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Monday, January 3, 2022

CET Dirty Dilly capped off a spectacular year of racing by capturing the $100,000 Mardi Gras Challenge at Tri-State Greyhound Park in late December. The CET Kennel sprint star, sent to post as the overwhelming favorite, rocketed right to the front from the seven box and was never seriously challenged in winning by 1 ½ lengths in 29.84. Superior Kennel’s Superior Bonnie took runner up honors while Double G Kennel’s Flying Okahana rounded out the trifecta ticket.

Completing the final finish were John J Rambo (RS Racing Kennel), fourth; Fly L Donald Jr (Double G Kennel), fifth; KBJ Powerplay (RS Racing Kennel), sixth; RS Felicha (Lester Raines), seventh; and Turbo Rayo (RS Racing Kennel), eighth.

CET Dirty Dilly, trained by Brittany Dailey and owned by Carl Tomblin II, posted 42 wins, 9 seconds and 1 fourth in 55 starts in 2021. The sprinter was the national win leader.

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.