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Monday, October 16, 2023

Three greyhounds – CET Dirty Skinny, CET Dirty Toodls and JAS Strait Aces – top all qualifiers in the Saturday afternoon, Oct. 21, final of the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Keystone (3/8th) Championship at Wheeling Island.

CET Dirty Skinny (Steve Sarras Kennel) and CET Dirty Toodls (Steve Sarras Kennel) each had a win and two seconds in the three qualifying rounds to accumulate 35 points. JAS Strait Aces (Patriot/Taplin Kennel) had a pair of wins and a fourth in the preliminary races to also notch 35 points.

Completing the final field are Wild Chomp Dude (Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel), 32 points; CET Marlin (Imark Kennel), 30 points; TS Woody (Steve Sarras Kennel), 25 points; Wild Blue Bee (Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel) and CET Zinc (Imark Kennel), 24 points each.

Post positions for the final will be drawn later this week.

Posting semifinal round victories Sunday were CET Dirty Toodls, JAS Strait Aces and Wild Chomp Dude.

Points after the semifinal round follow (top eight to the finals):

CET Dirty Skinny (Steve Sarras), 35 points

JAS Strait Aces (Patriot/Taplin), 35 points

CET Dirty Toodls (Steve Sarras), 35 points

Wild Chomp Dude (Xtrem Hess Racing), 32 points

CET Marlin (Imark), 30 points

TS Woody (Steve Sarras), 25 points

Wild Blue Bee (Xtrem Hess Racing), 24 points

CET Zinc (Imark), 24 points

(The following greyhounds were eliminated from the stakes event after the semifinal round). TS Overbite Ovie (Steve Sarras), 20 points CET Miguel (Steve Sarras), 19 points Aaralynn Jean (Patriot/Taplin), 16 points Apollo Justice (Steve Sarras), 15 points CET Murray (Wayne Ward), 10 points TS Porky (Steve Sarras), 9 points Trade Up (Steve Sarras), 8 points Baccarat (Steve Sarras), 6 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.