2017 BetAmerica Daytona Participant #3 – Gt’s Gin N Juice
Gt’S GIN N JUICE
Kiowa Mon Manny-Lee Talia
Kennel: Abernathy Kennel
Owner: Thomas Wayne Cunningham
Thomas Wayne Cunningham should probably stop while he's ahead. New to greyhound ownership, BetAmerica Daytona 550 invitee, Gt's Gin N Juice is his very first foray into the Sport of Queens. His introduction has immediately catapulted him to the upper realm in which many can only dream about.
And then there's the story of Gin and Juice's breeder. To catch lightning in a bottle once is one thing, but to do it twice is obvious genius. Robert Gurley, a small time greyhound aficionado, has now bred a second BetAmerica Daytona 550 invitee to go along with 2014 Finalist Lee Opera. This is the greyhound racing equivalent to Mid-major Butler reaching the Final Four in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in consecutive years not long ago.
Gt's Gin N Juice is closely related to Orange Park legend Lee Opera as her dam Lee Talia is a half-sister to Lee Devin, the dam of the 2014 Finalist.
The flag bearer of historic Derby Lane, Gt's Gin N Juice will have big shoes to fill as the St. Pete oval was represented the last two years by Husker Magic, the 2014 champ and 2015 runner-up.
Originally thought of as a distance hound, the daughter of Kiowa Mon Manny primarily raced at 660 yards for better than a year before the switch to the sprint became her course of choice in 2016. It wasn't until after a return from a three month break during the summer that she really came into her own. Gin N Juice made her re-appearance by putting together back to back wins in August but would go winless during September while finishing second five consecutive times during one stretch, while also making the finals of the Fall Sprint Championship- her second stake final.
Gt's Gin N Juice would go on to own October and it was in this month that she would stamp her ticket to Daytona by winning eight in a row- never an easy feat at America's oldest and most prestigious venue.
The talented red female has shown versatility and occasional box speed but is known for her stamina and late kick while preferring an outside route. Even though she shares some physical resemblance to her predecessor Husker Magic, her running style couldn't be more different- but there may be enough talent to achieve the same result.