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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Lester Raines Kennel’s RS’s Prime Time tops all qualifiers for the Saturday afternoon, Nov. 27, championship final of the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Keystone Stakes at Wheeling Island.

RS’s Prime Time posted two wins and a third in the preliminary round races to accumulate 37 points. The middle distance 3/8 racer captured the first semifinal race Sunday while Mac’s Choo won the other semifinal matchup.

In addition to RS’s Prime Time, the final field includes Mac’s Choo (A Ray), 35 points; CET Dirty Gurly (Steve Sarras), 32 points; Mac’s Zhivago (A Ray), 30 points; JA’s Moon Man (Code Red), 25 points; RS’s Blue Heaven (Lester Raines), 22 points; GLS Fast Food (Jacobs Racing) and Mac’s Autumn (A Ray), 15 points each.

Post positions for the final will be drawn on Wednesday.

Points after the semi-finals follow (top eight to the final):

1. RS’s Prime Time (Lester Raines), 37 points

2. Mac’s Choo (A Ray), 35 points

3. CET Dirty Gurly (Steve Sarras), 32 points

4. Mac’s Zhivago (A Ray), 30 points

5. JA’s Moon Man (Code Red), 25 points

6. RS’s Blue Heaven (Lester Raines), 22 points

7. GLS Fast Food (Jacobs Racing), 15 points

8. Mac’s Autumn (A Ray), 15 points

Mac’s Chapman (A Ray), 14 points

TS Tito Ortiz (Steve Sarras), 13 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.