To no surprise the cream rises to the top and that is just what happened in this round. The best two efforts, well they came from greyhounds that has already won a stakes final this year at the Orange Park Kennel Club.
On Friday evening no greyhound was more impressive than the 2010 JGR Puppy Stakes winner, Paddy Whacker. Despite the tough inside post position, Paddy, Whacked yet another field in the 15th race and it was the break that made him successful in this effort. He came out running and took command at the start and easily positioned himself to the outside part of the racetrack. From the lead he just coasted all the way around the racetrack, and even pulled away from the best 660 yard greyhound in the stretch to stop the clock at a round best of 30.33 seconds. Kiowa Trent Tam finished next best, followed by Kiowa Kay Share, and Kiowa Top Design.
The other big effort came from the 2010 Orange Park Derby winner Eds Budby. Better known for the longer distances, Budby came to run in the 7th race and like his counterpart the break was the key to his success. He easily could pick up greyhounds over the shorter distance, but when he broke and made the front end, everyone knew the race was already over. The post could have played a role too as Budby loves the rail and drew the red blanket in this effort. Once in front Budby proved determined as he held off the chaser all the way to the finish line for a speedy 30.49 second romp. Props to Kelsos Spiffy for a game chase throughout in 2nd. Kiowa Vinita finished 3rd and Sunsand Fannymay finished 4th.
The breaking to the lead and holding throughout trend continued thru in all but one of the qualifying rounds, and once these talented greyhounds see the clean air, it's tough to get to them before the wire.
Comedrinkwithme posted up the biggest margin on the evening as he drove to the lead at the 1st turn and left the field in his lurch. He continues to increase his margin all the way to the wire crossing 7.5 lengths better than his nearest rival in 30.62 seconds in the 10th race.
Raiders Bart was 3rd best in time and lengths in the 1st round of the stakes. In the 11th on the card, he too jumped from the starting box and straight into control of his race. He was never really challenged and drew the lure away from the field throughout. Crossing in 30.50, 4 lengths clear of the field, Bart is on his game as he won his 2nd race in a row.
Leading Steps did what he does best in the 9th race on the card, he bombed to the early lead in his race and was in command for the duration. Even though the chasers, Mr. Clark and company, we closing the gap in the stretch, he stole way enough early to coast to the finish line for the easy win.
Upset was the name of the day in the 14th race as Gm's Chicago was not going to be denied from the winners circle. He did get some major help in this effort though. At the first turn he was ahead of some trouble and seized the opportunity to win a round. He maintained his margin from box to wire and crossed the finish line a 13-1 victor.
Completing the evenings card was the only closing victory in the 1st round and it came in the 12th race on the card. Howdoyoulikethat, normally an early speed chasing greyhound, outlasted the big early speeder, Kiowa Shag Along, in the deep stretch to take home the win. Ok so closing might be a bit of a stretch as he was just off in 2nd for the majority of this effort, but a win from behind is a win from behind and you have to love the effort. Determined late winner, that is all you need it know.
The second round of the 2010 James J Patton Silver Cup continues on Monday Evening August 23rd at the Orange Park Kennel Club . All 7 races and 56 greyhounds will be back to compete for a spot in the quarter finals. The field will be cut in half for the next round, so cheer for your favorites and we'll have to see who moves on after another great round of stakes action tonight.