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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Two greyhounds remained undefeated after the second round of the $35,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile Stakes Wednesday afternoon at Wheeling Island.

Code Red Kennel’s Arroyo Duchess and Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel’s Wild Blue Bee notched their second consecutive victories to top the leader board with 30 points each. Three greyhounds follow with 25 points each.

The semi-finals are set for Sunday, Sept. 17, with the field cut to 16 sprinters. The juvenile stake final is scheduled for Saturday matinee, Sept. 23.

Capsule looks at the second-round races follow:

Arroyo Duchess stalked frontrunner CG’s Nail Biter around the track before exploding down the stretch for a 5-length victory in 30.36. CET Zinc got up for third.

Wild Blue Bee powered home from third in the stretch for the second straight race, pulling away to a 2-length victory in 30.60. CET Mist closed for second while Arroyo Rylee held on for third.

CG’s Sun Storm posted a box-to-wire 3-length victory in 29.96. Wild Chomp Dude closed for second as BJ’s Goldie settled for third.

CG’s Honesty fired to an early lead before holding off Arroyo Deon by a length at the wire in 30.39. CET Dirty Skinny closed in the stretch to nab third.

Points after the second-round follow:

(The top 16 in points recorded advance to the semifinal round).

Arroyo Duchess (Code Red), 30 points Wild Blue Bee (Xtrem Hess Racing), 30 points

CG’s Nail Biter (Code Red), 25 points Arroyo Deon (Code Red), 25 points CG’s Honesty (Code Red), 25 points

CG’s Sun Storm (Code Red), 22 points

Wild Chomp Dude (Xtrem Hess Racing), 20 points

CET Mist (Steve Sarras), 17 points

CET Dirty Skinny (Steve Sarras), 14 points BJ’s Goldie (Jacobs Racing), 14 points

Four Roses (Steve Sarras), 13 points

BJ’s Montie (Jacobs Racing), 12 points Arroyo Rylee (Code Red), 12 points

Kebo Lucky Lady (Steve Sarras), 10 points

CET Zinc (Imark), 10 points CET Mc Gregor (Wayne Ward), 10 points

(The following greyhounds have been eliminated from the stakes event).

CET Mulligan (Wayne Ward), 8 points

CET Lithium (Imark), 7 points

CET Dirty Tom (Steve Sarras), 6 points Gullane (Steve Sarras), 6 points

CET Murphy (Steve Sarras), 5 points

TS Adesanya (Steve Sarras), 4 points BJ’s Willie (Jacobs Racing), 4 points

CET Nickel (Imark), 3 points CET Bronze (Imark), 3 points CET Jasper (Steve Sarras), 3 points

CET Mc Carthy (Wayne Ward), 2 points CET Valley (Wayne Ward), 2 points

CET Flood (Wayne Ward), 1 point BJ’s Bodie (Jacobs Racing), 1 point

TS Nate Diaz (Steve Sarras), 0 points CET Murray (Wayne Ward), 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.