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Thursday, October 12, 2023

None of the greyhounds with first-round victories in the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Keystone (3/8th) Championship repeated their winning efforts in the second round Wednesday afternoon at Wheeling Island.

Posting second-round wins were Steve Sarras Kennel’s TS Woody and TS Overbite Ovie along with Imark Kennel’s CET Marlin. First round winners were Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel’s Wild Blue Bee, Patriot/Taplin Kennel’s JAS Strait Aces and Steve Sarras Kennel’s CET Dirty Skinny.

The semi-finals are set for Sunday, Oct. 15, and the Keystone Championship is scheduled for Saturday matinee, Oct. 21.

After two rounds, CET Dirty Skinny (Steve Sarras) tops the leaderboard with 25 points followed by TS Woody (Steve Sarras) with 22 points. Three greyhounds – JAS Strait Aces (Patriot/Taplin), CET Dirty Toodls (Steve Sarras) and CET Marlin (Imark) – have 20 points each.

Points after the second-round follow:

CET Dirty Skinny (Steve Sarras), 25 points

TS Woody (Steve Sarras), 22 points JAS Strait Aces (Patriot/Taplin), 20 points CET Dirty Toodls (Steve Sarras), 20 points CET Marlin (Imark), 20 points

Wild Blue Bee (Xtrem Hess Racing), 17 points Wild Chomp Dude (Xtrem Hess Racing), 17 points CET Zinc (Imark), 17 points

TS Overbite Ovie (Steve Sarras), 15 points

CG’s Delete (Code Red), 13 points

CET Miguel (Steve Sarras), 12 points

Apollo Justice (Steve Sarras), 10 points

CET Murray (Wayne Ward), 8 points

TS Porky (Steve Sarras), 6 points Aaralynn Jean (Patriot/Taplin), 6 points

Raise The Wind (Steve Sarras), 5 points

CET Perch (Steve Sarras), 3 points Trade Up (Steve Sarras), 3 points Baccarat (Steve Sarras), 3 points Arroyo Kingston (Code Red), 3 points

(CET Beta was scratched before the second round).

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.