Race Preview Bluffs Run: $500,000 Iowa Breeders Classic Round 1 on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Fifteen SA races start off the $500,000 Iowa Breeders Classic stakes on Wednesday, October 16th. Billed as the "richest greyhound stakes in the US in 2013", the field is studded with stars.
The top greyhound at Bluffs Run, SH Avatar, last year's champion, will be trying to pull a hat trick, but against very high odds. It's only happened once in the history of this stakes and that was way back in 1987 when Down Two managed it in a blanket finish.
SH Avatar is coming off an 8 length win and will appear in the 12th race.
Other standout greyhounds show up in other races. In the 7th race, L Tootie, Juvenile Stakes winner, is in the 5 box looking to run down DK's Flow Meter,winner of the Bluffs Run Open, who is in the 8 box.
The 8th race is a handicapper's nightmare with three outstanding entries: 6-Top Of The Pile, 4-Hilco Kola and 5-Chipper stacked up next to each other.
Boc's Sluicey is in the very helpful 1 box in the 13th race. If you'll remember, Boc's Sluicey won the $60,000 Secretary's Choice stakes.
The series will continue with the second round on Saturday, October 19th. That round will reduce the field to 48 runners for the quarterfinals on Wednesday, October 23rd.
Twenty four greyhounds will go on to the semifinals on Saturday, October 26th and the finals will be run on Saturday, November 2nd.
Safe trips and good luck to all the greyhounds in this stakes series. Don't forget to get you free programs, watch and wager on Bet America, where bonus tracks pay rewards.