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  • Participating Adoption Groups

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  • $65,000 WVGOBA SPRINT KICKS OFF AT WHEELING

    < Back $65,000 WVGOBA SPRINT KICKS OFF AT WHEELING Stan Pawloski Nov 13, 2020 The $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Panhandle Championship (5/16th) kicks off Friday afternoon, Nov. 13, at Wheeling Island with a field of 31 sprinters entered. Heading the list of entries is CG’s Penny Shoe, the winner of the recent $100,000 Mountaineer Classic Sprint Stakes. Littermate CG’s Sneaker, who captured last year’s WVGOBA Juvenile, is in the field. The second round of the stakes event will be held on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 18, with the semifinals during the matinee card on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Panhandle stakes championship is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28. Greyhounds entered by kennel in this year’s WVGOBA Panhandle Championship follow: A Ray – Mac’s Pong, Mac’s Lauder, Mac’s Stormhead, Rico’s Dreamer Abrahamson – CG’s Penny Shoe, CG’s Sneaker, CG’s St Pete, Go On Horse, MO’s Live Oak Lester Raines – RS Perfectionist, Baby Face Nelson, RS’s Kingofkings, RS’s Buckeyebuck Patriot/Taplin – Coach Haze, Coach Jill, Coach Felder Rangel – DKC Lambrusco, DKC Redzinfindel, DKC Zinfindel Steve Sarras – TS Amanda Nunes, CET Dirty Dilly, CET Sweet Closer, CET Dirty Dan, CET Dirty Flurry, CET Georgia, CET Godiva, CET Pistol Pete, TS Rocky Balboa, TS Faith Hill, CET Cesar, CET Boa Previous Next

  • SPRINT STAR CET DIRTY DILLY CAPTURES CAREER VICTORY NO. 100

    < Back SPRINT STAR CET DIRTY DILLY CAPTURES CAREER VICTORY NO. 100 Stan Pawloski Mar 27, 2023 The last two years, 2021-22, CET Dirty Dilly was voted captain of the All-America first team. On top of those prestigious honors, the Tri-State Greyhound Park star captured the Rural Rube Award as the nation’s top sprinter for the second year in a row and was the national win leader both seasons. This year, CET Dirty Dilly joined an elite group – greyhounds with 100 career victories. When the sprint sensation posted a box-to-wire victory in mid-March at Tri-State, she became only the 52nd greyhound in racing history to reach triple figures in wins. Owner Carl Tomblin II calls CET Dirty Dilly “one out of a million.” “I am so proud of Dilly and what she’s accomplished in her career. She’s one dog out of a million … I never expected to raise a greyhound like her,” Tomblin said. “She’s the total package and so suited for the Tri-State racetrack. I’ve been so blessed to have a greyhound like her during my career in racing.” CET Dirty Dilly, a December 2018 greyhound out of SH Avatar-CET Dirty Nicki, and littermates CET Dirty Dan, CET Dirty Gurly, CET Dirty Joey, CET Dirty Red and CET Dirty Ryder were raised the first year by Tomblin on his farm in West Virginia. Mike Strickland completed the group’s final six months of training in Kansas. “The first year on the farm none of the littermates stood out. They all were very responsive, aggressive, smart and a great-handling litter,” Tomblin said. “When Mike (Strickland) had them in Kansas, Dilly and Dan were the two best in the litter.” CET Dirty Dilly broke in at Tri-State in August 2020, winning her first four races (Maiden and Grades D, C, B) by a combined 26 lengths. In September, she traveled to Wheeling Island where she finished second by a head to Mac’s Tayloranne in the West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile Stakes final. In November 2020, CET Dirty Dilly returned to Tri-State. She won her first start back on her home track in Grade A and 2 ½ years later is still racing in Grade AA. CET Dirty Dilly’s career numbers through March 15 of this year are eye-popping – 100 wins, 18 seconds, 7 thirds and 3 fourths in 137 lifetime trips. She won 42 and 40 races in back-to-back years as national win champion in 2021-22. In addition to reaching 100 career wins, other CET Dirty Dilly accomplishments Tomblin is most proud of include: -Breaking the track record in September 2021, winning by 17 ½ lengths in 29.23 “Going to the track with family since I was 3 years old, I always wondered over the years if a greyhound would ever break the track record,” Tomblin said. “To own the greyhound who broke the record is hard to believe.” -Winning the $100,000 Mardi Gras Challenge at Tri-State in December 2021 by 1 ½ lengths in 29.84. “The final field had greyhounds who raced at Southland, Iowa and Palm Beach in it,” Tomblin said. “It was a tough, stacked stakes final. Winning the championship was very special.” -Capturing the $65,000 WVGOBA Sprint Championship in June 2021 by 13 lengths in 29.89. -Track record 16 straight victories in April through July 2021 as well as other multiple win streaks. -Two-time All-America team captain and Rural Rube Award winner. “Never would I have thought I’d have a greyhound achieve back-to-back All-America and Rural Rube Award honors,” Tomblin said. “It’s been a team effort with a lot of people involved along the way. My CET farm staff in West Virginia work every day with me and with our greyhounds – they are the foundation of my business.” CET Dirty Dilly doesn’t appear to be slowing down this year. She had 10 wins and 2 seconds in her first 12 starts. “I hope Dilly stays healthy and she’s able to compete in the West Virginia-bred sprint stakes in May. Winning it again would be icing on the cake,” Tomblin said. “As far as retiring Dilly, she’ll let us know when it’s time. Right now, she’s loving what she does every day and enjoying life.” Greyhounds with at least 100 career wins during their careers follow: 143 – JR’s Ripper 137 – Indy Ann, Happy Voyage 132 – JJ Littlerichard 128 – L.L.’s Doug 123 – JJ Doc Richard, WW Headliner 121 – LD’s Bahama 120 – Sarah Cap, JL Rat 118 – Okie Bootsy, Darius Stone 115 – Miss Whirl, Algoa Boss 113 – Marathon Hound, Gilded Sherry 112 – Friend Delilah, IR’s Gambler, Fortress Blue 111 – JW Rocket One 109 – TK’s Macho Mutt, Frontier TJ DJ, Mo Kick, My Mr. Peabody, Hometown Scott 107 – Lurcher Boy, Westy Whizzer, Most Certain Lee, JK’s Blue Cougar, Lady Quick 106 – Pat C Yetter, Coldwater Torres 105 – Carbon Cry, Husker Magic 104 – MC’s Harvey S 103 – My Problem, Holy Tera, Leo’s Midas, JR’s Big Chief 102 – Big Gossip, RB’s Ruler, JL Gater Aid, MJ Erin Shea, Mindless 101 – M’s Bon Gee, Silent Power, RC’s Sorcerer 100 – Sox Hunter, Picki Princess, BW’s Unida, CET Dirty Dilly Previous Next

  • Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of January 31, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted )

    < Back Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of January 31, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted ) Stan Pawloski Jan 31, 2022 Lester Raines Kennel’s RS Big D has won 12 out of his last 13 Grade TAA 3/8 races, including seven in a row, for trainer Joel Roden. Kennel-mates O Ya Simon Sez has captured four out of his last five outings (D, C, B, A) while JS Makeitsnappy has won three out of her last four trips (TB 3/8, A, AA). Brad Boeckenstedt Kennel’s BGR Jaded has captured five out of her last six Grade AA starts for trainer Frank Pellittere. Charter Kennel’s Oshkosh Heart has back-to-back Grade AA wins for trainer James Campbell. Code Red Kennel’s Hashtag Refrain has won three out of her last four races (B, A, AA) for trainer Tom Engle. Blanchard Kennel’s CW Ernesto has back-to-back victories (B, A) for trainer Sarah Blanchard. A Ray Kennel’s AMF Weirdo has two straight wins (B, A) for trainer Joe Palmer. Rangel Kennel’s VJ Sipnonpatron has captured three out of his last four trips (D, C, B) for trainer Robert Allen. Previous Next

  • PASSIONATE TEAM EFFORT SAVES WV GREYHOUND RACING

    < Back PASSIONATE TEAM EFFORT SAVES WV GREYHOUND RACING Stan Pawloski Feb 24, 2020 Greyhound racing in West Virginia came under attack again this year. A bill introduced by Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, in the current legislative session would have eliminated the Greyhound Breeding Development Fund on July 1. Passage of Senate Bill 285 would most likely deal “a death blow” to greyhound racing, according to West Virginia Kennel Owners Association President Steve Sarras. At risk were up to 1,700 jobs directly and indirectly related to greyhound racing in the state as well as a far-reaching negative economic impact locally and statewide. The greyhound industry, local lawmakers and countless communities inside and outside of racing joined hands in a team effort with a single goal in mind – save the sport. They persevered, never yielded and battled tooth and nail – eventually prevailing. Last week, Senate Bill 285 – directing roughly $17 million from the Greyhound Breeding Development Fund to the State Excess Lottery Fund – was rejected by a solid 23-11 margin. All 14 Democratic senators were joined by nine Senate Republicans to kill the bill. In 2017, both the Senate and House approved a similar bill before it was vetoed by Gov. Jim Justice. “This year sends a powerful message. The bill, sponsored by the Senate president (Carmichael), was defeated on the Senate floor with 67 percent of the vote and bipartisan support,” Sarras said. “I can’t say enough about the passion of our greyhound community, our lawmakers and the support we received from people in and out of the industry. We owe them all a debt of gratitude – they saved the greyhound industry.” Local senators leading the push for greyhound racing were Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, and Bill Ihlenfeld, D-Ohio, who both spoke on the Senate floor before the vote, and Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Although the legislation never made it to the House, Sarras said Delegates Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, and Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, were “very involved and engaged. “All of our lawmakers were champions and did a fantastic job of finding out all the facts about greyhound racing and educating other lawmakers to the truth,” Sarras said. “Some had no idea how greyhound racing impacts other businesses, benefits all 55 counties in the state and is not a state subsidy.” It was no secret the greyhound industry would be targeted this year in West Virginia by the out-of-state, anti-racing group Grey2K. The latter had a hand in the approval of Amendment 13 in Florida which ends greyhound racing in that state in December 2020. Late last year, Grey2K Executive Director Carey Theil confirmed in a Charleston Gazette-Mail story he had a dialogue with Carmichael and indicated West Virginia “will be, speaking for us, an unprecedented lobbying campaign in terms of investment in every sense. In terms of substantial financial investment, time and focus.” For years, the Massachusetts-based Grey2K organization has used questionable tactics and spread misinformation concerning the greyhound industry to deceive the public. They tried it this year in West Virginia, but their sales pitch failed miserably. Grey2K depicted greyhound racing as a dying industry (their poll claimed most West Virginians want it eliminated), an inhumane sport and supported by state tax dollars. “A paid poll by an out-of-state special interest group (Grey2K) asked pointed questions to illicit pointed responses. It was discredited when 67 percent of the Senate voted to keep greyhound racing,” Sarras noted. “Their claims of cruel and inhumane treatment of greyhounds was discredited too. We had first-hand accounts from Sen. Ryan Weld and Sen. Bill Ihlenfeld who both visited the kennels and were impressed with how the greyhounds are treated.” On the Senate floor before the vote, Weld disputed a claim by Carmichael that one greyhound dies at the two racetracks in West Virginia every 10 days. West Virginia Racing Commission public record over the last five years didn’t support those claims. Sarris said the opposition’s numbers focused on more than a decade old kennel cough and influenza epidemic that lead to numerous deaths in not only the greyhound population but the entire canine population. Weld took exception to another claim by Carmichael and Grey2K that greyhound racing is “an industry in decline.” Over the past 10 years, the handle on greyhound racing increased 34 percent, from $92 million in 2010 to $124 million in 2019, Weld said. During the same period, the handle for horse racing decreased 15 percent. “To say this is an industry in decline, that’s simply a misnomer,” Weld said. After the Florida tracks close their doors at the end of 2020 and Arkansas in December 2022, only a handful of states will still offer greyhound racing nationwide. Ihlenfeld, speaking to his fellow senators, feels this is the time for West Virginia to build the business. “There aren’t many industries in our state that we control. We’re getting close to being the only game in town when it comes to this industry,” Ihlenfeld said. “Instead of kicking this to the curb, we ought to embrace it. We ought to modernize it. We ought to make it even better and allow even more people to send money to West Virginia.” Ihlenfeld is right, there will be a greyhound racing market out there and West Virginia has an opportunity to capture it. Grey2K’s claim the greyhound industry is supported by state tax dollars was discredited in the Senate Finance Committee meeting. Richie Heath, a lobbyist for Grey2K, finally admitted the racing industry is not funded by a state subsidy after being grilled by Ihlenfeld and Maroney. The money in the Greyhound Breeding Development Fund comes directly from a percentage of wagers placed at the racinos – not a state subsidy, Sarras said. People who never go to the casino do not put up one dime for the fund. The potential loss of hundreds and hundreds of jobs in the greyhound industry caught the attention of lawmakers. Sen. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, who acknowledged he does not support legalized gambling, said the Senate Bill 285 was a job-killer. “As a state, we are always willing to take a job away from someone else, to take jobs away from someone else’s area. All we have to do is look at Southern West Virginia to see how that’s worked,” Smith said. “I voted to end greyhound racing twice … in good conscience, I can’t vote today to do away with these people’s jobs.” Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron, voicing support for greyhound racing before the Senate Finance Committee, said approval of the bill would be “catastrophic” to the city. “The (Wheeling Island casino) itself is a large employer for the city of Wheeling, one of the largest employers and one of our largest taxpayers,” Herron said. “The short term would obviously be an impact on the city’s budget for revenue directly from dog racing.” Sarras, who relocated to West Virginia years ago from Massachusetts after receiving a kennel booking at Wheeling Island, feels for the racing workers. “I see people in tears because they don’t know from year to year if they are going to have a job. That isn’t right. These workers pay taxes and raise families here in the state,” Sarras said. “They are tough individuals and take pride in being a West Virginian. They are not going to be bullied.” Wheeling Island President and General Manager Kim Florence said day-to-day operations at the facility will continue as they have since greyhound racing was launched 1976. “We’re going to continue to run live racing with the highest standards of performance and safety of our greyhounds,” Florence said. “We’ve been doing that for 40 plus years now, and we’re going to continue to do so.” Previous Next

  • Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of June 14, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted )

    < Back Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of June 14, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted ) Stan Pawloski Jun 14, 2021 Rangel Kennel’s JS In The Money has four Grade AA victories in a row for trainer Scott Robinette. Kennel-mate JK Time Bomb has back-to-back 3/8 wins (B, A). Steve Sarras Kennel’s CTW Black Forest has four straight Grade AA wins for trainer Barb Long. Lester Raines Kennel’s O Ya Trisha has captured six out of her last seven 3/16 races (TD, TC, B, TA, TAA) for trainer Joel Roden. Jacobs Racing Kennel’s Abbi’s Gusta Win has two victories and a second in his last three Grade AA trips for trainer Alisha Nichols. Blanchard Kennel’s BO’s Robert has won three out of his last four outings (B, A, AA) for trainer Sarah Blanchard. Kennel-mate JS Rob Stone has captured four out of his last five starts (D, C, B, A). Wayne Ward Kennel’s Craigie Design has three straight wins (B, A, AA) for trainer Ron Otto. Brad Boeckenstedt Kennel’s Super Ollie has four victories and a second in his last five races (D, C, B, A, AA) for trainer Frank Pellittere. Patriot-Taplin Kennel’s JS Bobby Bones has back-to-back 3/16 wins (TA, TAA) for trainer Joe Otto. Previous Next

  • DERBY LANE WELCOMES BACK FANS

    < Back DERBY LANE WELCOMES BACK FANS ​ May 20, 2020 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Derby Lane welcomed back patrons on Wednesday. After losing 49 performances to the coronavirus pandemic, the greyhound track resumed racing May 8 with no fans allowed on the premises. That changed Wednesday, when patrons were allowed back and the poker room was reopened. The card room will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with 50 percent capacity. Twenty-six of its 52 tables are available with a limit of six players per table. Derby Lane also is opening its fourth-floor simulcast area. The track has made several changes to ensure safety for its employees and patrons, including plexiglass dividers, social distancing markings, regular cleaning and disinfectant practices. Derby Lane, which currently holds matinees daily at 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, is adding a Saturday evening performance at 7:30 p.m., beginning May 30. All performances feature 15 races. Lester Raines entered Wednesday as the win leader in the 14-kennel standings with 145 victories, 16 ahead of both ABC Racing and Capabal. Shoot The Breeze of Floyd kennel has the meet’s most victories among greyhound runners with 13. 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

  • Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of December 14, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted )

    < Back Wheeling Hot Dogs ( as of December 14, all races 5/16 unless otherwise noted ) Stan Pawloski Dec 14, 2020 Blanchard Kennel’s HKF Friskyfranny has six wins and a second in her last seven Grade TAA 3/8 races for trainer Sarah Blanchard. Kennel-mates BWC Millie has two victories and a second in her last three Grade AA trips, TW Tonka has won three out of his last four outings (B, A, AA) while Rockdown Storm (B, A) and Fuzzys Annaconda (B, A) have back-to-back wins. Brad Boeckenstedt Kennel’s BGR Big Al has five victories and three seconds in his last nine Grade AA starts for trainer Frank Pellittere. Kennel-mate BGR Coyote Ugly has two straight wins (B, A). Lester Raines Kennel’s Rooftop Blondish has captured three out of her last four Grade AA races for trainer Joel Roden. Kennel-mate Kelsos Kitcarson has three victories, a second and a third in his last five starts (C, B, A). Jacobs Racing Kennel’s Abbi’s Gusta Win (AA) and Girl Happy (C, B, A) have won three out of their last four races for trainer Alisha Nichols. Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel’s Keeper Cry has captured three out of his last four trips (C, B, A) for trainer Jill Spicer. Kennel-mate UX Hoof Hearted has three straight wins (D, C, B). Previous Next

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