$50K Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational



Palm Beach Kennel Club has named the eight Greyhounds who will be competing Saturday afternoon, March 18, in the 41st running of the $50,000 Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational.

This year’s running has a historical aspect to it, as Brindle Kennel’s Janice Dean will be going for the $150,000 “Big 3” Triple Crown, having already been victorious in January’s $50,000 He’s My Man Classic and last month’s $50,000 James W. Paul 3/8ths Mile Derby.

Since the inception of the “Big 3” stake series in 1981, only one Greyhound has been victorious in all three, Bill Davidson Kennel’s Jawa Leonas Best in 2003.

Also going for the proverbial Pot O’ Gold and denying Janice her Triple Crown victory are seven other athletes who are racing stars in their own right, including six other stake race finalists.

The early speed $50,000 Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational entries include two-time stake race finalist, Rader Racing Kennel’s Big Red Dog, who is currently tied for second place on Palm Beach Kennel Club’s 2016/17 season win list with 18 victories.

Also, early in the race, be looking for the newcomer from the Lester Raines Kennel, Super C Martha, who has finished in the top three, including seven wins, in nine season starts. Adding to the list of early speedsters is Koppe, Staats & Collins Kennel’s up-and-coming superstar Pat C Faro, who will be going for her fourth-consecutive victory.

Representing the awesome squad of strong first-turn rushers will be the runner-up in last year’s $20,000 Labor Day Puppy Stakes, James Douglas Kennel’s Whirlin Toodlelu and Arthur Agganis Kennel’s Hot Prospect Gal, who possesses the second fastest 545-Yard Royal Palm Course clocking of the season, an impressive 29.18 seconds and was a finalist in January’s $50,000 He’s My Man Classic.

The big-time finishers in the St. Patrick’s Invitational will be “The Weather Machine’s” biggest rival, Janie Carroll Kennel’s Fraulein Morgan. This beautiful little lady was the runner-up to Janice in last month’s $50,000 James W. Paul 3/8ths Mile Derby and has a score to settle with her on the shorter 545-Yard Royal Palm Course.

And of course, you can’t leave out of the heavy-hitting super closers club, James Douglas Kennel’s second entry, the awesome Barts Big Bang. This handsome gent currently owns the third fastest time of the season on the 545-Yard Royal Palm Course, an incredible 29.19 seconds and was the third-place finisher in January’s $50,000 He’s My Man Classic.

Irish eyes will be smiling on one these elite eight athletes Saturday afternoon, listed in alphabetical order:

Barts Big Bang (Pat C Clement – Barts Magpie, James Douglas Kennel)

Big Red Dog (Rhythmless – KB’s La Bella, Rader Racing)

Fraulein Morgan (Kiowa Mon Manny – Fraulein Kaci, Janie Carroll)

Hot Prospect Gal (Last Outlaw – Flaring Fiesta, Arthur Agganis)

Janice Dean (Rhythmless – Audra Barkley, Brindle Kennel)

Pat C Faro (Djays Octane – Pat C Magic, Koppe, Staats & Collins)

Super C Martha (KC And All – Sweet On Adele, Lester Raines)

Whirlin Toodlelu (Djays Octane – Loud Linda, James Douglas)

Post positions will be drawn at a press conference in the track’s Terrace Restaurant Thursday afternoon, March 16. The press conference will begin at 11:45 a.m.

The 41st running of the $50,000 St. Patrick’s Invitational will be held in Saturday afternoon’s twelfth race with an approximate post time of 4:00 p.m.

Special activities for this exceptional afternoon of championship Greyhound racing include:

• Free Admission!

• 15-Superfecta Races!

•  $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4!

• Join John Martin with ESPN West Palm’s Street Team for a chance to win up to $500 in the Cash Cube! (In front of Poker Room, 2:00-4:00 pm)

• Enjoy Live Irish Dancing performed by Tir na Greine! (Outside Stage, 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.)

• Our National Anthem performed live by Bailee Bonick! (12:45 p.m.)

• Irish Music by Jody Pollard! (First Floor, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.)

• For the kids, Karl Koppertop will be here with his amazing Balloon Magic along with the popular Ace the Bear!

• Greyhound Pet Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about adopting one of these loving dogs!

• Irish Food and Rooney’s Beer Specials in the Paddock and Terrace Restaurants!

•  The 41st running of the $50,000 Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational! (Race 12)

Click here for Racing Lines and St. Pat’s Invite Fun

Contact: Jeff Prince (561) 683-2222, Ext. 126 / jprince@pbkennelclub.com

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