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Monday, March 12, 2018

Kinda Cruel Red was greeted by fans during a retirement party at Wheeling Island Saturday afternoon, March 10. Here, the All-American sprinter makes friends with Cathy and Rick Cicero, right, of Portage, PA. Standing from left are Alisha Nichols, Sue Jacobs (Kinda Cruel Red’s owner Monte Jacobs’ mother) and trainer Louise Strong.

 

Kinda Cruel Red had a spectacular two years of racing at Wheeling Island in 2016-17.

The All-American sprinter, who was retired in December 2017, was recognized with a retirement party in early March at the Wheeling racetrack. Kinda Cruel Red mingled with his fans and the celebration included cupcakes and a T-shirt giveaway.

Owned by Monte Jacobs of Kansas, Kinda Cruel Red raced out of the Jacobs Racing Kennel at Wheeling and was trained by Louise Strong.

“He (Kinda Cruel Red) loved every minute of it. He loves being around people,” Jacobs said. “I think the fans had a good time too meeting Perry (Kinda Cruel Red’s kennel name). I would like to thank Wheeling Island for having the retirement celebration for him.”

Kinda Cruel Red had a banner year at Wheeling Island in 2016 after arriving from Palm Beach in May. In 38 Wheeling starts, the sprinter had 20 wins, 7 seconds, 4 thirds and 1 fourth.

He had a 6-race and a 3-race win streak, captured 52 percent of his races and hit the trifecta ticket in 81 percent of his starts. At Palm Beach, Kinda Cruel Red had 7 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds and 2 fourths in 17 trips.

In January 2017, Kinda Cruel Red was runner up by a length to Oaks Maddy in the BetAmerica Daytona 550 national invitational stakes in Florida.

After coming back to Wheeling, Kinda Cruel Red had 16 wins, 9 seconds, 6 thirds and 2 fourths in 43 starts in 2017.

Kinda Cruel Red’s career numbers are mind-boggling – he captured 47 percent of his lifetime starts (51 wins out of 107 races) and hit the pay sheet in a stunning 83 percent of his trips (51 wins, 20 seconds, 13 third and 6 fourths).

 
 

A retirement celebration party was held for Jacobs Racing Kennel’s Kinda Cruel Red at Wheeling Island on Saturday, March 10. Surrounding the All-American sprinter are, from left, kennel team members Josh Edwards, Alisha Nichols, Dean Ellis, trainer Louise Strong, Chris Perry, owner Monte Jacobs and assistant racing secretary Lacee Kunik.

 

I was introduced to greyhound racing by a friend in the late 1970s at Wheeling Downs and fell in love with the sport and the athletes immediately. Throughout the years, I have developed a deep passion for racing. In the mid 1990s, I started writing a weekly greyhound column and shortly thereafter became a writer for The Greyhound Review.

I have enjoyed watching and writing about these wonderful competitors, including All-Americans DD's Nelson, Kiowa Sweet Trey, Gene's Champion, WW Apple Jax, Greys Royalcrown, Nimby TP Jan, Hi Noon Hero, Gable Sour Cream, KB's Ruckus and Cry Case.