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Friday, May 12, 2017

Three greyhounds are unbeaten after two rounds of the $95,000 Wheeling Island National Stakes.

Posting their second consecutive victory Thursday afternoon in the futurity-style stakes event were Barts Im Joekool (Charter Kennel), Barts Send It (Charter Kennel) and BGR Dustybottoms (Brad Boeckenstedt Kennel). Each has accumulated 32 points.

Two other Charter Kennel greyhounds – Kenny Lofton and Barts Wynn – captured second round qualifying races along with Brad Boeckenstedt Kennel’s Superior Calder.

The third preliminary qualifier will be Sunday afternoon, May 14, when the field will be cut to 32 entries and the point totals will start over for the remaining two rounds of qualifying.

The fourth round is scheduled for Friday afternoon, May 19, and the fifth round on Wednesday afternoon, May 24. The top eight point earners from these two rounds advance to the championship final with the next eight moving on to the consolation final on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day).

The stakes is for pups whelped (born) between July 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015.

Capsule reviews of the second round races follow:

Favorite Barts Im Joekool rushed out to an early 2-length advantage before holding off a fast-closing Starinthemaking by half a length in 30.16. BS Spice Me Up finished third, just a length back.

Barts Send It, another race favorite, posted a box-to-wire 3 ½-length victory in 30.00. Carly Pearce and SG’s Bob Uecker rounded out the trifecta ticket.

Favorite BGR Dustybottoms, a 12-length winner in the first round, broke sharp again and rolled to a 3 ½-length box-to-wire win in 30.05. Cashontheline was second followed by Tim Raines.

Kenny Lofton posted a box-to-wire victory – holding off WW Jimmythe Geek by half a length at the wire in 30.38. PJ Whattheywant closed in the stretch for third.

Barts Wynn drove to the early lead and never looked back in pocketing a 5 ½-length victory in 30.07. LB’s Tam Toby was second followed by JW Kit Kat.

Superior Calder went box-to-wire, but barely held off a late kick by Konomi to win by a nose in 29.99. Rex Ryan was third, only 1 ½ lengths back.

The point totals after the second round follow:

Barts Im Joekool (Charter), 32 points

Barts Send It (Charter) 32 points

GR Dustybottoms (Brad Boeckenstedt), 32 points

Carly Pearce (Steve Sarras), 24 points

Superior Calder (Brad Boeckenstedt), 24 points

Rex Ryan (Steve Sarras), 22 points

SG’s Bob Uecker (Jacobs Racing), 22 points

Barts Wynn (Charter), 18 points

Kenny Lofton (Charter), 17 points

Konomi (A Ray), 16 points

Cashontheline (Lester Raines), 14 points

LB’s Tam Toby (Jacobs Racing), 14 points

WW Jimmythe Geek (Wayne Ward), 14 points

Superior Cannon (Brad Boeckenstedt), 12 points

Dont Let Me Down (Charter), 10 points

JW Kit Kat (Patriot/Taplin), 10 points

WW Vespa (Wayne Ward), 10 points

Artex Vernon (Abrahamson), 9 points

Celebrity Status (Jacobs Racing), 9 points

PJ Whattheywant (Steve Sarras), 9 points

Starinthemaking (Jacobs Racing), 9 points

Tim Raines (Charter), 9 points

SG’s Arnie Army (Jacobs Racing), 8 points

BS Spice Me Up (Brad Boeckenstedt), 8 points

Ban Chini (Steve Sarras), 7 points

Beautiful Tease (Lester Raines), 7 points

SE’s Web Wacker (Lester Raines), 7 points

WW Jethro Gibbs (Wayne Ward), 7 points

WW Pascal (Wayne Ward), 7 points

WW Pool Side (Wayne Ward), 7 points

FF Warrior (Abrahamson), 6 points

Nina Myers (Steve Sarras) 6 points

Top Line (Clear The Way), 6 points

David Palmer (Steve Sarras), 5 points

Jason Martini (Steve Sarras), 5 points

Brock N Roll (Clear The Way), 4 points

Kinda Dont Care (Steve Sarras), 4 points

Maren Morris (Steve Sarras), 4 points

Barts Justenuff (Steve Sarras), 3 points

Christina Perri (Steve Sarras), 3 points

Kanji (A Ray), 3 points

JS Kamikazi (Patriot/Taplin), 2 points

Wannabe Thatsong (Charter), 2 points

Alicia Sacramone (Steve Sarras), 1 point

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.