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Stan Pawloski

Feb 2, 2023

Florentine has been selected captain of the 2022 all-Wheeling team.

The Steve Sarras Kennel sprint star, owned by Sarras and trained by Jay Falcone, won 22 races at Wheeling Island last year in her first full season of racing. Florentine had a 5-race and a 3-race win streak during the season.

A February 2020 greyhound out of Rob Gronkowski-PJ Sour Diesel, Florentine had 17 Grade AA victories during the year. She hit the superfecta in 64 percent of her races and had a 57 percent mark in the trifecta.

Kennel-mate CET Dirty Dan made the all-Wheeling team, giving the Steve Sarras Kennel two spots on the 10-greyhound unit.

The Charter Kennel had the most all-Wheeling honorees with four selections – Oshkosh Edward, Seven Summers, Jack Parkman and Atta Boy Angus. Rounding out the team are Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel’s Xtrem Chicken, Imark Kennel’s Imark Trixie, Lester Raines Kennel’s RS Big D and Blanchard Kennel’s JS Rob Stone.

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:

FLORENTINE (56-22-9-1-4) – track win champion, 17 out of 22 victories in Grade AA; had 5-race and 3-race win streaks; in 12-race stretch had 9 wins; 64 percent superfecta mark; 57 percent trifecta record.

OSHKOSH EDWARD (54-20-8-5-5) –second in wins, 16 out of 20 wins in Grade AA; had a 3-race win streak; had 8 wins, 5 seconds and 4 fourths in a 17-race stretch; 70 percent superfecta mark; 61 percent trifecta mark.

XTREM CHICKEN (47-19-7-5-5) – tied for third in wins, all but two of 19 victories in Grade TAA 3/16th; had a 5-race win streak; 77 percent superfecta mark; 66 percent trifecta finish.

SEVEN SUMMERS (51-19-10-4-2) – tied for third in wins, 15 of 19 victories in Grade TAA/AA 3/8th; had 4-race and 3-race win streaks; had a stretch of 8 wins and 1 second in 10 trips; 69 percent superfecta mark; 65 percent trifecta finish.

IMARK TRIXIE (45-18-7-4-5) – fourth in wins, 15 of 18 victories in Grade AA; had a pair of 3-race win streaks; had 4 wins, 4 seconds and 1 third in a 10-race stretch; 76 percent superfecta mark; 64 percent trifecta finish.

JACK PARKMAN (39-17-6-6-3) – fifth in wins, 16 out of 17 victories in Grade AA; had a stretch of 7 wins and 3 seconds in 11 races; 82 percent superfecta finish; 74 percent trifecta mark.

RS BIG D (14-12-1-0-0) – had a 13-race win streak to tie the track record for the longest winning streak by a 3/8th greyhound; 86 percent win mark; 93 percent superfecta and trifecta finish.

CET DIRTY DAN (20-14-3-2-1) – captured the West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Sprint Stakes; all but one win in Grade AA/SAA; had a 6-race and a 3-race win streak; 100 percent superfecta mark; 95 percent trifecta finish.

ATTA BOY ANGUS (46-15-17-4-3) – 12 of wins in Grade TAA/AA 3/16th; had a pair of 3-race win streaks; stretch of 16 races, had 6 wins, 9 seconds and 1 third; 85 percent superfecta mark; 78 percent trifecta finish.

JS ROB STONE (27-13-3-1-1) – all 13 wins in Grade AA; had a 6-race and a 3-race win streak; stretch of 12 starts, had 10 wins, 1 second and 1 third; 48 percent win mark; 67 percent superfecta finish; 63 percent trifecta mark.

Past all-Wheeling selections include: 2021 – Abbi’s Gusta Win (Captain), AD Black Falcon, Oshkosh Heart, JS Slush Fund, Frappe, Abbi’s Frontman, RS Big D, RS’s Dark Night, Teaser’s Tickle, Penrose Boss.

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.

Steve Sarras Kennel’s Florentine has been named captain of the 2022 all-Wheeling team. The sprinter was the track win champion last year with 22 victories. She is held by Nikolas Sarras.

Lester Raines Kennel’s RS Big D was the lone repeat 2022 all-Wheeling selection from the year before. The middle-distance ace tied the track record for consecutive victories by a 3/8th racer.

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