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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The $35,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile Stakes kicks off Friday afternoon, Sept. 10, at Wheeling Island.

Four kennels have entered a total of 13 greyhounds – eight from Tri-State Greyhound Park and five from Wheeling Island.

The second round will be Wednesday, Sept. 15 and the semi-finals on Sunday, Sept. 19. The juvenile stake final is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25.

Entries by kennel follow with the highest grade the greyhounds have reached as well as the track.

A Ray – Mac’s New York (Grade B), TS; Mac’s Zhivago (Maiden), TS; Mac’s Evita (Maiden), TS; and Mac’s Pippen (no official races), TS.

Code Red Kennel – JA’s Croft (Grade AA), TS; and JA’s Harper (Grade C), TS.

Lester Raines – RS’s Dark Night (Grade AA), WD; RS’s Im All In (Grade AA), WD; RS’s Happyharper (Grade A), WD; RS’s Prime Time (Grade B), WD; and RS’s Blue Heaven (Grade C), WD.

Patriot/Taplin – Coach Van Winkle (Grade B), TS; and Coach Wonder (Maiden), TS.

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.