Jason Gill is our new resident greyhound handicapping expert. Jason has been attending and wagering on greyhound races since 1980. A third-generation greyhound racing fan, Jason taught many handicapping classes and seminars at the now defunct Multnomah Greyhound Park outside of Portland Oregon.
Good day and thanks for checking in on my blog. In this entry we will be taking an in-depth look at the Southland Derby final, the 11th race on the Friday Night program from Southland Greyhound Park.
This race is one of the premier greyhound races in the country – the final of the $60,000 Southland Derby contested over their 583-yard course. Eight of the finest greyhounds in the country will go to post looking to take home the winner’s share of one of the richest greyhound races in America.
#1 Dark N Demure – This greyhound enters the finals on an absolute form spree. In her four qualification races, this daughter of Kiowa WW Brother and Super C Arias rang up two wins and two second place finishes. Because she is a wide runner, this 58-pounder must break very sharply and secure a good running position to the escape turn. Drawing the coveted red blanket is rarely a bad thing in a stakes final. Demure runs for the Lester Raines Kennel.
#2 – CBJ Butterfinger – This greyhound will need a minor form reversal this evening to pull off the upset. After posting victories in rounds two and three of the qualification races, this daughter of Gable Sour Cream and CBJ Jordy Brown ran a dismal last in her last qualification race. If Butterfinger is going to pull the upset, she will have to break cleanly and clear the #1 greyhound in the early stages of the race. Butterfinger races for the Mike Harris Kennel.
#3 – Mega Umberto – In my opinion, this is the “wild card” greyhound in the race. After showing good early speed in a couple of his qualification races, this son of Kiowa Mon Manny and Kiowa Cry Pike showed good late speed to overcome a very tardy start and finish third in his last race. Umberto is a talented greyhound who is a must use on all trifecta and superfecta tickets. Umberto competes for the David Blair Kennel.