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Friday, November 15, 2019

A Ray Kennel’s Mac’s Murdoch is the lone undefeated greyhound after the first two rounds of the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Keystone Championship at Wheeling Island.

Mac’s Murdoch posted his second straight victory Thursday afternoon – getting up by a nose at the wire. The 2-year-old has accumulated a leading 30 points heading into Sunday afternoon’s semifinal round.

The semifinal field will be cut to the top 16 middle distance greyhounds. The championship final is scheduled for Saturday matinee, Nov. 23.

Other second round winners were Mac’s Trudeaux (A Ray Kennel), CET Little Razz (Steve Sarras Kennel) and CET Hellen Ann (Steve Sarras Kennel).

Next in line behind Mac’s Murdoch in points are Mac’s Trudeaux, CET Hellen Ann and RS’s Buckeyebuck (Lester Raines Kennel) with 25 points each. CET Sassy (Steve Sarras Kennel) has 22 points.

Points after two qualifying rounds follows:

Mac’s Murdoch (A Ray), 30 points

RS’s Buckeyebuck (Lester Raines), 25 points CET Hellen Ann (Steve Sarras), 25 points Mac’s Trudeaux (A Ray), 25 points

CET Sassy (Steve Sarras), 22 points

CET Little Razz (Steve Sarras), 18 points

MO’s Live Oak (Abrahamson), 17 points GLS Spicnspan (Jacobs Racing), 17 points

CET King Cobra (Steve Sarras), 15 points RS’s Hammerdown (Patriot/Taplin), 15 points

Lanes Last Ride (Steve Sarras), 14 points

TS Amanda Nunes (Steve Sarras), 13 points

CET Earthquake (Steve Sarras), 12 points Bustin BJ (Steve Sarras), 12 points Mac’s Ferrari (A Ray), 12 points

RS’s Glory Girl (Lester Raines), 10 points

Greyhounds eliminated from the stakes event after the second round follows:

TS Shaq (Steve Sarras), 9 points

RS’s Mightymouse (Lester Raines), 8 points TS Tito Ortiz (Steve Sarras), 8 points

Bigmacswish (Patriot/Taplin), 5 points CET Macho (Steve Sarras), 5 points

Mac’s Gee Tee (A Ray), 4 points

CG’s St Pete (Abrahamson), 3 points

CET Sunny (Steve Sarras), 2 points

Steve Sarras Kennel’s TS Faith Hill was scratched before the second round.

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.