Race Preview - Orange Park - Friday July 19th - Race 10 - First Half of the Twin Trifecta

Eb Netr

July 18th, 2013

Orange Park/Jacksonville has been putting together some great cards, especially on weekends. What I like about the programs is that there's a very good mix of grades and distances. It's rare to find the variety of sprints, routes and marathons that they card every weekend.

This Friday night is no exception. The races range through all the grades, from M right up to A, with a TC and a TA marathon at 770 yds. Five 660 yd routes and eight 550 yd sprints round out the bill of fare. Let's preview the first half of the twin tri in the 10th race.

1-Warped at 3-1 in the morning line is a solid A dog that runs midtrack, but she can run from any post. She does have a tendency to fade if she loses sight of the lure, but when she wins, she wins going away. With a fastest time of 30.39 and a fast 31.27 in her last race, she looks tough here.

2-Owe Nomo at 17-1 in the morning line is definitely at a class disadvantage here. However, he is also one of only two dogs that really want the rail. The other is the 8-WW's Hip Hop and we'll get to him later. Owe Nomo has risen fairly quickly through the grades, but his best time of 30.83 was back in C. I don't know if he can improve on that time in this race, but if he gets the rail, he may get the lead and a piece of the exotics.

3-WW Ignite at 8-1 morning line odds dropped down to B and won his third race. I never count out a Julia Ward owned entry, especially one sired by Dragon Fire. I'd watch the odds on this one, because they may reflect her chances today.

4-GS Tex at 5-1 in the morning line was a major stakes contender not too long ago, running with the likes of Razorbingo. He's no stranger to the winner's circle at Orange Park, where he won his second time out in M and raced up the grade ladder in good time. He's run against better than these, but does tend to run into trouble from time to time, getting blocked and knocked around in some of his races. There's the potential for that here, with so many dogs wanting to run midtrack.

5-Mega Nitrogen at 7-2 in the morning line has 8 out of 15 for the quiniela and is a very determined runner, like his daddy, Flying Hydrogen. If there's a hole to slip through or a tangle on the first turn, he'll take advantage of it and pour it on. He's likely to be on the lead by the first turn, which gives him an advantage also.

6- Wild Boy Andy, out of a 2009 Stan Boy's Flyer litter, is at long odds of 17-1, probably because he faded in his last race from a half length lead to lose by 6 and a half lengths. This doesn't inspire confidence, especially in a race with a time of 31.35. One thing that Wild Boy Andy can usually be depended on for is an early break, which will have an impact on the other breakers in this race.

7-WW's Cous at 3-1 is another stakes veteran, running second to Kiowa Mat's Marty and D'Bull Tyvek, although in SB. You have to give him credit for that. But you also have to be aware that he's been running in 660 yard races and may need a sprint or two to get him back into shorter races. He's a midtrack runner with a closing kick and is a very gritty dog who doesn't give up willingly.

8-WW's Hip Hop is at 6-1 and is one of two inside runners in this race. He's very happy to be breaking to the inside from the outside and is another Julia Ward owned entry that stays in A. He's in the quiniela almost a third of the time and will be trying to outbreak the field from the git-go.

This race may hinge on who gets the lead and the inside, which would put WW's Hip Hop and GS Tex into top contention for the win. Whether WW's Cous remembers how to run a sprint and whether Warped runs back to her winning form are also major issues.

Watch and wager on Orange Park at Bet America where programs are free and Orange Park is one of many bonus tracks where your wagers earn 3% back. As always, safe trips and good racing luck to all the greyhounds on tonight's program.