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Nov 2, 2020

Palm Beach Kennel Club has named the eight Greyhounds who will be competing Saturday afternoon, November 7, in the 44th and final running of the $50,000 Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational.

The Invitational was cancelled last March due to the pandemic.

The Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational has gone through several machinations since its inception in 1976.

It started off as a match race between the kennel club and finalists of Hollywood Greyhound Track’s World Classic, and then a match race between Orange Park Kennel Club before becoming strictly a hometown event.

And what a line-up of superstars galore for this year’s much-anticipated running.

We offer for your approval the best and brightest of our early speedsters and monster finishers. Early in the $50,000 Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational be looking for the fleet-footed entries of Bug Brush, JD Replicate and Opal Long. On the back and home stretches, keep a keen eye on the impressive powerhouse closers Barts Sea Hawk, CBJ Shocker, Freedom’s Fawn, Mineral Spirits and Pat C Inferno.

It should be noted that Barts Sea Hawk is the only $50,000 Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational entry who was originally selected to compete in last March’s cancelled event.

The 2020 running of the Invitational will certainly go down in the history books as being one of the most competitive ever!

Irish eyes and Turkey legs will be smiling on one these elite eight athletes Saturday afternoon, listed in alphabetical order:

Barts Sea Hawk (Gold Town* - Seadon Traveler, James Douglas Kennel)

Bug Brush (SH Avatar – Flying Lipstick, Lester Raines Kennel)

CBJ Shocker (Kiowa Mon Manny – CBJ Waterford, Arthur Agganis Kennel)

Freedom’s Fawn (Buzz Around – Flying Unrest, Janie Carroll Kennel)

JD Replicate (KC And All – JD Andromeda, Brindle Kennel)

Mineral Spirits (Who Says I Can’t – Good Luck Ruby, D. Q Williams Kennel)

Opal Long (Pat C Clement – Winta Garoppolo, Radar Racing Kennel)

Pat C Inferno (Flying Fired Up – Pat C Pop In, Koppe, Staats & Collins)

Post positions will be drawn at a press conference in the track’s Terrace Restaurant Thursday afternoon, November 5. The press conference will begin at 11:45 a.m.

The 44th and final running of the $50,000 St. Patrick’s Invitational will be held in Saturday afternoon’s twelfth race with an approximate post time of 4:00pm.

Special activities for this exceptional afternoon of championship Greyhound and horse racing include:


Friday - Gates Open at 11am,  Keenland Post Time - 11:30am

Saturday - Gates Open at 9:30am,  Keenland Post Time - 10:15am

* National Anthem Performed by Bailee Bonick (Noon)

* 15 Superfecta Races!

* On-Track for Autism Walk (Noon)

* Irish Music performed by Walt Rooney (Noon-3pm) and Jody Pollard (3-6pm)

* For the Kids, Balloon Artist Karl Koppertop and Ace The Bear! (1-3pm)

* Enter to Cash & Prizes in True Oldies Breeders’ Cup Handicapping Contest! (Enter by 2pm)

* Greyhound Adoption Representatives will be on hand to answer questions you may have about adopting one of these loving dogs!

* The 44th running of the $50,000 Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational! (Race 12)

* Advance Wager on the Breeders’ Cup Friday!

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