Homeracing

Three Perfect as Seldom Told Dominates

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Kelly Clark

October 31st, 2016

Round two of the 2016 $50,000 Orange Park Derby took place on Friday evening and three of the six winners from round number 1 had a very good night again in round 2. Kk Whitezin and Kiss This both keep the mojo going strong to stay undefeated, but it was All-American Seldom Told that made the biggest statement on the card.

Breaking from the 2 box in the 13th race on the card, Seldom Told took instant command of this race and would not let up until the finish line. Pushing away early on, his 2.5 length margin would increase with every step he took around the oval. Stretching out down the backside on the lead, he hit the far turn 4 lengths clear of the rest, and turn that into a 7-length margin at the finish line. Crossing in 37.20 seconds, he has half a second faster than any other winner on the card. Next best was Lee Trinity, followed by Pat C Dashboard and Rtr Marie Laveau. Truly the greyhound to beat in this stakes event, his 6th win in a row, and his 13th win in his last 14 starts, was something special.

Another DQ Williams greyhound in this race is also undefeated, and even though she might not have been as impressive as he kennelmate, Kiss This put up a gem in the 10th race on the card. Keeping with the trend, I know breaking from DQ is strange but it’s a real thing, she bombed out of the starting box and stole away 3 lengths early on the rest of the field. Breezing on the front end, she maintained her edge throughout the backside, through the far turn, and all the way to the wire. Crossing 3 lengths ahead of the rest in a respectable time of 37.66 seconds. Applying pressure the whole way was Pat C Fracking, and Boc’s Luigi won the distance show battle with Atascocita Warm late.

The other undefeated winner bucked the trend and stole away the win in the final few steps of her race. Kk Whitezin, from the Raines Kennel, is the only returning finalist to the race, and she also made the finals of the 2016 bestbet Derby as well. This girl always shows up when the big lights come on and the second round was not an exception to that rule. Breaking close, she chased the early speed of So Typical to the escape turn the first time around and was about to take over the race. She was bumped wide twice and up front, and that allowed Tempo Rock and C Ville Magic to slip under her and push her backwards into 3rd. Not giving up she put her head back down and came flying. By the far turn she was back in second, but still 3 lengths behind the leader. Heading home, she shifted gears again and refused to lose. Getting up just in time, her head victory in 38.22 seconds, was one heck of a race. Tempo Rock settled for place, C Ville Magic took the easy show, and early leader So Typical survived for the final spot in the super.

The other winners included Blanchard’s Easi Turner in the 15th, Clear Lak Racing’s Herstal in the 7th, and Ocala’s Blutoocapncrunch in the 9th. All three greyhounds came from off the pace to get the job done in the stretch as they recorded their first win in the rounds. Easi Turner made up ground throughout and outclosed the coming Lee Sally for the win. Pacesetter Atascocita Sully held on for show as the retreating C Ville Hope settled for 4th. The 770-track record holder Herstal gave a similar effort as she broke close, drover hard in the middle of the race, took the lead at the far turn, and held off the late challenge of Island Magic in the stretch for the win. Pacesetter Gs Hal dead heated with the closing Bartsrisingstar at the wire to tie for third. Blutoocapncrunch made it a bit more dramatic as he waited to the stretch to make his move. Stalking the front end to the final turn, he exploded up the stretch and outclosed the rest to steal away the win at the wire. The super-fast closing Skiddy Flicker just missed in second as Lk’s Centuria was also closing in third. The leader to the far turn, KK Scotchwhiskey, was outfinished and had to settle for 4th at the wire.

The quarter-finals of the 2016 $50,000 Orange Park Derby runs on Monday evening October 31 at bestbet Jacksonville. The field will be trimmed down to just 4 races as we gear up for the push toward the finals.
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