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Monday, September 12, 2022

Three Imark Kennel sprinters posted victories Friday afternoon in the first round of the $35,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile at Wheeling Island.

Heading into the Wednesday, Sept. 14, second round, CET Barracuda, CET Fernando and CET Marlin have each accumulated 15 points on the strength of their first-round victories to top the leader board.

The semi-finals are set for Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, and the stake final is scheduled for the Friday, Sept. 23, matinee card.

Capsule looks at the first-round races follow:

CET Barracuda took the early lead and never looked back in winning by 1 ½ lengths in 29.69. CET Moto Moto finished second while LFR Lucky Clover got up for third.

CET Fernando rocketed to a commanding early lead and never challenged in posting a 7 ½-length win in 29.76. Mac’s Monreaux and CET Tiger Boy rounded out the trifecta ticket.

CET Marlin closed in the stretch to overtake frontrunner Arroyo Roxanne, winning by 2 ½ lengths in 29.94. CET Sashaliagotti completed the trifecta finish.

Points after the first-round follow:

CET Barracuda (Imark), 15 points CET Fernando (Imark), 15 points CET Marlin (Imark), 15 points

Arroyo Roxanne (Code Red), 10 points CET Moto Moto (Steve Sarras), 10 points Mac’s Monreaux (A Ray), 10 points

CET Sashaliagotti (Steve Sarras), 7 points CET Tiger Boy (Steve Sarras), 7 points LFR Lucky Clover (Rangel), 7 points

CET Foxy (Steve Sarras), 5 points CET High Ball (Steve Sarras), 5 points LFR Lucky Seven (Rangel), 5 points

CET Piranha (Imark), 3 points JA’s Goal (Code Red), 3 points Mac’s Davin (A Ray), 3 points

CG’s Boy Blue (Code Red), 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.