he faded way back out of contention. As the race went on, she just got further and further away from the competition. She crossed the finish line all alone and 7.5 lengths clear of her nearest competitor. Her 37.38 second clocking was the best so far in the stakes and if she keeps breaking and running like this, they are going to be hard pressed to beat her. Next best was first round winner Eds Budby and the every closing Racheal Lee completed the trifecta.

Bad For Ya might not have looked quite as impressive as he did in the first round, but he still won in fine fashion to remained unbeaten in the 2010 Orange Park Derby. At the break Rays Scout came to run and broke stride for stride with Bad For Ya. This pair traded the lead back and forth all the way to the backside, but this is where the game changed. Bad for Ya had enough of the challenge and drove hard to take command of this race. He looked very determined on the lead as he coasted after the bunny and was really in a zone all by himself. Kiowa True Love finished a strong 2nd after a great trip and the aforementioned Rays Scout settled for show.

The Lester Raines Kennel matched DQ on this evening with a pair of second round winners of their own. Veteran Xtra Style got back into the winner's column as well and the recent convert Uss Fine Touch. Even though they might have gotten it done in different manners, the both looked quite impressive in their victories.

Xtra Style showed that great closing ability in her victory in the 9th race on the card. She broke well and was way too close early on, and as normal, that meant bad news for the early leaders in this race. Rays Taxman was cruising on the early lead, but that was only going to last for so long. The far turn was redemption time for Style. With a mighty surge she bolted right by the leader and took over as the one to beat as they headed for the stretch. From that point it really was not a contest. She drove away from the field and crossed the finish line 6 lengths clear of the competition. Taxman won the photo for place as Eds Joy Of Pride and Kiowa Unnat just missed out in 3rd and 4th position at the wire.

Uss Fine Touch might have lost the lead in her last effort, but tonight she decided early on that it wasn't going to happen to her twice in a row. She rushed to grab command of this race in the early turn and stole away enough of a lead early on to hold the closers at bay in the stretch for the victory. She was never really in question though as she had 2 lengths to play with at the finish line. Some big time races were run behind her. On The Fly worked thru early traffic to get clear and close from 4th all the way to challenge in place and Cjc's Smoothmove did a similar job from even further back to finish 3rd.

The remaining winner in the stakes was Rays Finishline. This Connell entry is one of a group of brothers and sisters competing in this stakes race. All are in grade A and all seem to be able to compete at 550 and 660 yards. Finishline was the only winner for them in this round, but Rays Taxman won in round 1, and Rays Scout and Taxman have been the money throughout this stakes event. All seem to be a bit short at the end of the race and that played out in this effort too. Rays Finishline broke extremely well and stole away about 3 lengths on the rest of the field in the early stages. He was going to need every inch of that lead by the far turn. Comedrinkwithme had closed up on the leader and was shadowing his every move as they headed out of the far turn and down the stretch. This pair dueled all the way to the finish line, but no matter how hard Drinkwithme tried he just couldn't get past the leader before the wire. Rays Finishline survived for the win and Comedrinkwithme had to settle for second. In a photo for show, Kiowa Uzzia outshined Eds Go For It at the wire.

Even though the field has gotten shorter for the quarter-finals, the action will be tougher in the third round with three exciting races scheduled for Friday Evening January 29th at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Both DQ entries drew different races, so there could be 2 undefeated greyhounds after 3 rounds if they can do it again. Plan to come out and watch live or catch the great stakes on Jaxkennel.com.

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