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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Blog Spotlight: The Professor

You know him as The Professor. He provides you with picks for his daily Pick of The Day race, as well as Handicapping Tips in his bi-weekly blog posts, This Week with The Professor. If you listen to our Catch the Action podcast, then you’ve heard The Professor go over his selected picks for certain races of the day, but who is the man behind The Professor? Well, let’s take a look!

The Professor, known to most as Steve, was born in Longview, Washington, and was raised in Portland, Oregon. Steve became involved in greyhound racing as a teenager, going to the track with his mom and brother-in-law to buy programs and pick dogs. It didn’t take long for Steve to realize that he had a knack for picking winners and when he reached 21, just out of college, he started betting for a living and placed in thoroughbred contests as well, taking 3rd and 5th at national handicapping contests in Las Vegas. With each win, Steve was able to collect money to help him launch an exciting career.

“I made enough money to buy a couple of dogs and then my brother and I started working for kennels.”

But Steve set his sights high, and with his winnings, he bought a farm in Estacada, Oregon, with his brother and started raising greyhounds.

“We had made connections with dog owners and were able to lease enough dogs to get a contract with MKC [Multnomah Kennel Club] and then, eventually, received contracts to run at Colorado Springs in the Fall and Miami Beach, then Sanford Orlando in the Winter.”

Steve and his brother were becoming quite successful in the greyhound racing industry. Before you knew it, they had earned the leading kennel and sire at Multnomah Kennel Club (MKC) for a few years. It wasn’t too long before they had two kennels running at MKC. They ran their kennels for about 10 years before deciding to disband, but Steve continued to work in the industry.

“I continued to bet at Portland and would go out and train for other kennels during the fall and winter.”

Then, in 1990, Steve was hired as a track judge at the new Corpus Christi greyhound track in Texas. Steve was there for about a year before going back to his roots of betting on the greyhounds. Steve was a professional handicapper till 2000, where his story begins with us.

“I became a bit burned out on gambling in 2000 and was hired here, where I have been ever since.”

At Greyhound Channel, Steve runs our Track of the Week Handicapping Contest and is a wealth of information on greyhound and horse racing for the staff. As we mentioned before, he writes for our blog bi-weekly, typically answering handicapping questions submitted by customers. He also swings by the studio with his greyhound picks for the day on our Catch the Action podcast.

Many of us, here at Greyhound Channel, didn’t know much about Steve’s greyhound racing history, knowing only a few tidbits here and there. He is modest and doesn’t like to go on about himself so we appreciate him chatting with us, allowing you to get to know him better. If you’d like to learn more from Steve, don’t forget to check out his This Week with The Professor blog posts and listen to him on our Catch the Action podcast.

This Week With The Professor: Q and A

Today, The Professor answers a question submitted by David L. He said, “My question is about post parade behavior. I usually ignore it, but should I? I’ve seen dogs who totally refuse to walk to the starting box and must be carried. I’ve seen a dog that would leap 6 feet in the air several times as he was led to the box. It didn’t seem to affect their performance. Is there a behavior that does affect performance. Wagering online, we often cannot even see the post parade.”

Excellent question. The simple answer is no, it is not important to see the post parade. The greyhounds will act the same every time they are paraded, almost without exception. I suppose if you would want to take the time to watch every dog, every time they are paraded, you might see some difference that would matter, but that rare occurrence is not worth the time and effort. If you happen to see a greyhound with a slight limp, you might want to worry, but even that could just be because of a nick in the pad, that would not affect his running. Some dogs pull hard, some don’t and, like you mentioned, some may leap into the air. There was a greyhound that ran at Multnomah in the late 70’s or early 80’s named Bobby Go, who would leap every few steps. He was a top flight greyhound, so it obviously had no effect on his performance.

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This is another major difference between handicapping greyhounds and thoroughbreds. The post parade is important in thoroughbred racing as the way the horse is moving, whether or not he or she is “washed out” or sweating, if not normal for that horse, can be a bad signal. Also, thoroughbreds may have wraps on their legs, which can be a sign of being unsound, especially if the wraps are on the front legs. this kind of information can be useful, and can generally be found on thoroughbred’s past performance lines.

Thank you for the question, David L!

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This Week With The Professor:

Today, The Professor covers lure issues during a race to answer a question submitted by David L. He also explains how unofficial schooling can play a part.

David L. asked, “After seeing the lure get shut down early on the second turn of an 820 yard race at Southland, I got to wondering how this affects the dogs that run these marathon races? With the brakes slammed on the lure, some dogs stopped while others kept on racing. Not only does this mean a dog won’t have a line in the program, they won’t earn any purse money, and their racing routine has been messed with. Are these dogs at a disadvantage when running their next race? Will they be raced again soon so their is not a two week space between official races? Seems to me it’s only fair to the handicappers that there be a line in the program saying the race was declared a “no race” so the bettor knows the dog hasn’t been on vacation.”

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I have seen this happen numerous times in my 40+ years of watching greyhound races. The answer is a definite maybe. I say that because each greyhound is different and they will react in different ways to this. Some may become leery of getting too close to the lure the next time they run, anticipating a stoppage; others may not react at all. Unfortunately, there is really no way to tell. I know that the racing secretary will attempt to run the race again as soon as possible, so that the kennel owner is not punished for an incident out of their control.

This gives me a chance to discuss “unofficial or morning schooling.” All tracks offer morning schooling on the track, usually twice a week. The trainers have the opportunity to run any of the dogs they choose at any distance, either by “hand schooling” or regular box schooling at any distance they wish. This is an invaluable tool for the trainers to get their animals in shape, if they have been off because of injury or illness and they need to run short to get back into shape. They may also want to give a greyhound who has been getting into a lot of trouble, what is called a “front end,” or let the greyhound run by themselves to get their confidence back up. In a case like the one that David cites, the trainer may want to take the dog out and run him around the track once, chasing the lure so the dog knows the lure will not stop. This schooling is open to the public, but you will have to get there early as it usually begins around 6 am.

As far as the “no race” being listed on the program, that is a good idea and maybe something like that could be incorporated in the program, but that would be up to the tracks to make that decision.

Thank you, David L., for the greyt question!

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Blog Spotlight: Winner (By Bonus Bandit)

 

Woof! Hey guys, it’s me again! That’s right, your good ol’ pal, Bandit! Greyhound Channel mentioned that they were doing a special article on my new, adopted brother, Winner. Being his bro and all, I figured, “Who knows him more than me?” so I convinced Greyhound Channel to let me take the lead on the leash again and do the honors of writing about one of my favorite pups! Look at this lug, isn’t he cute?

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Winner dressed up for Halloween.

Alright, so a little about Winner. Let’s start with before he found his way to my home. Winner raced by the name TF Winner and is a son from Rythmless and KB’s Shady Lady. He was your typical greyhound racer – Nothing amazing (I can say that because I’m his brother), but not terrible either. Winner started out at Ebro in July of 2013 before heading to Gulf in October of 2013, where he spent most of his racing career. With the closure of Gulf Greyhound Park at the end of 2015, Winner ran a couple races at Caliente before taking on retirement life. This is where it gets exciting! My tail starts wagging just thinking about it!

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Winner squirrel watching.

Through Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest (GPA Northwest), Winner kicked off retirement life and his quest to find his forever home. GPA Northwest does this really cool thing where their pups are fostered with families so that they can understand each hound’s personality. As the saying goes, every dog has its day and that day had arrived for Winner. My family had decided to foster and Winner ended up at our home! I adore my new brother and all, but I won’t lie, it wasn’t all sunshine, roses, and puppy dog tails at first. In the beginning, naturally, I was a little jealous… OK, a lot jealous! I mean, here was this cool, new pup with a cool racing history (unlike me) and he was getting all this attention. Inc didn’t help either. Always loving everyone, he was instantly buddies with Winner so I may have felt a little left out.

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Winner and Inc, two peas in a pod!

As the days passed, though, I too began to see how special Winner was. Next thing I knew, he had raced his way into my heart and was there to stay. I mean, what’s not to like? Winner is a super sweet, all-around great pup, who also happens to put up with my crazy antics. Once I realized this, I knew I had to find a way for him to stay. No way was he leaving me and Inc. We were the three amigos now! Woof! Well, turns out my whole family felt the same way because I received the BEST Holiday gift on December 5th. Winner was officially added to the family!

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Winner, me, and Inc – The Three Amigos.

It’s all history from there. Winner hasn’t been in our family very long, but boy do we have fun! We enjoy racing each other in the back yard and Inc and Winner love to stare down squirrels. Sometimes I think those squirrels end up in our tree just to torture those two. Boy, it gets me howling just thinking about it. Anyway, I’m so glad that I was able to bark at you guys again and I hope you enjoyed learning more about my brother, Winner. Till next time!

Always,

Bandit – Woof!

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This Week With The Professor: Weather and Distance

Today, we will answer two questions sent to us by Jeff.

Jeff asked, “Do dramatic changes in weather, particularly bitter cold, affect a dog’s performance?”

I have found that cold weather does not make a difference when attempting to handicap a greyhound’s performance. I trained dogs in Colorado on a couple of occasions and did not see any difference in the performance when running in cold weather. The weather can be a huge factor in rainy weather, however. Many times the rail can be puddled up because the bank of the track can cause the water to drain to the rail. As in thoroughbred racing, some greyhounds do not react well to running in mud and some do not mind. The only way to find that out is to go back and find their form on a wet track. Speed usually does better in the mud, as they do not get mud in their faces or body. The general accepted rule of thumb is to give the wide running, larger, speed dogs an advantage on a muddy track.

Jeff then asked, “What things do you consider when handicapping a race with runners coming off of longer/shorter distances in their most recent competition?”

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There are a few things to consider here. If a greyhound is running a distance race after sprinting, there are two things to keep in mind. If it is the first ever try at the middle distance from sprinting (and no schooling race), I would be very hesitant to play that greyhound. The dog is used to a certain look and can become confused and get into trouble by hesitating, if only slightly. On the other hand, if the dog has been sprinting and is returning to the middle distance, that would be a plus for me as the dog is well rested and should break sharply and run their best race.

If a dog is going to sprints from middle distance, you can expect that the dog will not show as much early speed as they did in distance because they are used to running longer, and they are now running against dogs that are faster early. My theory was to always use these type of dogs on the bottom of the ticket and not key them, as I usually like to key dogs who are going to be on or near the lead. One caveat would be a top sprinter who tried the longer races a few times and is now returning to their favorite distance. This could be a positive, as the hound may have a little more bottom than he would have had in the past.

Thank you for the questions, Jeff! I hope this helps.

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