Greyhound of the Week - Need My Moneynow (04/26/14)
D.Q. Williams Kennel and owner Sharon L. Williams have provided another gem for everyone on the Texas Gulf Coast to enjoy as Need My Moneynow has taken Gulf Greyhound Park by storm to earn the Greyhound of the Week honors. In a mere three months, the 67-pound white/black son of No More Loving – Need A Date has completed the climb up the grade ladder while building an impressive record of 10/7-0-3-0.
When first setting his paws upon the sands of the La Marque, Texas racing oval, success arrived immediately with wins in both official schooling efforts by seven lengths each and then a graduation from the maiden class with an impressive debut of an eight length demolition on February 9. Three weeks would pass by before his next opportunity to compete with a shutdown of racing at the Gulf due to kennel sickness but there no was hangover as trainer Craig Edwards had Need My Moneynow as sharp as a whistle rolling to a five length victory in grade J on March 2.
The road against tougher competition became a little more difficult finding trouble in the first attempt versus a grade C field tasting defeat for the first time with a third place finish but quickly rebounded with a front running effort to continue into grade B. After two additional third place finishes, Need My Moneynow conquered his grade B rivals on April 3 to begin a winning streak consisting of four wins in a row including his first two efforts against “the best of the best” in grade AA.
The top grade AA debut for Need My Moneynow was greeted by a meeting with one of Gulf Greyhound Park’s top 550-yard athletes, Atascocita Davy from Libby Racing Kennels, on April 13. Need My Moneynow used the advantage of the #1 post position draw to establish an early one length advantage over a well-positioned Atascocita Davy wearing the yellow colors of the #6 post position and his wide running style. The intense duel would continue as the two superstars made their run down the backstretch and pulled even nose to nose for the final stretch run. As Atascocita Davy drifted to his preferred outside portion of the racetrack, a glimmer of daylight presented itself and Need My Moneynow grasped the opportunity to reach the finish line in front by a whisker while posting a career best time of 29.99 seconds.
The journey would not become any easier as Need My Moneynow drew into an awesome top grade AA field including a rematch with Atascocita Davy, along with Korn from Currid Racing and his four race winning streak, last year’s Diane Whiteley Memorial Sprint Champion Slatex Slaton from Bone Man Racing Kennel and Sakkara Bowie from Lingle Kennel on April 23. Wearing the green colors of the #4 post position, Need My Moneynow found himself in pursuit of the blue colors worn by #2 Sakkara Bowie for most of the 550-yard journey. Already known for his early box speed and winning on the front end, Need My Moneynow showed the ability to come from behind by finding another gear down the stretch to pass Sakkara Bowie and cross the finish line in front by 1½ lengths.
Atascocita Kosta (04/19/14)
Throughout the history of racing at Gulf Greyhound Park, you may have noticed many successful greyhounds with a name that began with “Atascocita”. Owner George Ulmer of Atascocita Racing has provided Libby Racing Kennels and trainer Troy Tinney another young superstar in Atascocita Kosta who has captured the Greyhound of the Week spotlight with a three race winning streak and a record of 18/9-2-1-2.
The career of the 74-pound red son of Kiowa Sweet Trey – Atascocita Edith can be divided into two completely different portions. The first part began with Atascocita Kosta first setting his paws on the La Marque, Texas racing in October of 2013 and overcame a troublesome debut to graduate from the maiden class in his second career start on October 30. The month of November provided four winless trips around the 550-yard course in grade J and an abrupt end to racing for the year after failing to finish his race on November 19 to depart the racing scene.
Two months would pass by and Atascocita Kosta returned with a “bang!” running away to victories in both of his official schooling efforts but was he truly ready for the lights of the big show? The answer provided was an emphatic “Yes!” as Atascocita Kosta won by 8½ lengths in grade J on January 23 and followed that winning effort with a 9 length demolition of a grade C field seven days later. After a second place finish versus grade B competition, Atascocita Kosta found his way back to the winner’s circle in his next outing three weeks later on February 27 after the Gulf was forced to shut down racing due to kennel sickness.
For the time in his young career, Atascocita Kosta was presented with a muddy racetrack facing grade A rivals on March 5 and clearly showed it was not to his liking with an even fifth place finish. Things turned around quickly a week later as Atascocita Kosta resumed his winning ways with a dead heat victory reaching the finish line at the same moment as CTW Quantos from K-Rod Kennel. This momentum carried forward into the top grade AA debut on March 16 and completed the climb through the grade ladder with a front running victory by three lengths.
The month of April has found Atascocita Kosta going a perfect three for three against top grade AA competition. After a strong come from behind four length victory on April 4, an exciting duel presented itself as Mr Caleb from D.Q. Williams Kennel and his four race winning streak came calling against Atascocita Kosta on April 11. With a career best effort of 29.99 seconds, Atascocita Kosta led every step of the journey and held off the late challenge from Mr Caleb to win a nostril. A similar scenario would occur in his next attempt on April 18 as Atascocita Kosta once again sprinted away to a large early lead and managed to hold off the strong closing bid from Slatex Albany of Bone Man Racing Kennel by the exact same winning margin of a nose.
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A recent run of three successful trips around the 550-yard course at Gulf Greyhound Park has landed Korn from Currid Racing into this week’s Greyhound of the Week spotlight. Competing for trainer Heather Currid and owner Plum Creek, the 78-pound black son of Rhythmless – Soft Machine appears to be rejuvenated and found the impressive form that established himself as one of the top sprinters on the Texas Gulf Coast while accumulating a record of 31/13-3-2-3 last year.
In July of 2013. Korn arrived from Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis, Arkansas as a grade D competitor and made an immediate splash at the Gulf winning his first three races in grades D, C & B. A short four race winless streak ensued before Korn went on a magical run winning 9 out of his next 13 contests including seven top grade AA races from August 28 through October 23.
Unfortunately for Korn and his connections, the final two months of 2013 were a struggle with only one more trip to the winner’s circle against grade A competition on December 22. The turning of the page to a new year proved to be profitable as Korn “righted the ship” and earned a paycheck in seven consecutive outings including two more grade AA winning journeys.
Beginning this latest winning streak with a five length romp in grade A on March 28, Korn managed to mirror that front running effort in his next opportunity on April 3. Drawing the black colors of the middle #5 post position once again, Korn jumped out of the 550-yard starting box immediately on top and led every step of the way to win by 2½ lengths ahead of Winning Javis from D.Q. Williams Kennel.
The proverbial icing on the cake arrived on Thursday evening April 10 with the thrill of a heart pounding stretch duel. Wearing the lucky stripes of the #7 post position, Korn used his patented outside running style to his advantage circling traffic around the first turn to remain in contention pursuing race leader Gable Lisa from Bone Man Racing Kennel. Entering the mix along the rail was KB’s Show N Tell from K-Rod Kennel as Korn now found himself in third place at the top of the stretch. Swinging to the outer portion of the racetrack, Korn accelerated with every stride to nose out KB’s Show N Tell at the finish line to score win number three in a row and improve his 2014 record to 13/5-2-1-2.
BWG Eat My Dust (04/05/14) Click to view BWG Eat my Dust’s Win.
There are a few moments in life that we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to witness something very special. This also includes the business of greyhound racing and having one of those incredible athletes that will make you just sit back in your rocking chair one day and say, “oh yeah, I remember that greyhound was one of the best to ever race at Gulf Greyhound Park.” That statement applies to this week’s Greyhound of the Week, BWG Eat My Dust from Big Water Kennel, who has earned the title as “King of the Super Sprint Course” by simply dominating the 330-yard distance races.
When trainer Sissy Sabell and owner David Dickson made the decision to move the 72-pound black son of Super Lee – Dobbs Fairy to the super sprint course on August 27, even they have to be a little surprised by the number of successful journeys while earning the Greyhound of the Year honors and leading the way with a total of 29 wins in 2013 over the 330 and 550-yard distances. The winning trend has continued into this year as BWG Eat My Dust is currently on one of those streaks that can almost be classified as “a fantasy” winning nine out of his last ten races and accumulating a record of 13/10-1-0-1 in 2014. In fact, taking a closer look at the numbers, BWG Eat My Dust has competed over the 330-yard course on 34 occasions and won an eye opening 25 times, wow!
Currently in the midst of a five race winning streak that began on Wednesday afternoon March 5, the rail running superstar has obviously drawn all of the attention from the fans as the betting favorite in each one of these races and has not disappointed them by winning comfortably in all of those contests except for one. On that particular occasion on March 19, BWG Eat My Dust found himself in a heated battle with LD Fly Red Tail from Sambade Racing, LLC. In fact, LD Fly Red Tail had his nose out front around the first turn and as the two combatants raced stride for stride down the stretch, BWG Eat My Dust proved victorious with a nail biting victory by a nostril at odds of 3/5.
On paper, the latest effort on Thursday evening April 3 shaped up to be a difficult challenge for BWG Eat My Dust facing Kells Believer from Lingle Kennel and her three race win string entering the contest. As the starting box opened, BWG Eat My Dust got down to business quickly by popping out on top and establishing a two length advantage around the first turn ahead of Gable Cathead from Bone Man Racing Kennel and LD Fly Red Tail with Kells Believer being knocked out of contention with a collision. Flying along in his preferred rail running position, there was no stopping BWG Eat My Dust ultimately crossing the finish line four lengths in front while running his fastest time since December 15 stopping the timer at 17.18 seconds as the even money favorite.
Mr Caleb (03/29/14) Click to view Mr Caleb’s Win.
If you are one to play and dabble a little in the stock market, then do not overlook this week’s recipient of the Greyhound of the Week honors, Mr Caleb from D.Q. Williams Kennel, as his stock is on the rise developing into one of the top sprinters at Gulf Greyhound Park. With the benefit of two impressive front running victories, the 71-pound white/brindle son of Fuzzys Cannon – Loveless has improved his career record to 27/7-4-6-2 for owner Sharon Williams and trainer Craig Edwards.
The first time that Mr Caleb made his appearance on the La Marque, Texas racing oval in February of 2013 was very brief has Mr Caleb did not finish his journey around the 550-yard course in his second official schooling effort on February 10th. Seven months would pass by before making his return on September 20th with a second place effort in another official schooling contest and showed promise by winning his next official schooling outing on September 24th.
Now, it was time for the bright lights of the big show and Mr Caleb responded in excellent fashion winning his maiden debut on September 27th as the race favorite. The journey through the grading ranks was now off and running and a peculiar pattern developed as Mr Caleb competed in three races in every grade along the way (J, C, B and A) then found his way back to the winner’s circle in his fourth attempt. During this strange pattern of climbing up the grade ladder, the career of Mr Caleb was very profitable earning a purse check for his connections in 13 out of 14 races from October 13th through December 26th including taking the final step with a grade A victory.
Next on his plate was the elite grade AA competition that the Gulf has to offer and after two out of the money finishes while getting his paws wet, Mr Caleb scored his first top grade AA victory in attempt number three on January 15. Unfortunately, a period of six starts covering the next two months would follow without another victory while earning two second place and one third place finish for his efforts.
Thursday evening March 20th proved to be a magical night on the calendar as Mr Caleb raced around the 550-yard course in the fastest time of his career at 29.79 seconds on the way to victory. Wearing the red colors of the #1 post position, Mr Caleb popped out on top and turned away a challenge for the lead from CV’s Cinderosa of K-Rod Kennel. Flying along on the front end, there was no hope for the rest of the top grade field catching Mr Caleb on this night crossing the finish line four lengths in front.
The next opportunity for Mr Caleb would arrive on the cloudy, drizzly afternoon of Wednesday March 26 sporting the blue racing blanket of the #2 post position. After the career best performance in his previous start, there was no hangover as Mr Caleb flashed his skills once again going box to wire with the bullseye as the race favorite at odds of 7/5. With another quick start, Mr Caleb established a three length advantage early in the contest and managed to keep the same comfortable margin ahead of strong closer Rio Rambo from K-Rod Kennel stopping the timer at 30.10 seconds.
KB’s Show N Tell (03/22/14) Click to view KB’s Show N Tell’s Win.
Gulf Greyhound Park’s top kennel K-Rod Kennel continues to bring some of the fastest greyhounds to ever grace the sands of the La Marque, Texas racing oval and KB’s Show N Tell adds his name to the list as this week’s Greyhound of the Week. Over the course of a period of nearly ten months, the rail running 67-pound black son of Rhythmless – Bolo Whisper owned by Charter Kennel, Inc. has compiled a record of 55/13-8-9-7 but only recently has become one of the hottest 550-yard athletes at the track.
When KB’s Show N Tell first set his paws on the racing surface here at the Gulf in May 2013 for trainer Cindy Unrein, good fortune arrived immediately after winning both of his official schooling efforts with victories in three out of his first four races to quickly climb the ladder into grade B. Then the learning curve arrived as competition toughened bringing a ten race drought before visiting the winner’s circle again on July 21st.
After a couple more victories, KB’s Show N Tell progressed into top grade AA for the first of three times in his career on August 17th but the well went completely dry. Despite hitting the board in just over half of his starts covering a period of 23 starts while riding a roller coaster of dropping into grade A and visiting grade AA for the second time through December 4th, KB’s Show N Tell only mustered one grade A victory on October 8th and found himself dropping further into grade B. Since that point, an awakening has arrived in the career of KB’s Show N Tell as the stay in grade B was very brief winning immediately on December 10th igniting a hot streak of 10 out of 13 in the money finishes with six wins, two seconds and two third place finishes including a current run of three straight AA victories and four out of his last five top grade efforts.
With the crowning achievement of winning his first top grade AA contest on January 30th, a sixth place would follow four weeks later on February 27th after Gulf Greyhound Park was shut down due to kennel sickness. Things changed around quickly in KB’s Show N Tell’s next opportunity on March 7th lighting up the tote board at longshot odds of 18 to 1 with a come from behind victory by three lengths to begin this win streak.
One week later on March 14th, KB’s Show N Tell and kennelmate CV’s Cinderosa put on quite a show with a heart pounding duel that covered the entire 550-yard journey. Wide running CV’s Cinderosa got the early jump taking a one length lead around the first turn with rail KB’s Show N Tell in pursuit. The lead changed paws down the backstretch as KB’s Show N Tell slipped by along the rail establishing a 1½ lead entering the final stretch run. CV’s Cinderosa drifted to the outside portion of the racetrack and made one final bid for the lead but KB’s Show N Tell proved too tough crossing the wire one length in front.
The proverbial “icing on the cake” arrived on March 21 as KB’s Show N Tell earned his third consecutive victory in resounding fashion running the fastest time of his career at 29.94 seconds. With an excellent ground saving maneuver around the first turn to take the lead away from frontrunners River Wader and Bob’s Trace, KB’s Show N Tell proved to be too difficult to catch racing away by three lengths.
Atascocita Davy (03/15/14) Click to view Atascocita Davy’s Win.
After a very successful campaign of finishing in second place on the wins list and the top 550-yard athlete at Gulf Greyhound Park in 2013, Atascocita Davy from Libby Racing Kennels continues to perform at the highest level as one of the top sprinters on the Texas Gulf Coast. With the benefit of a current two race winning streak increasing his record this year to 7/4-1-1-0, the black 66-pound wide running son of Rhythmless – Atascocita Jade staked his claim to the Greyhound of the Week honors.
While battling for the Greyhound of the Year title with eventual win leader, BWG Eat My Dust from Big Water Kennel who did most of his damage over the 330-yard super sprint course, Atascocita Davy built an impressive 2013 record of 60/25-7-4-5 before shutting things down in the middle of November. Returning from a two month departure on January 16, Atascocita Davy began 2014 with a fifth place finish but then started a pattern of winning every other race with victories on January 23 and February 8.
A period of three weeks passed by before Atascocita Davy would get another attempt around the 550-yard racing oval as Gulf Greyhound Park was shut down for the majority of the month of February due to kennel sickness but continued the on again, off again winning pattern with a respectable third place finish on March 1.
The next opportunity for Atascocita Davy arrived on Saturday evening March 8 drawing the red colors of the #1 post position. Despite his running style of favoring the outside portion of the racetrack, Atascocita Davy has still managed some successful journeys from the rail with five wins out of seventeen previous attempts in his career before entering this contest. Sent off as the second choice on the odds board at 2 to 1, Atascocita Davy broke alertly from the starting box and managed to maneuver to his preferred wide position in pursuit of early speedster Texan Mercilus from Tri-State Kennel. After chasing and unable to catch Texan Mercilus in his previous outing, Atascocita Davy turned the tables on his rival and used a determined stretch run to win by two lengths in a very fast time of 30.02 seconds.
The post position draw proved to be more kind for Atascocita Davy’s next outing on Saturday evening March 15 sporting the lucky stripes of the #7 post and the bullseye as the 3/5 race favorite. Splashing along over a wet racing surface, Atascocita Davy rushed past early race leaders Ruff Flame from K-Rod Kennel and Bob’s Eureka from Currid Racing to achieve a three length advantage around the first turn. From that point forward, Atascocita Davy literally “sprouted wings” by pulling away from his competition on the way to a 10½ length demolition while running the fastest time of the evening by far at 30.50 seconds.
Congratulations are in order for owner Atascocita Racing, trainer Troy Tinney and of course to this week’s recipient of the Greyhound of the Week honors, Atascocita Davy, for this latest accomplishment in his future Hall of Fame career.
Sakkara Bowie (03/08/14)
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For the second time in his career at Gulf Greyhound Park, Sakkara Bowie from Lingle Kennel has earned the Greyhound of the Week honors with back to back gritty efforts. On the first occasion back in October, the 75-pound red fawn son of Bob’s Skeet – WW’s Edith owned by Karen Hyde and trained by David Lingle was in the midst of a seven race winning streak. Of course, all good things must come to an end as the streak was snapped but good fortune returned in the month of December with three more victories on the way to a very successful 2013 campaign of 43/19-10-4-3.
After his last triumphant effort on December 19, the journey around the La Marque, Texas racing oval developed into a bumpy one going winless over a period of seven starts. Despite being shut out from the winner’s circle, Sakkara Bowie was a factor in every one of his outings cashing in a purse check with three seconds, one third and three fourth place finishes.
Finally on Valentine’s Day, February 14, Sakkara Bowie resumed his winning ways with a determined stretch run. Wearing the white colors of the #3 post position, Sakkara Bowie positioned himself in his familiar rail running spot in hot pursuit of race leader Kells Casanova from Tri-State Kennel. Throughout his career, a majority of the winning efforts from Sakkara Bowie were on the lead with a rare occasion of coming from behind to claim the victory. This night would prove to be one of those moments as Sakkara Bowie made his move down the stretch and reached the finish line in the final strides to win by the narrow margin of a neck.
A rematch was in order as Sakkara Bowie and Kells Casanova went to war once again on Sunday afternoon March 2 and the ending result provided a feeling of “de-ja-vu”. Rail running Sakkara Bowie drew a more difficult post position starting from the outside #8 while Kells Casanova had the inside advantage from the #2 post position. In similar fashion, Sakkara Bowie found himself in hot pursuit of the one length lead held by Kells Casanova. The running order remained the same until Sakkara Bowie pulled even with Kells Casanova at the top of the stretch and then it was time for round two. Matching stride for stride, the two combatants battled to the wire with Sakkara Bowie winning the stretch duel for the second straight occasion.
Rambo For Dawn (03/01/14)
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With only a short three day period of racing, there were many contenders for this week’s Greyhound of the Week honors. A final decision was made as Rambo For Dawn from D.Q. Williams Kennel accomplished the milestone of earning her first top grade victory in her grade AA debut while accumulating a career record of 35/9-4-7-4 owner Sharon Williams and trainer Craig Edwards.
Once setting her paws on the La Marque, Texas racing oval for the first time in August of 2013, the career of the 63-pound red daughter of RA Blazer – Rambo For Linda can best be described with three separate streaks of success. It did not take long for Rambo For Dawn to find her way to the winner’s circle graduating from the maiden class in her second official start on August 27. In fact, the first four weeks of competition during the months of August/September resulted in many successful trips cashing a check in 8 out of 9 races ultimately earning her second career victory on September 24 in grade J.
Things took a turn for the worse during the months of October and early November as Rambo For Dawn remained stuck in grades C and D with only one victory to her credit in ten starts. All of a sudden for a two week period from November 12th to the 26th, Rambo For Dawn “caught fire” winning three out of her next four races and climbed the grade ladder into grade A. The roller coaster ride took another downward spiral during December and January as Rambo For Dawn experienced much difficulty with another period of ten starts in grades A & B earning only one second, one third but one victory on January 9th was a highlight running her fastest time ever at 30.27 seconds.
As the page on the calendar turned to the month of February, so did the results as good fortune returned to Rambo For Dawn. After a determined winning effort in grade A on February 6th, Rambo For Dawn made the most of her top grade AA debut three weeks later on February 27th with a spectacular stretch drive. Starting from the #3 post position, Rambo For Dawn moved to her familiar mid-track path behind early race leader BWG Sizzlin of Big Water Kennel and Sakkara Travis of Lingle Kennel. With Sakkara Travis holding a two length advantage at the top of the stretch, Rambo For Dawn kicked her engine into another gear and accelerated down the final parts of the 550-yard journey to win by one length ahead of a strong closing bid from Rio Rambo of K-Rod Kennel.
Ruff Flame (02/08/14)
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After a very successful 2013 campaign at Gulf Greyhound Park which included 16 wins and a third place finish in the finals of the $50,000 Diane Whitely Sprint Championship, Ruff Flame from K-Rod Kennel has put together a pair of hard earned victories to earn the Greyhound of the Week honors to improve his record this year to 5/2-0-1-2.
Since posting a top grade AA victory on November 29, the months of December and January were very difficult for the 67-pound white/red son of TK Quick Strike – Oh Yeah Baby posting only one grade A victory during a period of nine trips around the 550-yard racing oval. The tide turned for the better on January 29 as Ruff Flame overcame a difficult #5 post-position draw with a front running effort under extreme pressure posting a one length victory.
The icing on the cake arrived on Thursday evening February 6 as Ruff Flame proved the best in a four way battle down the stretch to earn back to back triumphant trips. Drawing the green and white stripes of the #7 post position, Ruff Flame had to overcome some adversity early in the race after being forced wide around the first turn but rallied quickly to position himself in second place behind race leader Sakkara Bowie from Lingle Kennel. With Kells Casanova of Tri-State Kennel shadowing every stride just to the outside, Ruff Flame continued to close the gap on Sakkara Bowie before finally putting his nose in front for good down the stretch and crossing the finish line by the narrow margin of a head in a time of 31.42 seconds.
This latest run of success improves the career record of Ruff Flame to an impressive 93/24-12-11-14. Congratulations are in order for owner Charter Kennel, Inc., trainer Cindy Unrein and of course to Ruff Flame for earning the Greyhound of the Week honors for the second time.
BWG Eat My Dust (02/01/14)
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This week’s recipient of the Greyhound of the Week honors requires little introduction after earning top honors at Gulf Greyhound Park as the 2013 win leader with 29 triumphant trips around the La Marque, Texas racing oval. Earning the nickname “the King of the Super Sprint Course”, BWG Eat My Dust is starting to pick up where he left off last year winning back to back races and scoring three wins in his last four races to grab the spotlight.
While accumulating an impressive career record of 63/32-1-5-4, the 72-pound black son of Super Lee – Dobbs Fairy has definitely taken a liking to the 330-yard course competing exclusively over the super sprint course since August 27, 2013 earning 18 of his 32 wins on the way to being named Greyhound of the Year at the Gulf.
The first couple of weeks of 2014 was a bumpy ride for BWG Eat My Dust only winning one of his first three starts but still drew the bullseye as the post time favorite on Sunday afternoon January 19. Drawing a favorable #2 post position for his rail running style, BWG Eat My Dust found himself in a heated battle with Gable Cathead from Bone Man Racing Kennel for the entire 330-yard journey. Saving ground along the rail, BWG Eat My Dust emerged from the long duel with a narrow victory by a neck in a time of 17.33 seconds.
One week would pass by before BWG Eat My Dust was able to flash his championship skills again, this time drawing the white colors of the #3 post position on Sunday afternoon January 26. After breaking evenly with the rest of the field, BWG Eat My Dust quickly accelerated to a one length lead at the first turn benefitting from some collisions behind him. Driving along the rail, BWG Eat My Dust kept a firm grip on his lead ahead of a strong bid from LD Fly Red Tail of Sambade Racing, LLC to win by one length as the odds-on 4/5 choice for owner David Dickson and trainer Sissy Sabell.
Winning Javis (01/18/14 & 01/25/14)
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There is a saying that “one must respect a streak” and sticking with that theme, Winning Javis from D.Q. Williams Kennel earned his title as the Greyhound of the Week for the second consecutive occasion.
After taking two straight trips to the Gulf Greyhound Park winner’s circle last week, the 73-pound black son of Fuzzys Cannon – Winning Olga would have his opportunity to extend that streak on Saturday evening January 25. The post-position draw put the rail running style of Winning Javis in another difficult spot breaking from the outside #8 post. Many of the same faces stood in the way of Winning Javis with five of the other seven competitors in the field seeking to play the revenge card. Sent off as the second choice at odds of 5/2 behind race favorite Korn from Currid Racing, Winning Javis wasted little time going immediately to the front end ahead of early speedsters Gable Raven of Bone Man Racing Kennel and Kells Lola of Cityboy Racing. Establishing a three length advantage around the first turn, the remainder of the 550-yard journey remained unchallenged for Winning Javis cruising home comfortably to a one length victory in a time of 30.74 seconds ahead of strong charging Korn.
The 2014 campaign for Winning Javis is off to an excellent start and is tied on top of the wins list with a record of 4/3-0-0-1 and improving his career record on the Texas Gulf Coast to 25/7-5-4-2. Congratulations go out to owner Sharon Williams, trainer Craig Edwards and of course to Winning Javis for taking the bragging rights for back to back weeks.
This week saw the superstars from D.Q. Williams Kennel flying around the La Marque, Texas racing oval to earn the weekly accolades and one particular athlete, Winning Javis, shined the brightest with a pair of top grade AA victories to claim the Greyhound of the Week honors.
Winning Javis arrived at Gulf Greyhound Park in the beginning of the summer of 2013 from Naples-Fort Myers, Florida and made an immediate splash by running a 29.68 second blistering journey for a grade A victory in his second official start. The first visit to the elite competition of the Gulf’s top grade AA may have been too overwhelming for the 73-pound black son of Fuzzys Cannon – Winning Olga only cashing in two second place efforts in six starts before being forced away from the scene in the middle of July.
Returning in late September after a 2½ month departure, Winning Javis was back on his game with a second place finish followed quickly in his next outing with a grade A victory. A streak of cashing one paycheck after another materialized bringing a smile of trainer Craig Edwards and owner Sharon L. Williams finishing in the money in 11 out of 12 starts including his first top grade AA victory on November 2 and another grade AA victory on November 21. Another bump in the road arrived on November 24 with a seventh place finish and Winning Javis was forced away once again for the remainder of 2013.
A new year and a fresh start arrived for Winning Javis making his 2014 debut on January 8th with an honest fourth place effort finishing only four lengths behind. Perhaps needing that race to get his paws wet again, Winning Javis found himself facing a talented field on Sunday afternoon January 12 and found little respect from the fans being sent off at longshot odds of 13 to 1. Starting from the outside #8 post position, Winning Javis maneuvered his way around early traffic and positioned himself perfectly behind front running kennelmate MW’s Morrigan around the first turn. Steadily closing the gap, Winning Javis caught up with his friendly rival and proved the best down the stretch to win by one length.
The winning effort appeared to catch the attention of the fans for the next outing from Winning Javis on Saturday evening January 18 going off as the second choice on the odds board behind Korn from Currid Racing, who had gone box to wire in his previous start. Despite drawing an unfavorable #6 post position for his rail running style, Winning Javis jumped out quickly from the 550-yard starting box achieving a two length lead around the first turn. The remainder of the journey went unchallenged as Winning Javis won back to back races for the first time since arriving on the Texas Gulf Coast and eclipsed the 30-second barrier with a 29.94 speedy performance, a territory not visited since June 27, 2013 when Winning Javis ran 29.88 seconds in a second place grade AA race.
With a successful start to his 2014 campaign winning two of his first three races, Winning Javis has improved his career record at Gulf Greyhound Park to 24/6-5-4-2.
Texan Mercilus (01/11/2014)
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After a very successful campaign in 2013, Texan Mercilus from Tri-State Kennel has started off 2014 with a “bang” winning his first two outings to earn the Greyhound of the Week honors. With 19 wins last year, the 75-pound brindle son of Starz Jenko – Noah’s Doc Is In continues to be one of the top 550-yard sprinters at Gulf Greyhound Park adding to his impressive career record of 73/21-12-12-6 flashing tremendous early speed and refusing to be caught.
The latter part of 2013 was a bit of a roller coaster ride for Texan Mercilus experiencing a low point over a four week period from the middle of October until the middle of November with only one third place finish out of seven starts dropping down the grade ladder to grade B. Then with the arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday, good fortune arrived scoring a victory in grade B followed by another victory at Valley Greyhound Park’s Festival of Racing on November 30.
Returning back to the La Marque, Texas racing oval, Texan Mercilus started the month of December with three straight second place finishes and a trouble filled seventh place finish before visiting the winner’s circle again on December 27 with his first top grade AA victory since October 13.
Competing for kennel owner Lonnie Boyle and trainer Cam Hawkins, Texan Mercilus finished off the year with a fourth place finish in the Au Revoir chasing Johnny Guitar from Big Water Kennel and returned for his 2014 debut on Saturday evening January 4. Drawing the yellow colors of the #6 post position, Texan Mercilus won the battle for the early lead over Kells Heatwave from LaRosa Racing Kennel eventually opening up a five length lead around the far turn. Things became a little nerve racking down the stretch as U Too Chelsie from K-Rod Kennel came flying with her strong closing speed but the finish line arrived in time for Texan Mercilus winning by one length.
Moving along to his next opportunity on Friday evening January 10, the post-position draw placed Texan Mercilus on the outside again with the lucky stripes of the #7 post. Flashing his notorious early box speed, Texan Mercilus sprinted away to a two length advantage and continued to cruise along comfortably on the lead ahead of KB’s Kebo Bob from K-Rod Kennel. Headed for home, another challenger from K-Rod Kennel, Rio Rambo, would come charging down the stretch but once again Texan Mercilus had enough fuel left in the tank to win by one length and start off 2014 a perfect two for two.
Johnny Guitar (12/31/2013)
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Before the sound of Auld Lang Syne filled the air as the crystal ball struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, there was a different tune being played around the La Marque, Texas racing oval by this week’s Greyhound of the Week, Johnny Guitar from Big Water Kennel. Competing for owner John Saladino and trainer Sissy Sabell, the 75-pound black son of Yahoo Omar – C Ya High Card finished off the month of December with a bang winning his final two starts including the Au Revoir Feature and celebrating the New Year.
The year of 2013 was definitely a roller coaster ride for Johnny Guitar. Returning from a five month departure from the racing scene, it took a few starts for Johnny Guitar to find success getting back to his winning ways with three top grade AA wins in the month of March but more bad news arrived returning Johnny Guitar to the proverbial shelf. As the heat of a Texas summer began to set in, Johnny Guitar made another return and remained in the Gulf’s elite competition scoring four more victories from June through August.
Tough times set in after a grade AA victory on August 17 as Johnny Guitar spent the next three plus months without the sweet taste of another top grade win and falling down the grade ladder to grade B for the first time since January of 2012. The stay in grade B was a brief one winning immediately and the uphill climb began entering the month of the December. After a third place finish in grade A, Johnny Guitar took full advantage of the beneficial #1 post position draws to win back to back races in grades A and AA announcing his return that he was back as one of the top sprinters on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Following a second place finish on December 21, Johnny Guitar returned to his winning ways going box to wire wearing the white colors of the #3 post position on December 27. Breaking immediately to the lead, Johnny Guitar turned away the challenge from Kells Casanova of Tri-State Kennel and drew clear to a 3½ length victory while putting an end to the five race winning streak of possibly the hottest greyhound at Gulf Greyhound Park at the time, Gable Demigod from Bone Man Racing Kennel.
The final chapter of 2013 arrived with the Au Revoir Feature as the post draw was kind to the connections of Johnny Guitar drawing the favorable red colors of the #1 post position once again. Riding the wave of momentum, Johnny Guitar broke to the front but was passed up by speedster Sakkara Bowie of Lingle Kennel heading into the first turn. With a strong run down the backstretch, Johnny Guitar pulled even with Sakkara Bowie around the far turn and sprouted wings running away from the best that the Gulf had to offer winning by four lengths.
Finishing with a flurry, the 2013 campaign for Johnny Guitar resulted in a successful record of 48/15-6-8-8 while building future Hall of Fame numbers totaling 89/34-9-10-12 over his two year career.
Gable Demigod (12/21/2013)
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There is a saying “better late than never” right? This week’s recipient of the Greyhound of the Week honors, Gable Demigod from Bone Man Racing Kennel, has gone undefeated in the month of December while putting together a career best five race winning streak. This monumental string of victories includes his top grade AA debut and then proved it was not a fluke by winning again for trainer John Mitcham, Jr. and owner Green Smith.
Starting his career in the month of May, the 74-pound red brindle son of Gable Wyatt – Gunpowder Gertie took four tries to graduate from the maiden class using a come from behind running style. Three more victories would arrive in the next eight starts but Gable Demigod could not advance any further up the grade ladder spending the next five months in the middle grades of B and A.
With the arrival of the month of December came a “new and improved” version of Gable Demigod beginning with a grade C effort on the 1st. For the first time ever in his career, Gable Demigod broke immediately to the lead and ran away to a nine length demolition of his rivals. Two more “traditional” come from behind winning efforts followed in a grade B win on the 7th and a grade A win on the 12th catapulting him into the elite competition of the Gulf’s top grade AA.
The stage was set on Tuesday evening December 17 as Gable Demigod made his top grade debut drawing the blue colors of the #2 post position. The early portion of the contest found Gable Demigod in his usual position near the back of the pack while the previous Greyhound of the Week, TNJ Buck Fever from Big Water Kennel, set the early pace. While beginning to make his move down the backstretch, a bit of racing luck occurred as TNJ Buck Fever was hit from behind by C Ya Rock Star from LaRosa Racing Kennel creating an opportunity. Gable Demigod seized the moment and accelerated around the pack of leaders to reach the finish line one length in front for win number four in a row and his first grade AA victory.
The “icing on the cake” would arrive in his next start on Saturday evening December 21 as Gable Demigod came flying home to victory once again proving his last winning effort was not a “one hit wonder”. Wearing the green colors of the #4 post position, Gable Demigod experienced some early traffic placing him in sixth place around the first turn. As an opening appeared in the backstretch, here came Gable Demigod passing rivals one by one until finally driving past race leader BWG Burninground from Big Water Kennel to win by one length and extending his current win streak to five in a row.
TNJ Buck Fever (12/14/2013)
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For the second week in a row, Big Water Kennel and trainer Sissy Sabell provide the Greyhound of the Week at Gulf Greyhound Park with veteran TNJ Buck Fever basking in the spotlight. The 73-pound black son of Heart Rumble* – TNJ Teardrop used a pair of front running victories adding to a successful record this year of 68/14-14-13-5 and career totals of 118/26-26-18-11 over the past two years for owner James Tuddy Dietz.
This recent rejuvenation comes at a time when the visits to the winner’s circle were few and far between. Except for a grade A victory on November 7, TNJ Buck Fever was experiencing a dreadful drought going winless over a three month time frame since a period from July 12 to August 2 winning four out of five races including three top grade AA contests. Entering the grade AA tenth race on Friday evening December 6, TNJ Buck Fever had the taste of victory stolen away down the stretch in his previous two outings. The scales tipped in the favor of TNJ Buck Fever on this night refusing to be caught to claim the winner’s share of the purse. Starting from the middle #5 post position, TNJ Buck Fever rushed past RC’s Dominic of D.Q. Williams Kennel achieving a two length lead around the first turn. The lead of TNJ Buck Fever disappeared around the far turn as Sakkara Travis of Lingle Kennel made his bid for the lead pulling even at the top of the stretch setting the stage for an exciting finish. After “scraping paint” with each other, TNJ Buck Fever put his nose out front for good to win by one length over Sakkara Travis in a time of 30.44 seconds. The next opportunity would arrive on Thursday evening December 12 drawing the yellow colors of the #6 post position, suited favorably for his mid-track running style. Sent off at profitable odds of 6 to 1, TNJ Buck Fever proved his previous winning effort was not a fluke going immediately to the lead once again. With a three length lead in hand around the first turn ahead of Beautyspecialist from D.Q. Williams Kennel, TNJ Buck Fever cruised along on the lead comfortably and finished the 550-yard journey unchallenged to win by the same three length margin in a time of 30.29 seconds.
BWG Eat My Dust (12/07/2013)
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The tide has shifted once again in the battle for the title of Greyhound of the Year tipping in the favor of BWG Eat My Dust from Big Water Kennel with a two race winning streak to earn the Greyhound of the Week honors. Taking advantage of the departure of 25 race winner Atascocita Davy from Libby Racing Kennels, who has not competed since November 16, BWG Eat My Dust has emerged on top to seize the “King of the Hill” bragging rights with a record of 53/26-1-5-3 heading into Sunday afternoon’s action.
Walking to the starting box of the 330-yard super sprint course on Wednesday afternoon November 27, BWG Eat My Dust was experiencing a three race trouble filled winless streak after putting together a dominating seven race win string to propel the 72-pound black son of Super Lee – Dobbs Fairy to the top of the 2013 wins list. Despite the recent bad fortune, the fans tagged BWG Eat My Dust as the heavy 3/5 race favorite starting from the middle #5 post position. As the lid popped open, Law’s Colski of Sambade Racing, LLC broke quickly but BWG Eat My Dust said “enough is enough” and rushed past his rivals to achieve the lead, eventually sprinting away along the rail to win by five lengths to tie Atascocita Davy with his 25th win. The next opportunity for BWG Eat My Dust would arrive in the bone chilling air on Thursday evening December 5. The “Racing Gods” were definitely smiling down on BWG Eat My Dust this night providing some luck on the way to a track leading 26th win of 2013. Wearing the green colors of the #4 post position, BWG Eat My Dust wasted little time going immediately to the lead and looking back historically in his previous 11 victories over the 330-yard super sprint course, has not been caught on the front end. So with history on his side, chances were that BWG Eat My Dust wouldn’t have been run down anyways, right? Well, just in case, a traffic jam developed at the first turn behind BWG Eat My Dust ensuring that the superstar owned by David Dickson and trained by Sissy Sabell would race away all alone by eight lengths in a time of 17.29 seconds.
Sam Hanna (11/30/2013)
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Gulf Greyhound Park has been “invaded” with some top notch athletes from Tri-State Greyhound Park in West Virginia as Currid Racing continues to reload and one of their superstars has made an immediate impact to claim the Greyhound of the Week honors in just four starts on the Texas Gulf Coast. Sam Hanna, a 77-pound black son of Trent Lee – D’s Smiley, does his best running from the back of the pack and his mid-track running style has struck gold cashing in two consecutive top grade AA victories to earn the glitter and fame of the weekly accolades for owner Plum Creek and trainer Heather Currid.
Before making his southbound journey, Sam Hanna competed in grade AA at Tri-State very successfully with a record of 42/7-12-8-6 which adds up to cashing a paycheck 78% of the time. After schooling in very well with a second place finish, Sam Hanna was introduced to the blazing early box speed of the superstars at Gulf Greyhound Park in his first two official starts only managing to close ground for a pair of fifth place finishes behind previous Greyhound of the Week, Rio Lone Ranger from K-Rod Kennel.
The tables would turn for the better as a muddy racing surface presented itself on Saturday evening November 23 and late speed was the name of the game on this night playing perfectly into Sam Hanna’s favor. Starting from a perfect #8 post position for his running style, Sam Hanna made his usual bid from behind and used a sweeping move around early speedsters Atascocita Ty of Libby Racing Kennels and TNJ Road Runner of Big Water Kennel to score his first win at the Gulf by three lengths.
The next opportunity for Sam Hanna arrived on Wednesday afternoon November 27 drawing the yellow colors of the #6 post position. There’s always an added ingredient of excitement with the anticipation of a strong closer trying to catch a speedster flying along on the lead. This was the exact scenario that presented itself as Hot on Her Tail from D.Q. Williams Kennel led for most of the 550-yard journey until Sam Hanna came flying down the stretch in the center of the racetrack to reach the finish line one length in front.
Rio Lone Ranger (11/16/2013)
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Finally, a new face arrives into the Greyhound of the Week spotlight as Rio Lone Ranger from K-Rod Kennel is emerging into one of the top sprinters at Gulf Greyhound Park. With a recent run of success winning four out of his last five races including a current streak of two top grade AA victories, the 68-pound red son of Lonesome Cry – Green Eyed Cat has improved his record to 23/8-3-3-1 for trainer Cindy Unrein and owner Dolores Russell. Finally, a new face arrives into the Greyhound of the Week spotlight as Rio Lone Ranger from K-Rod Kennel is emerging into one of the top sprinters at Gulf Greyhound Park. With a recent run of success winning four out of his last five races including a current streak of two top grade AA victories, the 68-pound red son of Lonesome Cry – Green Eyed Cat has improved his record to 23/8-3-3-1 for trainer Cindy Unrein and owner Dolores Russell.
The career of Rio Lone Ranger can be divided into two halves. Beginning in the month of June, Rio Lone Ranger started with a bang winning four of his first ten races climbing quickly through the grade ladder from maiden to grade A. Then things suddenly turned in the opposite direction with only one second place finish over the next six races forcing a departure from the racing scene in the middle of August. Arriving back to the La Marque, Texas racing oval in the first part of October, Rio Lone Ranger appeared rejuvenated winning both of his official schooling efforts. After getting his paws wet with a fifth place finish in his return on October 13, Rio Lone Ranger has flashed tremendous early box speed from the 550-yard starting box achieving the lead around the first turn in his last six races only to be caught twice winning four of the contests. After finishing third in his top grade AA debut on November 2, Rio Lone Ranger made a bold statement in his next opportunity on Friday evening November 8. Wearing the yellow colors of the #6 post position and facing Sakkara Bowie from Lingle Kennel with his seven race winning streak, Rio Lone Ranger popped out on top and refused to be caught with a determined 1½ length front running effort and his first career grade AA triumph. A rematch was in order on Wednesday afternoon November 13 as Rio Lone Ranger faced another top grade field including Sakkara Bowie. Drawing the blue colors of the #2 post position, Rio Lone Ranger went immediately to the lead once again establishing a two length lead around the first turn. Cruising down the backstretch, Rio Lone Ranger could hear the footsteps as Sakkara Bowie drove up to challenge around the far turn but Rio Lone Ranger refused to be caught on this day holding on by ½ length ahead of a late charge from Uinques Place of D.Q. Williams Kennel and Sakkara Bowie.
Atascocita Davy (11/02/2013 & 11/09/2013)
As the two winning streaks consisting of seven wins in a row held by Sakkara Bowie of Lingle Kennel and BWG Eat My Dust of Big Water Kennel were extinguished, last week’s Greyhound of the Week, Atascocita Davy from Libby Racing Kennels found a way to keep his winning streak alive and kicking in order to keep the weekly honors for the second consecutive occasion.
Heading into the contest on Thursday evening October 7th, the deck was stacked against Atascocita Davy facing some of Gulf Greyhound Park’s top sprinters including Gable Raven from Bone Man Racing Kennel, Miss Jakie from D.Q. Williams Kennel and Korn from Currid Racing. Then throw in the fact of drawing an unfavorable #1 post position draw for his wide running style from which Atascocita Davy has not found the winner’s circle in his last four attempts wearing the red blanket. Despite all of this, the fans painted the “bullseye tag” on Atascocita Davy going off at odds of 2 to 1. As track announcer John Paul Faour gave his patented race call of “Here’s Marquey”, the 550-yard starting box opened and out popped Atascocita Davy immediately to the lead moving to his favored outside portion of the racetrack ahead of Gable Raven and Korn. Sprinting away early to an insurmountable three length advantage around the first turn, Atascocita Davy continued to fly on the front end going unchallenged for the remainder of his journey around the La Marque, Texas racing oval. The final winning margin was four lengths in a very fast time of 29.90 seconds. More importantly, Atascocita Davy stands alone once again on top of the 2013 wins list with an impressive record of 58/25-6-4-5 and lifetime future Hall of Fame numbers totaling 90/35-9-7-10. Congratulations go out to owner Atascocita Racing, trainer Troy Tinney and of course to Atascocita Davy for his current three race winning streak heading into a rematch with the same three rivals on Tuesday evening November 12. —————————————————————————-
The battle for the title of “top dog” and Greyhound of the Year continues to see-saw back and forth with this week’s Greyhound of the Week, Atascocita Davy from Libby Racing Kennels, stating his case with two top grade AA victories this week. Owned by Atascocita Racing and trained by Troy Tinney, the 65-pound black son of Rhythmless – Atascocita Jade continues to enjoy a very successful year with a record of 57/24-6-4-5 and pulled even with BWG Eat My Dust from Big Water Kennel on top of the wins list.
After two out of the money finishes heading into this week, Atascocita Davy entered his contest on Tuesday night October 29 trying to get back on track but faced a difficult top grade field including Korn, who has been a thorn in his side never defeating the superstar from Currid Racing. Drawing a favorable outside #6 post position for his wide running style, Atascocita Davy made his move down the backstretch and caught race leader SS Stem Winder of K-Rod Kennel around the far turn to take control. Appearing to “sprout wings”, Atascocita Davy sprinted away to a five length victory in a time of 30.16 seconds to pull temporarily pull even with BWG Eat My Dust at 23 wins.
Already knowing that BWG Eat My Dust had earned his 24th win on Thursday evening, Atascocita Davy was ready to go in the twentieth race finale on Saturday afternoon November 2. Starting from the middle #5 post positions, Atascocita Davy was made the second choice on the odds board behind the three race winning streak of Miss Jakie of D.Q. Williams Kennel. Breaking more alertly this time around, Atascocita Davy raced stride for stride with BWG Burninground of Big Water Kennel heading into the first turn. With a sweeping move heading into the backstretch, Atascocita Davy put his nose in front for good and extended his lead around the far turn to eventually cross the finish line 3½ lengths in front stopping the timer at 30.03 seconds.
Kennel of the Week
D.Q. Williams Kennel (04/26/14)
With a shortened week of racing due to the celebration of the Easter holiday, the game of “back and forth” continues to materialize as D.Q. Williams Kennel takes over the reins from Libby Racing Kennels for the second time in three weeks as the Kennel of the Week at Gulf Greyhound Park. Trainer Craig Edwards played the numbers game to his advantage with the highest number of starts amongst the kennels while finishing in a tie with Meteorite Kennel with the most wins for the week. The final numbers accumulated to 7 wins, 3 seconds, 4 thirds and 9 fourth place finishes out of 44 starts to cash in $7,010.45 worth of purse money at the bank. Leading the way with top grade AA victories were Need My Moneynow on Wednesday afternoon and Winning Javis on Thursday evening. The race on top of the kennel standings tightened up as “the big three” of D.Q. Williams Kennel (102 wins), K-Rod Kennel (105½ wins) and Libby Racing Kennels (112 wins) continue to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Libby Racing Kennels (04/19/14)
After a brief departure, Gulf Greyhound Park’s top kennel, Libby Racing Kennels, found their way to the Kennel of the Week honors for the fourth time in the last five weeks. The journey was by no means very easy with the purse money being spread evenly as half of the kennels experienced successful weeks eclipsing the five thousand dollar mark.
Trainer Troy Tinney played the numbers game to perfection with the highest number of starts at 51 with 8 wins, 7 seconds, 6 thirds and 9½ fourth place finishes to cash in $6,893.22 at the bank. Leading the way with top grade victories were Greyhound of the Week Atascocita Kosta on Friday evening and an impressive run from Atascocita Eliot on Saturday night. This latest effort keeps Libby Racing Kennels (107 wins) comfortably on top of the yearly kennel standings ahead of second place K-Rod Kennel (99.5 wins) and last week’s Kennel of the Week, D.Q. Williams Kennel, and their 95 wins.
D.Q. Williams Kennel (04/12/14)
Trainer Craig Edwards and his athletes from D.Q. Williams Kennel were “red hot” this week to claim the Kennel of the Week honors and put an end to the three week reign held by Libby Racing Kennels. Without the benefit of a top grade AA victory, D.Q. Williams Kennel used a steady performance to accumulate 11 wins, 5 seconds, 11 thirds and 5 fourth place finishes out of 54 starts to cash in $8,418.04 in purse money to take to the bank. This recent effort solidifies D.Q. Williams Kennel (89 wins) in third place of the yearly kennel standings while continuing their pursuit of second place K-Rod Kennel (91 wins) and top kennel Libby Racing Kennels (99 wins).
Libby Racing Kennels (04/05/14)
When looking for this week’s recipient of the Kennel of the Week honors, it’s as easy as counting one, two, three. Libby Racing Kennels and trainer Troy Tinney hit the trifecta as their athletes continue to be the hottest thing going on the Texas Gulf Coast winning at least two races each day throughout the week to claim the title for the third consecutive week. With another workmanlike effort of their 44 starts, the final totals accumulated to 12 wins, 5 seconds, 4 thirds and 5 fourth place finishes earning $7,973.00 in purse money. Leading the way with top grade AA victories were Atascocita Kosta on Friday evening and Ugo Kismet on Saturday night. After jumping to the lead on top of the yearly kennel standings last week, Libby Racing Kennels (94 wins) has extended their lead over two time defending champion K-Rod Kennel (83 wins) and D.Q. Williams Kennel (78 wins). Libby Racing Kennels (03/29/14) Troy Tinney continues to have “the hot hand” as his superstars from Libby Racing Kennels are flying around the Gulf Greyhound Park racing oval and found their way to the Kennel of the Week honors for back to back occasions. Making the most of their 43 starts this week, the athletes earned 10 wins, 5 seconds, 5 thirds and 6 fourth place finishes taking $7,650.62 worth of purse money to the bank. The highlight of the week occurred on Thursday evening as 11 of the 13 competitors landed on the paysheet while winning an eye opening 5 races. Showing the way with top grade AA victories were Ugo Kismet on Sunday afternoon and Atascocita Davy on Friday evening. With this latest streak of success, there has been a changing of the guard on top of the kennel standings as Libby Racing Kennels (82 wins) now sits on top after overtaking two time defending champion K-Rod Kennel (78 wins).
Libby Racing Kennels (03/22/14)
Trainer Troy Tinney had his athletes from Libby Racing Kennels on their “A” game and rode the wave of an excellent start of five wins at the beginning of the week on Sunday afternoon to earn the Kennel of the Week honors. Throw in two more victories on Thursday evening and three more to wrap up the week Saturday night, Libby Racing Kennels dominated the action while closing the gap on front running K-Rod Kennel in the kennel standings. The effort can be summed up as “efficient” with 11 wins, 3½ seconds, 8½ thirds and 6 fourth place finishes out of 46 starts to cash in $8,685.00 in purse money. Leading the way with top grade AA victories were hot-shot pup Atascocita Kosta on Sunday afternoon and recent Greyhound of the Week, Atascocita Davy, earning his third win in a row on Saturday evening. At the beginning the week, the margin between the top two kennels was ten wins but now Libby Racing Kennels (72 wins) is within striking range of K-Rod Kennel (75 wins).
K-Rod Kennel (03/15/14)
The dominating performance from the athletes of Gulf Greyhound Park’s top kennel, K-Rod Kennel can be summed up with a short three letter word, Wow! As spring break provided bigger crowds for the exciting action, trainer Cindy Unrein and assistant trainer Vicky Garcia took full advantage of the additional purse money up for grabs to earn the Kennel of the Week honors for the second consecutive week by eclipsing the five figure mark. The final numbers accumulated to 10½ wins, 9½ seconds, 4 thirds and 9 fourth place finishes from 59 starts to cash in a profitable check of $10,219.55. Top grade AA wins were plentiful with pair of winning efforts from KB’s Comic Strip and KB’s Kebo Bob on Wednesday afternoon and KB’s Show N Tell on Friday evening. K-Rod Kennel (71 wins) continues to lead the way on top of the kennel standings for the year with a comfortable margin of 10 wins over second place Libby Racing Kennels (61 wins) and D.Q. Williams Kennel (56 wins).
K-Rod Kennel (03/08/14) For the first time since the beginning of February, a full week of five performances took place at Gulf Greyhound Park providing the kennels and their athletes multiple opportunities to compete for top dollars. With another outstanding performance, the top kennel on the Texas Gulf Coast for the last two years, K-Rod Kennel, continued their dominance and earned the Kennel of the Week honors. Trainer Cindy Unrein and assistant trainer Vicky Garcia keep playing the numbers game to perfection with the second highest amount of starts for the week (54, behind the 57 starts from D.Q. Williams Kennel) leading to a tie with Libby Racing Kennels for the most wins this week at 10. The final totals for K-Rod Kennel were 10 wins, 4 seconds, 10 thirds and 7 fourth place finishes cashing in $8,430.65 worth of purse money. Leading the way with top grade AA victories were Rio Rambo on Thursday night and KB’s Show N Tell on Friday night. Tri-State Kennel (03/01/14) The live racing action at Gulf Greyhound Park resumed on Thursday February 27 after a two week departure. The stakes were high and dollar signs filled the eyes of everyone as two weeks’ worth of purse money was up for grabs and two kennels took full advantage with excellent results over a three day period from Thursday through Saturday. At the end of the duel, Tri-State Kennel and trainer Cam Hawkins proved the best to the earn the Kennel of the Week honors over K-Rod Kennel. With 26 starts, the athletes from Tri-State Kennel earned 7 wins, 5 seconds, 3 thirds and 6 fourth place finishes to cash in $18,583.20 in purse money. Leading the way were Kells Rodeo and Texan Mercilus with top grade AA victories on Saturday evening.
K-Rod Kennel (02/08/14)
With a shortened week of racing due to the Super Bowl on Sunday February 2, a majority of the kennels enjoyed success on the Texas Gulf Coast. Emerging on top was the two-time defending kennel champion, K-Rod Kennel, to earn the Kennel of the Week honors. Along with four other kennels, trainer Cindy Unrein and assistant trainer Vicky Garcia enjoyed six trips to the Gulf Greyhound Park winner’s circle and won the duel over Tri-State Kennel by $290 for the weekly bragging rights. The final totals added up to 6 wins, 4 seconds, 6 thirds and 7 fourth place finishes cashing in a purse check of $6,434.16 at the bank. Leading the way with top grade AA victories were Rio Rambo on Wednesday afternoon and Ruff Flame on Thursday evening. The battle on top of the kennel standings tightened up with K-Rod Kennel remaining in second place but closing the gap on front running D.Q. Williams Kennel to 1½ wins.
D.Q. Williams Kennel (02/01/14)
Playing “the numbers game” to perfection with the most starts for the week amongst the kennels here at Gulf Greyhound Park, D.Q. Williams Kennel earned the Kennel of the Week honors while extending their lead on top of the kennel standings over K-Rod Kennel and Bone Man Racing Kennel. The athletes trained by Craig Edwards finished the week with a flourish doing most of their damage on Friday and Saturday evening. The final totals for the week added up to 8½ wins, 8½ seconds, 7 thirds and 5 fourth place finishes taking a purse check for $7,491.13 to the bank. Leading the way with top grade AA victories were MW’s Morrigan on Wednesday afternoon and two time Greyhound of the Week, Winning Javis, extending his winning streak to four in a row on Saturday night and sits atop the wins list in 2014.
Libby Racing Kennels (01/25/2014)
The early hustle and bustle continues among the kennels at Gulf Greyhound Park with Libby Racing Kennels earning the Kennel of the Week honors. Trainer Troy Tinney used the youth movement of blossoming pups and a handful of lower grade victories to contribute to an excellent week of racing. Standing out was a dominating performance on Thursday evening January 23 as Libby Racing Kennels scored five wins including the first top grade AA victory in 2014 for superstar Atascocita Davy. The final totals for the week were 11 wins, 8 seconds, 2 thirds and 5½ fourth place finishes to cash in $7,353.13 in purse money. This latest effort moves Libby Racing Kennels from eighth place in the kennel standings to being right in the thick of the hunt in fifth place only 4½ wins from the top.
D.Q. Williams Kennel (01/18/2014)
After the first two weeks of competition in 2014, D.Q. Williams Kennel was positioned in sixth place of the kennel standings despite being only four wins behind a tightly grouped bunch. Trainer Craig Edwards had his athletes performing in spectacular fashion over the last seven days to earn the Kennel of the Week honors vaulting D.Q. Williams Kennel to the top of the kennel standings. The week resembled a set of “bookends” with a majority of their success occurring on Sunday afternoon with three wins, three more wins on Friday evening and four victories on Saturday night. Playing the “numbers game” to perfection with the highest amount of starts for the week (56), D.Q. Williams Kennel scored 12 wins, 5 seconds, 11 thirds and 6 fourth place finishes to cash $8,658.30 in purse earnings. Showing the way with top grade victories were Mr Caleb on Wednesday afternoon and a pair of wins from Winning Javis on Sunday afternoon and Saturday night punching his ticket to the Greyhound of the Week honors.
K-Rod Kennel (01/11/2014)
Moving forward into the new year, the scramble on top of the kennel standings continues as the kennels at Gulf Greyhound Park seek the bragging rights as “king of the hill”. For the second week in a row, the Gulf’s leading kennel from the past two years, K-Rod Kennel, earned the Kennel of the Week honors emerging on top from a four-way battle including Tri-State Kennel, D.Q. Williams Kennel and Currid Racing. Using a steady diet of in the money finishes, trainer Cindy Unrein and assistant trainer Vicky Garcia led their superstars to 7 wins, 7 seconds, 9 thirds and 8 fourth place finishes cashing in $7,976.52 in purse money. Leading the way with top grade AA victories were Spry Cairo on Sunday afternoon and U Too Chelsie on Saturday night. K-Rod Kennel sits in second place of the kennel standings tied with Currid Racing at 13 wins so far this year in pursuit of Big Water Kennel and their 14 wins.
K-Rod Kennel (12/31/2013)
Happy New Year! As we move into another exciting year of greyhound racing action on the Texas Gulf Coast, some things remain the same as the two time Kennel of the Year, K-Rod Kennel, starts off with the first Kennel of the Week honors. Despite finishing in third place in the number of wins over the three day period from Thursday through Saturday, K-Rod Kennel emerged on top out of a three way duel with Big Water Kennel and Bone Man Racing Kennel totaling the highest amount of purse earnings. Trainer Cindy Unrein and assistant Vicky Garcia led their superstars to 6 wins, 3 seconds, 3 thirds and 7 fourth place finishes out of 30 starts to cash $4,933.35 in purse money.
Bone Man Racing Kennel (12/21/2013)
For the second week in a row, trainer John Mitcham, Jr. had his athletes from Bone Man Racing Kennel flying around the La Marque, Texas racing oval but this time resulting with the Kennel of the Week honors. After winning 15 races last week and a second place finish behind D.Q. Williams Kennel, Bone Man Racing Kennel accumulated 14 ½ wins, 9 ½ seconds, 5 thirds and 8 fourth place finishes out of 60 starts to cash in $7,689.51 in purse money to outrun Gulf Greyhound Park’s top two kennels (K-Rod Kennel & D.Q. Williams Kennel). There’s just over a week left of competition this year and K-Rod Kennel (463.5 wins) responded to the challenge of the hard charging D.Q. Williams Kennel (456 wins) by widening their margin on top of the kennel standings to 7 ½ wins.
D.Q. Williams Kennel (12/14/2013)
The theme of the same ol’ song and dance continues as D.Q. Williams Kennel won a three way battle with Bone Man Racing Kennel and K-Rod Kennel to earn the Kennel of the Week honors for the ninth time in the last eleven weeks. A majority of the visits to the winner’s circle occurred in the early portion of the week accumulating 11 of their wins from Sunday through Wednesday. The final totals for trainer Craig Edwards and the athletes of D.Q. Williams Kennel added up to 15 wins, 9 seconds, 9 thirds and 5 fourth place finishes earning $7,987.39 in purse money. With just over two weeks left in the year, the battle on top of the kennel standings has intensified into a nailbiter as D.Q. Williams Kennel and their 447.5 wins are now just three wins behind frontrunning K-Rod Kennel and their 450.5 wins. Let the fireworks begin!
D.Q. Williams Kennel (12/07/2013)
After taking a brief one week hiatus from the spotlight, D.Q. Williams Kennel once again claimed the Kennel of the Week honors for the eighth time in the past ten weeks. A consistent steady effort resulted in 9½ wins, 11½ seconds, 8½ thirds and 8½ fourth place finishes out of 66 starts to earn $6,853.62 in purse money. Leading the way with top grade AA wins for trainer Craig Edwards and assistant Enrique Macias were a dead heat victory on Sunday afternoon from Hot on Her Tail and a front running effort from MW’s Morrigan on Saturday night. Despite this latest accomplishment, the pursuit for the kennel championship is beginning to run out of time as D.Q. Williams Kennel (432.5 wins) only narrowed the margin between themselves and leading K-Rod Kennel (441.5 wins) by ½ win this week. Down the stretch they come, can D.Q. Williams Kennel catch K-Rod Kennel?
Currid Racing (11/30/2013)
One simple word could describe the performance from this week’s recipient of the Kennel of the Week honors, Currid Racing……Wow! Trainer Heather Currid had their athletes on their “A” game all week long with a steady diet of victories rolling in one after another resembling a Thanksgiving feast of the purse money. With a total of 63 starts during this shortened week of racing due to “Turkey Day”, Currid Racing accumulated 15 wins, 9 seconds, 11 thirds and 5 fourth place finishes earning $8,794.89 in purse winnings. Leading the way with top grade AA victories were two invaders from Tri-State in West Virginia, Sam Hanna on Wednesday afternoon and Donna Paulsen on Saturday evening.
D.Q. Williams Kennel (11/02/2013 & 11/09/2013 & 11/16/2013)
D.Q. Williams Kennel continues to remain the hottest kennel at Gulf Greyhound Park running away with the Kennel of the Week honors for the fifth time in the last six weeks. Trainer Craig Edwards and assistant Enrique Macias keep running to the bank with smiles on their faces as the spectacular efforts from their athletes tallied 10 wins, 17 seconds, 9 thirds and 6 fourth place finishes cashing in $7,732.25 in purse money. MW’s Morrigan led the balanced effort with the only top grade AA victory for the week on Saturday evening. This successful run of good fortune is making the battle on top of the yearly kennel standings more of a “nail biter” with D.Q. Williams Kennel and their 399 wins shrinking the margin between themselves and front running K-Rod Kennel with their 412.5 wins. One thing is for certain, these final two months of the year will be exciting in the race for the kennel championship.