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Stan Pawloski

Feb 7, 2022

Abbi’s Gusta Win has been selected captain of the 2021 all-Wheeling team.

The Jacobs Kennel sprint star, owned by Michael Orlandi and trained by Louise Strong, tied for second in wins at Wheeling Island last year with 19 despite missing three months of the racing season. All of his victories were in Grade AA.

Abbi’s Gusta Win, who has raced at Wheeling Island his entire career except for three Maiden starts at Southland Greyhound Park in March 2020, posted a five-race and a pair of three-race win streaks in 2021. He was a mark of consistency – hitting the quiniela ticket in 70 percent of his races and having a 76 percent mark in the trifecta and an 84 percent finish on the superfecta ticket.

Littermate Abbi’s Frontman made the all-Wheeling team, giving the Jacobs Racing Kennel two spots on the 10-greyhound unit.

The Lester Raines Kennel had the most all-Wheeling honorees with four selections – JS Slush Fund, RS’s Dark Night, RS Big D and Teaser’s Tickle. The Blanchard Kennel had two representatives – Frappe and Penrose Boss – while rounding out the team are Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel’s AD Black Falcon and Charter Kennel’s Oshkosh Heart.

The all-Wheeling team was selected by local greyhound historian Robin Reed and Pawloski.

The criteria used to determine the selections included number of wins, winning percentage, win streaks, stakes performances and overall records.

Accomplishments of the all-Wheeling members follow:

ABBI’S GUSTA WIN (37-19-7-2-3) – tied for second in wins, all 19 in Grade AA; had a 5-race win streak and a pair of 3-race win streaks; had 15 wins, 5 seconds, 1 third and 2 fourths in a 23-race stretch; 84 percent superfecta mark; 76 percent trifecta mark.

AD BLACK FALCON (51-20-8-5-0) – track win champion, 19 out of 20 victories in Grade AA or TAA 3/8th; had 4-race and 3-race win streaks; in 12-race stretch had 9 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third; 65 percent on the superfecta and trifecta tickets.

OSHKOSH HEART (37-19-3-5-3) – tied for second in wins, 13 of 19 victories in Grade AA; one stretch won eight out of nine Grade AA races; had a 5-race win streak and a pair of 3-race win streaks; 81 percent superfecta mark; 68 percent trifecta finish.

JS SLUSH FUND (50-19-8-6-4) – tied for second in wins, 13 of 19 victories in Grade AA; had 4-race and 3-race win streaks; had a stretch of five wins in six Grade AA trips; 74 percent superfecta mark; 66 percent trifecta finish.

FRAPPE (50-17-5-8-6) – third in wins, 13 of 17 victories in Grade AA; finalist Mountaineer Sprint Classic; had 5-race and 3-race win streaks; 72 percent superfecta mark; 60 percent trifecta finish.

ABBI’S FRONTMAN (46-16-7-6-7) – fourth in wins, 15 out of 16 victories in Grade AA; finalist Mountaineer Sprint Classic; 78 percent superfecta finish; 63 percent trifecta mark.

RS BIG D (26-14-3-2-2) – tied for fifth in wins, 11 of 14 wins in Grade TAA 3/8; had a 5-race and a pair of 3-race win streaks; in a 9-race stretch, had 8 wins and 1 fourth; 81 percent superfecta mark; 73 percent trifecta finish.

RS’S DARK NIGHT (30-14-8-2-3) – tied for fifth in wins, 9 victories in Grade AA; had a pair of 3-race win streaks; won WVGOBA Juvenile Stakes; fourth in Mountaineer Sprint Classic; 90 percent superfecta mark; 80 percent trifecta finish.

TEASER’S TICKLE (21-9-2-1-0) – 4 wins in Grade AA; had a 4-race win streak; captured the Mountaineer Sprint Classic; 60 percent superfecta and trifecta mark.

PENROSE BOSS (40-7-15-6-5) – third in the Mountaineer Sprint Classic; 83 percent superfecta finish; 70 percent trifecta mark.

Past all-Wheeling selections include:

2020 – WW Slick Simon (Captain), L’s Luv It, JS Drinkmepretty, JSK Roulette, Craigie Pirate, JS Go Flex, CTW Tira Misu, TNT Free Falling, BGR Big Al, CG’s Penny Shoe.

2019 – GF La Duena (Captain), L’s Griz, L’s Luv It, JS Drinkmepretty, DS Bubbles, High Wire Willy, JSK Roulette, Mac’s Glightfoot, WW’s Chewbacca, Imark Grande.

2018 – L’s Griz (Captain), AMF Loose End, Royal Daddys Boy, L’s Luv It, SH Rattler, CTW San Marcos, JS Kamikazi, JSK Lubbock, Boc’s Palat, Kelsos Ukulele.

2017 – Barts Outofmyway (Captain), KB’s Baymax, AMF Ex Quigley, Konomi, SH Rattler, Kinda Cruel Red, Varoom Bristol, Boc’s Jezebel, Dont Let Me Down, Flower Girl.

2016 – Varoom Esme (Captain), Super C Ariel, Barts Outofmyway, Atascocita Sig, Craigiepridenjoy, SE’s Solid Cash, Kinda Cruel Red, GLS Lover Boy, Boc’s Betty Jo, HS Ruby.

2015 – AMF Sleekstrangr (Captain), Ted Cruz, AMF Spamwich, Atascocita Santo, Heck Yeah, HS Ruby, Varoom Esme, Fortune City, PJ Pure Gold, Napa Know How, CTW Leona Brown, Whiskey Babe.

2014 – Kiowa Leer Loyd (Captain), Flyin Man Of God, Go Bon Coaltrain, Whiskey Annie, WW’s Ignite Fire, Kiowa Dash Fast, Atascocita Santo, Tigertown Roo, Glossy Glow, CTW Pipe Down.

2013 – Flying Lone Wolf (Captain), Go Bon Coaltrain, Go Bon Wego, KB’s Try This On, Kebo Greta Garbo, AMF Can Can, Jumper Jack, WWK Win Day, Whiskey Annie, Bob’s Cassie.

2012 – CTW Bronze Drake (Captain), WWK Win Day, Flesk Flyer, WW’s I Agent, AMF Ex President, Uhaul Woody, Hero Kal, RS’s Locomotive, Call For Help, Hallo Sugardaddy.

2011 – AMF Ex President (Captain), WW’s Dog Gone, WW’s Patriots, WW’s Kay Quarter, Flesk Flyer, Dakotas Alene, Bella Cubanaro, Cry Exxon, Red Rooster Bonz, Braska Hottie, Scott So Bright, HS Bolt.

2010 – KB’s Ruckus (Captain), WP’s Cameo, KB’s Nantucket, Gale WW Wanika, WW’s Dog Gone, CTW Speedy Trent, Cry Case, Its Orozco, Bonafide Speed, Flying Burgundy.

2009 – Gable Sour Cream (Captain), Hi Noon Hero, Kiowa Power Pak, Kiowa Magnate, Kiowa Lee Philli, Kiowa Myth, BD’s Grayson, Bella Leonidas, Kiowa WW Brother, TK Quick Strike.

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