Palm Beach Final Top 10 Rankings and Races 2016-2017 Season
What a memorable season we just experienced at Palm Beach! From Triple Crown runs, to unbelievable comebacks & national television coverage, this season really did have it all. The memories that were made at America's favorite greyhound destination will be talked about for years to come that is for certain.
Here are the final Top 10 rankings for this season and the best races we saw at "The Beach!"
#1 Fraulein Morgan ~ Middle Distance ~ Janie Carroll Kennel
~33 wins for the season, 37.37 secs best ever time
Simply the most dominant racer Palm Beach saw this year. Won the Track Championship by an amazing nine victories and stamped her legacy with a nail biting 50K St Pats title back in March. Retired on top in June after posting a 96% board hit rate on the season. One of the greatest middle distance racers to ever call South FLA home.
#2 Janice Dean ~ Middle Distance ~ Brindle Kennel
~ 19 wins for the season, 37.31 secs best ever time
What a ride the "Weather Machine" took her fans on this year. Janice may have had the most memorable campaign in recent history, after scoring victories in the 50K He's My Man Championship and following it up with a 50K Derby title. Dean also put greyhound racing on national television in a positive story for the first time in decades with her spot on Fox & Friends back in February. Incredibly versatile athlete.
#3 Whirlin Toodlelu ~ Sprinter ~ Douglas Kennel
~ 24 wins for the season, 29.22 secs best ever time
The social media darling. "Toodles" put together a sensational first full season, finishing second in the Labor Day Puppy Stakes & St Pats Invitational. With that dynamite closing speed, this is one hound you don't want on your six coming for home. My early favorite for next years Track Championship.
#4 Big Red Dog ~ Sprinter ~ Rader Racing
~24 wins for the season, 29.46 secs best ever time
"Clifford" is one of the best box breakers in the entire country. Made three stakes finals (Labor Day, He's My Man, St Pats) and won the Fathers Day All Star Feature. Cliff is the leader of 11 time kennel champion Rader Racing, who will try and get back to their winning form after a two year title absence next season.
#5 Hi Noon Vortex ~ Super Sprinter ~ Lester Raines Kennel
~23 wins for the season, 16.35 secs best ever time
Vortex tore up the Kb's Like A Fox Super Sprint Course the last two months of the season, winning seven of his ten starts. A distance that needed a superstar, Vortex was a best of the bunch. Posted the seasons fastest split and can fire from any starting position.
#6 Super C Martha ~ Sprinter ~ Lester Raines Kennel
~15 wins for the season, 29.30 secs best ever time
After switching over from Southland, Martha absolutely loved her new home in Paradise. Martha qualified for the prestigious St Pats Invitational after only nine starts here. Superb rusher and closer for trainer Kurt Trezciak.
#7 Superior Tyson ~ Sprinter ~ B & B Racing
~19 wins for the season, 29.31 secs best ever time
When the "Knockout King" was on, there wasn't any sprinter here who could handle him. Tyson picked up another 19 W's this season, giving him 47 in his Palm Beach career.
#8 Barts Big Bang ~ Sprinter ~ Douglas Kennel
~20 wins for the season, 29.19 secs best ever time
Math, science, history....there was no mystery with how well the Big Bang did in his rookie campaign here. 20 W's and one of the fastest sprint splits of any greyhound all year long. If he ever took the lead early, you could count on this 67 pound goliath winning by double digit lengths.
#9 Gv MooseIsLoose ~ Sprinter ~ Douglas Kennel
~19 wins on the season, 29.42 secs best ever time
"The Moooooooooose" put together stretches this season where he was simply unstoppable. Can fire with the best of them when healthy for the top team this year at Douglas.
#10 Ethel Is Here ~ Middle Distance ~ Janie Carroll Kennel
~14 wins on the season, 37.13 secs best ever time (Track Record)
A true legend. After 64 career victories, the "Blue Bomber" hung up her jersey in January. The 2016 Derby Champion and Co-Track Champion from last year was a marvel to watch, sizzling record setting times and dusting off any competition that came her way. Ethel was just phenomenal and should be considered to have her name put on the Walk of Fame in front of the track.
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Top 10 Races of the Season
#1 St Pats Invitational - March 18th, 2017
The closest stakes final that wasn't a dead heat in history. Fraulein Morgan defeated Whirlin Toodlelu by half a centimeter in a race for the ages.
#2 - 3/8ths Mile Derby Final - February 25th, 2017
No other rivalry was hotter than Janice Dean and Fraulein Morgan this season. Both of them squared off in the Derby, with "The Weather Machine" just hanging on for her second straight stakes title.
#3 - L's Cori Miracle Comeback - March 11th, 2017
The race you had to watch multiple times to comprehend what you just saw. L's Cori comes back from last and passes an entire pack of greyhounds in the final stretch for the six dog photo finish victory.
#4 - He's My Man Final - January 28th, 2017
The tournament that made her a star. Janice Dean puts her name on the national map by roaring back for the 50K HMM Title.
#5 - Labor Day Puppy Stakes Final - September 5th, 2016
In one colossal upset, Atascocita Lloyd pulls the 23-1 stunner when he takes the 20K Puppy Stakes Title.
#6 - Dick Andrews Futurity Final - December 26th, 2016
Superstar owner Monte Jacobs gets his first ever Palm Beach stakes title when his girl AllAboutTheFame sizzles home for the 20K Futurity Title the day after Christmas.
#7 Spring Puppy Stakes Final - April 29th, 2017
The Douglas Kennel wins their first stakes title in a long time when youngster Char Vallon gallops home for the 20K Puppy Stakes Title.
#8 - Independence Day All Star Feature - July 4th, 2016
The sensational one himself Sentinel sets the Royal Palm Course ablaze by taking the patriotic feature in a smoking 29.28 secs!
#9 - Ethel's 60th Career Victory - November 5th, 2016
Just another milestone for the "Living Legend" as Ethel Is Here scores career win number 60 in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Palm Beach.
#10 - Miraculous Marathon Comeback - February 3rd, 2017
You never know what can happen in the Marathon, especially when Botany Bay comes out of nowhere to steal this race in a tight photo finish.
That's a wrap on the season folks! I hope you enjoyed following along, as much as I enjoyed covering it. What stories will dominate the headlines in 2017-18? Stay tuned to find out!