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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Two greyhounds are undefeated after two rounds of the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Sprint Stakes at Wheeling Island.

Notching their second consecutive victory Wednesday afternoon were Steve Sarras Kennel’s Leo The Lover and Patriot/Taplin Kennel’s GF Street Song. Each has accumulated 30 points heading into the Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, semifinal round.

The field will be cut to the top 24 point producers for the semifinals. The championship final will be held during the Friday matinee card on Nov. 25.

Other second round winners were GF Taras Tango (Patriot/Taplin Kennel), GF Zelda (Patriot/Taplin Kennel), Laura May Decker (Steve Sarras Kennel) and Coach Van Dyke (Jacobs Racing Kennel).

Following are capsule looks at the second round races:

Leo The Lover rushed to the early lead again, posting a box-to-wire 1-length victory over Walk Withme Stan in 29.67. Mac’s Maxwell closed late to round out the trifecta ticket.

GF Street Song, winner of the WVGOBA Juvenile earlier this fall, grabbed the lead right out of the box and never looked back in winning by 2 ½ lengths in 29.72. Mac’s Harewood and Beethoven Betsy completed the trifecta ticket.

GF Taras Tango roared home from fourth in the stretch to nip Quick Ruler by a nose at the wire in 29.83. Ken McNabb settled for third.

GF Zelda rushed to the top early before pulling away to a 4-length victory in 29.65. Both Rico’s Ed and CG’s Dyno Mite closed in the stretch to hit the trifecta play.

Laura May Decker posted a box-to-wire 2 ½-length victory in 29.79. GF Ginne Da Lute came from way back to get second while Coach Nease finished third.

Coach Van Dyke stalked pacesetter Pocono Opie around the track before taking charge in the stretch – winning by 2 lengths in 29.82. Rico’s Shameless edged Pocono Opie at the wire for second.

Point totals after the second round follow (top 24 moving on to the semifinal round):

Leo The Lover (Steve Sarras), 30 points

GF Street Song (Patriot/Taplin), 30 points

GF Zelda (Patriot/Taplin), 25 points

GF Taras Tango (Patriot/Taplin), 22 points

Ken McNabb (Rico Racing), 22 points

Laura May Decker (Steve Sarras), 20 points

Coach Van Dyke (Jacobs Racing), 20 points

Nola Nikole (Steve Sarras), 20 points

Jet Bill Clinton (Steve Sarras), 18 points

Grim Beavers (Steve Sarras), 18 points

Mac’s Maxwell (A Ray), 17 points

CG’s Dyno Mite (Abrahamson), 17 points

Coach Quizno (Jacobs Racing), 16 points

CET Dirty Nicki (Steve Sarras), 15 points

Dirty Dixie (Steve Sarras), 15 points

Beethoven Betsy (Steve Sarras), 14 points

Pocono Opie (Lester Raines), 14 points

Coach Nease (Jacobs Racing), 14 points

Quick Ruler (Steve Sarras), 13 points

Jax Yardley (Abrahamson), 13 points

GF Ginne Da Lute (Patriot/Taplin), 12 points

Mac’s Harewood (A Ray), 12 points

Rico’s Ed (Rico Racing), 12 points

Bizzy Beeker (Lester Raines), 12 points

The following greyhounds were eliminated from the stakes event after the second round:

Rico’s Shamless (Rico Racing), 11 points Walk Withme Stan (Steve Sarras), 11 points Lady Sasquatch (Patriot/Taplin), 9 points Mac’s Olympia (A Ray), 8 points Take Off Tug (Steve Sarras), 8 points RP McMurphey (Steve Sarras), 8 points Pocono Shades (Lester Raines), 8 points GLS Dare Devil (Jacobs Racing), 7 points Mac’s Somerton (A Ray), 7 points Donoma (Lester Raines), 6 points Sa La Ve (Rico Racing), 6 points RS’s Good Girl (Patriot/Taplin), 6 points Powerful Puma (Steve Sarras), 6 points Disco Donnie (Steve Sarras), 5 points Huge Hymn (Steve Sarras), 5 points Pocono Gemma (Lester Raines), 5 points GLS Mustangsally (Jacobs Racing), 4 points Lego Ryan (Steve Sarras), 4 points WJS High Lyric (Cardinal), 4 points Rico’s Gearz (Rico Racing), 2 points Mac’s Cambridge (A Ray), 1 point WJS Darkman (Cardinal), 1 point WJS Goodtiminman (Cardinal), 0 points

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.