Palm Beach Weekly Wrap 1-8-2017

Jason Michael

January 9th, 2017

*2014 He's My Man Winner Rob Gronkowski*

What a week we just had at the Palm Beach Kennel Club and a gigantic week we have coming up!  With the 50K He's My Man Tourney starting this Wednesday, the anticipation in South Florida for the big money races is just starting to be felt.

Lets first look back at the top stories we saw from this past 7 days at "The Beach."

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"The Weather Machine" Is Simply Amazing

You won't see a better two weeks from a greyhound than what we've witnessed from Janice Dean.

The pride of the Brindle Kennel started off last week by transferring to the 660 yard course and promptly defeating all time great Ethel Is Here.  Then in one of the most exciting races you'll ever see, Dean ran the 4th fastest time in history on the "Rhonda" Course Wednesday with a smoking 37.31 secs win, defeating season wins leader Fraulein Morgan in stunning fashion.

If that wasn't enough, "The Weather Machine" switched back to the sprint course on Saturday to get ready for the He's My Man Tourney.  All Dean did was come back from dead last to stun the Grade A field for her 12th season victory.

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The real Janice Dean from Fox News continues to follow our coverage and tweeted me after her namesakes incredible run that this greyhound "Keeps em guessing till the end!!"

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National Championship Just On The Horizon

Can you believe our Daytona 550 NC is less then two weeks away?  The Championship that brings our sport truly together once a year happens on Saturday, January 21st at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club.  We'll of course being wall to wall coverage of this event leading up to the big race, including the post draw and many details & pictures of the 8 Finalists.

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$50,000 He's My Man Tournament Field Revealed

The Big 3 is here and I for one cannot wait for this to get rolling.

The 37th Running of the He's My Man Classic Tournament gets fired up on Wednesday and we finally know who will be contending.  A record 72 greyhounds are slated to run for glory, as the race pages for Wednesday's first round came out today.

Who will join the greatness ranks of Ozzie The Man, Rob Gronkowski, O Ya Pure Country (pictured) & Xtenshun? We'll find out in the Final January 28th.  We'll have our preview this Wednesday with in depth coverage and picks from around the country as one of the greatest tourneys of them all will be a must watch and follow.

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Thank you to BARN host Jason Beem for having me on his show this past Tuesday!  With our National Championship just on the horizon, many people, including the primary horse followers are starting to follow our sport more closely.  I look forward to being back on the show in the next few weeks as the post positions are announced and the real handicapping begins!

Here's a replay of the show if you missed it:

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Palm Beach December Top 10 Rankings

One of our favorite things to put out each month is our Top 10 Rankings, honoring the best athletes in all of South Florida.  Fraulein Morgan from the  Janie Carroll Kennel took home the top honor for the third straight month. Ethel Is Here & Superior Tyson remained in the top 5.

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New crowned champ of the 20K Futurity AllAboutTheFame made her debut in our poll at #6.

Here's the Top 10 Rankings if you missed them:

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Ladder Run

Going from Maiden to Grade A undefeated is quite the feat, with it only being completed a handful of times in the 85 years that Palm Beach has been running.

PJ Where You At from Rader Racing stayed unbeaten this past Thursday, stamping her ticket to Grade B with the 29.88 secs comeback victory.   He'll get the shot at 5 in a row in Tuesday's Matinee Race 14.  If he can capture yet another W, the hype for this run will become even more intense.

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That's all we have for this week.  See you next time for the Wrap Up!