BetAmerica Daytona 550 Race PreviewIt's almost time for the 3rd annual BetAmerica Daytona 550 Invitational! The field is set for the event on Saturday at Daytona Beach.
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Oaks Maddy was a standout on paper when the finalists were announced, but after her near record-breaking performance at Daytona this week, she’s clearly the one to beat in the BetAmerica Daytona 550. The competition at her home track, Southland, is as tough as it gets. Need more convincing? She’s a speedy type that loves the rail, and she drew the inside post. Maddy is the top pick.
Gt's Gin N Juice
Greyhound fans may not know Robert Gurley, breeder of Gt’s Gin N Juice, but they should remember his talented stakes winner Lee Opera. The two are even related – their dams are half-sisters. Gt’s Gin N Juice actually prefers to run on the outside and she is a bit of a closer. She’s a consistent runner who recently won 8 races in a row.
Kinda Cruel Red
Does it all come down to breeding? The only other male dog in the race, Kinda Cruel Red is sired by the brilliant Bella Infrared and three members of Red’s litter have been stakes performers. Red shows a lot of heart and determination when he races, which helped him win six consecutive races last summer at Wheeling.
Horse players, if you need a hunch bet for the BetAmerica Daytona 550, look no further than the aptly named Kentucky Kat. Kat was a late but welcome addition to the event; she took a few months off last year but looked fresh off the layoff when she returned in December. Though she can close, she breaks well and prefers to run on the lead – and is hard to beat if she is the lone speed.
One of only two male dogs in this year’s race, Seldom Told is also the only dog from last year’s race tor return for the 2017 event. Seldom Told is a massive 84-pound runner that excels at multiple distances. He won 78% of his races in 2016 and holds the record for not one, not two, but the TOP FIVE fastest times at 5/16 at his home track in Jacksonville.
RF River vaulted to the top quickly: she broke her maiden in May and later in the season won the Iowa Breeders’ Cup, the richest Greyhound stakes race in the country. Don’t discount her for being a little less experienced – she comes from a high-performing kennel and has shipped and won at several different tracks already. Don’t leave her out of exotics if you get a good price!
The South Florida native picks up where last year’s runner, Red Utopian left off after retirement. The upcoming 2-year-old won 24 of her 32 starts include two 6-race win streaks. She has talent and potential, but not as much experience as others in this field. Martha has a tendency to run away with her races at the end, so if she gets the win on Saturday, she will do so with style.
JD Accomplice went from maiden races in July to running in Grade 1 Stakes races in less than 6 weeks – a born runner. If you’re looking for a safe bet, this is the girl for you; in her entire career, she has only finished worse than third in three races. Ever. She prefers to break from the outside, so she gets a favorable post position here. A must use in any trifecta or superfecta.