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    < Back YEAR IN REVIEW: HIGHLIGHTS FROM WHEELING'S 2020 RACING SEASON Stan Pawloski Jan 18, 2021 Another exciting and fun-filled season of Wheeling Island greyhound racing is in the history books, but 2020 was unlike any of the previous years due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Under state orders, the Wheeling Island facility temporarily ceased operations on both the racing and casino sides on March 16. Nearly 12 weeks later on June 5, greyhound racing resumed but without fans until June 24. It is believed to be the longest the racetrack has been shut down since the flood of 1996 when the operation was closed from mid-January until March 1. There were numerous highlights on the track throughout 2020, including the $100,000 Mountaineer Classic, two West Virginia bred stake events and win streaks which generated interest. In addition, a number of youngsters with promising futures opened their careers and the track experienced an influx of racers from other operations. Top greyhound honors went to Wayne Ward Kennel’s WW Slick Simon, who posted 17 victories in the shortened season. Next in line was Lester Raines Kennel’s Craigie Pirate with 15 wins. The Lester Raines Kennel, trained by Joel Roden, captured the 2020 kennel championship after finishing runner up to the Blanchard Kennel in 2019. It was Raines’ third crown in the last five years. In the $100,000 Mountaineer Classic in late October, Abrahamson Kennel’s CG’s Penny Shoe closed deep in the stretch to catch Patriot/Taplin Kennel’s TNT Free Falling, the early pacesetter, for a 1 ½-length victory in 29.82 to capture the racetrack’s featured stakes event for 2020. Abrahamson Kennel’s Atascocita Birma rounded out the trifecta ticket – just 2 lengths back. Completing the Mountaineer Classic final field were Penrose Boss (Blanchard Kennel), fourth; Craigie Pirate (Lester Raines Kennel), fifth; AD Black Falcon (Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel), sixth; L’s Luv It (Blanchard Kennel), seventh; and TNT Twister City (Patriot/Taplin Kennel), eighth. CG’s Penny Shoe came up to Wheeling from Tri-State Greyhound Park where he had 27 wins in 2020, including 12 straight Grade AA races. In 2019 at Wheeling, the sprinter finished runner up in the West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile to littermate CG’s Sneaker. In the $35,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile in late September, A Ray Kennel’s Mac’s Tayloranne rocketed to an early lead and then held off Steve Sarras Kennel’s CET Dirty Dilly by a head at the wire in 30.14 to capture the stakes crown. Rounding out the trifecta ticket was Steve Sarras Kennel’s CET Sassy. Completing the final field were Baby Face Nelson (Lester Raines Kennel), fourth; Go On Horse (Abrahamson Kennel), fifth; CET Ozzy (Steve Sarras Kennel), sixth; CET Motley Crew (Steve Sarras Kennel), seventh; and Coach Oh Boy (Patriot/Taplin Kennel), eighth. In the $65,000 WVGOBA Panhandle Championship in late November, Lester Raines Kennel’s RS Perfectionist pulled away in the stretch for a 4-length victory in 30.02. Steve Sarras Kennel’s CET Dirty Dan and CET Godiva rounded out the trifecta ticket. Completing the final field were CET Pistol Pete (Steve Sarras Kennel), fourth; CG’s Penny Shoe (Abrahamson Kennel), fifth; RS’s Kingofkings (Lester Raines Kennel), sixth; Rico’s Dreamer (A Ray Kennel), seventh; and Go On Horse (Abrahamson Kennel), eighth. The longest winning streak during the 2020 racing season was six in a row by Imark Kennel’s Imark Solo. Five of the sprinter’s six wins were in Grade AA. Blanchard Kennel’s HKF Friskyfranny won five straight 3/8th races while five greyhounds won four in a row – Craigie Pirate and JS Wanna Bee (Lester Raines), JSK Roulette (Jacobs Racing), BWC Kreeli (Blanchard) and AMF Whisterical (A Ray). With the closing of all the Florida tracks in December, Wheeling experienced record handles late in the year. For five cards from Dec. 30 through Jan. 3, the track handled $3.4 million. Previous Next


    < Back SH AVATAR SLATED FOR INDUCTION INTO HALL OF FAME Jim Gartland Jul 22, 2021 Superstar sprinter, money earner, and stud, SH Avatar, was the lone nominee to receive enough votes for induction into the 2021 class of the Greyhound Hall of Fame. SH Avatar was whelped May 13, 2010, and is owned by Tom Sugihara Jr. and Robert Hardison. He was whelped and raised on Hardison's farm in Iowa and later moved to Tom Sugihara's farm in Colorado to finish out his training. He is out of Kiowa Mon Manny-Tom S Caterwaul and is recognized mostly for being the highest money-winning greyhound in the history of the sport in North America. It is very unlikely that his record of $740,328 in earnings (which does not include his supplemental Iowa-bred award monies) will ever be eclipsed. That feat alone would validate his enshrinement, but there is much more to Avatar than just the money. Avatar began his career in 2012, breaking in at Melbourne, where he notched a near-perfect 10-1-0 record in 11 starts. Two of those victories were in track record times. From there, it was time to "move up" and head to Bluffs Run where he would finish out his career competing for the Hardison Kennel. He would capture the 2012 $500,000 Iowa Breeders Classic and his year end record at the Bluffs would be 24-7-5-5 in 49 starts. Extra honors included being named Greyhound Of The Year at Bluffs, as well as earning a spot on the 2012 All-America team. 2013 would prove to be an even better year. He finished third in the $60,000 Bluffs Run Open, third in the $60,000 Secretary’s Choice, and once again captured the $500,000 Iowa Breeders Classic. He was track champion at Bluffs with a record of 33-7-9-2 in 55 starts. He became the first and only greyhound to repeat outright as Greyhound Of The Year at Bluffs—this time by a unanimous vote (the only greyhound in Bluffs history to do so). He was also named to his second All-America team. Avatar retired late in 2013 after suffering a shoulder injury with a career record of 115- 67-15-14-7. He managed to hit the pay sheet in an incredible 89% of his starts and won nearly 60% of all his races. Taking into account his career earnings record, every time Avatar broke from a starting box, his average paycheck-per-start was $6,491! Probably another industry record. While his stellar racing career and purse earnings are the primary reasons Avatar was submitted for selection, his sire career makes his nomination all the more impressive. Avatar has produced many outstanding offspring—so many, in fact, that he captured the 2020 Sire Standings Championship. And he did it by his offspring garnering nearly twice as many wins as his second place rival (which was last year’s inductee Djays Octane). He is currently on top of the 2021 standings as well. These days, Avatar is living the life of a king—on the retirement couch of his former trainer Darren Flahive in Shawnee, KS. Congratulations to Bob, Tom and everyone involved with SH Avatar on this great honor! Previous Next

  • Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of January 20, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted )

    < Back Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of January 20, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted ) Stan Pawloski Jan 21, 2020 Jacobs Racing Kennel’s JSK Roulette has four wins and a second in her last five Grade AA races for trainer Louise Strong. Kennel-mate She’s Kinky has back-to-back victories (A, AA). Patriot/Taplin Kennel’s CTW Tira Misu has captured four out of her last five outings (B, A, AA) for trainer Joe Otto. Blanchard Kennel’s L’s Luv It has two wins and a second in her last three Grade AA starts for trainer Sarah Blanchard. Abrahamson Kennel’s Hashtag Yani has back-to-back Grade AA victories for trainer Tom Engle. Lester Raines Kennel’s JS Drinkmepretty has two straight Grade AA wins for trainer Joel Roden. Wayne Ward Kennel’s WW Butterworth has two Grade AA victories in a row for trainer Ron Otto. Imark Kennel’s Allday Emma has two wins and a second in her last three trips (B, A, AA) for trainer Scott Purdy. Steve Sarras Kennel’s Goddessofthehunt has back-to-back victories (B, A) for trainer Barb Long. Previous Next

  • $65,000 WV Bred Open Distance Stake at Tristate

    < Back $65,000 WV Bred Open Distance Stake at Tristate P. Saul May 30, 2024 The lineup for the final round of the 2024 $65,000 Open Sprint Stakes at Tri-State has been announced. Four outstanding female greyhounds, each with an impressive 40 points, lead the pack after four rounds. Gls Finleysfilly, a thirty-two-month-old sired by Sh Avatar out of Supra C Alexa, secured two wins and placed second and third in the previous rounds, showing consistent performance. She is represented by JS Kennels, trained by Garrett Gruden, and owned by Greg or Louise Strong. Cetmark Zippy, forty-four months old from Superior Panama - Zippen Zidel, scored a win, a third, a win, and a second in the rounds. She is represented by CET Kennels under trainer Scott Robinette and is owned by Carl E. Tomblin II Cet Dirty Toodles, twenty-eight months old from Sh Avatar - Cet Dirty Nicki, scored second, first, third, and first in the rounds. She is represented by CET Kennels under trainer Scott Robinette and is owned by Carl E. Tomblin II. Cg's Maggi, a twenty-eight-month-old from Cg's October-Jax Freida, achieved a third, a second, and two firsts in the rounds. She is represented by Abrahamson Kennel, trained by Todd Johnson, and owned by Janice C. Abrahamson. Completing the final field of competitors are Coal Powered (RS Racing), 31 points; Cg’s Miss Muffet (Abrahamson Kennel), 30 points; Cet Dirty Skinny (CET Kennels), 27 points; Cet Electrify (CET Kennels), 26 points. The top contenders will race on Friday evening, May 31, for the 14th race. Here are the post positions for the final round: 1—Cg’s Miss Muffet, 2—Cet Dirty Skinny, 3—Coal Powered, 4—Gls Finleysfilly, 5—Cet Dirty Toodles, 6—Cetmark Zippy, 7—Cg’s Maggi, 8—Cet Electrify. Get ready for an exciting race! Previous Next


    < Back FINALS 2020 ORANGE PARK DERBY ​ Jan 31, 2020 My favorite time is back, Stake final Saturday. This time we dive into the finals of the 2020 Orange Park Derby, coming your way this Saturday evening February 1st at bestbet Jacksonville. Loads of talent to tap for this one as every greyhound in the final had to win in qualifying to get in, and 5 of the 8 finalists were never out of the money in any of the rounds. Let’s take a closer look at each greyhound and then see just how I think this race is going to play out. Race 11, Saturday evening February 1st, 2020 – Finals of 2020 Orange Park Derby 1. Fakeit To Makeit (Barcelona Boss – Knit Picker) is a good breaking, chasing, rail running greyhound that draws the 1 box. With 6 efforts in a row in the quiniela, she should be a threat throughout again. 2. Super C Addison (Superior Panama – Super C Alice) is a puppy that has never finished out of the money. She loves the rail, gets it here, must break better to have a shot to keep up with the big front-runners in this effort. 3. Pat C Wooz y (Pat C Clement – Pat C Ok) is a good stalking closer over the route and can explode and be a double-digit winner when she decides to break. Here she needs a similar effort to round 1 where she broke on top and finished 10 lengths better than the rest. 4. Pat C Jacob (Pat C Clement – Gable Loaded) is a converted sprinter that might not break the best but gets stronger as the race plugs on. He has to work to get to the rail but was in the quiniela in his lats 4 efforts from this post position. 5. UC Ricky Snickle (Kelsos Cork Man – L’s Lil Booty) is a strong breaker that took down the point leader in the semis. He too needs to get to the rail but could easily if he hits the lid. Look for him to press the pace to the wire. 6. PRG Get You Back (Rico’s Vintage – Jw Calamity Jane) was the point leader and the favorite to win this race. She has scored victories in 16 of her last 20 starts but must see the front end to keep the dream alive in this effort. 7. RTSS Gonwitdawin (Defrim Bale* – Kiowa Jill Vik) is an all or nothing greyhound that can demolish fields on the front end if the planets are aligned. Winner in rounds 1 and 2 from the outside. She has the post to be a threat, who know what we will get tonight. 8. WP’s Twistedlady (Seldom Told – Wp Black Velvet) is a solid grade A, 660 greyhound, whose dad won in this race in 2016. She is a pressing semi closer, that can break and rule on occasion. Ideally posted here, she should extend that super streak. Ok as the lure heads by the box and it pops open, it will be game on from the middle of the pack. UC Ricky Snickle and RPG Get You Back will be coming to run. Both greyhounds have great early speed. Both could see the front end, and whoever gets that nose in front could be a winner. Here I think that RPG Get You Back will be the one. Not early, I think Ricky outbreaks here, but by the escape she will resurge to the lead and the game will be on. This duo should battle for the lead spot with every step they take around the oval. They will not be alone though. I think the edges comes to play as well. Both well posted, Fakeit To Makeit and WP’s Twistedlady both have enough early to be a threat and neither of them are short at the end of the race. Both will snuggle up throughout this effort and they could make an interesting run to challenge as well. In the end, I think the early speeders take the cake. Favorite Get You Back lives up to the hype and gets revenge on Ricky for the last effort. In a tight one. I like the outside greyhounds maintaining to the wire as Fakeit To Makeit outlasts WP’s Twistedlady for third. (6-5-1-8) Remember that we will be running our Dash For Cash promotion along with our fan favorite 2nd chance drawings. What could be more fun? Great greyhounds, great food, great drinks, great friends, and several chances throughout the evening to win free cash! I know I will be there! I’ll see you at the races! Previous Next


    < Back NGA SPRING MEET SCHOOLING RESULTS -THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 Jim Gartland May 28, 2020 50 races scheduled: Dragged after every 10, no watering Track Condition: Fast Weather: Overcast, 67 degrees (SCR = Scratched) Nominator ran every 4th race (i.e.: Races 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, etc.); Number following name indicates nominator’s first race. JAMES POTTER – (Race 1) 30.61, 30.42, 31.28, SCR MICHAEL STRICKLAND – (Race 2) 30.00, 30.44 HARLAND OLSON - (Race 3) 30.00, 30.63, 30.63 KENNETH BIEHLE – (Race 4) 30.31, 30.22, 29.79 , 30.11, 30.40, 30.40, 30.79, 30.38, 30.38, 30.54, 30.42, 31.08 MONTE JACOBS - (Race 10) 30.30, 30.67 URSULA O'DONNELL – (Race 15) 30.26, 30.87 CRAIGIE, INC . – (Race 17) 30.80, 30.39, 30.80 SEASTROM KENNELS – (Race 18) 31.03, 30.45, 30.45, 30.48 RANDY FINEGAN - (Race 23) 30.54, 30.63, 30.60, 30.60, 30.87 BRANT TAPLIN - (Race 29) 30.69, 30.78, 30.97, 31.09, 31.49, 30.96 DAVID HAYS - (Race 34) 30.48, 30.86, 30.85, 30.67, 31.08, 31.26, SCR Previous Next


    < Back WHEELING HOT DOGS ( AS OF MARCH 13, ALL RACES 5/16 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED ) Stan Pawloski Mar 21, 2023 Lester Raines Kennel’s SNL Sir Liam has four wins and a second in his last five Grade AA starts for trainer Joel Roden. Kennel-mates SNL Karma has three victories and two seconds in her last five outings (B, A, AA), JS Xtra Fancy has back-to-back 3/8 wins (TA, TAA) and JS Bud Lite Nite has won three out of his last four races (C, B, A). Blanchard Kennel’s Artex Pumbaa has back-to-back Grade AA victories for trainer Sarah Blanchard. Kennel-mate Easi Utley has two wins and a second in his last three trips (A, AA). Rangel Kennel’s Pat C Dog Patch has three straight victories (B, A, AA) for trainer Alex Hall. Kennel-mate Ace Hottakiwaki has captured three out of his last four starts (D, C, B). Charter Kennel’s Tequila Time has back-to-back wins (B, A) for trainer James Campbell. Steve Sarras Kennel’s Nashvilleinferno has three victories in a row (M, D, C) for trainer Mike Holguin. Previous Next


    < Back PBKC - FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING FOR THE $100,000 LEGACY GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP ​ Dec 5, 2020 The semifinal round of qualifying for our biggest in-house stake race in our 88-year history, the $100,000 Legacy Grand Championship takes place Saturday afternoon, December 5. The top eight-point earners following the semifinals will compete in the Palm Beach Kennel Club $100,000 Legacy Grand Championship finale on Saturday evening, December 12. The eight semifinalists who do not make the final will compete in the Andrew Holmes Memorial Award Feature on Legacy night. Points carryover throughout the entire stake series. The final round of qualifying events will be held in races 12 and 14. Lester Raine’s Kennel’s Bug Brush leads all qualifiers with 70 points with four wins and one second-place finish. Challenging Bug Brush will be the super early speedster, D. Q. Williams Kennel’s fantastic youngster Jax Blow Pop, who is the second-leading point earner with 65 points, via three wins and two second-place finishes in qualifying. The $100,000 question is who will get the early lead? It should be noted that Jax Blow Pop holds a clear-cut box-to-wire victory over Bug Brush back on October 21. The lineup for Saturday afternoon’s semifinals: RACE 12 1. Thrill U (Need My Moneynow – Miss Kate, D. Q. Williams) 2. Palm City Tasha (Atascocita Gray – Skate Parchy, B & B Racing) 3. Oshkosh Avenger (Oshkosh Kid – Flying Appletara, James Douglas) 4. Steve Flemmi (Pat C Clement – Winta Garoppolo, Rader Racing) 5. I’m Not Buggin (Seldom Told – Sweet Ginger, Lester Raines) 6. Opal Long (Pat C Clement – Winta Garoppolo, Rader Racing) 7. Mineral Spirits (Who Says I Can’t – Good Luck Ruby, D. Q. Williams) 8. Abbi’s Frontman (Superior Panama – ABS Almighty, Janie Carroll) RACE 14 1. B’s Americano (SH Avatar – Oaks Mocha, Janie Carroll) 2. Jax Blow Pop (Stealintheshow – Jax Pop The Tab, D. Q. Williams) 3. FF Dive Bar (Pat C Sabbath – FF Boom Boom, Suncoast) 4. Bug Brush (SH Avatar – Flying Lipstick, Lester Raines) 5. Kells Xterra (Flying Fired Up – Kells Believer, Rader Racing) 6. Old Town Road (Superior Panama – Awesome Fling, Janie Carroll) 7. KBJ Powerplay (Time Flies – Roann Danseuse, Rader Racing) 8. Superior Piper (Pat C Clement – Superior Cinch, B & B Racing) Post time for the first race Saturday afternoon is 1:00pm. Point System: - 1st - 15 points, 2nd - 10 points, 3rd - 6 points, 4th - 4 points, 5th - 3 points, 6th - 2 points, 7th - 1 point, 8th - 0 points. Previous Next

  • Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of September 7, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted )

    < Back Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of September 7, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted ) Stan Pawloski Sep 7, 2021 Lester Raines Kennel’s JS Slush Fund has three straight Grade AA wins for trainer Joel Roden. Kennel-mate Teaser’s Tickle has won three out of his last four outings (M, D, C) while RS Big D has back-to-back 3/8 victories (A, TAA). Charter Kennel’s Barts Superbowl has back-to-back 3/16 Grade TAA victories for trainer James Campbell. Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel’s UBX Unclesweater has two straight wins (A, AA) for trainer Jill Spicer. Steve Sarras Kennel’s LK’s Trubulee (A, AA) and Uncle Tio (B, A) have back-to-back wins for trainer Barb Long. Blanchard Kennel’s BO’s Tracy has three victories and a second in her last five races (C, B, A) for trainer Sarah Blanchard. Brad Boeckenstedt Kennel’s BGR Waxon Waxoff (TB, TAA 3/16) and BGR Turbocharged (B, A 3/8) have back-to-back wins for trainer Frank Pellittere. Wayne Ward Kennel’s WW Grandiose has two straight victories (A, AA) for trainer Ron Otto. Jacobs Kennel’s LK’s Buttercup has back-to-back wins (A, AA) for trainer Louise Strong. Imark Kennel’s KB’s Lil Sister has two victories in a row (B, A) for trainer DiAnn Derr. Previous Next

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