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Monday, October 18, 2021

Blanchard Kennel’s Penrose Boss heads up a stellar field for the Saturday afternoon, Oct. 23, final of the $100,000 Mountaineer Classic at Wheeling Island.

The 3-year-old sprinter had two victories and two seconds in the four qualifying round races to accumulate a leading 50 points. Penrose Boss finished fourth in the 2020 Mountaineer Classic championship final.

Three kennels – Blanchard, Lester Raines and Jacobs Racing – each have two greyhounds in the final while the Imark and Steve Sarras kennels have one finalist.

Completing this year’s championship final field are Teaser’s Tickle (Lester Raines Kennel), 46 points; Frappe (Blanchard Kennel), 45 points; Abbi’s Eagle (Jacobs Racing Kennel), Ding Dong Ditch (Imark Kennel) and CTW Black Forest (Steve Sarras Kennel), 37 points each; Abbi’s Frontman (Jacobs Racing Kennel) and RS’s Dark Night (Lester Raines Kennel), 34 points each.

Abbi’s Eagle and Abbi’s Frontman are littermates.

Posting victories in Sunday’s semifinal round were Lester Raines Kennel’s Teaser’s Tickle, Jacobs Racing Kennel’s Abbi’s Frontman and Steve Sarras Kennel’s CTW Black Forest.

Points accumulated after the semifinal round follow (top eight to final):

Penrose Boss (Blanchard), 50 points

Teaser’s Tickle (Lester Raines), 46 points

Frappe (Blanchard), 45 points

Abbi’s Eagle (Jacobs Racing), 37 points

Ding Dong Ditch (Imark), 37 points

CTW Black Forest (Steve Sarras), 37 points

RS’s Dark Night (Lester Raines), 34 points

Abbi’s Frontman (Jacobs Racing), 34 points

(The following greyhounds were eliminated from the stakes event after the semifinal round). JS Slush Fund (Lester Raines), 32 points O Ya Bobbie Sue (Lester Raines), 32 points Oshkosh Edward (Charter), 32 points JS Rob Stone (Blanchard), 30 points BGR Out Of Mind (Brad Boeckenstedt), 29 points Craigie Daughtry (Lester Raines), 28 points Oshkosh Dally (Charter), 27 points Jack Parkman (Charter), 26 points WW Go Chiefs Go (Wayne Ward), 26 points JS Saltythursday (Lester Raines), 26 points LK’s Trubulee (Steve Sarras), 25 points Turbo Walt (Code Red), 25 points CTW Cant Stop It (Lester Raines), 24 points KB’s Copy Kat (Charter), 24 points Gettin My Buz On (Jacobs Racing), 23 points Super C Amega (Lester Raines), 21 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.