Courtesy of Gulf Greyhound
The weather along the Texas Gulf Coast may have cooled off recently but if anyone has been watching the 660-yard races, Atascocita Vito from Libby Racing Kennels has continued to be `red hot` dominating the competition to earn this week’s Greyhound of the Week honors. Atascocita Vito, trained by Frank Falco and owned by Atascocita Racing, has established himself as the best distance racer on the local scene here at Gulf Greyhound Park and should be recognized in the national picture with the impressive numbers being established.
On Friday evening November 5, the first half of the twin-trifecta mandatory payout featured Atascocita Vito starting from the #1 post position trying to bounce back off a third place finish to Blue It from High Star Kennel in their previous meeting. At the break, Blue It showed his usual quick early speed from the starting box but Atascocita Vito would not let her get too far in the lead also breaking very well. As Atascocita Vito motored his way around the first turn and moved to the outside part of the racetrack, Vito turned on the jets and snatched the lead going around the escape turn. From this point, everyone knew that the race was over as Atascocita Vito ran away from his rivals to an 8-½ length victory in a time of 36.97 seconds.
There would be another rematch of Atascocita Vito and Blue It on Saturday evening November 13 in the twelfth race, the first half of the late Tri-Super, a new wager being offered here at Gulf Greyhound Park. The post draw proved to be advantageous for Atascocita Vito drawing a favorable #8 post position for his wide running style while Blue It was parked right next door in post position #7. As the race began, Blue It tried to get to the early lead but was accompanied by three other greyhounds as they tangled up around the first turn. Atascocita Vito was sitting pretty on the outside and circled the early traffic avoiding the trouble. JIT Qn Victoria took control of the race but Atascocita Vito loomed large on the outside stalking the leader heading into the backstretch. By the time the field reached the far turn, Atascocita Vito accelerated to the lead and would pull away to a 5-½ length victory in a career best time of 36.90 seconds.
Atascocita Vito (Dodgem By Design – Atascocita Annie) has now won nine out of his last eleven races and sits on top of the win and earnings lead for this year sporting a very impressive record this year of 48/20-9-7-6.