Orange Park Derby Round 1

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Kelly Clark

October 23rd, 2017

Another great stake race is upon us, and this time we get to go over the longer distance. The 2017 edition of the $35,000 Orange Park Derby will take place over the 660-yard course and feature 40 of the best routers at the racetrack. As always, we will run 4 rounds and a final with cut downs taking place after the 3rd and 4th round races. Everything starts this Monday, October 23rd, and the finals will run on Saturday November 11th at bestbet Jacksonville. Let’s take a closer look at the races and see if we can start the week out right with some winners.

Monday October 23, 2017

Round 1 of the $35,000 Orange Park Derby

Race 7 – Going out on a bit of a limb, but you must take your shots sometimes. Aintgunnawasteit has been in stakes races before, and despite the lines showing, can really run when loose from the inside post positions. Looking for a wakeup call here. Trying to ruin his night will be the early threat, and possible pacesetter, Lee Trinity. Late there will also be contenders. Dutch Casey might be down in grade, but has enough close to threaten, and Good Luckchigger will hit his best stride in the stretch to challenge at the wire. (2-5-7-6)

Race 9 – Track record speed is what it takes to win this race, and that is just what Herstal possess. Herstal was the former 770-yard track record holder, but she is not as one trick pony. She has fared well over 660 too and has competed in stakes over this distance as well. Being a close by nature, she will win this one, like most at 660, from off the pace. Getting to the lead will be Ww Great Wall, but along with Herstal, other chasers will be able to get to her before the wire. Solid A, Lee Banshee should also be considered, along with the late trying factor that is Jack’s Jet Speed. (4-5-6-2)

Race 11 – The best bet of the stakes comes in the 11th race as the best 660-yard greyhound draws a favorable post and a favorable field in round number 1. Lk’s Centuria is the best router at the racetrack and can frankly, DOMAINTE, races when she gets her nose in front early on. The post helps her out here too. She loves to break from the inside and has back to back wins from the blue box. Out and gone, she makes this look easy. Pushing the pace early should be the converted sprinter Kells Pretender, but she will not be a match for the rest late. Ironhound champ, Boc’s Queen Lady can go this far and should win the best of the rest title at the wire, but don’t forget about Critic Choice either. This solid grade a can close over this distance and should get room early as she followed Centuria from the box. (2-8-3-5)

Race 13 – This race should be the most contested of any in round number 1. You must love top greyhounds going at it head to head and here you get just that. B’s Valiantnight has won 4 straight, and 5 of 6, and should be the one to beat again in this effort. The post might be the only hindrance in this effort. He will be pressured though as Lk’s Fanciful is a handful herself. She has won 3 of her last 6 races and has been in the quiniela in 5 of 6 starts. With enough late to run down a leader, this could get interesting at the finish line. Dutch Aces Wild should also be coming on at the end of this race to threaten, and keep an eye out for Gs Humongous. This converted sprinter might not be able to last all the way to the wire for the win, but he will be pushing the pace to the far turn and could end up in the money at the finish line. (4-7-2-3)

Race 15 – The last race features a good match -up as well between two hot greyhounds. Clearly Ww Jax Straw is the one to beat in this effort. With back to back wins in grade A showing, and 3 in her last 4 efforts, she is the one to upset in this race. She loves the rail, and gets it here, and should have enough early to wire the field on the lead again tonight. She will be challenged though. Rt Banana Foster might be up in grade here, but she has been just missed in back to back efforts to Jax Straw. Expect for more of the same in this race as these two heavy-weights battle it out on the front end. Solid grade A converted sprinter Dutch Dalton should not be overlooked either. With just one trip over the route, he will only get better and he is bred to run this far. Pat C Typhoon could be a factor as well. Another solid a sprint will get another try at 660, and as of late, all Pat C greyhounds can run any distance. (2-4-7-3)

The field will remain intact for round two as all 5 races will show up once again on Friday evening October 27th. Don’t miss out on the best routers at the racetrack here at bestbet Jacksonville.