CTW BRONZE DRAKE RUSHES TO THE TOP OF THE UGR TOP 25 POLL
By Michael D. Frino
Click Here for Poll Results---> 4th QRT 2012 Update.pdf
The latest United Greyhound Racing poll…our last poll for this year…comes in two parts. First our Top 25 Poll based on races from September 2nd through October 31st. Second, we have named our top 10 greyhounds for the year based on all four of our Top 25 Polls. More on the top 10 and how they were chosen will be highlighted later.
David Peck’s CTW Bronze Drake captured the number one ranking in the latest United Greyhound Racing Top 25 Poll. In doing so, he became the first greyhound from a track other than Southland, to sit atop the poll. Bronze Drake runs for the Clear The Way Kennel at Wheeling Island and makes his third appearance in the UGR poll. The son of Lonesome Cry-CTW Outa Sight won his last three starts in October, and also shows a five race win streak which started at the end of August. He continues to improve for trainer Patrick Bever, and has won his most recent races in convincing fashion. Bronze Drake also makes the year end UGR Top 10, so there will be more on him later in the article.
Belle of Ruckus from Southland finished a close second in the poll. A loss in her October 27th race dropped her to the runner up position ending Southland Park’s reign at the top spot. Belle of Ruckus (Trent Lee –Inca Ruckus) won 7 of 10 for the Darren Henry Kennel and owner Billie Jo Smart. She had two wins in the preliminary rounds of the Festival of Stakes, and made the finals of that prestigious race (note: the Festival of Stakes Championship on Nov. 2nd was not included in this poll). The talented female flashes early speed as is the case with many of the Trent Lee offspring.
Two greyhounds from Bluffs Run occupy the third and fourth positions in the poll. Mamas Pastorjoel -3rd ranked- was just as UGR poll member Steve Sigafoose stated “almost perfect in a two month stretch.” Pastorjoel (Stan’s Boy Flyer-Greys Blue Cloud) possesses good box speed and takes charge early in the race. He won 8 of 9 races for the Bean & Stout Kennel, and in his only loss he was in the lead when stumbling in the far turn. Mamas Pastorjoel is owned by Stephen Lockwood. After shipping from Melbourne where he set the 5/16ths track record, SH Avatar needed some starts to adjust to the track and tougher competition. Once he figured things out, he was all business. He uses a nice rush to the turn to put himself in position to overtake the leaders. The son of Kiowa Mon Manny-Tom S Caterwaul did just that in winning 8 of 11 races over a two month period. He also won the first three rounds of the Iowa Breeders Classic. SH Avatar – fourth in the rankings- is owned by Tom Sugihara Jr. and Robert Hardison and races out of the Hardison Kennel.
Another Southland Park standout grabs the #5 ranking. FF Code Red won 6 of 9 races which included a five race win streak. Code Red is a son of Kiowa Mon Manny and is out of Sacred Drive, who is a littermate to a former Southland superstar…, Soprano Drive. FF Code Red also ran in the finals of the Festival of Stakes. He is owned by Joseph M. Fusaro Jr. and runs for the Robert Thorne kennel.
The #6 ranked greyhound is Santa’s Clifton from Gulf Greyhound Park. Clifton was undefeated through our two month ranking period with seven wins over the 3/8th course. It should not be surprising (DQ Williams Kennel) that this greyhound excels on the back side as he is sired by a nice distance dog in Let’s Winendine and is out of Santa’s Playgirl…a well known star in the marathon distance. Santa’s Clifton is owned by Sharon Williams.
Boc’s Sweeney, runner up in the Iowa Breeders Classic at Dubuque, earned the #7 ranking for the Boeckenstedt Kennel. The early speedster ranked sixth in the last UGR poll, and she will also show up in the year end Top 10. Boc’s Sweeney (Dodgem By Design- Boc’s Suzy Q) tallied 8 wins in 11 starts, with four consecutive preliminary round wins in the Iowa Breeders Classic.
Clyde of Ruckus won 6 of 9 starts at Southland Park and ranks 8th in the poll. Clyde made the finals of the Festival of Stakes showing two wins in the preliminary rounds. He is the second greyhound to make the Top 25 Poll for the Darren Henry Kennel and owner Billie Jo Smart. Clyde of Ruckus is by Soprano Drive and out of Pawn of Ruckus.
Rounding out the top ten are two greyhounds that have ranked high in previous UGR polls. Venus Espinosa ...3rd in the last poll…is 9th in this poll. Venus won the Derby Lane Fall Sprint Classic and recorded 7 wins in his last 12 starts. UGR’S newest poll member...the voice of Derby Lane, Jim Peake…ranked Venus Espinosa tops at Derby Lane, and the son of Kiowa Mon Manny and Sol Venus certainly has the record to back his lofty ranking. J’s Robin (Lonesome Cry-Boy Trouble) dominated the Orange Park oval and is ranked #10 in the latest poll. She ended the month of October with three straight wins (11 of 15 overall) at Orange Park before shipping to Naples to showcase her talents. Both Venus Espinosa and J’s Robin earned spots in the year end list of our top greyhounds.
How the Top 25 Poll Works
The UGR Top 25 Poll utilizes two score components plus bonus points/adjustments in three other categories to give each greyhound a final point total or score.
One score is derived from the greyhound’s individual ranking at their home track. It constitutes approximately two-thirds of the final point total. The rankings are done by poll members representing each of the tracks. The poll members rank the greyhounds they chose as the top five greyhounds presently running at their track. The ten major tracks are included in the poll, and therefore fifty greyhounds receive a score. The greyhounds receive points depending on their home track ranking.