Blog Spotlight: Jim Peake

He has called some of the most historic races of our time, as greyt and award winning athletes such as the legendary, Talentedmrripley, and 105 career winner, Husker Magic, crossed the finish line. He has also helped fans to cash in on the sport with his picks for both horses and greyhounds. Known as “The Voice” of Derby Lane, Jim Peake has been entertaining greyhound racing enthusiasts with his captivating calls for over two decades.

We recently spoke with Jim, asking about his career and the greyhound racing industry. The following includes our interview with Jim so that you can to get to know the man from above the stands at Derby Lane or the voice coming out of your speakers at home. Enjoy!

If memory serves us right, you have been with your wife for 17 years, married for 10. Is that correct? You have mentioned that you two attend the Breeders Cup for your anniversary every year. How long have you been doing that? Does she share the same love of racing?

You are correct on my wife Beth. I met her here at the track 17 years ago. We have been together ever since and were married 10 years ago this November 1st. We have been going to The Breeders’ Cup since 2006. The only year we did not go was the year we got married. Beth punches tickets here at Derby Lane and she has been here for the past 35 years. We go to Breeders’ Cup with 2 other couples and the girls work (punching tickets) both days while the boys play. I like Santa Anita the best, but we have had great times at Churchill, Monmouth, Keeneland, and Lone Star. This year will be at Del Mar, which will be a first at that track for us. Beth would rather work and make money than sit there all day and watch the races. When it’s on the west coast, we always drive to Las Vegas following the races for 4 Days, which makes it a great trip.

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Jim Peake and his wife, Beth.

After training under Mark Beiro and calling Jai Alai in Tampa from 1989-1995, you said you were led to greyhound racing in St. Petersburg. Was it something specific that led you to Derby Lane and drew your interest in greyhound racing? Had you had any interest in greyhound or horse racing prior to Derby Lane?

First, let me tell you about Mark Beiro. Mark has been a figure in the Tampa Bay area for many years. Mark started out with Florida Championship Wrestling years ago before moving on to Tuesday Night Fights on USA Network and many other Boxing shows. Later on, he moved to Battle Bots as the Ring Announcer for both the Battle Bots and Boxing. But I met him at Jai Alai, which he was “The Voice of Jai-Alai” for many years. We became good friends and when the head of the PR Department opened, he came out of the booth and became the PR Director. He always told me I could do the job, he always said I had a strong voice. So he showed me the ins and outs of The Jai Alai game, which, by the way, is a great game watching it live. He hired me and that went on for over 6 years. Then, with the Jai Alai business, started the downhill run caused by the longest strike in sports history. He gave me a tip that they were looking for a race caller at Derby Lane, which I found interesting. Came over here and competed for the job with a lot of guys that wanted this job. It was an open tryout and I wanted out of Jai Alai, which 3 years later closed its doors in Tampa. I got the job and the rest is history. Have no Idea what I would have been doing with my life if it wasn’t for Mark Beiro.

As far as greyhounds and horses, I was always a Horse guy, But I grew up with the harness horses. Spent many nights at The Meadows in Washington, PA. I listened to maybe the best race caller I ever have heard, Roger Huston. He was there when I was a young man growing up and is still calling the races there to this day. With the greyhounds, my first exposure to them was at Wheeling Downs in WV. I found them very fun and fast. Never thought that I would be calling over 100,000 races and working in the business for 22 years.

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Jim Peake (right) with his dad, Jay (left). Fun fact: Jay is a champion archer and hunter. At the age of 17, in 1957, he won the National Archery Championships in Watkins Glen, NY.

Are there any particular greyhounds that you enjoy watching race? Any particular stakes that you favor?

I like to watch the young hounds start out and find the good ones that move up the ladder in grade. It’s always fun to see them get better and move up to top grade. I still enjoy our big races: The Sprint Classic, The Distance Classic and then our other top races, The Fall Sprint and Holiday Distance Classic.

What is one of your most memorable or favorite races that you have called over the years?

I think the the best and biggest races were the Derby Lane Million 1 and 2. It took the Greyhound business by storm. It was maybe the 2 most talked about races in the sport all over the world. We had the best of the best travel here for those history making events. I am proud to have called the two richest races in greyhound racing history.

Calling over 100,000 races, the memory fades a little, but we have had the best of the best here. From the best breaking dog I have ever seen, Scott Free, to maybe the best Greyhound of all time in Talentedmrripley, to maybe my personal favorite, Flying Coal City. “The Coal Train” was one of the best dual distance runners that I have called, and one of the first ones that I worked on promo wise on social media. I proclaimed him the “Best Dog in the Country” and I took a lot of heat for it. But in the end, he was the last Greyhound Triple Crown Dog winning all the awards in the same year, Rural Rube, Flashy Sir, and Captain of The All-America Team. No hound has done that since he did it. I also can’t forget Husker Magic. She won over 100 races here at Derby Lane and I am proud to have called them all here. One of the best I have seen, Joey Ice, comes to mind. Made him the #1 dog in the country. Would have had a great shot in the 1st National Championship Race at Daytona. There have been so many champions here at this track that it’s been my pleasure to call them home.


Are there any up and coming “hot dogs” that you think we should keep an eye on?

Kentucky Kat was very hot at the beginning of the year. I like a dog right now that is super hot. RT’s Bo Jangles. This greyhound will have a BIG shot to get 1st Team All-American for 2017. Both have a good shot, but we still have 5.5 months to go. Looking for a few of the younger ones to get better as the summer moves along.

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Derby Lane’s Kentucky Kat, after winning the 2017 Sprint Classic. Photos provided by Michael Black.

With 22 years of calling races, what would you say is your favorite thing about the sport?

The best thing that I like about the sport is the people in it. I have met a lot of great people that love this sport. Lots of fans of the sport that are great. I like the people that I work with now and miss many people that I have worked with in the past. All pro’s and all wanting to put on the best show possible. We are still The Showplace of Greyhound Racing.

Derby Lane has had some movie exposure, such as Oceans 11 and Infiltrator. They have also been involved in the Mutt Derby, which helps raise money for greyhound adoption. Over the years, what would you say has been one of your favorite memories, events, or promotions at Derby Lane?

There’s been a ton of great events here. I was very proud to be a part of those movies and the one that everyone was talking about was on the award winning show Breaking Bad. The episode was 2 of the main stars sitting in a very dark bar by themselves and in the background they had my voice calling the races on the TV’s in the Bar. It was very cool. Lots of people freaked out when they started to hear the call in the background… I got a ton of feedback on that.

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Jim Peake calling a race at Derby Lane. Photo provided by Michael Black.

Derby Lane features your selections at the bottom of every race page. What kinds of things do you look at when handicapping?

I do the picks every day for the program and do the Morning Line as well. I do them 3 days in advance. When looking at the entries I try and find the grade dropper first, then check out their last couple of races and try to remember their races. I believe the Morning Line is a guide for the non pro’s and people coming to the track for the first time. I believe it is a guide for the novice player to begin their handicapping. Just a little help to get started in the process of picking their winners. I don’t get them all right, but I get a few…

We can’t help but smile every time we hear a race called by Jim. His enthusiasm and love for greyhound racing shines through each time he’s at the mic. We enjoyed gaining more insight on one of our favorite track announcers and hope you did as well. If you’re ever in the area, we encourage you to stop by Derby Lane to listen to Jim call the races live. Check out some of his picks at the bottom of the program, too, and make a day of it.

We would like to thank Jim Peake for taking the time to answer our questions. Check out his “Peake’s Picks” via Derby Lane’s website. One of our main goals is to promote the greyhound industry. Do you work in the greyhound racing industry or know someone who does? Would you be interested in being featured in our blog or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

This Week With The Professor: Handicapping Thoroughbreds vs. Greyhounds

In honor of the Belmont Stakes running today, June 10th, I thought it might be a good time to discuss the differences between greyhound and thoroughbred handicapping. Let’s look at several factors and see how they are different. Class: In greyhound

Class: In greyhound racing, the greyhounds grade themselves by their performance. In thoroughbred racing, the owners and trainers decide what class to run their horses in.

Speed: In greyhound racing, you can evaluate speed by knowing that the greyhound will always run as hard as they can at the start, so their performance will be more consistent. In thoroughbreds, the jockey will rate the horse, so they may show more speed in some races than others.

Post position: In greyhound racing, post postion is very important, as some dogs like to run on the inside and others the outside. In thoroughbred racing, while post is somehwat important depending on the size of the field, it’s not nearly as critical as with greyhounds.

Human factor: In greyhound racing, the greyhound will run with the same style in every race, and therefore can be counted on to run more as predicted. With thoroughbred racing, the human has much more control of how the horse runs, as the trainer or jockey may decide to change the running style of that horse from race to race. In addition, when a trainer drops a horse in class, you have to be suspect of the horse’s condition.

Trouble: In greyhound racing, there is more bumping, and collisions are commonplace, whereas in thoroughbred racing, bumping is not allowed and may result in disqualification.

In conclusion, it may appear that thoroughbred handicapaping is more difficult than greyhound racing, but that is in the eye of the beholder.

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Blog Spotlight: Ray Wong

Every year Greyhound Channel looks forward to sponsoring a stake race at NGA’s Spring Meet, and the 2017 renewal was no exception. This year’s supported 5/16 race run on April 28th was captured by a speedy, dark brindle female named Peppermint Mandy by Cry Calaveras and Sweet Miranda and owned by Ray Wong. Soon after, a letter of appreciation from Mr. Wong was received at the Portland, Oregon business office stating it was a privilege to win the race with “Mandy.” Flattered, we had to learn more about Pepperment Mandy and her gracious owner.

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Reta Raccoon, Ray Wong, and Cry Calveras

Ray Wong grew up in the small, high desert city of Winslow, Arizona with his parents, three sisters, and brother. Always a shutterbug, he served as Winslow High School’s photographer. He lettered in wrestling, competing in the 115 lb weight class division and credits his success to countless hours of heavy lifting at his parent’s grocery store. After graduating from Arizona State University, earning a degree in Journalism in 1972, Ray received a master’s degree in Photo Journalism from University of Missouri in 1974.

 

He was hired as Picture Editor for the Toronto Star and in 1982 moved to Nashville where he was employed by The Tennessean as Graphics Editor. In 1995, Ray tackled a unique challenge offered by Middle Tennessee State University to revamp graphic sequence in the school curriculum. Boosting the university for the next 17 years, he retired Professor Emeritus in 2012.

Greyhounds were never on Ray’s radar until he and wife Mardy Fones adopted a whippet mix named Mac in 1999. Shortly after, they thought Mac would do well with a companion cannine and selected a retired red fawn racer named Mel (Bart’s Viper) by Jet Set Mr. Tea and Meadows Peach with assistance from GPA-Nashville. Ray was smitten with Mel’s elegant look and demeanor. His fascination with the breed increased and lead him to serve as GPA-Nashville President from 2003 – 2006.

In 2005, Ray decided to put his photo journalistic skills to work with the hope of publishing a book about greyhounds covering four distinct areas: farm, track, pet, and their uniqueness as a breed. While researching his project, he met his mentor trainer Peter Lomax at Birmingham Race Course who advised him that in order to learn the industry, he had to race a dog. Soon, Ray partnered with Peter in ownership of litter mates male Mac’s Happy and female Mac’s Hoppy by Dodgem By Design and Sisterhood. After schooling at Tri-State, the brindle brother-sister duo developed into grade A sprinters at Birmingham. These weren’t going to be Ray’s last grade A competitors.

While getting his racing fix at Birmingham in 2011, he spotted a blue male named Cry Calaveras by Dragon Fire and Cry Huron. After consulting Pete Lomax, Ray purchased the slow-starting, fast closing middle distance runner from owner Cameron Younts. After joining the Northshore Kennel roster at Southland, Cry Calaveras turned into a grade AA 660 yard win monster until he retired to stud.

 

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Cry Calaveras at stud

 

Currently, Ray has runners competing at Derby Lane, Ebro, Mobile, Naples, Orange Park, and Wheeling Downs. We at Greyhound Channel are happy to report that Peppermint Mandy broke her Maiden at Wheeling in the 5th race, during the Matinee on Saturday June 3rd, in impressive come from behind fashion. Congratulations to Mandy and to her proud owner! Ray also advised to keep an eye out for her litter mates Smokies Rockytop, Doubledown Dewey, and Hillbilly Hunter’s debut starts. He’s also hopeful that young, red RHT Calvena by Cry Calaveras and SB’s Hattie retains her middle distance grade A form at Naples.

While Ray may have retired from academia, there’s no grass growing under his feet. When available, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Cry Calaveras, and Reta Raccoon at their Brentwood, Tennessee home. He may also be found clerking part-time behind the meat counter at Publix Super Market in Brentwood. The book he started in 2005 continues to morph. Greyhound Channel anticipates its publication at a later time… There are just too many chapters waiting to break the box!

We would like to thank Ray Wong for speaking with us about his journey so far with the greyhound racing industry. One of our main goals is to promote the greyhound industry. Do you work in the greyhound racing industry or know someone who does? Would you be interested in being featured in our blog or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

This Week With The Professor: Over Handicapping

One of the most common and most difficult faults to overcome is over handicapping. There can be a fine line between being thorough in your analysis of a race and being so thorough that you become paralyzed and unable to make a rational decision on what to play. I wish I had a magic pill for this malady, but I don’t. I can think of many times early in my handicapping career where my initial thinking of a race was correct, but I started doubting myself because of the odds or discussions I had with others. Typically, this would end up changing my mind and I would then regret it.

My best advice is to trust your initial thoughts when looking at the program. By saying that, I don’t mean that you should do a quick look and just go with it. You should have a fairly good idea of what you think the race looks like and then expand on that. It is not necessary or wise to try and make a case for every greyhound in the race because if you do that, you will end up confusing yourself and not having confidence in your wagering. The old saying “go with your gut” is a good one.

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Blog Spotlight: Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan, born July 20th, 2015, is out of the ever-popular KC And All and Windy Reba. This 71-pound pup has recently been gaining attention at Wheeling Island. At the NGA Fall Meet, Rex Ryan was purchased by Steve Sarras, starting his racing career at Naples Fort Myers in November of 2016. In April of this year, Rex Ryan made the move to Wheeling Island where the track has been treating him well.

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Rex Ryan photo provided by Steve Sarras

Out of Rex Ryan’s 6 starts, he’s taken home 3 Wins and 1 show. Watching Rex Ryan race, you can see that he loves the inside, hitting the board more times than not from the inside boxes. Rex Ryan has shown this in Wheeling Island’s National Futurity Stakes where he usually gets a kick of late speed in the stretch to pass the competition and take the win. While he didn’t place for round 4 yesterday, May 19th, if Rex Ryan can get an inside box for the semi-finals on Wednesday, May 24th, we can see him hitting the board again.

Revised: As luck would have it, Rex was able to get into the 2nd box in race 13 on Wednesday. We will see if he is able to capitalize on his position!

With Rex Ryan so early into his racing career, we look forward to watching him grow and can’t wait to see what he brings to the track in the future.

 

This Week With The Professor: All About Those Odds

Today, The Professor talks about odds and how you shouldn’t let them scare you, even if the hound you’re betting isn’t getting any action.

I have seen, over the years, friends of mine who may handicap a race well, find a greyhound with high odds that has a great chance, then get scared off wagering on that dog because nobody else is playing them. What? Is that not the whole point – to be able to see something in a longshot that few others see

My theory on why this happens is that this person also plays the horses, where if the horse is not being played as much as they should, it is said they are “dead on the board.” Many believe that this means the smart guys, or stable money, is not being played on the horse because the horse may not be sound. This is not an issue with greyhounds. Greyhounds grade themselves by their performance; whereas, in horse racing, the owner or trainer decides what class the horse runs in. Trust me when I say that the owners or trainers of greyhounds are the worst bettors on the track, so the fact they are not betting on them means nothing.

The point I am trying to make is have confidence in your handicapping and if the odds are high on your selection, all the better, bet more. There are no “wise guys” when it comes to greyhound racing, which is the beauty of it.

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2017 National Greyhound Association’s Spring Meet

Abilene was all the buzz the last week of April as the National Greyhound Association (NGA) held their 2017 Spring Meet from April 24th to the 29th. The NGA is a voluntary non-profit association that acts as the sole registry for racing greyhounds on the North American continent and has been a part of the Abilene community since 1945. They have two auction events every year, The Fall Meet and The Spring Meet to boost the greyhound industry and surrounding economy.

The first-round races ran April 24th and April 25th with the top finishers racing again in the finals on April 27th and 28th. Once again, Greyhound Channel was a proud sponsor of a major stakes race run during the Spring Meet. PEPPERMINT MANDY was the victor in our race that ran on Monday, April 24th, as well as the final champion on Friday, April 28th. Congratulations to her and all connections! View the final race below:

This year’s NGA Spring Meet included over 300 greyhounds and more than 70 races over the course of the event, with over 130 sold from consignment during the auctions. The largest purchase price being $70,000 for the DJAAYS OCTANE-BOC’S SWEENEY pup, PJ HIGHWAYROBERY.

The meet recognized and celebrated William O’Donnell’s achievements within the greyhound community by awarding him the National Greyhound Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the Greyhound Hall of Fame awards ceremony on April 27th. O’Donnell’s interest in greyhound racing started while he was in High School and carried on later throughout his life as he became more involved in the sport through his kennels and even politically to help raise purse prices. He has since passed his love for the industry to his grandson, who manages his farm in Abilene.

Two Greyhound Hall of Fame scholarships are also awarded during the Spring Meet every year. This year’s recipients were Myranda Patrick, a resident of Abilene, and Adam Abrams-Flohr from Colorado. The ceremony also included presenting the prestigious Rural Rube Award to OAKS MADDY and the Flashy Sir Award to SHOW ON THE ROAD, as well as recognizing the 2016 All America Team: Captain – Seldom Told, Oak’s Maddy, Need My Moneynow, Oshkosh Kid, Oya Stan The Man, Husker Magic, Kinda Cruel Red, and Boc’s Tony Romo.

Congratulations to everyone that was awarded during this year’s Spring Meet, as well as everyone involved at the NGA for putting together yet another exciting and successful event! You can view all of the results and race replays from this year’s Spring Meet on the NGA website.

This Week With The Professor: Nobody’s Perfect

Today, The Professor discusses how to wager effectively and that, no matter how well you have handicapped a race, to remember that nobody is perfect.

I have noticed, while reviewing my selections from the last few podcasts, that my selections boxed in the Trifecta and Superfecta have been hitting. This reminded me that bettors will sometimes try to be too good or perfect when handicapping and especially when wagering. Picking winners

Picking winners is extremely difficult to do, so it is essential that you spread a little when playing exotics such as trifectas and superfectas. Boxing and part-wheeling are great ways to do that. Your top selection is not always going to win, but if you have handicapped well, the pick has a great chance to run first, second, or third. If three of your top four picks in a trifecta,  or even all of your top four make the superfecta, you can still turn a profit. Another advantage to this wagering method, is if your top pick is the favorite and runs second or third, the payoff is even better.

I don’t know how many times  I have asked a friend what he likes, and he may tell me, “I like the 3 with the 2,4,7.” The race runs and the result is 4-3-2-7. I see my friend and ask him, how many times did you hit that? He will say, “I missed it, I only put the 3 on top.” This is another example of great handicapping and poor wagering. Don’t be that guy that lets your ego get in the way of turning a profit. After all, nobody’s perfect.

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Blog Spotlight: A Retired Racer Adoption

As promised, we are continuing coverage on Greyhound Adoption Month with an adoption story. Previously, we mentioned that Greta Conroy had fostered a retired pup with the call name of Carlos. Carlos went through Bay Area Greyhound Adoption (BAGA) and was placed in the Hardee Hero Hounds program, where he learned basic and difficult commands. Carlos was able to perform his commands perfectly, earning him the “top dog” award upon his graduation of the training program. Carlos went into Greta’s foster care before being adopted by his forever family.

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Carlos during training and upon graduation of the Hardee Hero Hounds program. Photos provided by Greta Conroy.

Carlos had first been brought to our attention when Catherine D’Arcy of D’Arcy Kennels sent some photos of him racing as Next Addition at Derby Lane. We loved the images so much that we put them on one of our merchandise items, as well as our sign-up banner. Carlos became a part of Greyhound Channel and, without us having never met him, we became attached to him and continued to follow his racing career. When we heard that Carlos had retired, we were interested in how retirement life was treating him. Enter Greg, one of Carlos’ owners, who filled us in on the retirement of one of our favorite racers.

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Carlos racing at Derby Lane. Photos provided by D’Arcy Kennel with permission by Juppi Scheider.

Carlos, now known as Comet to his forever family, is Greg, Terry, and their son, Jacob’s, first greyhound. We asked Greg what made them decide on a greyhound since they had not previously owned one. Greg explained that, while training their german shepherd pup back in 2002, they saw greyhounds, who were also in their training classes, and instantly became interested in the fabulous breed. It was then that Greg knew he would want a greyhound some day. Well, that time had finally arrived late in 2016 when Jacob became obsessed with the idea of owning a dog.

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Carlos enjoying time at his foster home with Greta Conroy.

Around December, Greg started to think that it was time to get his son a dog. “The day after Christmas, I started looking for a greyhound and Comet popped up. It was a long time coming for us to get a greyhound.”

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Comet enjoying a walk.

Greg and his family would soon find out that the wait was well worth it. Greg mentioned that they loved Comet’s profile and his personality. While they weren’t specifically looking for a greyhound that had been through training, it was a great bonus that Comet had received training through the Hardee Hero Hounds program.

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Comet and Jacob snuggling in bed.

Upon arrival at his new home, Comet quickly adjusted, enjoying his forever family and adoring his new best pal, Jacob. Comet, like many greyhounds, is always right behind someone as he enjoys following them everywhere they go, including room to room throughout the house. Terry, Greg’s wife, mentioned that a cute quirk of Comet’s is to “collect stuffed animals and lay them in and around his bed.”

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Best friends, Comet and Jacob.

Comet isn’t the only one to become smitten with his newfound relationship. Jacob loves Comet completely. He has a special corner of his room dedicated to Comet, including Comet’s “Top Dog” award and pictures. Greg explained that they wanted to give their son the opportunity of having the responsibility of caring for Comet so they put Jacob’s name on the paperwork as the owner of Comet. Greg mentioned that, as the owner of Comet, Jacob feeds him and enjoys teaching Comet new tricks.

“I have my son do the majority of the feeds and then we work on obedience at home.”

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At an event picnic by BAGA, Jacob made Comet’s costume, earning them first prize in the costume contest.

According to Greg, Comet loves food and is a counter surfer, something that those of us who have greyhounds can fully understand. Greg explained, “He is a butter eater! Oh, it’s crazy. If you leave the butter out, it is gone!” Yep, we’ve been there too, Greg.

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Comet and his family at a greyhound event. Photos provided by Greta Conroy.

As our chat came to a close, Greg talked about how Comet is always so happy and explained that Comet has a small, heart-shaped spot on his hindquarters. This is no surprise to us as we believe it fully embodies him and his sweet, happy personality.

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Comet’s heart spot.

We would like to thank Greg, Terry, and Jacob for sharing their adoption story with us and giving us a peek into Comet’s retirement life. We would also like to thank Greta Conroy and Catherine D’Arcy for helping us contact Comet’s new family. We wish all the best to Comet and his forever family.

This Week With The Professor: Greyhound Interference

Today, The Professor will answer a question submitted by Jasper P. on greyhound interference. Jasper P. asked, “My question has to do with on-track greyhounds who interfere with other greyhounds while racing. How many races are they allowed by the racing judge to interfere before having to be re-trained or re-schooled. Just recently I noticed a greyhound at Derby Lane that would actually stop right past the finish line to interfere with other dogs behind it. Would this greyhound be ticketed since the interference was past the finish line? Is it indicated in the program? This happened twice in a row by the same greyhound after crossing the finish line. The greyhound finished fourth in both races.”

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The answer to the first question is as follows: There are generally three judges, two work for the track and one works for the state. In order for a greyhound to receive a “ticket” (it is called a ticket because the trainer will receive written notice of this decision) for interference, two of the three judges need to deem it as interference. When a greyhound receives a “ticket,” the greyhound must school successfully twice (generally) in order to be permitted to race at that track again. If the greyhound then interferes again, they are ruled off the track. There are exceptions depending on the track. Some tracks will permit the greyhound to school again after 30 days and be given another chance. Some kennels may choose to send the greyhound to another track to race after the first “ticket,” as to not have the dog have a ruled off ruling on its record.

In regards to the second question, the answer is no, a greyhound cannot receive a “ticket” for interference once they have crossed the finish line. Anything that happens after the race is over cannot be held against the greyhound, so there would not be any notation in the program.

Thanks for the great question Jasper!

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