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Monday, November 30, 2020

ester Raines Kennel’s RS Perfectionist took charge on the far turn and never looked back in capturing the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Panhandle Sprint Stakes Saturday afternoon at Wheeling Island.

Breaking from a favorable eight hole, RS Perfectionist got around the first turn fourth before moving up on the backstretch and eventually catching the frontrunning CET Godiva (Steve Sarras Kennel) around the last turn.

The champion pulled away for a 4-length victory with CET Dirty Dan (Steve Sarras Kennel) taking runner up honors as the favorite CET Godiva rounded out the trifecta ticket.

Completing the final field were CET Pistol Pete (Steve Sarras Kennel), fourth; CG’s Penny Shoe (Abrahamson Kennel), fifth; RS’s Kingofkings (Lester Raines Kennel), sixth; Rico’s Dreamer (A Ray Kennel), seventh; and Go On Horse (Abrahamson Kennel), eighth.

RS Perfectionist is owned by Roger and Kelly Jo Salem and trained by Joel Roden.

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.