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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Ray Kennel’s Up In Smoke closed in the stretch to capture the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Panhandle Championship Saturday afternoon at Wheeling Island.

Imark Kennel’s Goldiggin Decka took runner up honors while A Ray Kennel’s Mac’s Charlotte rounded out the trifecta ticket.

Completing the final finish were RS’s Magnum (Lester Raines Kennel), fourth; Mac’s Trudeaux (A Ray Kennel), fifth; CET Razorback (Steve Sarras Kennel), sixth; CET Hellen Ann (Steve Sarras Kennel), seventh; and CET Bella Vic (Steve Sarras Kennel), eighth.

Up In Smoke, a February 2016 greyhound out of Djays Octane-RCK Princess, was trained in Wheeling by Joe Palmer and owned by Ricardo Pacheco.

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.