|Kells Wild Bill|
In the grade AA seventh race on Friday evening October 12, Kells Wild Bill meant business starting this latest win string by romping home to a six-length victory in a time of 29.91 seconds. To borrow a phrase from the late, great track announcer Gordon Wood, the 69-pound white/black son of TK Quick Strike – Gilded Memory* burst out of the 550-yard starting box from the middle #5 post position `like a cork popping out of a champagne bottle`. With loads of early box speed positioned to his inside from #2 Algoa Big Red of Currid Racing, #3 Not So Smooth of Libby Racing Kennels and #4 Ultra Jabber of K-Rod Kennel expected to steal the early lead, Kells Wild Bill put the outcome to rest quickly by seizing immediate command of the contest and squashing their hopes and dreams on this night.
Glancing at the grade AA tenth race on Thursday evening October 18, the first thing that jumped off the race page was Gulf Greyhound Park’s win leader with 24 victories, Kells Wild Bill, drawing the advantageous #1 rail post position. Of course, the thoughts of `mortal lock` came to mind and with an all out determined drive, Kells Wild Bill found his way to the winner’s circle as the heavy even money favorite. It was by no means easy as Ultra Jabber of K-Rod Kennel took early control of the race from the middle #5 post with a one length lead ahead of JSK Shannon Lea of Sambade Racing, LLC and the duo from Libby Racing Kennels of Kells Wild Bill and Atascocita Faith. As Ultra Jabber briefly waited for his rivals to catch up to him, Kells Wild Bill flew right by the leader to claim the lead and appeared to be well on his way to an easy 25th victory in 2012. Well, Ultra Jabber refused to accept defeat quietly and came back running at Kells Wild Bill to make things interesting at the end but came up one length short. Gulf Greyhound Park’s `top dog`, trained by Cam Hawkins and owned by Kevin Muckleroy, scored his second consecutive victory with a 30.00 second winning effort increasing his track leading record to 53/25-7-6-5.