Blog Spotlight: 2019 NGA Spring Meet

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The National Greyhound Association’s (NGA) 2019 Spring Meet took place April 15th through April 20th where we sponsored one of the Meet’s races. The Greyhound Channel Stake took place in race 11 on Thursday, April 18th, with the beautiful pup SR Swiss Caco, owned by David Strong and John Robinson, winning the race. The black female, born January of 2018, trailed throughout, but kicked in the late speed in the final stretch for the win.

 

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Pictured: Marlisa Jackson, Bubit Collins, Thomas Suggs, and SR Swiss Caco.

Overall, the NGA Spring Meet was a success with an impressive auction. The following is an article by Jim Gartland, detailing the auction action.

NGA Wraps Up Another Successful Auction

By the time the last bids were in and the 2019 spring auction was over, many long time attendees were shocked by the final numbers. Going into the spring meet, many thought this would be a small auction as the 159 total pups entered was one of the smallest groups in memory for an NGA meet.

After four days of racing, the consignors walked their charges into the ring at Sterl Hall beginning with the youngsters on Friday night and continuing with the older pups on Saturday morning. When the dust settled, 101 greyhound puppies had been sold for a total of $1,082,000!

The top selling greyhound was CTW Shadow Star who is owned by David Peck of Texas. Shadow Star went to Mr. Lester Raines for a cool $73,000. Overall, Texas breeders amassed a total of $869,750 in sales for the auction.

The top seller in the meet was Kenneth Biehle of Texas who sold 38 pups for a whopping $483,500 and who was last seen heading out of town with a big smile on his face. The biggest buyer at the meet was Tim Ertl of Iowa who bought nearly $135,750 worth of racing stock.

2019 NGA Spring Auction Stats

Pups Consigned: 159

Sold: 101

Total: $1,082,000.00

Average: $10,712.87

Online Activity

Individual Online buyers: 9

Total Lots Sold: 18

Total Sales: $109,000

GROSS: 101 lots, selling to 39 different buyers for $1,082,000

Auction results by lot

Silent auction results

JimGartlandJim Gartland, National Greyhound Association (NGA) Executive Director.

Blog Spotlight: Jenn Boswell

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Our blog articles frequently discuss and take a look at greyhound racing, speaking with trainers, owners, track announcers, and others in the industry. Another big and important aspect of the greyhound racing industry is the amazing adoption groups involved in placing retired racers with their forever homes. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jenn Boswell, the director of adoption for Alabama Greyhound Adoption Center (AGAC) and wanted to share her experiences and wonderful information about AGAC with you.

Jenn Boswell’s first experience with greyhounds was as a child through her Godmother who owned racing greyhounds. She fell in love with them so much so that her first job in 1996 was a leadout at Birmingham Race Course. When it was time to head to college, she left the track but found that she couldn’t stay away from the greyhounds. In 2009, she became the assistant director of the AGAC and then the director of adoption in 2015.

“I fell in love with them and loved their gentle demeanor.”

From Nova Scotia, Canada, on the East Coast all the way to Portland, Oregon, on the West Coast, the AGAC works with several adoption groups totaling over 40. With the adoption groups spanning the US and Canada, large and long hauls of greyhounds are typical. During these trips, many breaks are taken to feed and walk the pups. While they sleep on the road, at least one person stays in the vehicle with the greyhounds as a precaution to make sure everything is well throughout the night. Each haul usually has 20 to 30 greyhounds, depending on how far they are traveling.

One of the things that makes the AGAC unique is that they have a box truck as their transportation vehicle that they converted to house the greyhounds during their hauls. The idea began with former Director of Adoption Melony Cleveland and Jenn. Trailers carrying greyhounds are made with precautions to ensure that the greyhounds are comfortable and safe during travel. Melanie and Jenn took it a step further thinking how great it would be if they had something like an RV for transporting the greyhounds because then they would know right away if anything was off with the pups area and someone could head back to check on them. That idea grew and came into fruition when they raised funds to convert a box truck into their vision. That box truck was named Eleanor. Some of the amazing features in Eleanor include a sleeping space of a queen bed for resting during travel, a sitting space for extra passengers, heavy insulation throughout the truck, kennels for the greyhounds to stay in, and an AC unit, box fans, and oscillating fans for the space to stay at the perfect temperature. They also replaced the rolling back door of the truck with a wall and regular door to help insulate the space. All of these features have made travel much easier for the drivers and greyhounds and have allowed all to be comfortable during extremely high and low temperatures.

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At the AGAC, Jenn’s job can often be described as a hound traffic controller since she makes sure that all the adoption groups they work with can get some greyhounds in an appropriate time frame and in a specific rotation. Jenn also helps with local home placements of greyhounds and small pet testing to see whether a greyhound would be good in a home with a small dog or cat. The business aspect of her job is making sure that everything is running smoothly for all the greyhounds, her crew, and volunteers.

“We want to make sure that every greyhound has their chance at a couch.”

When asked what Jenn’s favorite thing about working at the AGAC is, she states that hands down it’s the dogs. Jenn was once told a quote by DQ Williams, “If you love it, you will never see yourself doing anything different.” That has rung very true for Jenn as she cannot imagine doing anything different than working with greyhounds. Jenn has found that as she takes care of the greyhounds, they seem to return the favor by taking care of her. It’s what made her fall in love with the breed and her job. Jenn has also been able to meet wonderful people through the greyhound racing adoption industry, some of which have become a family to her.

“Once you adopt a greyhound, you’ve been adopted into a family.”

With as many greyhounds as Jenn has placed in homes, estimating somewhere over 30,000 pups, it is hard to have a standout memory because there are so many. Two special moments did come to mind right away for Jenn, though. One case was with a greyhound named Ace. They had a family coming in with a paraplegic man who was unsure about adopting a greyhound because he thought they were too hyper. They decided to show him Ace who, as soon as he was let out of his crate, went straight to the man and gently rested his head on his lap. There was an instant connection between the two and the man looked at them and said that Ace was the one. Another instance was with Pat C My Biznes (Biz) who adored children. During a visit to a children’s hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, Biz would not leave one boy’s side. No amount of coaxing would take him away from the boy. When the child had to go back to his bed, Biz followed him to the elevator where the boy waved goodbye. Later, Jenn was told that the family was so grateful for Biz because they have that memory of their son happy and smiling with Biz, which occurred just a few hours before the boy passed away. It’s memories like these that make Jenn’s job so special.

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Jenn’s greyhound adoption experiences have also taken place on the personal side with her owning many retired racers herself. One greyhound, CTW Snorklunicrn (Moose), was named by Jenn. Jenn got to meet Moose at just a couple hours old, following him from birth to his first race, to his last race, and then into retirement where he came home to live with her. Though all of her own greyhounds have a special place in her heart, there is something extra special about having the experience of knowing your greyhound from birth through retirement.

As National Adopt a Greyhound Month comes to an end, it is wonderful to speak with Jenn to hear about her personal stories with greyhound adoption and the details of the AGAC. If you are interested in adopting, fostering, or volunteering your time to greyhounds, contact your local greyhound pet adoption organization for more information.

We would like to thank Jenn Boswell for taking the time to speak with us and share her wonderful experiences working with greyhounds. The Alabama Greyhound Adoption Center is a 501 C 3 non profit greyhound adoption center located at the Birmingham Race Course. They are a pro-racing greyhound adoption group dedicated to the re-homing of retired Greyhounds who work with several fellow pro-racing and racing neutral greyhound adoption groups across the United States and Canada. One of our main goals is to promote the greyhound industry. Do you work in it or know someone who does? Would you be interested in being featured in our blog? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

This Week With The Professor: Day or Night – Does it Matter?

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Absolutely! There are several reasons why you should consider whether the race you are handicapping is on a matinee or evening card. It is commonly known that early speed greyhounds fare better in matinee racing than night racing. the reason for this is hotly debated among racegoers, but not knowing the exact reason does not negate the fact that it is true.

It is also true that the inside greyhounds break faster in matinee races than evening races. The reason for this may be that the light is better in the day, or less glare from the lights to bother the inside hounds. The inside dogs should break better as they are the first to see the lure.

Another factor is that some greyhounds like to run during the day better than at night, or vice versa, which also may have something to do with the better light and their vision. Bottom line is, this can definitely be a factor that can help you to pick more winners, so be sure and take these factors into consideration when handicapping.

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Jiminy Reno and BGR Monster Top Vote Getters for Rural Rube & Flashy Sir by Jim Gartland

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Derby Lane sprinter Jiminy Reno and all around distance star, BGR Monster have captured the NGA’s annual Awards; In a tight race, Jiminy Reno out nosed FGF Chisum for the Rural Rube while BGR Monster easily outpaced Cool It Now for the Flashy Sir in this year’s voting.

Voting was tight in the Rural Rube contest. In a very competitive race, three greyhounds received double digit votes. In the end Jiminy Reno won out over FGF Chisum and Konomi. 10 other greyhounds each received at least one vote in the balloting.

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Owned by James Morgan and Kathleen Hastings of Colorado and raced by the Cal Holland Kennel, Reno picked up a couple of stake wins, was named Captain of the All American Team and captured the National Win Title to put a stamp on an outstanding 2018.

Not yet three years old, this fine greyhound out of Alivefortomorrow-Oceania started out the year a bit slow, actually dropping into grade B twice before settling in around mid-March. From there he took off and would never look back. He rattled of win streaks of 6, 12, 4 and 7 at various points throughout the year. The 12 race streak included a win in the Remembrance Stake on May 28.

In September he would win two rounds of qualifying on his way to a victory in the finals of the $50,000 Husker Magic Stake, winning by an easy four lengths. That win would put him over the $50,000 mark in career earnings.

As part of a seven race win streak would also capture the Howl-O-Ween Stake. The last win in that seven race streak turned out to be his last of the year, even though he would finish in the money six more times before a minor injury sidelined him in mid-December. He would, however, be invited to, and participate in, the Naples 550 in January as one of the nation’s best sprinters.

He finished the 2018 campaign with a record of 77-45-10-6-0 for a win rate of 58% as well finishing in the money nearly 80% of the time. His 45 wins were tops in the country for all individual greyhounds in 2018. Congratulations to all the connections of Jiminy Reno!

Voting wasn’t as close in the Flashy Sir contest as BGR Monster won going away as the nation’s best distance greyhound. The Monster more than tripled the votes received by second place finisher, Cool It Now.

 

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BGR Monster after winning the 2018 $40,000 Naples Derby.

 

BGR Monster is a black son of Boc’s Tony Romo-Boc’s Jennyfinch and is owned by Brad Boeckenstedt. He broke in at Naples late in 2017 and after winning his maiden and D races, struggled a little bit in sprint races. After just eight official starts he was switched over to the longer 3/8ths distance and never looked back. Just 10 starts later he was entered into qualifying for the $40,000 Naples Derby. Winning 3 of 4 qualifying rounds he would enter the finals as the third favorite and cruise to a two length win in the championship.

After the Derby win, Boeckenstedt packed him off to Southland to compete in the Great American Greyhound Futurity. He picked up four wins, a third and a fourth in qualifying to make the final field of eight. Drawing the dreaded eight hole in the final, he encountered trouble at the turn and finished fifth in the championship, won by Fiesta Mountain.

Immediately after the Futurity he switched over to the tough 703 yard course at Southland and picked up right where he had left off at Naples earlier in the year, picking up win after win leading up to the $125,000 Marathon Stakes in October. He would win three of four qualifying rounds (one by 11 lengths) and finish 2nd in the other. As the even money favorite he ran into early trouble and finished fifth to eventual champion, American Airdine.

The Monster would finish his year at Southland with 28 wins, tops among all Southland competitors. His complete record at Southland was 49-28-9-5-1, against the best competition in the country. He finished 2018 with an overall mark of 66-34-13-8-4.

Congratulations to Brad Boeckenstedt and all those associated with BGR Monster!

The 48th Annual NGA Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards will be presented at the awards ceremonies program at the Greyhound Hall of Fame on Thursday night, Apr. 18, during the NGA Spring Meet.

JimGartland Jim Gartland, National Greyhound Association (NGA) Executive Director.

This Week With The Professor: Q & A

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Today, The Professor will answer a question submitted by Ken D.

“In general, do you feel it’s easier to handicap a certain grade or grades of dog races? Seems to me the top grade at any track (especially those with AA races) are easier to handicap as many dogs can get to a top grade – but can’t seem to win at those top grades. Also, Maiden races seem to have races where 3-4 dogs can be eliminated fairly easily. I find the middle grades are the most difficult as you have dogs moving up and down as well. Your thoughts?”

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Hi Ken,

The answer depends on what the definition of the word “easier” is. If by that you mean that the top grade races are more formful, the answer is yes. The greyhounds in the top grade are there because they are not just fast, but usually have good race habits. This means less trouble in the race and the better dogs winning consistently.

Maiden races are again more formful for different reasons. As you pointed out, there are sometimes dogs that are not quite ready to run well and can easily be thrown out, and there are standouts who are just beginning a nice career.

With all of that being said, the races that I prefer to wager on are the middle grade races. The reason for that is that you can get more value for your money if the money wagered is more spread out, and therefore, the payoffs are better. The key to making money wagering, in my opinion, is beating favorites and getting value. The races are more difficult, but when you are correct, you get paid. Betting favorites on a consistent basis is not a recipe for success in the long run.

Thanks for the question, Ken!

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Blog Spotlight: Tom Taplin

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Having a prospective greyhound representing us on the track, we have been in contact with those involved in the process of preparing GreyhoundChannel for his racing debut. One of the people in GreyhoundChannel’s everyday life includes Tom Taplin, one of the owners of Patriot/Taplin Kennel and Taps Racing Greyhounds farm. We had the pleasure of speaking with Tom and wanted to share his experiences with you.

Tom’s interest in greyhound racing sparked at a young age with some of his early childhood memories involving the racetrack. Tom’s grandfather owned greyhound racers that his dad trained. For Tom, it was a big deal to be at the racetrack helping cool down the dogs in the back. When his grandfather passed away, his time with greyhound racing would take a break. Moving in 1982, he bought a meat packing plant that would later burn down. When this happened, Tom turned to the dogs.

For Tom, working at Taps Racing Greyhounds with his wife, Patty, and one of his sons, Brant, is a wonderful experience. Working with family helps with scheduling so that Tom and Brant can count on one another when one of them needs to go away. This same reason, however, is also why having a family business can be difficult.

“We do it because we love these wonderful, crazy dogs, but we can’t do many things together. We both enjoy hunting and it’s hard to take a hunting trip together because one of us has to be here to run the farm.”

Though they may not be able to go on many trips together, Tom and Brant certainly get to spend a lot of time together on the farm. With a family business, you can imagine that you would have to get along pretty well with one another, which is no problem with Tom’s family. With some family living really close, Tom gets to see them often.

“They bought land right across the road, so their house is 100 yards from me, and the grandkids can run back and forth across the road. We’re very family oriented and all of our kids are within an hour and a half from us, so we have a lot of family get-togethers.”

A general day at the farm begins with an early start of 6 AM when Tom and Brant arrive to turn out the greyhounds by letting the pups out while they refresh the beds. The rest of the staff arrives at 7 AM for feedings and putting the dogs back in their kennels. Around 8 AM, they start working the dogs in their various stages of where they are in terms of racing. Around noon, they take a couple hours at home before heading back to the kennel for another turnout. A crew goes in again at night for one more turnout. Patty takes care of all the small puppies up to three months old.

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Tom (right) and Brant (left) with two greyhound pups.

Working on the farm, Tom explains that he breeds pups that would be a good fit for Southland and Wheeling. When it comes to naming, Brant usually gets the honor. They enjoy going off some sort of theme for the naming of the litter, and they have many lists they keep for naming ideas. With about 300 dogs on the farm and around 100 of them training, it’s good to have a working list of names. Tom also makes sure that part of the greyhound’s registered name is always part of their call name as to not confuse the pups.

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Tom with GreyhoundChannel.

Working with greyhound racers, Tom says that his favorite thing with being involved in the sport is simply being with the dogs. Tom has always loved animals and he can’t recall a time that he didn’t have some type of pup. Throughout the years, there have been many racing greyhounds that have stood out for Tom, but some of his favorites have included Flying Wolf Pack, winner of the 2017 Southland Hound Madness and 2017 Festival of Stakes Henry Male Sprint; Caravan Hildie, 1994 Raynham track champ and 99-race winner; and Tracy’s Fantasy, winner of the 1992 Hinsdale Invitational, 1992 Wonderland Inaugural, and 1993 Raynham-Taunton Blue Ribbon. Tracy’s Fantasy was also the 1991 Wonderland track champ and had 98 career wins. Highest on the list for Tom, though, is TNT Star Wars who holds a special place in his heart.

“When we’d exercise them, he would be standing on top of the dog house waiting for us to go by.”

More currently, at the time that we spoke to Tom, he was excited about TNT Mama Mia, TNT Mind Games, TNT Marchmadness, and TNT Mercuryrisin, all of which just kickstarted their racing careers.

Tom had a long-standing relationship with Bob Rider, known in the industry for raising and racing greyhounds. When Bob was diagnosed with cancer, he and Tom partnered up for breeding so that Bob could continue to be as involved as possible with the greyhound racing industry before he passed away on October 10th, 2018. This partnership resulted in our namesake pup, GreyhoundChannel, who came from one of the litters. We were happy to hear that GreyhoundChannel has been doing well in the pens and on his runs. He will begin formal training in April with a projected racing start in August or September.

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Tom with GreyhoundChannel.

As our conversation with Tom came to a close, we spoke about the passing of Florida’s Amendment 13. Though Tom is disappointed and realizes that the amendment ultimately will hurt the entire industry, he is staying focused on his pups and plans to continue running their best at Southland, Wheeling, and Tri-State for as long as they can.

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

An Unexpected and Disheartening Defeat in Florida by Jim Gartland

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Going into election day in November, many of us felt that we had done our best and had a decent shot of defeating Amendment 13. After all, the polls looked good. Pundits claimed that most, if not all, the amendments would go down. The industry had stepped up, worked hard, contributed what and where we could, and given their all towards the effort. But early into the evening of November 6, things got ugly. By the end of the night, Amendment 13 had passed by a wide margin and you could feel the collevtive air leave the body of greyhound racing.

What happened? There is no real answer to that question. There is much speculation and some would like to say blame, one way or another, but in the end, it looks like the industry wasn’t able to overcome fighting a massively funded campaign by anti-racing groups. Even if that campaign was chocked full of half-truths, misrepresentations, hyped up numbers and outright lies, the sheer amount of dollars behind it was something that we could not compete with on a scale that would have been necessary. It certainly wasn’t for lack of effort though. Hundreds, if not thousands of greyhound people and supporters worked tremendously hard for months and months in trying to defeat the amendment. Far too many people to name here spent unbelievable amounts of time, money and energy working towards the cause. Kennel owners, trainers, helpers, farmers, adopters, NGA members, FGA members, track personnel, adoption groups and racing fans all did what they could and more. The industry stepped up in a way unlike anything before, and everyone should be proud of that fact as well as the battle that was fought. And yes, that is little consolation, but stand tall and be proud nonetheless.

Last thought on the vote – I for one found it very strange that all of these amendments, most, if not all of which, looked to fail, passed by nearly identical margins with the exception for one. I’m not here to say the election results were tainted, but with other issues arising in this election as has been the case with other elections in Florida, maybe there should have been a second look.

What’s next? Several tracks have indicated that they will close immediately and/or not re-open for 2019 (Melbourne, Pensacola, Mardi Gras). The majority of Florida tracks have committed to racing until the 2020 deadline, based on the ongoing availability of kennels and greyhounds (Jax, Palm Beach, Derby, Sanford, Daytona, Naples, Ebro). So, for the time being it is business as usual. Obviously, we will need to be thinking about the eventual closings and the adoption needs for all the greyhounds. Thankfully, we have the support of the National GPA and hundreds of other adoption groups. Unlike the anti-racing groups, we will have a plan and see to it that every greyhound is accounted for, be it for racing elsewhere, returning home or adoption into a welcoming home.

In the meantime, people are working behind the scenes to explore any and all avenues with regard to a legal, or legislative challenge to the amendment. Other possibilities include some form of “settlement” from the state based on a similar case in Florida some years ago. No path will be easy. All of these will take time and, in most cases money, so we need to be patient. There are obviously no guarantees, but be assured that work continues.

Finally, the debacle in Florida must also serve as a massive wake up call to any and all other tracks and states where racing takes place. The time to take action against anti-racing factions is not when they show up in your state. The time is NOW. Every kennel and every owner at every racetrack in America (and around the world for that matter) should be showcasing and promoting the sport for all that is greyt about it and what it means to their communities and the people who live in them. The Florida amendment should also put anyone who works with, hunts, farms, utilizes or simply enjoys animals on high alert. It truly was a “Trojan horse” and should be taken seriously by anyone involved with animals.

JimGartland Jim Gartland, National Greyhound Association (NGA) Executive Director.

This Week With The Professor: Don’t Let The Odds Scare You!

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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 and 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 that they are not betting on them means nothing.

The point I am trying to make is to have confidence in your handicapping and if the odds are high on your selection then 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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Special Announcement: GreyhoundChannel – The Racer

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It has been a longtime dream of Greyhound Channel’s to own a greyhound racer. Each National Greyhound Association (NGA) Fall Meet, we purchase tickets for the pup giveaway in hopes that our name would be selected to own a pup. While we have not been so lucky in the drawing, we have had the luck of meeting a great new friend in the greyhound racing industry. It was through Diana Pickering that our dream became reality.

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Pictured on the left is GreyhoundChannel.

Whelped on March 10th, 2018, out of Rido’s Babe and by JS Im Seein Red, the red fawn pup that would be named GreyhoundChannel was purchased by Diana from breeder Tom Taplin. Diana suggested that we could purchase naming rights for the pup, allowing us to finally have a racer representing Greyhound Channel on the track. In a thoughtful gesture by Diana, the proceeds from the purchase of the naming rights for GreyhoundChannel was donated to Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest (GPA-NW). This was very special to us because not only was the contribution helping greyhound adoption, but it was going toward the same adoption group that matched us with Bandit and our retired racers: Guaro (Bella Guaro), Inc (Bella Incubus), Winner (TF Winner), and Kodiak (Oshkosh Kodiak).

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GreyhoundChannel in the left front.

We are happy to have this partnership with Diana because our goal has been to track a greyhound from birth all the way to their forever home in an attempt to be as transparent as possible about the process a greyhound takes to becoming a racer. As we receive updates on GreyhoundChannel, hopefully with him on the track around September of this year, we will provide them to you.

We were also fortunate enough to interview both Diana Pickering and Tom Taplin, both of which are playing such important roles in the process of GreyhoundChannel’s road to becoming a racer. Stay tuned for their blog article interviews about the GreyhoundChannel pup and their experiences in the greyhound racing industry.

This Week With The Professor: Nobody’s Perfect

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I have noticed while reviewing my own selections lately that boxing my runners in the Trifecta and the Superfecta has worked out very well. This reminded me that bettors will sometimes try to be too good or perfect when handicapping and especially when wagering. 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 hit in a Trifecta or all of your top four make the superfecta, you can still turn a profit.

Another advantage to this wagering method is that 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 he 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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