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Monday, November 16, 2020

The Abrahamson Kennel pocketed two victories in the first round as the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Panhandle Championship (5/16th) kicked off Friday afternoon at Wheeling Island.

Registering opening round victories were Abrahamson Kennel’s Go On Horse and CG’s Sneaker as well as Steve Sarras Kennel’s CET Godiva and A Ray Kennel’s Rico’s Dreamer. Each accumulated 15 points to top the leader board heading into the Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 18, second round.

The semifinals will be held on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22. The Panhandle Championship final is scheduled for Saturday matinee, Sept. 28.

Points after the first qualifying round follow:

CET Godiva (Steve Sarras), 15 points CG’s Sneaker (Abrahamson), 15 points Go On Horse (Abrahamson), 15 points Rico’s Dreamer (A Ray), 15 points

CET Cesar (Steve Sarras), 10 points CET Georgia (Steve Sarras), 10 points CET Pistol Pete (Steve Sarras), 10 points RS Perfectionist (Lester Raines), 10 points

CET Dirty Dan (Steve Sarras), 7 points CG’s Penny Shoe (Abrahamson), 7 points TS Amanda Nunes (Steve Sarras), 7 points TS Faith Hill (Steve Sarras), 7 points

Baby Face Nelson (Lester Raines), 5 points CET Dirty Flurry (Steve Sarras), 5 points RS’s Buckeyebuck (Lester Raines), 5 points RS’s Kingofkings (Lester Raines), 5 points

CET Dirty Dilly (Steve Sarras), 3 points Coach Felder (Patriot/Taplin), 3 points MO’s Live Oak (Abrahamson), 3 points TS Rocky Balboa (Steve Sarras), 3 points

CET Sweet Closer (Steve Sarras), 2 points Coach Jill (Patriot/Taplin), 2 points DKC Redzinfindel (Rangel), 2 points Mac’s Lauder (A Ray), 2 points

CET Boa (Steve Sarras), 1 point Coach Haze (Patriot/Taplin), 1 point Mac’s Pong (A Ray), 1 point Mac’s Stormhead (A Ray), 1 point

CG’s St Pete (Abrahamson), 0 points DKC Lambrusco (Rangel), 0 points DKC Zinfindel (Rangel), 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.