Craigie Whistler, by Molotov out of Oshkosh Twist, was purchased at the Fall 1999 NGA Auction for $25,500 and could turn out to be one of the greatest auction purchases in history. He won the 2001 Derby Lane Sprint Classic final over a stellar field that included All Americans Dominator, Courageous Nicky, and BD's Phillip. He also ran second in the King & Queen Stake, third in the Fan's All-Star Stake and ran fourth in the 2000 Sprint Classic. His brothers Craigie Whisper and Craigie Glen made the finals of the Wheeling Downs Labor Day Classic and the Tampa Speed Classic respectively. His career at stud got off to a rousing start and he is currently breeding on average 30 to 40 times a month and is on a pace to be the #1 sire in the country by 2006. Molotov, by HB's Commander out of Mystic Rose, had only seven races in his career, but set track records in three of them before breaking a leg after which he was retired to stud. Molotov's fantastic conformation made an impression early on—one breeder who had brought his best bitch to Ryan Farms to be bred to Molotov's uncle, Great Son, the 1994 Hollywood World Classic winner and All American, noticed Molotov in the next pen and liking what he saw, asked who he was. Even though he hardly recognized the name he bred his female to Molotov. What was an unlucky break for Molotov's racing career proved to be a lucky one for breeders as his first pups broke in were fast. He broke into the Sire Standings at #53 in 1998, leapt to first in 1999 and has been there ever since. As he was injured young and his stud career began early, it is likely that he could sustain his #1 status into the foreseeable future, but he was stricken with a prostate condition and was rendered sterile—his current crop of pups, sired in 2002, is his last. His influence will be felt for decades to come, however, as more than 30 Molotov sons and hundreds of daughters are already carrying his legacy into the future. In 2003 Molotov was brought by Ryan Farms to witness the final of the $207,000 Great American Futurity, in which the winning sire was not in doubt as every contestant in the race was his son or daughter, believed to be record. Mystic Rose is by Blendway out of Tingler. Her brother, Great Son, was an All-American in 1994. He won the 1994 Hollywood World Classic and the Hollywood Invitational, ran second in the Southland Inaugural and the Biscayne Irish-American, third in the Palm Beach St. Patrick's Day Stake, and was a finalist in the Hollywoodian. Blendway, by Perceive out of Buzz Off, was a 1990 All American. He won the 1990 Kansas City Sprint Championship and the Coor's Superstar Championship, ran second in the Winter Sprint Classic and Sunflower Stake, and was a Kansas Shootout finalist. In 1991 he was runner-up in the Winter Sprint Classic and the People's Choice feature. He retired with a career mark of 61-32-14 in 144 starts and over $250,000 in earnings. Perceive won the 1981 Derby Lane Gold Trophy Juvenile and Festival of States Stakes, the 1982 Derby Lane Inaugural Kings and Queens Stake, and the Southland track championship with 25 wins. He was named to three All-America Teams, from 1981 to 1983, one of only five greyhounds, along with Mo Kick, L.L.'s Doug, Miss Whirl, and his great-grandsire Westy Whizzer, so honored. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. Buzz Off, by Kunta Kinte out of Benatar, is one of only two females elected to the Hall of Fame solely on her production as a brood (Kinto Nebo is the other). In addition to her sons by Perceive; Blendway, Bartie and Braddy, she produced the fine sires Bara Buzz and Buzz Around, and many fine daughters, the most important of which are Betty Bee, dam of 80-race winner Betty N Ed, and Being Brave, dam of 1995 All American Willowrun Becky. Tingler is by Dillard* out of Devious Lady. Dillard* was purchased by Keith Dillon on a trip to Ireland in 1971. On the way to the airport his driver asked if he'd like to see a litter of newborn greyhounds and since he had a little time, he went. He bought the four pups on sight and the rest is history. Dillard* figures strongly in the pedigrees of the two most successful sires in America today, Molotov and Gable Dodge. Devious Lady can also be found in the dam-line of Craigie Whistler's nemesis, Dominator, a 2000 All-American and the first greyhound ever to win the Rural Rube and Flashy Sir Awards in the same year.
Oshkosh Twist is by Oshkosh Tease out of Oshkosh Riddle. Oshkosh Tease, by PK's Jet out of Oshkosh Buffy, won the 1988 Southland Au Revoir, the 1989 Derby Lane King & Queen, and the Derby Lane Matinee Idol and ran second in the 1988 Greyhound Race of Champions at Southland. He was the 1989 St. Pete track co-champ winning 14 of 28. PK's Jet, by Kelly Jones out of Oshkosh Bunny, won 1980 Cloverleaf Sprint championship and ran second in the 1979 Mile High Challenge. He peaked at seventh in the 1986 and 1987 Sire Standings and was in the top-20 from 1985 through 1989. Pecos Cannon was the 1974 Rural Rube Award winner. He started his brilliant career winning the 1973 Mobile Puppy Derby and the 1974 Palm Beach Match Race Series. He was the Palm Beach track champion in 1974 with 21 wins. He had 35 wins in 51 career starts, but broke a leg in a Daytona schooling race and was retired to stud. He was the #1 U.S. sire in 1981 and was in the top-10 from 1980 through 1984. Oshkosh Riddle, by Unruly out of Oshkosh Benefit, was a fine racer in her own right—she won 7 of 12 races at Mile High in 1988. The star of her litter, however, was Oshkosh Racey. He was captain of the 1988 All-America team and won the 1988 Rural Rube Award enroute to induction into the Hall of Fame in 2001. He was 15th in the 1993 Sire Standings, 4th in 1994, 5th in 1995, 5th again in 1996 and peaked at 2nd in 1997. Unruly, by Kelly Jones out of Skillful, was one of the finest greyhounds to ever grace a track. He was the 1981 Flashy Sir Award winner, won the Timberline at Denver's Mile High, two editions of the $120,000 Hollywoodian, and ran second in the Rhode Island Derby, the Biscayne Derby; and the Flagler International. He had 83 career wins, mostly in stakes races, and $190,000 in career earnings. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988. Through his sons Oshkosh Racey, Jock's Warrior, My Unruly Dan, and a host of fine daughters he still exerts a powerful influence on American pedigrees. Oshkosh Benefit, by Oshkosh Champ out of Oshkosh Cash, was 4-2-0 in nine starts at Mile High 1983. She was 10th in both the 1988 and 1989 Dam Standings. Oshkosh Champ won the 1974 Carl McAdam Memorial at Cloverleaf, the 1976 Interstate Inaugural and was a 1975 Hollywood World Classic finalist. He compiled a 59-39-38 in 205 career starts and $55,000 career earnings in an era when a new Corvette was one tenth of that total.
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