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Jim Gartland

Mar 23, 2022

A West Virginia speedster and a Southland distance star have been chosen as recipient's of the NGA’s annual Awards; CET Dirty Dilly winning the 51st Annual NGA Rural Rube Award as the nation’s top sprinter for 2021, and Arkans Mabel capturing the Flashy Sir Award as the best distance greyhound in the land. Dirty Dilly edged out Craigie Delegate in voting for this year's Rural Rube, while the Flashy Sir was much closer with Mabel nosing out kennelmate Arkans RB Taz by a single vote to grab the award.

A 2018 daughter of SH Avatar-CET Dirty Nicki , CET Dirty Dilly is a West Virginia bred who lit up the Tri State oval over the course of the year, setting records and winning stakes. She ended up leading the nation in wins with a total of 42 for the year. She captured the West Virginia Owners and Breeder's Sprint as well as the $100,000 Tri State Challenge and, along the way, set the 550 yard track record Tri State running a blistering 29.23 back in September. She was also voted Captain of the All American team by the NGA.

CET Dirty Dilly

Owned and raced by Carl Tomblin II, Dilly was the most consistent sprinter in the land over the entire year. She won her first start in January and from there would win 41 more times including finishing off a ten race win streak by breaking the 5/16 track record. Earlier in the year she had posted a record 16 wins in a row at the Tri State oval. Incredibly, from March 17 to December 30, she ran worse than 2nd only one time (4th). Dilly would finish the year with a 55-42-9-0-1 record, missing the pay sheet only three times the entire year!

A much deserved award for this fabulous sprinter. Congratulations to Carl Tomblin and all the connections of CET Dirty Dilly.

Runner-up in the Rural Rube voting was Lester Raines and John Draper's Craigie Delegate. This son of Superior Panama-Craigiecrushinit picked up three stake victories in 2021 and finished the year with 27 wins against the best at Southland. He captured the Southland Juvenile, Darby Henry Male Sprint and the Southland Derby while also grabbing the win title at the West Memphis track. Delegate was raised in Abilene on the Steven Boyd farm. Others receiving notable votes were Suzanne Blair's Teaser's Tickle and Shannon Henry's JS Keephopealive.

Voting was much closer for the top spot in the Flashy Sir contest. Only three greyhounds received double digit votes and were separated by a total of two votes total between them. Arkans Mabel won out by one vote over Arkans RB Taz with Goddessofthehunt in third just another vote behind.

Arkans Mabel is a brindle son of My Bro Fabio-Arkans BD Spring and was a Southland distance star for the Darren Henry operation. Racing almost exclusively at 660 yards, Mabel captured the Middle Distance Championship on Festival day and finished 2nd in the Razorback Classic to her kennelmate Arkans RB Taz. She would reel off six wins in a row and eight of nine at one stretch on her way to a 4th place finish in the win standings at Southland. She finished the year at 44-16-5-8, a 65% in the trifecta percentage. She is the epitome of a distance star as she ran only one official race less than 660 yards in 2021.

Arkans Mabel

Mabel, who was also named to the 2021 All American team, is owned by Darren & Rachele Henry and raced for them at Southland. Congratulations to all her connections!

The 51st Annual NGA Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards will be presented at the awards ceremonies program at the Greyhound Hall of Fame on Thursday night, April 28, during the NGA's Spring Meet.

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