Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NGA News - JGR Puppy Stakes Finals

NGA News -  Everyone knew that the break would play a major role in the finals of the 2011 JGR Puppy Stakes, and as the box came open it was already apparent that this race was going to come down to a family affair.

Bolting from the box, Gs Uncle Harry took the early lead on the outside from the 7 box, but as he moved toward the inside part of the racetrack, his brother Gs Uncle Henry got some extra room and took advantage of the clean air in front of him. As they approached the finish line the first time around Henry had already bested his brother for the early lead and was looking to steal enough to take home the win. No Moamy was close in third, but at the turn the lead duo started to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Down the backside they turned with Henry stretching his lead over his brother, Harry, to three full lengths. He was cruising on the front end and appeared that he was going to take home the title and the family bragging rights in the process. But not so fast my friend said Harry, I'm not done quite yet, and as they entered the far turn, Harry had already picked up a length on his brother. Turning for home the lead had dwindled to just a length and we all knew it was going to get very interesting in the stretch. As they moved further and further towards the line, Henry dug in deep and tried to last, but Harry was gaining with each and every stride. Harry was catching up in a hurry and with just a little real estate to cover he has pulled even with his brother. Both gave their all for one last surge to the wire, but on this occasion, Harry was just too much for Henry. He got up on the outside as they crossed the finish line by a half a length over the leader throughout Henry, and won by a half a length in 30.52 seconds.

Kudos for third to the best closer in the field, Lk's Mystifier. In just his 7th career start, he finished in the trifecta once again for the 7th time. If this race in any indication of what she can do, she has a bright future in store for her at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Breaking last and getting outrun early on, she stuck to the rail, cleared some traffic at the turn, and motored down the backside and through the stretch to steal away the shot spot at the wire.

Also stepping up as Cruel To Be Kind. After getting outrushed early on to the turn, she stayed clear of the trouble around the turn, and never gave up. She kept on coming throughout and found a way to finish in the money in the finals of the stakes rounds.

Race Favorite Locall Torino sat in the box at the start of the race and it really cost him. Even though he tried to rally throughout, he found trouble and just couldn't get clear enough to make the charge he needed to find a spot in the superfecta. He had to settle for a fifth place finish tonight.

Rounding out the field was double troubled Pdx Bruno in sixth, early contender No Moamy in seventh, and the roughed up around the racetrack Gs Emma in eighth.

Gary and Sharon do a great job raising puppies and you can see this by having 3 siblings in the finals and having two of them lead the way at the wire. Big things are expected from these youngsters as they all have grade A talent and should be around for a long time here at the Orange Park Kennel Club.

From everyone here at Orange Park, we want to say Congratulations to the Willis Kennel, Owners Gary and Sharon Willis, Trainer Brandy Willis, and everyone else connected with Gs Uncle Harry and Gs Uncle Henry. Both greyhounds ran a fantastic race and we look forward to seeing them run a long time here at the Orange Park Kennel Club.

Replay link - http://www.jaxkennel.com/high/604201111e.wmv
By Kelly Clark

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