The eight Derby finalists include the best middle-distance runners that earned the most points in qualifying to make it to the final. Mike Jameson, track announcer and expert handicapper, named Pat Collins / Neola Joe Kennel’s JS Kerry Oki as the early favorite. Kerry drew the favorable #1 post position and is considered one of PBKC’s most-versatile racers. Another standout is #4 BM Murphy (Brindle Kennel), who earned the most points in Derby qualifying with three wins and a fourth. #5 Blazin Spitfire (Marsella Racing) will most likely be the sentimental favorite. She is the oldest and least experience entry, who just began her racing career at almost four years old last September. Another Derby standout is #3 Go Bon Nice Lee (Royal Racing) who has dominated on the 3/8ths mile course over the past year and also competed in the 2011 Hes’ My Man Classic.
The eight 2012 $50,000 James W. Paul Derby finalists in post position order:
1. JS KERRY OKI (Dodgem By Design-Soft Melody, Pat Collins/Neola Joe Kennel)
2. AMF SULTANA (Kiowa Mon Manny-AMF Gentle Breez, B&B Racing)
3. GO BON NICE LEE (Trent Lee-Go Bon Pure Evil, Royal Racing)
4. BM MURPHY (Flying Penske-RC’s Jamie, Brindle Kennel)
5. BLAZIN SPITFIRE (Dragon Fire-Tin Nee Ann, Marsella Racing, Inc.)
6. ATASCOCITA TANA (Atascocita Leroy –Atascocita Flame, Suncoast Inc.)
7. ADZ (Lonesome Cry-Goldie Donna, James E. Douglas)
8. ATASCOCITA VENUS (Atascocita Leroy-Atascocita Trish, Suncoast Inc.)
Post time for Saturday afternoon’s first race is 1:00 p.m. and for the $50,000 James W. Paul 3/8ths Mile Derby, in Race 12, approximately 4:00 p.m.
Palm Beach Kennel Club will also hold an evening racing performance with post time at 7:00 p.m.
This will be the 81st running of the Derby, which is one of the nation’s longest-running stake events.
The 3/8ths Mile Derby is named in honor of humanitarian, greyhound owner and dedicated supporter of greyhound adoption, James W. Paul.
Activities for this outstanding afternoon of championship Greyhound racing include:
* Free Admission!
* Lou Galterio performs our National Anthem! (12:30 p.m.)
* The first 1,000 racing fans (age 18 and older) to enter the track will receive a coupon redeemable for a 2012 souvenir, Collectable Derby Glass, with a listing of all past Derby winners, courtesy of WPTV News Channel 5. (You can pick up your Derby glass as you leave the track beginning after Race 6)
* WKGR’s Andy Preston will be here with giveaways, prizes and your chance to win spring training tickets. (First Floor, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.)
* Enjoy free balloon art from Karl Koppertop (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
* Prize Drawing for $1000 Cash! You could win one of five $100 cash prizes or the grand prize of $500 (Entries in by Race 10, drawing after Race 12)
* Greyhound Pet Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about adopting one of these loving retired racers!
* WSOP Circuit Events … Saturday, Feb. 25
– Main Event, 11am, $1500 Buy-In / $100 Entry Fee
- – $235 Turbo Mega for Main, 4pm, $200 Buy-In / $35 Entry Fee
Contact: Theresa Hume (561) 683-2222, Ext. 126 / email@example.com