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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Blog Spotlight: Greyhound Foster Parent Greta Conroy

For many of us, April means the arrival of Spring, but it is also an important month in the greyhound industry because it is Greyhound Adoption Month. In honor of Greyhound Adoption Month, we spoke with Greta Conroy, a greyhound foster parent for The Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions (BAGA), located in Florida. BAGA matches retired greyhound racers with their forever homes, with most of the pups being placed in foster homes before their adoption so that BAGA can begin to understand the greyhound’s personality and help start the transition from the track to home. BAGA also works with the Greyhound Advancement Center’s Hardee Hero Hounds program, where certain retired racers are trained at the Hardee Correctional Institution Work Camp before being adopted. Through the Hardee Hero Hounds program, greyhounds are trained in home basics and commands while the inmates receive the wonderful opportunity to work and grow with these greyt pups.

We always love to hear a greyhound love story, meaning that moment when someone learned about greyhounds and fell in love with them. For Greta, it was after her family moved to Florida and came across a greyhound adoption group while shopping. It was love at first sight and Greta knew that she wanted to get involved with greyhounds. After doing a lot of research, Greta and her family found BAGA, where they have been helping foster pups ever since.

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Meet and Greet event

“We went to a meet and greet, within a week had a home visit with a greyhound who licked my 5-year-old son for hours, and received our first foster in two weeks.”

Once their first foster pup was adopted and had left for their forever home, Greta and her family knew they needed a greyhound of their own, a feeling so many of us who have adopted a greyhound can fully understand.

“The right dog was foster number 4, Rusty, in January of 2013,” said Greta. “Our second foster ‘failure’ was Charlie, a year later, to keep Rusty from being lonely after the fosters were gone. We [have] fostered 40-50 dogs in the 4 years.”

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New life at the house

Clearly, Greta and her family had caught the greyhound love bug. Greta explained that she usually receives about 10 foster dogs a year. We often don’t know too much of the actual process of greyhound adoption, besides the part where the new owners receive their retired racer, so Greta was nice enough to explain the process at BAGA. Once an owner decides to retire a racer, BAGA picks up the dog(s) and takes them to a foster home, where they begin their acclimation into pet life. Some go to BAGA President Linda Lyman’s home till they are spayed or neutered before they head to their foster home. The pups remain in their foster home for two weeks, to adjust to home life, before they are adopted.

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Retirement Florida style

“Some dogs get acclimated to a family life right away and could get adopted faster,” said Greta. “Some need more time. I am a stay at home mom and I love getting the shy ones that need special attention. My Rusty has been a big help in getting the dogs used to living in a home”

Sounds like Rusty is quite the special pup. Greta further explained that “BAGA has meet and greets every weekend and we bring our fosters and own greyhounds to socialize. That’s usually when the potential adopters get to meet them.”

Having meet and greets is essential for most greyhound adoption organizations as they allow people to get to know and learn more about these amazing retired racers. They are, often times, the first steps into the adoption process for many families.

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Meet and Greet event

While most of the greyhounds go from the track, to their foster home, to their forever home, some of the greyhounds make another stop for the Hardee Hero Hounds program. This special training lasts 8-10 weeks, followed by a graduation. During the pups’ graduation, they show off what they have learned, during their training, through commands and tricks. Greta explained that, most of the time, all of the pups in the training program are adopted before they graduate, meaning that they get to head to their forever homes after graduation.

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“At the graduation, the new families get a bag with an info packet, notes from the trainers, a toy, ball, muzzle, belly band (diaper that helps with house training). The adoption paperwork gets signed after the graduation, and dogs go to their new homes.”

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Proud graduates from the Greyhound Advancement Center

Perhaps reading all of this, you have found that you are interested in adoption or would like to know more about greyhounds as pets. You can always call and/or visit your local greyhound adoption organization for further information. Most of the time, the adoption process involves filling out an application, followed by a background check, and a home visit with your matched greyhound. Through the home visit, families can get to know their prospective pup a little more and determine whether they are a good fit.

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Since falling in love with greyhounds about five years ago, Greta has helped many dogs find their forever home, some of which she has adopted herself.

“Now, I have three greyhounds of my own. The last one is Cortez and he graduated the prison program in October 2016. He was not adopted at the time of his graduation, and while in training, his trainer found out he was blind. He touched mine and my husbands’ (who was at the graduation as well) hearts. we officially adopted him that weekend.”

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Greta’s Cortez finished the prison training program with Carlos, a classmate, now known as Comet by his forever family. Coincidentally, Greta also fostered Comet. Comet is a retired racer from Derby Lane whose racing name was Next Addition. We will be continuing Comet’s story in our next adoption feature article on April 22nd, so stay tuned!

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We would like to thank Greta Conroy, Linda Lyman, and Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions for speaking with us, as well as Catherine D’Arcy with D’Arcy Kennels for connecting us with these wonderful people. It is our pleasure to learn the experiences of greyhounds as they go from the farm, to the racetrack, and then on to retirement.

Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions works with many greyt kennels, owners, and trainers from Derby Lane, Sanford Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Palm Beach. They include: Capabal Kennel, D’Arcy Kennel, Jan Alderson, Randy Floyd, Victori Hounds, Cal Holland Kennel, occasionally Abernathy Kennel, Ed Bolton, Waverider Kennel, and Blu Too Kennel.

This Week With The Professor: Post Positions

Today, The Professor answers a question submitted by David L. on post positions. David L. said, “I found a very exciting race to wager on. The long shots to me seemed to be perfectly boxed while the favorites appeared to be in a more difficult situation. This is exactly what a smart bettor looks for. I went deep with my dollars and was confident on a nice return. Yes, sure enough my long shots ran one two three while the two favorites were off the board. Then the slap in the face. The price of my trifecta was only about $50. The numbers that came in were 1-2-8. That combination probably comes in more than any others. I assumed that the other players had simply pounded that combination and it was over-bet. When handicapping, should I probably avoid races where my top picks are in statistically better posts, regardless of the tote board odds? Or was I making a good wagering choice and just had the bad luck of someone blindly making a $20 trifecta box?”

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There are no easy answers to this question. I can’t really comment on the specific instance that you are referring to for several reasons: One, the odds that you are seeing may be win odds and may not reflect the play those dogs are getting in the exotic pools. Second, maybe several larger bettors have seen what you have seen in these longshots and played them in exotics only and not in the win pool, not wanting to tip off the public. Third, when you see a payoff lower than what you anticipated, it is most likely the second scenario and not some random person betting numbers, as those bettors tend to make small wagers.
While not knowing what happened in the race that you are referring to, it is true that the #1 and #8 post positions will be over bet; that does not mean that you should shy away from wagering on greyhounds that are in those post positions. As always the key to winning wagering is getting value for your play. To get value on a key dog that you know will be over bet means that you may have to be more precise in finding the right dogs to play behind or with the hound that you like.  You should keep in mind the fact that these greyhounds will be over bet and adjust your expectations accordingly. That being said, I have written before about these posts being over bet, and the value of trying to find false favorites who are in these posts. The name of the game is beating favorites (most of the time), and if you can find false favorites and they happen to be in the one post, all the better.
Thank you for the question, David L!

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Blog Spotlight: Rural Rube and Flashy Sir Awards!

The NGA’s 2016 Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards were announced on Friday, March 17, 2017, with both awards going to amazing greyhounds at Southland Greyhound Park. With the NGA’s yearly Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards highlighting the best sprinters and distance racers since 1971, let’s take a look at these two prestigious greyhound racing awards before discussing this year’s winners.

The Rural Rube Award is a throwback to the Rural Rube, a powerhouse sprinter from Wonderland Park in Massachusetts. He had an amazing career record, winning the Wonderland Inaugural twice, the Wonderland Juvenile, the Bay State Derby, and the Wonderland Futurity. Rural Rube set four records on the Wonderland oval and won 41 of his 83 starts, of which 20 were a straight win streak. He was inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame in 1963. In honor of Rural Rube, the Rural Rube award is presented to an outstanding sprinter each year.

Like the Rural Rube award, the Flashy Sir is in honor of the monster hound from Kansas. He was nicknamed “Mr. Greyhound” and won 60 wins out of 80 starts at 13 tracks, 13 of which were straight wins. Along with Rural Rube, Flashy Sir was also inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame in 1963. The Flashy Sir award recognizes the best distance runner each year.

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The 2016 Rural Rube award went to sprinter Oaks Maddy (Pat C Clement – Oaks Gem Brandy) from Southland Greyhound Park. Racing for Gloria Dorsey Kennel and owned by Mick Hymes, Oaks Maddy has had quite the impressive racing year, winning the 2016 Festival of Stakes Arkansas Bred Sprint and the 2016 Kings and Queens Stake, which got her an invitation to the 2017 Daytona 550 of which she also won. She has won 43 races out of 116 starts and continues to be a powerhouse on the Southland 583 yard oval.

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Also from Southland, distance racer Show On The Road (KC And All – Closin In Onawin) was honored with the 2016 Flashy Sir award. Having never won a stakes race, Show On The Road is so impressive in his distance races that he couldn’t be overlooked for the Flashy Sir. Racing for Plum Creek Kennel and owned by David Robinette, Show On The Road has shined in the 703 and 820 yards, finishing first and second in 27 straight races, 18 of which were wins and 14 of which consisted of a 14 win streak. Show On The Road has won 35 races out of 88 starts and is still on fire with a recent 8 race win and place streak.

Congratulations to Oaks Maddy, Show On The Road, Southland Greyhound Park, and all connections. We look forward to watching Oaks Maddy and Show On The Road continue to tear up the track and can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two greyt hounds.

This Week With The Professor: Female Racers

Today, The Professor will answer a question submitted by David L. He asked, “When a female comes into season, does she still race? Can this be disruptive and annoying to the males in the kennel. If so, is the female removed?”

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The answer to this question is no. If a female is in season she is not permitted to race. If a female comes into season they are generally removed from the racing kennel, either by sending them back to the greyhound farm for a few months or, if that is not possible, kept away from the other greyhounds in the kennel. That being said, most racing kennels give their racing females a small dose of male hormones, bi-weekly or monthly, to ensure that the female does not come in season while they are racing. While the “season” generally only lasts about 20 days or so,  the greyhound’s performance will drop off for up to three months, to such an extent, that they cannot compete during that time. With the profit margin being slim, the kennel cannot afford to have a lot of racers on the shelf for significant amounts of time. The practice of giving this small dose of male hormones has proven to do no harm to the female, and her cycle will almost always return to normal 6 months to a year after their racing career is over. The major majority of kennel owners and trainers are in the greyhound business because of their love for the animals,  not because they are going to get rich and would not think of doing anything that would cause any harm to the greyhounds in their care.

There are a  few kennels, who breed and race their own greyhounds, that allow their female racers to come into season and just send them back to the breeding farm until the cycle is over, or will breed them at that time. These breeders are more focused on breeding than racing, and have an abundance of racers to take up the slack.

Thanks for the question, David!

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Blog Spotlight: 2016 All-America Team

We waited in anticipation for the announcement of the American Greyhound Track Operators Association’s (AGTOA) 2016 All-America Team members and on Monday, March 27th, the team was officially announced.

We are proud of each athlete who made it onto the All-America first and second teams, with some returning from last year’s team. Jim Gartland, the Executive Director for the NGA and the Secretary Treasurer to the Board, wrote an article on the team members and their accomplishments that we would like to share with you:

Jacksonville Star Captains 2016 All-America Team – 3 Return From Last Year

Bestbet Jacksonville superstar Seldom Told has been named Captain of the 2016 All-America team, as announced Monday, March 27th, by the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA).

The annual naming of the All-America team dates back to 1963. The program pays tribute to the top eight greyhounds nationally, as voted on by the member tracks of AGTOA.

Others named to this year’s squad are: Oaks Maddy (Southland), Need My Moneynow (Jacksonville), Oshkosh Kid (Southland), Oya Stan The Man (Derby Lane), Husker Magic (Derby Lane), Kinda Cruel Red (Wheeling), and Boc’s Tony Romo (Southland).

This year’s second team is comprised of: Chasmo’s Dutch (Southland), Martha Maccullum (Naples), Mike Huckabee (Naples), Ethel Is Here (Palm Beach), Joeslittlepebble (Naples), Varoom Esme (Wheeling), Lego Andrew (Derby Lane), and Mega Revelation (Derby Lane).

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Seldom Told

Seldom Told (Trent Lee – Need A Date), is one of three repeaters on this year’s squad and is one of Jacksonville’s leading winners. He captured the $50,000 Orange Park Derby, the 550 Sprint Championship and Holiday Sprint Stakes and was a finalist in the Redemption Stakes. He put together win streaks of 8 and 7 (twice) races while compiling an impressive 43-32-4-1-3 record at the bestbet oval. Owned by Sharon Williams and racing for the D.Q. Williams kennel, the sleek black speedster flirted with track records all year long while winning an impressive 74% of his starts.

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Need My Moneynow

Another Jacksonville ace, and also from last year’s team, is Need My Moneynow (No More Loving – Need A Date). A half brother to Seldom Told, also owned and raced by Sharon Williams, he won the Daytona 550 Championship last January and the March Mayhem Stakes at Jacksonville as well as being a finalist in the Patton Silver Cup. He put together one 8 race winning streak and won 22 races on his way to a 34-22-6-1-2 overall record.

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Husker Magic

Returning to her third All-American team is Husker Magic (Rhythmless – Casino Zada). In an abbreviated 2016 campaign, the “Blonde Bombshell” finished 2nd in the Daytona 550 and captured the T.L. Weaver Memorial at Derby Lane. Owned by Imark Kennels and racing for the Abernathy Kennel, Magic won 10 races out of 16 starts for the year and capped off her career winning her 105th lifetime race prior to officially retiring in June.

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Oaks Maddy

Oaks Maddy (Pat C Clement – Oaks Gem Brandy), one of two females on this year’s team, was one of the top sprinters at Southland all year long. Owned by Mick Hymes and racing for the Dorsey Kennel, Maddy captured the King & Queens Challenge and the $100,000 Arkansas Bred Sprint Division Championship and was a finalist in the Southland Derby. She compiled a 60-22-5-7-6 record against grueling competition at the Southland meet and will definitely be in consideration for the Rural Rube award.

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Oshkosh Kid

Oshkosh Kid (Kiowa Mon Manny – Oshkosh Vani), owned by Larry Pollard may be the best middle distance greyhound in America. His 31 wins made him the track win champ at Southland in 2016. Along the way he picked up the $100,000 Middle Distance Championship (won same race in 2015) and was a finalist in the $50,000 Razorback Classic. Racing for the Charter Kennel, he had two six race win streaks running against the best at Southland. He will no doubt be a leading candidate for the Flashy Sir award. He finished the year with a 54-31-11-6-1 record.

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Oya Stan The Man

Another Derby Lane star, Oya Stan The Man (Defrim Bale* – O Ya Norma), joins the team for 2016. Stan took home the track win lead at St. Pete, notching 33 victories for the year. Owned by Gary Reicherts and raced by the D’Arcy Kennel, he won the St. Pete Derby, finished 2nd in the Holiday Distance Challenge, and was a finalist in the Distance Classic. His record was 33-10-6-3 in 63 starts, and he was the top 3/8 mile greyhound throughout the year.

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Kinda Cruel Red

Kinda Cruel Red (Bella Infrared – Cruel To Be Kind) joins the 2016 team as the only Wheeling representative. Owned by Ed Piziak, Jr. and raced by Jacobs Racing, Red managed to pick up the third most wins at Wheeling in 2016 while only racing there for about half the year. He managed a 38-20-7-4-1 record at Wheeling after starting his career at Palm Beach where he was 17-7-3-2-2 before heading north. He was also a late invite for the 2017 550 at Daytona where he finished 2nd.

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Boc’s Tony Romo

Rounding out the 1st team is Boc’s Tony Romo (Flying Penske-Boc’s Slim N Fit). Unlike his Cowboy namesake, this Romo had a distinctive 2016 hitting the paysheet 26 out of 32 times at Southland. He captured the $20,000 Hound Madness Stake and was a consolation finalist in the $100,000 Marathon Division of the Festival of Stakes. This talented athlete raced AND WON over four different distances at Southland ending up with a record of 32-14-7-2-3 for the year.

These eight represent the 1st team and will be honored with All-America plaques at the Greyhound Hall Of Fame awards ceremony on Thursday night, Apr. 27, during the NGA Spring Meet in Abilene, Ks.

Second Team:

Southland Derby Champ, Chasmo’s Dutch (Djays Octane – Chasmo’s Layla) leads the Second Team of All-Americans. He charted a 50-19-7-8-6 record at the track, while also finishing 3rd in the Darby Henry Sprint Championship. Dutch is owned and raced by Lester Raines.

Martha Maccullum (Flying Westover – Johara), owned by Anthony Napolitano and raced by Brindle Kennel, was win leader at Flagler with 16 wins in 24 starts and won 12 of 13 at Naples in 2016. Overall was 37-28-3-2-1 for the year. Invited to 2017 Daytona 550 Championship.

Ethel Is Here (Trent Lee – J’s Alyssa), owned by Jerry Simons, won the $50,000 James Paul Derby racing for the Janie Carroll Kennel at Palm Beach. Ethel was a finalist in the $50,000 Arthur Rooney Invitational. Track win leader at Palm Beach finishing on the pay sheet in 45 of her 50 starts.

Mike Huckabee (Trent Lee – Twinkies), owned and raced by Brindle Kennel, won the Naples-Ft. Myers Derby and was a finalist in the Naples Sprint. Compiled a 62-26-6-10-5 over the year.

Joeslittlepebble (P’s Gibbs – Joe’s Abby) won the $30,000 Dubuque Classic and made the finals of the $145,000 Iowa Breeders Cup for owner Joe Recker and the Copper Kettle. 2016 record: 38-7-6-6-8

Lego Andrew (Kinloch Brae – Danicas Go Daddy, owned and raced by Randy Floyd, won the $64,000 Derby Lane Sprint Classic and finished 2nd in the Inaugural as well as the Matinee Idol Feature. Ran the two fastest times of the season at Derby on his way to a 63-27-11-5-7 record.

Southland standout Mega Revelation (Bella Infrared – Primed Az Mailie) was the winner of the $50,000 Razorback Classic for David and Jeff Blair. He was the hottest 3/8ths greyhound over the summer at Southland winning 8 of 9 starts. Ran the fastest time of the year over the 660 course. Ended 2016 with a 28-16-4-5-1 record.

Completing the 2nd team is Dean Miner’s Varoom Esme (Kiowa Mon Manny – Flying Bassey). Racing for the Cardinal Kennel at Wheeling, Esme was the track win champion with 23 victories and had an overall record of 48-23-11-3-3 at the West Virginia track.

We would like to thank Jim Gartland and the NGA for providing a wonderful snapshot of each All-America first and second team members. Congratulations to the team members and all connections on this greyt achievement!

This Week With The Professor: Q and A

Today, The Professor will answer a question submitted by Hank P. regarding the number of greyhound runners per race compared to Irish greyhound tracks, and what the effect is.

Hank P. asked, “Irish Greyhound tracks use 6 greyhounds per race, US tracks use 8 to 9. Are injuries less at Irish tracks than US tracks because of fewer greyhounds in a race? If so, would US tracks consider using 6 greyhounds per race to help prevent injuries and to help curb anti-greyhound racing concerns? More races could be added to racing schedules to compensate for the use of fewer greyhounds per race. Yes, payoffs may be less to bettors using 6 greyhounds per race but US greyhounds would have a better chance of not being injured as much and having a longer racing life.”

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The answer to your question is no. Gamblers in the US, for the most part, do not like smaller fields in greyhound racing or in horse racing, and do not play as much when the fields are small. As evidence of that you can compare the pools in a race where there are one or more scratches and you will see they are considerably smaller. As you point out, the payoffs would be noticeably smaller. In the days where Multnomah ran nine dog races, the payoffs were huge, and when they went to the standard eight dog race, the payoffs took a sharp dive. Greyhound tracks are living with a small profit margin and they could not afford to take that hit. As for adding more races, that is really not an option. Even with short times between races, it is difficult to get 15 races in before midnight at most tracks.

As far as the amount of injuries go, I have no idea what the rate of injury is in Ireland, but over there racing is so different than ours, it is difficult to compare. Having trained and owned greyhounds myself, I found that the condition of the track is a much larger factor in injuries than bumping and collisions. Almost all of the major injuries occur when a dog hits a hole or takes a bad step rather than being hit by another dog. Your thought about appeasing anti-greyhound racing folks may be valid, but it is my experience that there is nothing that you could do to convince them to stop their anti-dog racing campaign, other than to ban greyhound racing, as most of their arguments have been proven false or greatly exaggerated.

Thanks for the question Hank!

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Blog Spotlight: Derby Lane’s Mutt Derby & Palm Beach’s Forever Greyhounds Fundraiser

The Mutt Derby returned to Derby Lane last weekend on February 19, 2017, an event ran entirely by volunteers that had not taken place in 20 years. Derby Lane was excited to have pups from all sorts of breeds attend the track for a chance to show off their racing skills. The only exception: greyhounds were not able to participate, in order to keep it fair for the other pups.

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Look at the joy on the pups’ faces as they race in the Mutt Derby! Photo by Mike Esser.

The dogs ran on the track and were placed in racing groups based on their weight. The pups were let go at the same time to race towards their team members on the other end. The Mutt Derby was quite successful, with many dogs showing up and Derby Lane hinting at its return next year.

One of the things that made the Mutt Derby so greyt was that all proceeds from the event went to Greyhound Pets of America; a nonprofit greyhound adoption organization. Derby Lane announced that they were able to raise $11,000 from the event for Greyhound Pets of America. Derby Lane works closely with the Tampa Bay location, where many of their retired greyhounds go to be placed into their forever home. If you were not able to attend the Mutt Derby, but would like to support Greyhound Pets of America, you can purchase a souvenir Mutt Derby t-shirt, available through March 5th of this year. Proceeds from the shirt benefit Greyhound Pets of America as well. You can also view their website to make a donation or get involved with the organization.

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The dogs greeted excited team members at the “finish line.” Photo by Mike Esser.

We loved getting updates and viewing the footage of Derby Lane’s Mutt Derby. We can’t wait to see it in action again next year!

Also on the 19th of this month, Palm Beach hosted their fourth annual fundraiser “Out of the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary,” a comedy event full of laughter. All proceeds from the event went to Forever Greyhounds, a nonprofit greyhound adoption organization that matches retired racers for homes in the US and Canada.

We are so proud of the greyhound racing community and its efforts to help support the wonderful greyhound athletes after their racing career. Greyhound adoption organizations for retired racers not only do so much in helping greyhounds transition to home life, but they bring joy to the families who are connected with these fabulous, and often times, quirky pups. If you have a greyhound adoption organization near you, check them out and see how you can help and get involved.

This Week With The Professor: Pounding Chalk

Today, The Professor explains the wagering technique “pounding chalk.”

If you have been reading my handicapping tips, you know that I am always preaching about getting value for your investments. This almost always means not playing heavy favorites. There are times, however, when the favorites look very strong and instead of just passing the race, you can do what is called “pounding chalk.” This phrase refers to, instead of spreading your wagers around  and trying to get a large payoff on an exotic wager, using those funds to try and hit the bet or bets multiple times. You are wagering the same amount on the race, but instead of hoping for a large payoff, you are trying to get value by hitting a smaller payout multiple times. This method can be effective on stakes races, when there are obvious mismatches and the favorites are just too strong to try and beat. Be cautious in doing this too much though because, as we all know, in greyhound racing anything can and does happen.

In summary, my theory on trying to beat the favorites, I believe , is still the best way to turn a profit, but by varying your play in certain situations, you can turn a profit by playing favorites as well.

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