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Monday, September 13, 2021

RS’s Im All In, Mac’s New York post first round wins in WV Juvenile stakes

Lester Raines Kennel’s RS’s Im All In and A Ray Kennel’s Mac’s New York posted victories Friday afternoon in the first round of the $35,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile Stakes at Wheeling Island.

Heading into the Wednesday, Sept. 15 second round, both sprinters have accumulated 15 points to top the leader board.

The semi-finals are set for Sunday, Sept. 19, and the juvenile stake final is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25.

Capsule looks at the first round races follow:

RS’s Im All In, an overwhelming favorite in his race, rocketed to an early lead and never looked back in winning by 15 lengths in 29.49. Mac’s Evita and Mac’s Zhivago rounded out the trifecta ticket.

Mac’s New York, sent to post at nearly 7-1 odds, posted a box-to-wire 5 ½-length victory in 30.03. The favorite RS’s Dark Night was second followed by RS’s Prime Time.

Points after the first round follow:

RS’s Im All In (Lester Raines), 15 points Mac’s New York (A Ray), 15 points

RS’s Dark Night (Lester Raines), 10 points Mac’s Evita (A Ray), 10 points

Mac’s Zhivago (A Ray), 7 points RS’s Prime Time (Lester Raines), 7 points

RS’s Blue Heaven (Lester Raines), 5 points JA’s Croft (Code Red), 5 points

Coach Van Winkle (Patriot/Taplin), 3 points Mac’s Pippin (A Ray), 3 points

Coach Wonder (Patriot/Taplin), 2 points JA’s Harper (Code Red), 2 points

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