For the second year in a row the best distance greyhound at the racetrack has received top honors. Penny Candy (Stan's Boy Flyer - Majestic Angle) was well deserving of the award as she put up a fantastic run 2009, despite being sidelined late in the year.
Dominate would be a good way to sum up just how she was running at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Penny started off in fine fashion by winning the 2009 Orange Park Derby and continued on her success by taking home the win in the 2009 James J Patton Marathon.
In her 10 stakes starts on the year Penny won 9 of those efforts, including an undefeated run thru the marathon stakes as she blew away the field in the finals and won by an impressive 7 lengths.
Penny's record for 2009 was 39 starts, 25 wins, 3 places, 5 shows, and 3 fourth place finishes, or 36 out of 39 in the money. She had win streaks of 3 or more races on 5 different occasions and is currently sitting with 76 career victories.
Congratulation head out, for the second year in a row, to DQ and Sharon Williams, trainer David Helton, the DQ Williams Kennel, and everyone else connected with this stupendous greyhound. Penny is in a class all by herself and if you are looking for the definition of the word heart, this little girl sums it up.
The best sprinter at the racetrack also received honors as Count Ivan (Kiowa Sweet Trey - M's Countess Amy) was named to the 2009 AGOTA All-American Second Team.
Ivan started off the year as hot as any greyhound running. Ivan posted up wins in 16 of his first 19 starts in 2009 and that included a win streak of 11 races in a row.
He parlayed that into the Jacksonville Sprint Classic and took home the title. Continuing to impress, Ivan, won 3 of the 4 rounds in the Sunshine State Silver Cup and made the finals. Bad luck followed him there though as he fell in the 1st turn.
In 2009 Ivan won 7 of his 10 stakes starts and posted up yearly totals of 41 starts, 19 wins, 6 places, 5 shows, and 2 four place finishes, or 32 of 41 in the money. For his career count Ivan has won over 50 races.
Congratulation go out to owner Henry Howe, Bill and Cathie Lambert, Chris Coach Grieb, trainer Tom Artzer, the B & J Racing Kennels, and everyone else connected with this fantastic greyhound. Ivan the terrible earned his name in 2009 on the lead. Once he was there, the race was over and it was a TERRIBLE place for the rest of the field to be.