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Monday, October 24, 2022

CET Dirty Dan held off favorite RS’s Dark Night by a neck at the wire to capture the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Panhandle Championship Friday afternoon, Oct. 21, at Wheeling Island.

Racing out of the Steve Sarras Kennel and trained by Jay Falcone, CET Dirty Dan rushed to an early lead from the seven box in the final – opening up a 3-length lead on RS’s Dark Night (Lester Raines Kennel) down the backstretch. Coming home, RS’s Dark Night narrowed the gap, but CET Dirty Dan had enough in the tank to take the stakes crown by a neck in 29.81.

CET Marlin (Imark Kennel) closed in the stretch to take third place as CET Barracuda (Imark Kennel) settled for fourth.

Completing the order of finish were CET Tiger Boy (Steve Sarras Kennel), fifth; CET Fernando (Imark Kennel), sixth; RS’s Railhauler (Lester Raines Kennel), seventh; and RS’s Dunkindylan (Lester Raines Kennel), eighth.

CET Dirty Dan, a December 2018 greyhound out of SH Avatar-CET Dirty Nicki, is owned by Carl Tomblin II.

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.