Greyhound of the Week - 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)
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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
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.