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Monday, September 14, 2020

A long shot and two favorites pocketed first round victories as the $35,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile Stakes kicked off Friday afternoon at Wheeling Island.

Registering opening round victories were Patriot/Taplin Kennel’s Coach Oh Boy, a 16-1 shot, Lester Raines Kennel’s Baby Face Nelson and Abrahamson Kennel’s Go On Horse. Each accumulated 15 points to top the leader board heading into the Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16, second round.

The semifinals will be held on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20. The juvenile championship final is scheduled for Saturday matinee, Sept. 26.

Following are capsule looks at the three first round races:

Coach Oh Boy closed in the stretch to post a 1 ½-length victory in 30.79. CET Sophia was second while Mac’s Tayloranne rounded out the trifecta ticket.

Baby Face Nelson jumped out to an early lead and was never headed in winning by 1 ½ lengths in 30.25. CET Abercrombie was second while CET Ozzy settled for third.

Go On Horse roared out to a big early lead and was never challenged in romping to a 5 ½-length win in 30.25. CET Dirty Dilly closed in the stretch for second with Mac’s Blackbird third.

Points after the first qualifying round follow:

Coach Oh Boy (Patriot/Taplin), 15 points

Baby Face Nelson (Lester Raines), 15 points

Go On Horse (Abrahamson), 15 points

CET Sophia (Steve Sarras), 10 points

CET Abercrombie (Steve Sarras), 10 points

CET Dirty Dilly (Steve Sarras), 10 points

Mac’s Tayloranne (A Ray), 7 points

CET Ozzy (Steve Sarras), 7 points

Mac’s Blackbird (A Ray), 7 points

Mac’s Lilith (A Ray), 5 points

Wild Fuzzle (Xtrem Hess), 5 points

Wild Gargamel (Xtrem Hess), 4 points

Mac’s Winchester (A Ray), 4 points

Go On Missile (Abrahamson), 3 points

CET Motley Crew (Steve Sarras), 3 points

Mac’s Winchester (A Ray), 3 points

CET Wreckitralph (Steve Sarras), 2 points

Wild Googlieeyes (Xtrem Hess), 2 points

Wild Flossy (Xtrem Hess), 2 points

Mac’s Zoro (A Ray), 1 point

CET Def Leppard (Steve Sarras), 1 point

Coach Podorson (Patriot/Taplin), 1 point

Wild Uno (Xtrem Hess), 0 points

Coach Oh Yeah (Patriot/Taplin), 0 points

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.