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Purina Top Open Shooting Dog Awards

By Mike Luebke | Feb 12, 2020

With the start of February, Waybetter Rocky is leading the Purina Top Shooting Dog for owners Carl Bishop, Muriel and Bill Primm.  Mike Tracy handled “Rocky” to two championship wins and a first place classic win. Nice season going for Rocky.

Mike Tracy also handled second place Osceola’s Seminole Wind for owners Devin and Casey Foster Hollander and Jim and Theresa Morrell. Wind’s record shows three placements with the highlight of a first place at the well-attended Henry Banks, Sr. Classic.

The Top Shooting Dog race is still wide open. In Swami’s Shadow, Thrill Me, Charitable Deed, Dominator’s Ghost Rider, Tallokas Sun Dial, Hale’s Southern Touch, Swami’s Rip Tide and Knight’s White Lady are all two good wins away from the top spot. It should be an interesting spring trial season.

In the Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award points roster, Mike Tracy is in the lead, handling the top two dogs in the TSDA race. Mike has handled dogs to placements at fourteen different trials this year. Mike’s point total is 2991, a pretty decent lead over his closest competitors who have their work cut out for them to catch Mike.

In the Purina Top Amateur Shooting Dog standings, Miller’s Unbridled Forever is holding the lead for handler Brian Sanchez, who handled the pointer male to two good placements (780 points) for owners Great River Kennel and Neil Walker. Pointer male Backcountry Bruiser is close behind for owner-handler Chris Catanzarite with three good placements and 745 points.

This race is wide open with the historically high point National Amateur Free-for-All Championship still not reported. A  Free-for-All win most likely will impact the standings.

With the BIG three Futurities in the books, the Derby award is looking like a three-dog race. Bronco Bully has taken the lead with two Futurity placements. Mike Tracy handled the young pointer male to a first place at the New England Futurity, and recently a second at the United States Quail Futurity for owners Bill and Muriel Primm and Karen and Ernie Saniga.

Mike handled the second place dog in the Derby award as well, Miller’s Extreme Heat. This pointer female’s record lists six placements, with a third place at the New England Futurity for owner Joe McHugh.

Third place in the Derby award with a first place win at the Quail Futurity is I’m A Southern National. Sam Giddens handled the setter female to this huge win for his co-owner Nida Giddens.

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Good trialing.


Name Owner(s) Handler Points

Waybetter Rocky, PM, Bill& Muriel Primm & Carl Bishop, Mike Tracy 1240

Osceola’s Seminole Wind, PF, C. & D. Hollander & J. & T. Morrell,

Mike Tracy 941

In Swami’s Shadow, PF, Bill & Mary Sand, Shawn Kinkelaar 913

Thrill Me, PF, Keith Finlayson, Tommy Rice 840

Charitable Deed, PF, Keith Finlayson, Tommy Rice 710

Dominator’s Ghost Rider, PM, Harold & Doug Ray, Doug Ray 640

Tallokas Sun Dial, PF, Tallokas Kennel, Tommy Rice 635

Hale’s Southern Touch, PF, Dr. Jeffery Hale, Shawn Kinkelaar 610

Swami’s Rip Tide, PM, Auddie Brown, Jerry Raynor 610

Knight’s White Lady, PF, Bill Owen, Travis Gellhaus 600

S F Fullcolor, PF, Jack Montgomery & Tracy Hammond, Steve Hurdle 480

Bittersweet War cry, PM, Joe Lordi & Ralph Gillota, Mike Tracy 473

Jacked Up Jasper, ESM, Larry Williamson, Virgil Moore 460

Silver W Jill Z, PF, Debbie Ozner, Shawn Kinkelaar 440

Just Thrillin, PM, Keith Finlayson, Tommy Rice 410

Dragonfly, PM, Jim Hughes, Jim Hughes 380

Ravenwood Charley, ESF, Joe Cincotta, Matt Basilone 380

Waybetter Billy, PM, Thomas Brigman, Matt Basilone 345

Open Range Terminator, PM, Bob Barker, Bob Barker 340

Zumbro Stinky Pete, PM, Terry Reinke, Travis Gellhaus 330

Hale’s Kickstarter, PM, Dr. Jeffery Hale, Eddy Taylor 320

Miller’s Lock and Loaded, PM, Muriel & Bill Primm, Mike Tracy 320

Strut Nation, PM, Scott Jordan, Scott Jordan 320

Urban Fantasy, PM, Trey Terlizzi, Matt Basilone 316

Osceola Rebel Chief, PM, Ted Roach, Jason Loper 314

Deerfield Game, PF, Karen Lordi & Richard Gillis, Matt Basilone 305

Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, PM, Dr. Tom Jackson & George Hickox,

Shawn Kinkelaar 300

L F Dyno Mike, PM, Brad Bates, Virgil Moore 298

Miller’s Creative Cause, PM, Tommy Liesfeld, Doug Ray 290

Miller’s Heat Seeker, PM, Bill & Muriel Primm, Jack & Fran Miller &

Dennis Hood, Mike Tracy 290

Roses Are Red, ISF, Tim Hammons, Tim Hammons 290

Cheyenne Jack, PM, S. J. Morelli, Mike Tracy 280

True Choice, PF, Greg Fried, Shawn Kinkelaar 260

Skydancer Gold Rush, ESM, Tom Griffin, Tom Griffin 240

Tug O'War, PM, Glenda Haag & Adam Hart, Shawn Kinkelaar 230

D K’s Wild Child, PF, Dave Nelson, Dave Nelson 210

Palara, PF, Sal J. Morelli, Mike Tracy 210

Bail Me Out, PM, Casey Hollander, Mike Tracy 207

Nottingham’s Storm Rider, PM, Roger Dvorak & Gordon Ramey,

Matt Basilone 201

Touch’s Two Step, PM, John & Cathy Burrow, Tommy Rice 200

Armstrong Mountain Dustie, PM, Frank Joyal, Mike Tracy 174

Purpleline Casper, PM, Dr. Richard Steckley, Chuck Stretz 170

Gotta Little Project, PM, Todd Schaaf, Todd Schaaf 160

Grand Prairie Thrill, PF, Mac Stidham, Tommy Rice 160

Kelly’s Rebel Louie, PM, J. Sean Kelly, J. Sean Kelly 160

Mobile Strike, ESM, Doug Hinton & Dr. Chet Layne, Doug Ray 160

Touch’s Katrina, PF, Austin Turley, Austin Turley 160

Shag Time Scout, ESM, Ron Prewitt Shawn Kinkelaar 150,

Zorra, PF, Ron Prewitt, Shawn Kinkelaar 145

Heard Hill’s Rebel Polly, PF, Buck & Lynn Heard, Buck Heard 140

Glenmartin Excalibur, PM, Christopher Martin, Chuck Stretz 138

Westfall’s Ice Breaker, PM, Eugene Sprotta, Jr. Eddy Taylor 132,

Ridge Creek Kate, ESF, Larry Brutger, Shawn Kinkelaar 130

Coosawhatchie Smooth Rice, PM, Casey Hollander, Mike Tracy 120

North Country Girl, PF, Joe McHugh & Dave McKay, Mike Tracy 120

Bully Rock, PM, William & Muriel Primm & Ernie Saniga, Mike Tracy 117

Stone’s Tried’n True, PM, Harvey Cosby, Doug Ray 114

Ten Oaks Annie A, PF, Jeanette Heise, Jeanette Heise 105

Painted Molly, PF, Jim & Bridget Ledington, Jim Ledington 85

Northwoods Charles, ESM, Bill Owen, Bill Owen 84

C K Post Route Scout, VIZM, James Gingrich, Brian Gingrich 80

Doubletree’s Katie, ESF, Don Deardorff, Tim Schilleff 80

Tian Elhew Verbena, PF, Angela Schillereff, Tim Schillereff 80

Steel City Karen, PF, Bob Reed & Betsy Archer, Jeanette Tracy 72

Littlewing B K Tia, PF, Sergio Velez, Sergio Velez 63

Baylee’s Go Girl, ESF, Lynn Stinson, Sheldon Twer 48


Name Owner Handler Points

Miller’s Unbridled Forever, PM, Great River Kennel & Neil Walker,

Brian Sanchez 780

Backcountry Bruiser, PM, Chris Catanzarite ,Chris Catanzarite 745

Beckworth’s Firefighter, PM, J. Alan York, J. Alan York 520

Calico’s Touch Of Class, PF, Calico Kennel & Peter & Chris Del Collo,

Alex Smith 500

Touch’s Katrina, PF, Austin Turley, Austin Turley 440

Guard Rail’s Little Annie, PF, Gene Casale, Gene Casale 420

Upfront’s Southern Star, PF, Lance Schulz, Lance Schulz 410

Mac’s Hi Oh Silver, PM, Tim McClurg, Tim McClurg 350

Windy Hill War Creek, PF, Carl Morrison, Jr., Carl Morrison, Jr. 340

Nickajack Pathfinder, PM, Ross Leonard, Ross Leonard 330

Bromance, PM, Jon Humphrey, Jon Humphrey 300

Electronic Warfare, PM, William Goodwin, William Goodwin 300

Jumpstart, PM, Frank LaNasa, Frank LaNasa 270

Cheyenne Nation, PF, Scott Jordan, Scott Jordan 260

At’a Boy’s Strange Hold, PM, George Kimbrell, George Kimbrell 245

Ten Oaks Annie, PF, Jeanette Heise & Louis Qualtiere, Jeanette Heise 240

Time Flies, PM, Mike Moses, Kent Cantrell 230

Seekin A Thrill, PM, Ross Leonard, Ross Leonard 228

Lone Tree Splish Splash, PF, Bill Owen, Bill Owen 220

Fastforward’s B K Gunner, PM, Sergio Velez, Segio Velez 210

Hard Tellin, PM, David O’Brien, David O’Brien 210

Emmalita, PF, Austin Turley, Austin Turley 205

Glenmere’s Amae Zing, PF, Matt & Jeff Haggis, Matt Haggis 190

Little More Shine, ISF, Kristine Hammons,  Tim Hammons 190

Miller’s Special Addition, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Fran Miller 185

It Ain’t My Fault, PM, John & Aidan Malone, Aidan Malone 165

Double Down Trumpster, PM, Dave Vernasco, Dave Vernasco 160

Maybellene, ESF, Tom Griffin, Tom Griffin 160

Miller’s Cover Girl, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Fran Miller 160

Lawless Speck, PM, Jim Lawless, Jim Lawless 150

Miller’s Heat Wave, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Jack Miller 150

Strut Nation, PM, Scott Jordan, Scott Jordan 135

Mia’s Hour of Kalua, VIZM, Chad Chadwell, Chad Chadwell 130

Heard Hill’s Tom Cruizer, PM, Buck & Lynn Heard, Lynn Heard 120

Ravenwood Charley, PM, Ted Roach, Ted Roach 120

B K Pablo Escobar, PM, Sergio Velez, Sergio Velez 105

Navajo Cody, PM, Sal J. Morelli, Joe Lordi 100

Miller’s Just Plain Rowdy, PM, Allen Linder, Allen Linder 99

Miller’s California Dreamer, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Fran Miller 95

Windy Hills Living Large, PM, Kent Merryman, Kent Merryman 95

Daphne’s Gage, ESM, William R. Rogers, William R. Rogers 90

Native Lucky Boy, PM, W. M. Harkins, W. M. Harkins 90

Ravenwood’s Gemstone, PF, Joe Cincotta, Stacey Goodie 85

Harbor City Cruz, PM, Tom Brigman, Tom Brigman 84

Double Down Cruise, PM, Dave Vernasco, Dave Vernasco 80

Electric Lady, ESF, Tom Griffin, Tom Griffin 80

Lester’s Top Recruit, PM, Lance Servais, Lance Sevoir 80

Northwoods Charles, ESM, Bill Owen, Bill Owen 72

Bad Bourbon, PM, Gunner Boyer, Gunner Boyer 60

Roses Are Red, ISF, Tim Hammons, Tim Hammons 57

Pineywoods Jackpot, ESM, Darron Hendley, Darron Hendley 54

Walden’s Ridge Shadow Dancer, PM, David Steele, David Steele 54

Lily An Creag, ISF, David J. Creagan, David J. Creagan 51

American Express Lane, PM, Brian Peterson, Brian Peterson 48

Luke’s Gospel Truth, ESM, Jim & Mary Womack, Jim Womack 48


Name Owner Handler Points

Bronco Bully, PM, Bill & Muriel Primm & Ernie & Karen Saniga,

Mike Tracy 590

Miller’s Extreme Heat, PF, Joe McHugh, Mike Tracy 545

I’m A Southern National, ESF, Nida & Sam Giddens, Sam Giddens 480

Chelsea’s Mae West, PF, Brad Sadler, Shawn Kinkelaar 364

Miller’s Record Heat, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Fran Miller 350

Fast Money, PF, C. W. & Patty Moore, Steve Hurdle & Justin Crook 312

Ransom’s Pearl, PF, Marc Maynard, Steve Hurdle 258

Calico’s Guns And Roses, PF ,Bill & Muriel Primm & Calico Kennels,

George Tracy 242

Backcountry Buddy, PM, Chris Catanzarite, Chris Catanzarite 198

Erin’s Big Casino, ESM, Paul Berdiner, Mike Tracy 186

S S S Lightning, PF, R. A. Snipes, Jr., Shawn Kinkelaar 165

Steel City Avenger, PM, Karen & Robert Reed, Jeanette Tracy 151

Bull Finch, PF, Ernie & Karen Saniga & Bill & Muriel Primm, Mike Tracy 132

Town Creek Hardaway Jill, PF, Bill Clem, Mike Martino 125

Iron Bully, PM, Bill & Muriel Primm & Ernie & Karen Saniga, Mike Tracy 111

Heisman, PM, Michael Hester, Michael Hester 110

Westfall’s Wheels, PM, Bill Westfall, Andy Daugherty 105

Hiett’s Game Point, PM, Tim Hiett, Mike Martino 75

Quick Silver, PM, Rick Stallings, Jim Smith 69

Raw Law Sugar Trouble, PF, Russell and LouAnn Williams, Chuck Stretz 66

Miller’s High Heat Index, PM, Case Hollander & Stan Harrell, Mike Tracy 63

Purpleline Sally, PF, John C. Stretz, John C. Stretz 63

Touch’s White Rose, PF, Alex Rickert & John McIltrot, John McIltrot 56

Sand Hill Wally, PM, Bob Lanier, Jerry Raynor 50

World Class Big Country, PM, Michael Marietta, Jermy Gulick 50

Nella Belgian Brew, PF, Vagas Mathieson,  Tommy Rice 46

Vigilante, PM, Johnny Ornsby, Johnny Ornsby 46

Town Creek Hardaway, PF, Bill Clem, Mike Martino 45

Backcountry Girlfriend, PF, Chris Catanzarite, Chris Catanzariate 44

Miller’s Triple Digit Heat, PM, Allen Linder, Mike Tracy 42

S S S Petey, PM, R. A. Snipes, Jr. Allen Vincent 42,

Hackberry’s Ice Callie, PF, Robert Konz, Harold Gearhart 30

S S S Stormy, PF, R. A. Snipes, Jr., Allen Vincent 28

Flint Ridge Remington, PF, Paul Ott, Justin Crook 20

Beckworth’s Firecracker, PF, Alan York Tommy Rice 18,

Sugar Plum, PF, Eddy Taylor 16



Mike Tracy 2991

Shawn Kinkelaar 1823

Tommy Rice 1607

Matt Basilone 912

Doug Ray 666

Virgil Moore 414

Travis Gellhaus 305

Jerry Raynor 305

Sam Giddens 275

Steve Hurdle 250

Eddy Taylor 248

Bill Owen 216

Jason Loper 196

Chuck Stretz 194

Jim Hughes 190

Bob Barker 170

Scott Jordan 160

Tim Hammons 145

Tom Griffin 128

Dave Nelson 105

Jeanette Tracy 103

Fran Miller 99

Austin Turley 96

Buck Heard 84

George Tracy 81

J. Sean Kelly 80

Todd Schaaf 80

Chris Catanzarite 66

Jeanette Heise 63

Jim Ledington 51

Brian Ginrich 48

Tim Schillereff 48

Sergio Velez 42

Sheldon Twer 32


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