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Monday, November 14, 2016

Sarras Kennel starts fast in WVGOBA Sprint Stakes

The Steve Sarras Kennel captured four of the seven races in the first round of the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Sprint Stakes at Wheeling Island Saturday afternoon.

Posting first round wins for Sarras were Leo The Lover, Nola Nikole, Jet Bill Clinton and Grim Beavers. Each accumulated 15 points heading into the second round on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 16.

Other first round winners were Coach Quizno (Jacobs Racing Kennel), GF Street Song (Patriot/Taplin Kennel) and Ken McNabb (Rico Racing Kennel). GF Street Song captured the WVGOBA Juvenile earlier this fall, also at Wheeling.

The semifinal round will be held on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, with the championship final during the matinee card on Friday, Nov. 25.

Following are capsule looks at the first round races:

Leo The Lover jumped out to an early 2-length lead and was never seriously challenged in beating Jax Yardley by 1 ½ lengths in 30.46. GF Taras Tango closed late to round out the trifecta ticket.

Nola Nikole broke on top early and held off GF Zelda by 1 ½ lengths at the wire in 30.61. Mac’s Olympia came from sixth in the stretch to get third.

Coach Quizno posted a 4-length box-to-wire victory in 30.19. Mac’s Maxwell got up for second with a late charge while Pocono Opie settled for third.

Jet Bill Clinton caught pacesetter Lady Sasquatch in the stretch before holding off a fast-charging Bizzy Beeker to win by a head in 30.72. Lady Sasquatch finished third.

Grim Beavers and CET Dirty Nicki hauled down frontrunner Coach Nease in the stretch with the former winning by 1 length in 30.13. Coach Nease held for third.

GF Street Song took the lead on the far turn and never looked back in winning by 6 ½ lengths in 30.02. Dirty Dixie and Pocono Shades completed the trifecta play.

Ken McNabb rushed to the front early before holding off CG’s Dyno Mite by a neck in 30.50. Beethoven Betsy came in third.

Point totals after the first round follow:

Leo The Lover (Steve Sarras), 15 points

Nola Nikole (Steve Sarras), 15 points

Coach Quizno (Jacobs Racing), 15 points

Jet Bill Clinton (Steve Sarras), 15 points

Grim Beavers (Steve Sarras), 15 points

GF Street Song (Patriot/Taplin), 15 points

Ken McNabb (Rico Racing), 15 points

Jax Yardley (Abrahamson), 10 points

GF Zelda (Patriot/Taplin), 10 points

Mac’s Maxwell (A Ray), 10 points

Bizzy Beeker (Lester Raines), 10 points

CET Dirty Nicki (Steve Sarras), 10 points

Dirty Dixie (Steve Sarras), 10 points

CG’s Dyno Mite (Abrahamson), 10 points

GF Taras Tango (Patriot/Taplin), 7 points

Mac’s Olympia (A Ray), 7 points

Pocono Opie (Lester Raines), 7 points

Lady Sadquatch (Patriot/Taplin), 7 points

Coach Nease (Jacobs Racing), 7 points

Pocono Shades (Lester Raines), 7 points

Beethoven Betsy (Steve Sarras), 7 points

Take Off Tug (Steve Sarras), 5 points

Coach Van Dyke (Jacobs Racing), 5 points

Powerful Puma (Steve Sarras), 5 points

GLS Dare Devil (Jacobs Racing), 5 points

Mac’s Somerton (A Ray), 5 points

Laura May Decker (Steve Sarras), 5 points

Pocono Gemma (Lester Raines), 5 points

WJS High Flyer (Cardinal), 3 points

Quick Ruler (Steve Sarras), 3 points

RS’s Good Girl (Patriot/Taplin), 3 points

Lego Ryan (Steve Sarras), 3 points

Huge Hymn (Steve Sarras), 3 points

GLS Mustangsally (Jacobs Racing), 3 points

RP McMurphey (Steve Sarras), 3 points

Rico’s Ed (Rico Racing), 2 points

WJS High Lyric (Cardinal), 2 points

Disco Donnie (Steve Sarras), 2 points

Rico’s Gearz (Rico Racing), 2 points

GF Ginne Da Lute (Patriot/Taplin), 2 points

Mac’s Harewood (A Ray), 2 points

RS’soutofcontrol (Patriot/Taplin), 2 points

Donoma (Lester Raines), 1 point

Sa La Ve (Rico Racing), 1 point

Mac’s Cambridge (A Ray), 1 point

Rico’s Shameless (Rico Racing), 1 point

Walk Withme Stan (Steve Sarras), 1 point

WJS Darkman (Cardinal), 1 point

WJS Goodtiminman (Cardinal), 0 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.