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Monday, November 15, 2021

Lester Raines Kennel’s RS’s Prime Time and A Ray Kennel’s Mac’s Zhivago posted victories Friday afternoon in the first round of the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Keystone Stakes at Wheeling Island.

Heading into the Wednesday, Nov. 17, second round, both middle distance 3/8 racers have accumulated 15 points to top the leaderboard.

The semi-finals are set for Sunday, Nov. 21, and the stake final is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 27.

Capsule looks at the first round races follow:

RS’s Prime Time, an overwhelming favorite in his race, rocketed to an early lead and never looked back in winning by 2 ½ lengths in 38.03. CET Dirty Gurly and GLS Fast Food rounded out the trifecta ticket.

Mac’s Zhivago, also a huge favorite, overhauled leader RS’s Blue Heaven in the stretch and pulled away to a 5-length victory in 38.17. Mac’s Autumn got up for third.

Points after the first round follow:

RS’s Prime Time (Lester Raines), 15 points - Mac’s Zhivago (A Ray), 15 points

CET Dirty Gurly (Steve Sarras), 10 points - RS’s Blue Heaven (Lester Raines), 10 points

GLS Fast Food (Jacobs Racing), 7 points - Mac’s Autumn (A Ray), 7 points

Mac’s Choo (A Ray), 5 points - JA’s Moon Man (Code Red), 5 points

TS Tito Ortiz (Steve Sarras), 3 points - TS Shaq (Steve Sarras), 3 points

Mac’s Chapman (A Ray), 2 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.