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Palm Beach $20,000 Puppy Stakes Tournament Preview

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Jason Michael

August 19th, 2015

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*Last Years Winner Atascocita Dinah*

One of the best Stakes Tournaments of the year kicks off this afternoon, with the start of the $20,000 Gallagher/Kinnaird Puppy Stakes! 40 of the top pups in South FLA go toe to toe to see who the best is, all leading up to the Final on Labor Day September 7th.

Here are the early favorites for this years Tournament and also who may surprise.

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Oaks Maddy



Oaks Maddy ~ Rader Racing

One of the fastest greyhounds in this Tournament. Has already zinged a 29.24 secs victory this season, third fastest split of any greyhound here. Comes into the Tourney well rested, getting a full 10 days off before her start this afternoon. Future superstar without a doubt.

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Winta Garoppolo ~ Rader Racing

The latest New England Patriot namesake from owner Steve Sarras has the most Grade A victories of this Tourney with 4. One of the best combo games around with a sweet rush and an even better close. Steve Sarras & Rader Racing won this Tournament two years ago with another Patriot namesake named Rob Gronkowski.

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BF Par Snipe ~ Agganis Kennel

Started his career by winning his first 5 starts and has been running against many of the top stars here the last two months. Possesses the best lid popping ability of anybody out there, which could be enough to best a field of puppies and bring home a Title.

PJ St. Pierre ~ Rader Racing

Rader is all in for this Tournament, sending 8 of their young superstars to compete. St Pierre comes in running well, getting two Grade A wins in a row.

Niki Bella ~ Brindle Kennel

Stunned everybody when she clocked a 29.12 secs victory two races back, one of the fastest times in the history of the Royal Palm Course. Hasn’t run against any top competition until this Tournament, so it will be interesting to see how she responds to all the talent that will be around her come race time.

Next Best

Amf Ex Quake ~ B & B Racing

3 Grade A wins and a 56% win percentage already in her young career. B & B Racing has been red hot so far this season.

CV Nylas Angel ~ Royal Racing

Watch out if this youngster gets a rail position. Huge rush could pull some upsets in the next few weeks.

Craigie Piney ~ Douglas Kennel

Two Grade A wins so far, both at huge odds. Could be a great betting play throughout this Tourney.

Long Shots

-Mexican Hondo ~ Douglas Kennel

-Kb’s Deluxe ~ Rader Racing

-Kiowa Brazil ~ North Shore Kennel

-JW Calamity Jane ~ Douglas Kennel

-CrossFit Chris ~ Brindle Kennel

Prediction

Oaks Maddy to me looks like the complete package for a greyhound. I’m picking her for the win, but I believe her Kennel mate Winta Garoppolo could pull this one off too. Either way, Rader Racing takes home their first major Stakes title of the new season.

Who do you think wins the big prize? Send me your picks on Twitter- @JasonPalmBeach

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