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  • AdoptionGroups

    NGA Endorsed Adoption Groups - OH Back to Adoption Groups Greyt Angels Greyound Adoption Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio Website Bluegrass Greyhound Adoption Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio Website GPA Greater Cincinnati Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Website North Coast Greyhound Connection Ohio Website Greyhound Adoption of Ohio Ohio Website Prev Next

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  • Wheeling Hot Dogs

    < Back Wheeling Hot Dogs Stan Pawloski Apr 1, 2024 Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of April 1, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted ) Blanchard Kennel’s Artex Pumbaa (AA) and KW Bugatti (B, A, AA) have won three out of their last four races for trainer Chris Maynard. Lester Raines Kennel’s SS Best Buds has captured four out of her last five trips (B, A, AA) for trainer Joel Roden. Kennel-mate JS Easy On Me has won three out of her last four outings (D, C, B). Patriot/Taplin Kennel’s SE Tap House has won three out of his last four races (A, AA) for trainer Cheyney Kuriata. Jacobs Racing Kennel’s GLS Dayinthelife has two wins and a second in her last three Grade TAA 3/16 starts for trainer Natalie Looper. Kennel-mate GLS Da Real Deal has captured three out of his last four 3/16 races (TD, TC, B). Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel’s Xtrem Begonia has two victories and a second in her last three Grade TAA 3/16 outings for trainer Jill Spicer. Kennel-mate UBX Swindle has three straight wins (C, B, A). Imark Kennel’s GF Esteli has back-to-back 3/16 victories (TA, TAA) for trainer DiAnn Derr. Code Red Kennel’s Stop The Hate has two wins in a row (B, A) for trainer Tom Engle. Previous Next

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    From our Oval The Latest News Prev Next Apr 1, 2024 Wheeling Hot Dogs Stan Pawloski Read More Mar 26, 2024 semi Finals of $35,000 WVRC Juvenile Sprint at Tristate P. Saul Read More Mar 14, 2024 Artex Pumbaa named 2023 best sprinter; best distance dog goes to JS Comin Undone. Jim Gartland Read More Mar 14, 2024 Artex Pumbaa named Captain for 2023 NGA All Star Team James Gartland Read More Feb 20, 2024 Artex Pumbaa joins elite group with 11-race win streak Stan Pawloski Read More Feb 13, 2024 Tri State Kennel Wins for Grade AA/A 550 & TAA 677 : Feb 6-10 Patricia Saul Read More Feb 12, 2024 Blanchard captures 2023 Wheeling kennel championship Stan Pawloski Read More First Prev 58 Next Last

  • semi Finals of $35,000 WVRC Juvenile Sprint at Tristate

    < Back semi Finals of $35,000 WVRC Juvenile Sprint at Tristate P. Saul Mar 26, 2024 On Tuesday evening, March 26, the remaining top 16 greyhounds will race the oval in the semi finals of the $35,000 WVRC Juvenile Sprint at Tri State. After three rounds, Gls Baby Maggie remains undefeated. Post time is 6:00 PM EST with the semi finals in Race 6 and Race 8. Competing in Race 6 by kennel representation are: CET Kennels - CET Bishop, Cet Press, Cet Blair Heather Lomax Kennel - Arroyo Aaron JS Kennels - Gls Baby Maggie, Gls Youowemeone RS Racing LLC - Bronze Lass, Buckeye Bandit, Competing in Race 8 by kennel representation are: CET Kennels - Cet Blazin Blitz, Cet Shinin Shea, Cet Dirty Earl Double G Racing - Coach Grace Heather Lomax Kennel - Hlo’s Lilgeneral JS Kennels - Gls City Boss RS Racing LLC - Grease Lightning, Prison Wallet. The Juvenile Sprint Finale is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th. Previous Next

  • Artex Pumbaa named 2023 best sprinter; best distance dog goes to JS Comin Undone.

    < Back Artex Pumbaa named 2023 best sprinter; best distance dog goes to JS Comin Undone. Jim Gartland Mar 14, 2024 In the age of less racing opportunities, no stake race programs, and a much smaller pool of competitors, the NGA awards singling out the best of the best at each distance take on a new look for 2023. Historically labeled the Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards, 2023 honorees will simply be tabbed as America's best sprinter and router. A Wheeling speedster and Tri State distance star have been chosen as recipient's of these awards for 2023. Artex Pumbaa and distance star, JS Comin Undone have been named as recipients of the two awards and will be honored at Hall of Fame ceremonies during the spring meet on Thursday, April 25. A 2020 son of Flying Hydrogen-Arkans Cancer , Artex Pumbaa finished with 22 wins for the year tying him for the Wheeling lead with JSP Rayzendacash. He finished in the money in 82% of his starts. Perhaps the most steady and consistent greyhound at Wheeling in 2023, Pumbaa competed against the best, day in and day out, and closed the year winning six in a row. He would finish the season with a 51-22-8-6 record, He was also named Captain of the 2023 All Star team. Artex Pumbaa Owned by Joe Frey and Rachelle Henry, Pumbaa was raced by Blanchard Kennels at Wheeling . A much deserved award for this fabulous sprinter. Congratulations to Joe, Rachelle and all the connections of Artex Pumbaa ! JS Comin Undone JS Comin Undone was an almost unanimous choice for the best distance dog in the land award finishing the year with 19 distance wins at Tri State despite missing over a full month of racing. Comin Undone is a December 2020 son of Show On The Road-CH Keepin Faith. He was raised and is owned by Shannon Henry. Racing exclusively at 3/8ths of a mile, he moved to Tri State after the closing of Southland and immediately took to the Charleston oval winning his first AA after just a few starts. Racing for the Lester Raines Kennel, he finished in the money in 30 of his 37 starts. His record for the year was 37-19-5-4-2 and included 5 in a row in a September stretch, winning one of those races by 12-1/2 lengths! Congratulations to JS Comin Undone, and all his connections! These two will be honored at the awards ceremonies program at the Greyhound Hall of Fame on Thursday night, April 25, during the NGA's Spring Meet. Previous Next

  • Artex Pumbaa named Captain for 2023 NGA All Star Team

    < Back Artex Pumbaa named Captain for 2023 NGA All Star Team James Gartland Mar 14, 2024 Wheeling co-win leader Artex Pumbaa , has been voted Captain of the 2023 NGA All Star team. The annual naming of an All-America team dates back to 1963, but the format changed somewhat this year, as a result of far fewer eligible greyhounds and less racing opportunities. This year, the program pays tribute to some of the top greyhounds racing in West Virginia as voted on by the NGA's Board of Directors. Others named to this year’s All Star Team include: JSP Rayzendacash , Florentine, Tenacity , JSP Burninmoney, CET Dirty Dilly , CG's Sun Storm and JS Comin Undone . Heading up the team is it's Captain, Artex Pumbaa (Flying Hydrogen-Arkans Cancer) who was the co-win leader at Wheeling and finished in the money in 82% of his starts. Perhaps the most steady and consistent greyhound at Wheeling in 2023, Pumbaa competed against the best, day in and day out, and closed the year winning six in a row. He would finish the season with a 51-22-8-6 record and the well earned reward as Captain of the 2023 AA team. Florentine (Rob Gronkowski-PJ Sour Diesel) is a return honoree from last years' All American team. Florentine continued her winning ways in 2023, finishing tied for 2nd in wins at the Wheeling oval. Early speed is her game and although she may have lost a step, she was still tough to beat once on the lead. A couple of three and four race win streaks helped contribute to her overall record of 58-21-11-8-6. Joining Artex Pumbaa on the team is kennel mate Tenacity (Tip Top-JW Arrietta). The second youngest member of the team, Tenacity broke her maiden in March of 2023, reached AA in May, and never looked back picking up 17 of her 21 wins in the AA ranks. Her 21 wins tied her with Florentine for 2nd most at the meet. She could win from the lead or come from behind and when clear of traffic was perhaps the fastest greyhound at the track. Her final record was 50-21-10-5-6 for the 2023 season. The 4th member of the team is another Wheeling sprinter, JSP Rayzendacash (Superior Panama-Gonz Mani) who's 22 wins tied him for the win lead at the meet with Artex Pumbaa, many of those wins coming in dominant fashion. He finished the year with a 54-22-4-9-5 record including a couple of three and four race win streaks. CET Dirty Dilly (SH Avatar-CET Dirty Nicki) receives national honors, once again, making it three straight years as a recognized All Star in the greyhound industry despite racing only half the year. "The Queen" retired in June of 2023 finishing with a 14 race win streak including the WBGOBA Sprint Championship. Her twenty two wins were good enough for 2nd in the final standings even though she had roughly half the starts of her competitors. She ended the year early with a 26-23-2-0-1 record. The only distance star to make this year's team, JS Comin Undone (Show On The Road-CH Keepin Faith), dominated 3/8ths mile racing at Tri State during 2023. He won 19 races over the 660 yard course despite missing an entire month of racing and finished in the money in 30 of his 37 starts. His record for the year was 37-19-5-4-2 and included 5 in a row in a September stretch winning one of those races by 12-1/2 lengths! The youngest member of this year's squad is CG's Sun Storm (Jax Yardley-CG's Lady Bug) who broke in at Tri State in May and soon after became one of the top sprinters at the track. He won 24 races in 2023 including a couple at Wheeling. He finished 2nd in the WVGBOA Juvenile stake at Wheeling to littermate, CG's Honesty. He ran out of the money only once over the course of the year finishing with an outstanding 34-24-6-3-0 record. The final member of the team is Tri State and American win leader, JSP Burninmoney (Show On The Road-Gonz Mani). His 34 win in 2023 were, by far, the most for any greyhound racing in the U.S. and ten wins ahead of the 2nd place finisher in the Tri State standings. He put together win streaks of seven and eight races during the year while dominating top level competition at the Charleston track. He finished in the money 45 out of 49 times with a final record of 49-34-6-4-1. These eight representing the team and will be honored with All-Star plaques at the Greyhound Hall Of Fame awards ceremony on Thursday night, Apr. 25, during the NGA Spring Meet in Abilene, KS. Previous Next

  • Artex Pumbaa joins elite group with 11-race win streak

    < Back Artex Pumbaa joins elite group with 11-race win streak Stan Pawloski Feb 20, 2024 The chase is over. Artex Pumbaa’s run at Casual Casey’s Wheeling track record of 16 wins in a row ended recently when the Blanchard Kennel sprint star missed his break and finished out of the money after posting 11 straight Grade AA victories. Only nine greyhounds in the history of Wheeling Island racing history have longer consecutive winning streaks than Artex Pumbaa. His 11 victories in a row started on Dec. 1, 2023, and ended on Feb. 9, 2024. A May 2020 greyhound out of Flying Hydrogen-Arkans Cancer, Artex Pumbaa had closing efforts in seven of his 11 victories while in the other four wins the sprinter was on top around the first turn. Artex Pumbaa’s 11 straight victories were by a combined 34 lengths – a 3-length average margin of victory. He had wins by 6 ½, 6, 5 ½, 4 and 3 ½ (twice) lengths during his streak. Lengthy winning streaks are rare – there’s only been 22 Wheeling win streaks of at least 10 in a row. Local greyhound fan and historian Robin Reed, who has tracked Wheeling racing since its inception in 1976, feels a streak of 10 or more is a sign of a truly elite greyhound. “Of all the greyhound stats, total wins, stakes wins, and so forth, I think achieving a win streak of 10 or more races is probably the most difficult due to the fact that so many obstacles need to be overcome. A lot of greyhounds are very dependent on a good post position, but a big win streak will surely contain some less than ideal holes,” Reed said. “Weather can also be an obstacle if sloppy or muddy track conditions prevail. For any greyhound to be at his or her best for a few months without missing a beat is astounding.” James Blanchard called his star, Artex Pumbaa, multidimensional with a ton of desire. “(Artex) Pumbaa can break on top, or he can come from behind. He’s so consistent and tries hard every race … a lot of heart,” Blanchard said. “I’m so proud of what he’s accomplished.” In 2023, Artex Pumbaa posted a special season by sharing the track win championship with JSP Rayzendacash and earned the captaincy of the all-Wheeling team. In 51 starts, he had 22 wins, 8 seconds, 6 thirds and 6 fourths. Artex Pumbaa is trained by Chris Maynard and owned by Rachelle Henry and Joe Frey. Following is a listing of the 22 Wheeling win streaks of at least 10 in a row, date achieved and how the streak ended. CASUAL CASEY: 16 straight 5/16ths wins from Sept. 10, 1994-Oct. 13, 1994 and Jan. 25, 1995-March 30, 1995 (had three-month layoff during streak); ran fourth to Karl Barx. STEPH’S GOOD: 15 straight 7/16ths victories from Jan. 3, 1987-March 17, 1987 (set 7/16th track record three straight races during streak); ran fourth to Olly’s My Name. WIN AGAIN: 14 straight 5/16ths wins from Dec. 13, 1999-Feb. 16, 2000; ran fifth to Prima Gold Tone. STAGE DOOR ACE: 13 straight 3/8ths wins from Apr. 7, 1990-June 1, 1990; ran second to Call Me Country. RS BIG D: 13 straight 3/8ths wins from Dec. 8, 2021-March 24, 2022; finished out of the money to FGF Georgejetson. WW TIME WARP: 12 straight 5/16ths wins from Feb. 17, 1999-Apr. 16, 1999; finished out of the money to Red Hot Charger. KIOWA SWEET TREY: 12 straight 5/16ths wins to open his career from July 6, 2001-Oct. 25, 2001; ran second by a neck to Soul Cipher. SOUL CIPHER: 12 straight 5/16ths wins from Feb. 24, 2002-May 11, 2002; ran third to Hey Smokin Joe. GABLE PIMIENTO: 12 straight 5/16ths wins from Apr. 27, 2007-June 30, 2007; ran second by a length to Roar Of The Cat. DD’S NELSON: 11 straight 5/16ths wins from June 6, 1986-July 26, 1986; ran second by 5 ½ lengths to Blazing Journey. B J JOACHIM: 11 straight 5/16ths wins from July 14, 1989-Sept. 2, 1989; ran third to Sand Kicker Lee. GREYS BEAVER: 11 straight 5/16ths wins from July 24, 1992-Sept. 5, 1992; ran second to Navjo Gracie. BEN G DESIRE: 11 straight 5/16ths wins from Sept. 4, 1993-Oct. 21, 1993; finished out of the money to Sayitforme. FORTIFIED RUSH: 11 straight 5/16ths wins from July 14, 2001-Sept. 12, 2001; ran third to WW Way Out. ARTEX PUMBAA: 11 straight 5/16ths wins from Dec. 1, 2023-Feb. 9, 2024; finished out of the money to O Ya Viper. FRIEND DELILAH: 10 straight 5/16ths wins from Oct. 28, 1981-Dec. 11, 1981; finished out of the money to Cousin’s Dingo. PECOS TRADITION: 10 straight 5/16ths wins from Sept. 29, 1982-Nov. 15, 1982; ran second by a length to K’s Maximum. ONIE REID: 10 straight 5/16ths wins from Dec. 14, 1985-Jan. 29, 1986; ran second by a nose to At Her Ese*. TROJAN CRUZE: 10 straight 5/16ths wins from Dec. 2, 1998-Jan. 20, 1999. RHYTHMLESS: 10 straight 5/16ths wins from Jan. 16, 2006-Mar. 5, 2006; ran second by 4 lengths to Gentleman Jack. KIOWA WW BROTHER: 10 straight 5/16ths wins from Jan. 3, 2009-Feb. 27, 2009; ran third to Hi Noon Hero. AMF SLEEKSTRANGR: 10 straight 5/16ths wins from May 2, 2015-Sept. 26, 2015; finished out of the money to Heck Yeah. Previous Next

  • Tri State Kennel Wins for Grade AA/A 550 & TAA 677 : Feb 6-10

    < Back Tri State Kennel Wins for Grade AA/A 550 & TAA 677 : Feb 6-10 Patricia Saul Feb 13, 2024 Abrahamson Kennel (trainer Todd Johnson) seized three Grade AA wins from (2) Cg’s Nail Biter and Ja’s Dupont. Cg’s Moon Blast took the Grade A win. JS Kennels (trainer Garret Gruden) had two Grade AA win with Kohagiya and Jsp Burninmoney. Three racers who had Grade A wins were Mac’s Pippin, Gls Daisy Dot and Bartsjoyofmylife. Heather Lomax Kennel (trainer Betty Lomax) took two Grade AA wins for Dastardly Deeds and Hl’s Brian. Blanchard Kennel (trainer Scott Scharff) captured one Grade AA win with Tmc’s Wildeclair and one Grade A win from Arma Shamrock. Superior Kennel (trainer Jadwiga Kups) had three wins: Grade AA/Oya Thunderstorm, Grade A/Oya Hairy Potter and Grade TAA/Oya Phil T Rich. Lester Raines Kennel (trainer Jim Cochran) grabbed three Grade A wins for Kk Pretty Girl, Js Kitty Canuit and Js Big Energy. Kennels capturing one Grade A win were Cet Kennel with Cet Negan and Double G Racing Kennel for Ab Smokin Aces. Daily handles: $ 412,380.69, $ 491,923.48, $ 622,130.99, $ 652,176.56, and $ 627,983.97. Previous Next

  • Blanchard captures 2023 Wheeling kennel championship

    < Back Blanchard captures 2023 Wheeling kennel championship Stan Pawloski Feb 12, 2024 Back on top. After three straight years finishing runner up to Lester Raines in the kennel standings at Wheeling Island, the Blanchard Kennel roared to an early lead in January 2023 and never looked back in winning the kennel championship. It was the second Wheeling kennel crown for James Blanchard after capturing the championship back in 2019. The kennel was booked at Wheeling in July 2017. The Blanchard Kennel amassed 640 victories in 2023, the most wins at Wheeling Island since the ZEZ Kennel posted 645 wins in 1999 and 659 victories in 2000. Charter Kennel took runner up honors to Blanchard with 565 wins while defending kennel champion Lester Raines finished third with 540 victories last year. Charter made a run at Blanchard in October – cutting the lead to 15 wins – but Blanchard caught fire in the last two months of the racing season, posting 125 victories to pull away. For Blanchard, their goal every year is the top spot in the standings. “It’s a great feeling and exciting to win the kennel championship after finishing runner up the last three years. We have an extremely dedicated team who love what they are doing and worked hard for it which makes it very special,” Blanchard said. “To win a championship, it takes a combination of a lot of talented greyhounds, but you got to have some luck along the way. I am so appreciative of everyone who had a hand in our success last year.” Next in line behind Blanchard (640), Charter (565) and Lester Raines (540) in the final 2023 standings were Steve Sarras (482), Jacobs Racing (432), Imark (394), Code Red (384), Wayne Ward (346), Patriot/Taplin (323), Xtrem Hess Racing (313), Rangel (255), A Ray (184) and Brad Boeckenstedt (149). The A Ray Kennel ceased operations at the end of October while the Brad Boeckenstedt Kennel pulled out at the end of June. The Blanchard Kennel had 15 greyhounds reach double figures in wins last year, including three in the racetrack’s top five – track co-win leader Artex Pumbaa (22), Tenacity (21) and Arkans TMC Athos (18). “Artex Pumbaa is so consistent and tries hard every race. He can break on top or come from behind. Tenacity is very talented and may be the fastest greyhound in the kennel. She needs to get position early,” Blanchard said. “Arkans TMC Athos is another consistent greyhound with a big-time rush to the turn. He will be back this year, after some time off. Anytime these three weigh-in, there’s a good chance of winning.” Other double-digit winners for the Blanchard Kennel were Easi Utley (17), Arkwild B Soleil, About To Rock, BNC R Rooney and TR Hill (13 each), Arkans Pride and Arma Guiness (12 each), Ark RB Heyward, Arkans Lust, Arkwild B Shalom, TMC’s Zoomzoomba and Easi Gil (10 each). Seven greyhounds had nine victories each – Arkans So Long, Artex Kusapin, Artex Suave, JW Bon Jovi, Kabluwie, Stars Align and CNS Kansasthrill. Blanchard praised his fellow Wheeling kennel crew members – trainer Chris Maynard, Kayla Purdy, Jeff Bowers and his wife, Sarah Blanchard. Maynard worked for the Blanchards at their Florida bookings since 2013 before coming to Wheeling in February 2022, after taking some time off after the Florida tracks closed at the end of 2020. “I was impressed with Chris (Maynard) when he worked for my dad (Jim Blanchard) at Orange Park in Florida. I thought he had a great future and he wanted to learn,” Blanchard said. “Kayla (Purdy) is great with the greyhounds and always puts the dogs above everything. Jeff (Bowers) recently joined our team and has been a great addition. We are a tight-knit greyhound family. At the end of the day, the dogs, our love for them and this sport, is what truly makes our operation what it is.” Three greyhound owners/breeders – Tracy Wildey, Rachelle Henry and Darren Henry – play significant roles in the Blanchard Kennel operation, contributing to the kennel’s success. “They are our core. We have a system, and they are a vital piece of the puzzle,” Blanchard said. “They are part of the breeding, raising and training. We couldn’t do it without them.” Several other owners race their greyhounds out of the Blanchard Kennel at Wheeling. They include Jim Rosga, Brian Brady, Allyn Shaw, Joe Frey, Ray Wong, Mike Pence, Jeff Junk, Tom Sugahara, Eddie McDonald, David Strong, CNB Racing (Trish Cescolini and Shannon Lorenz), Kim Sessions, Cathy Cameron, Warp Drive Kennel (Tabbatha Couch and Jayme Gordon) and Christine Johnson-Procopis. As for 2024, Blanchard expects another competitive fight for the top spot in the kennel standings. “It’ll be a battle, but we love a challenge,” Blanchard said. “Right now, our kennel is a little top-grade heavy. We’re hoping we have a good group of pups come in this year.” Handling the greyhounds is a passion for Blanchard. “I’ve been around greyhounds my whole life. It’s what I want to do,” Blanchard said. “Each day I wake up and can’t wait to get to the kennel.” In addition to garnering the most wins in 2023, the Blanchard Kennel was tops in seconds (603), thirds (508) and fourths (510). Blanchard and Charter were the leaders in winning percentage with 16 percent. Next in line were Lester Raines, 15 percent; Steve Sarras and Imark, 13 percent. Blanchard and Charter led all kennels with a 44 percent trifecta mark. Lester Raines and Steve Sarras were next with 41 percent. Topping the charts in starts was Blanchard (3,915) followed by Lester Raines (3,570) and Steve Sarras (3,507). Artex Pumbaa, captain of the 2023 all-Wheeling team, was the anchor of the Blanchard Kennel last year with a track-leading 22 wins. Previous Next

  • Tri State Kennel Wins for Grade AA/A 550 & TAA 677 : Jan 23-27

    < Back Tri State Kennel Wins for Grade AA/A 550 & TAA 677 : Jan 23-27 P. Saul Jan 29, 2024 Js Kennels (trainer Garret Gruden) captured three Grade AA wins from (2) Jsp Burninmoney (TS 4-3-0-0-1) and Od Red Romer. Three Grade A wins went to Kohagiya (TS 3-1-1-1-0), Slatex Samson (TS 3-2-0-0-0) and Mac’s Sidnyjames (TS 4-1-0-1-2). Blanchard Kennel (trainer Scott Scharff) took two Grade AA wins for Tmc’s Wildeclair (TS 4-2-0-0-0) and Bgr Bottomsup (TS 3-1-1-0-0). One Grade A win was taken by Vca Tatum (TS 3-1-0-0-1). Lester Raines Kennel (trainer Jim Cochran) seized two Grade AA wins with Rs’s Penny Lane (TS 3-2-0-0-1). Heather Lomax Kennel (trainer Betty Lomax) took one Grade AA win for Dastardly Deeds (TS 3-1-0-0-0) and one Grade A for Hl’s Antonio (TS 3-1-0-0-1). Double G Racing Kennel (trainer Greg Geter) took one Grade AA win from Ab Draconium (TS 4-1-2-0-1). Abrahamson Kennel (trainer Todd Johnson) had two Grade A wins from Cg’s Maggi (TS 3-2-1-0-0) and Cg’s Reactor (TS 2-2-0-0-0). Wayne W. Ward Inc Kennel (trainer Eric Griffin) grabbed two Grade A wins for WW Magic Million (TS-4-2-0-0-0) and Winsum Dough (TS 3-2-1-0-0). Superior Kennel (trainer Jadwiga Kups) captured one Grade A win with Oya Will E Makit (TS 3-1-1-0-0) and one Grade TAA win with Oya Phil T Rich (TS 2-1-1-0-0). Kennels capturing one Grade A win were Cet Kennel (Cet Dirty Skinny, TS 4-1-0-1-2) and one Grade TAA win for On Line Racing Kennel (Army, TS 4-3-1-0-0). Previous Next

  • Pumbaa, Rayzendacash share Top Greyhound honors

    < Back Pumbaa, Rayzendacash share Top Greyhound honors Stan Pawloski Jan 26, 2024 For the first time in 10 years, two sprinters share Top Greyhound honors at Wheeling Island. Blanchard Kennel’s Artex Pumbaa and Charter Kennel’s JSP Rayzendacash both notched 22 victories in 2023 to stand atop the track win leader board. The battle for the top spot last year came down to the final week of racing with four greyhounds in the picture. The 2022 track win champ Florentine (Steve Sarras Kennel) and Tenacity (Blanchard Kennel) finished just one victory behind with 21 wins each. Both Artex Pumbaa and JSP Rayzendacash are powerhouses and two of the fastest sprinters at the track. On the lead coming home last year, neither greyhound got picked off in the stretch – each only extended their winning margins. James Blanchard called his star, Artex Pumbaa, multidimensional with a ton of desire. “(Artex) Pumbaa can break on top, or he can come from behind. He’s so consistent and tries hard every race … a lot of heart,” Blanchard said. “I’m proud of him. It’s quite an accomplishment to be a track win champion.” Artex Pumbaa missed the first two months of the 2023 racing season with a hip injury he sustained in late September 2022. He came back with a bang in March by winning five out of six Grade AA races and at the end of June had 10 victories. During the five-month period from July through November, Artex Pumbaa only posted 6 wins but continued to pound the pay sheet. In addition to his six wins, he had 5 seconds, 5 thirds and 5 fourths in 27 races. December was a different story as Artex Pumbaa got on a roll, winning six straight Grade AA races to climb to the top of the win leader board. In January 2024, he extended his streak to nine in a row. “When it gets cold out and the track slows down, it’s Pumbaa’s type of racetrack,” Blanchard said. “He holds the turns better and doesn’t give up as many lengths early like he does to the big speed greyhounds on a fast track in summer.” A majority of Artex Pumbaa’s 22 victories last year were come-from-behind efforts. In eight of his wins, he was in the lead around the first turn. Artex Pumbaa had several multiple-length victories in 2023 – 6 ½ lengths (three times), 6 lengths (twice), 5 ½ lengths, 5 lengths and 4 ½ lengths (three times). His fastest time was 29.47. A May 2020 greyhound out of Flying Hydrogen-Arkans Cancer, Artex Pumbaa had 22 wins, 8 seconds, 6 thirds and 6 fourths in 51 starts last year – an 82 percent mark on the superfecta ticket and 71 percent trifecta finish. He is owned by Rachelle Henry and Joe Frey. Charter Kennel trainer James Campbell had high hopes for JSP Rayzendacash when he came to Wheeling last year. In 2022, Rayzendacash raced at Southland Greyhound Park where he had 7 wins, 5 seconds, 2 thirds and 1 fourth in 22 starts. “As a trainer, you never anticipate having a win leader but it’s nice when it comes to fruition. It’s quite an achievement and honor for Rayzen,” Campbell said. “I knew he was one of the better greyhounds in the litter since he opened his career at Southland while (JSP) Game Changer and Feelthesting broke in at Wheeling.” JSP Rayzendacash got off to a slow start last year at Wheeling Island. Through mid-April, the sprinter only had 3 wins on his resume. It may have taken time to get adjusted to a different track, but JSP Rayzendacash caught fire the next three months. In 17 starts, the sprinter had 12 wins, 2 third and 2 fourths to jump into the mix at the top of the win standings. “Rayzen is getting a little older, but I think there’s still some untapped talent,” Campbell said. “Right now, I’d match race him with any greyhound at the track.” In all but three of JSP Rayzendacash’s 22 victories, the sprinter rushed to the lead by the first turn. He closed from second in the stretch in his other three wins. JSP Rayzendacash was dominating in a dozen of his races, winning by 11 ½ lengths, 11 lengths, 10 lengths, 9 lengths, 8 ½ lengths, 7 ½ lengths (twice), 7 lengths (twice), 6 ½ lengths (twice) and 6 lengths. His fastest time was 29.16. An August 2020 greyhound out of Superior Panama-Gonz Mani, JSP Rayzendacash had 22 wins, 4 seconds, 9 thirds and 5 fourths in 55 races last year – a 73 percent mark on the superfecta ticket and 64 percent trifecta finish. He is owned by Shannon Henry and Paul Bitterman. While Artex Pumbaa and JSP Rayzendacash topped the leader board with 22 victories each, 15 other greyhounds won at least 14 races in 2023 at Wheeling Island. The 2022 Wheeling Island win leaderboard and kennel follows: 22 – Artex Pumbaa (Blanchard), JSP Rayzendacash (Charter) 21 – Tenacity (Blanchard), Florentine (Steve Sarras) 18 – Arkans TMC Athos (Blanchard), FGF Duke (Charter) 17 – Easi Utley (Blanchard), JSP Money Maker (Charter) 16 – JSP Hush Money (Charter), JS Xtra Fancy (Lester Raines), Barts Aviator (Charter), SNL Karma (Lester Raines) 15 – WW Got Rhythm (Wayne Ward), Xtrem Bogonia (Xtrem Hess Racing) 14 – O Ya Paws (Code Red), SE Tap House (Patriot/Taplin), JSP Feelthesting (Charter). Other co-track win leaders at Wheeling Island were Flying Lone Wolf and Go Bon Coaltrain, 20 wins each in 2013; Bonafide Speed, KB’s Ruckus and WP’s Cameo, 23 victories apiece in 2010; and Gable Pimento and Makin Bakin, 30 wins each in 2007; Casual Casey and Ben G Desire, 31 apiece in 1994; and Diamond’s Rose and E.Z. Ike, 27 each in 1978. Previous Next

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