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Urban Fantasy Named Winner; Palara is Runner-Up

Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Lloyd Miller | Dec 06, 2017
Championship Winners. From front left: Matt Basilone with Urban Fantasy and Mike Tracy with Palara. Standing: Judges John Campoli and Marcus Ramseur.

Lacey Township, N. J. — The Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship concluded Wednesday, October 25. It was kicked off Monday afternoon immediately following the announcement of the winners of the Region 2 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship. It was run over the piney woods and grassy fields of the Greenwood Wildlife Management Area in Lacey Township near Whiting, N. J. We had good weather for most of the running, except for a hard rain on Tuesday afternoon at the end of one brace.

An excellent field of 23 top shooting dogs competed. Judges John Campoli of Annville, Pa., and Marcus Ramseur of Sicklerville, N. J., judged the proceedings. They did an excellent job at making sure each dog got a good look and their time and attentiveness were most appreciated.

We again thank Purina for their support of this Championship. Also, I would like to thank the handlers and owners for their entries for without them there is no trial. Much thanks also go to Norm Basilone, Hunter Wilcox, Joe Cincotta and Karen Lordi for helping with the many details for the success of this event.


This stake was truly a tough one to judge. As Judge John Campoli said they had four dogs that were worthy of the championship title. Their performances were good enough to win on any other day.

After strong deliberation the judges declared Urban Fantasy, white and liver pointer male owned by Troy Terlizzi of Wake Forest, N. C., and handled by New Jersey pro Matt Basilone, the champion. Gus, as he is called, ran in the last brace on Monday afternoon. It was the fourth brace and he broke away with bracemate Backcountry Tornado at the top of Cable Road going southward on the south outer loop. He hunted the course hard putting forth a strong powerful effort and scored on excellent stylish finds at 10, 15 and 32, a nice back of bracemate at 35, and concluded his run with finds at 47 and 50. His was the top performance with a strong finish as handler galloped after him at pickup as they crossed the middle road on the inner south course loop.

Runner-up was Palara, pointer female owned by Sal Morelli of White Plains, N. Y., and ably handled by Mike Tracy. Palara set the standard in the first brace. Her race was also an excellent one, always forward and searching. For her effort she had also five well-handled quail stands. It was a great effort and just good enough to nose out two others.

Littermates Waybetter Rocky and Waybetter Billy put forth outstanding performances of their own. Waybetter Rocky, owned by Carl and Colin Bishop and Muriel Primm and handled by Mike Tracy, ran in the eighth brace, fourth one on Tuesday afternoon. He put forth a nice performance in the rain. His finds were at 4 and 15, a back at 23, another find at 33, a divided find at 43, a final find at 50 and another back at 56. All total there were five finds, a divided find, and two backs. A really good effort.

Waybetter Billy, or Jack as he is called, ran in the second brace Tuesday morning (sixth brace overall). He is owned by Tom Brigman of Rosehill, N. C., and was ably handled by Matt Basilone. He put forth a smooth, forward reaching, hard hunting race with finds at 5, 15, 20, 27, 37, 50 and 59. All seven finds were pointed with style and good manners around game. He ran alone since his bracemate was lost early in the heat.

There were some others that had some good work of their own. Pointer male Jayhawk Thunder (Basilone) was braced with Waybetter Rocky. Thunder scored three finds and had two nice backs in a challenging hour.

Pointer male Bail Me Out (Tracy) competed in the second brace Monday afternoon and had a good effort with three nice stands.

There were about a half-dozen others that ran their hours clean with nice bird work. It was an outstanding championship.

Lacey Township, N. J., October 21 — One Course

Judges: John Campoli and Marcus Ramseur


[One-Hour Heats] — 21 Pointers and 2 Setters

Winner—URBAN FANTASY, 1656623, pointer male, by Erin’s Stone Cutter—A Whiskey Lullaby. Troy Terlizzi, owner; Matt Basilone, handler.

Runner-Up—PALARA, 1628048, pointer female, by Tommy’s Rebel Son—Brodie’s Lil Ann.

S. J. Morelli, owner; Mike Tracy, handler.


Even though we had a small entry in the Garden State Open Derby Classic it had some high-quality dogs. Glassilaun War Paint took the blue ribbon with an outstanding effort. Pointer male War Paint is owned by Jamie Nee of Quincy, Mass., and was handled by Toby Tobiassen. Running in the second brace, Wednesday afternoon, he put down a wide, forward, hard running race. He scored on a real nice stylish find in the middle of Rocky’s field along the narrow pine tree edge. His outstanding race and this nice broke find with great style were good enough to earn first place.

Placed second was Ravenwood Throwing Smoke, white and black pointer male owned by Joe Cincotta of Stockton, N. J., handled by Matt Basilone. Smoke’s race was fast and classy but shorter range than the winner. He scored first with a good stop to flush on a big covey to left after sand road crossing at 5, followed immediately with a nice broke find on a single. He hunted the course hard. At sand wash field edge he had a divided find, moved at flush but was stopped by handler. He scored a final stand at time, all in order.

Erin’s Murder Suspect was third for Kevin Stuart of Schenectady, N. Y. Running with Smoke in the last brace he also was extremely fast and classy afoot. His divided find with bracemate was excellent, standing for flush and shot.

Another dog that had a great race was Ponto (Tobiassen), a German Shorthair. He covered a lot of ground at a fast pace but came up birdless this day.

Judges: Lloyd Miller and Marcus Ramseur


1st—GLASSILAUN WAR PAINT, 1667331, pointer male, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Neely’s Hot Pepper. Jamie Nee, owner; Toby Tobiassen, handler.

2d—RAVENWOOD THROWING SMOKE, 1675094, pointer male, by Erin’s Stone Cutter—Erin’s Annie. Joe Cincotta, owner; Matt Basilone, handler.

3d—ERIN’S MURDER SUSPECT, 1673943, pointer male, by Erin’s Redrum—Erin’s Lullaby. Alex Stuart, owner; Kevin Stuart, handler.

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