The wait will soon be over: Racing returns to Iowa Greyhound Park this weekend and, a pair of stakes races highlight the cards.

Saturday’s season kick off will feature 15 races, with a 5:30 p.m. post.

The feature is the IGP Inaugural. The entrants are chosen by the racing secretary and the purse is $500, with $250 to the winner. JD Admiral won last year.

Sunday also has a stakes race, with a 1 p.m. post also has a 15-race card.

The Maiden Debut highlights the day. The racing secretary again selects the entrants, and purse is the same as the Inaugural. Entrants will be announced later. Hilco Major won last year.

Inaugural selections

Since it’s the opener, I might as well toss out some picks. Lots of early speed in this one.

JD Revelation, from Mardi Gras, has a six-race win streak. Earlier she won six of eight, with two seconds. All of this was in Grade A. I can’t leave her off the ticket.

Superior Cannon and Hilco Blaze also get going fast. They are from Naples, and Cannon won 20 races there.

What about closers? They look to be on the ends. Yuki Kondo shows potential and is in the 1 box, and T’s Hoosier Mama is in the 8 box. They’ll be coming on and should pick off some of the early speed in the stretch.

I like where DS Dasher is. He seems to like midtrack and has the 5 box.

Swipe Happy and BGR AC DC round out the field.

The decision: Revelation, Hoosier Mama, Hilco Blaze, DS Dasher. However, you could sub in Superior Cannon or Yuki Kondo for any of the last three.

Big Jackpot in the house

And if racing wasn’t enough, Randy Birch returns home and will broadcast live Sunday.

The former Dubuquer hosts Big Jackpot Betting’s online show. Catch the entertainment during the afternoon.

Preakness weekend

About the time of the second race Saturday night, Justify will try to claim the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

He’ll face seven horses at Pimlico. I look for Justify to win. I’ll include Lone Sailor, Good Magic, Quip and possibly Sporting Chance.

It’s a busy weekend at the track, with eight stakes Saturday.

The Black-Eyed Susan highlights the seven stakes on today’s card

STAKES

Greyhounds

Derby Lane: Saturday: Remembrance third round.

Orange Park: Tonight: Puppy Stakes second round.

Southland: Tonight: Razorback second round.

Tri State: Tonight: Distance third round.

Thoroughbreds

Arlington: Saturday: Matron.

Belmont: Saturday: Soaring Softly.

Churchill Downs: Saturday: Louisville Handicap.

Gulfstream: Saturday: Musical Romance.

Monmouth: Saturday: Politely.

Prairie Meadows: Tonight: Mamie Eisenhower. Saturday: John Wayne.

Santa Anita: Saturday: Fran’s Valentine.

Woodbine: Saturday: Selene. Sunday: Ballade.

Standardbreds

Mohawk: Saturday: SBOA final.

CARRYOVERS

Thoroughbreds

Belmont: Pick 6, $20,905.

Churchill Downs: Pick 6 jackpot, $425,999; super high 5, $12,207.

Gulfstream Park: Pick 6 jackpot, $10,902.

Santa Anita: Pick 6 jackpot, $495,962.

Woodbine: Jackpot high 5, $24,717.

Standardbreds

Meadowlands: Jackpot high 5, $221,892.