Blog Spotlight: Gary Samuels

Gary Samuels is a greyhound racing enthusiast, wagering on the dogs and co-owning them. In this year’s National Greyhound Association (NGA) Fall Meet, Gary, along with Norm Rader of Rader Racing and Mike Dawson, purchased TWPA Harper, as well as his litter mate, TWPA Hope. We recently spoke with Gary to hear his story in the greyhound racing industry, learning about his start in ownership along the way.

Harper_Hope
Gary Samuels with TWPA Hope (left) and TWPA Harper (right)

Gary learned about greyhound racing at the young age of 12. When Palm Beach Kennel Club raced seasonally, Gary’s dad would take him to the track to watch the schooling races. During this time, Gary was able to play the dogs with “funny money,” giving him the opportunity to learn a lot about wagering on greyhounds. Over the years, Gary enjoyed heading to the track to wager on the hounds, but in 2006 his joy for greyhound racing extended past the gambling side. It was then that Gary ended up co-owning a few pups with his friend, who was involved in owning and racing greyhounds. The greyhounds ended up doing quite well and, just like that, Gary was bitten by the dog owning bug, having now co-owned 75-100 pups.

“When you get your first dog and he is one of the best dogs at the track, you get the itch back.”

Nobooth for Gary was Gary’s first hound, who was a stakes winner of Palm Beach Kennel Club’s 2007 Bob Balfe Puppy Stake, Night of the Stars XX, and the 75th Anniversary Hot Box Feature. His resume also includes being a finalist in the 2007 Grand Classic and he was Win leader at Palm Beach for the 2007-08 season. Nobooth for Gary is one of Gary’s favorite pups, not only because he was his first dog, but also because he was a fantastic racer. A couple other favorites include KB’s Clear Rock and Hereforagoodtime.

NoboothForGary
Top pictures are of Nobooth For Gary. Bottom Picture is from the 2007 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes. Included in the photo is Gary Samuels, Yong Rader, Norm Rader, Mike Labetti, and Nobooth For Gary. Photos provided by Greyhound-Data.com.

Over the years of co-owning greyhounds, Gary has learned a lot. The first thing being to not try to make decisions on what the dog should be doing. Gary explained that should be left to the trainer, who really does know what is best for each pup.

KBsClearRock
KB’s Clear Rock, solely owned by Gary Samuels. Photo provided by Greyhound-Data.com.

When purchasing hounds, Gary looks for certain racing styles that will fit specific tracks. When purchasing TWPA Harper and TWPA Hope, Gary and Norm felt that they had the potential to be great racers who could end up at Southland. As of now, both the pups have broken in well, excelling in their schooling races and currently moving their way up the grades at Palm Beach Kennel Club. In fact, TWPA Hope is live in Palm Beach’s Dick Andrews Futurity. She will be racing from the 4 box in Monday’s Semi-Finals in race 12 of the matinee card and we can’t wait to see how she does. Additionally, Gary explained that he has early speed dogs that race well at Palm Beach because their track is a little shorter and tends to favor early speed.

“There’s a term in horse racing called ‘horses for courses.’ Yesterday, was the Breeders’ Cup and Arrogate does not like to run at Del Mar and ran really bad; just doesn’t like that track. When I purchase a dog, it’s called hounds for grounds. You want to buy a dog that has the style to run at a specific track. Now, does it always work out like that? Of course not, but that’s what you’re looking for.”

Currently, Gary and Norm have three or four greyhounds actively running at Palm Beach, Jacksonville, and Southland. They also have a litter on the farm of about four dogs that are 11 months old. Having a great relationship with Norm, Gary really enjoys co-owning hounds with him, as well as one of his other friends.

“It makes it fun because we’re all friends so it gives us something to talk about when we’re all partners with the dogs.”

This is the key for Gary and the reason why he enjoys co-owning greyhounds. He loves the joy that comes from owning greyhounds and the camaraderie formed with those he co-owns them with.

“If I make a few bucks, even better, but I really do just enjoy the fun of it.”

We would like to thank Gary Samuels for speaking with us and sharing his story in the greyhound racing 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 or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

 

Day16_BlogImage

This Week With The Professor: Q & A

Today, The Professor will answer questions submitted by David L. and
Paul W.

“Now that you have answered the day and night question how about hot or cold weather?”

– David L.

Dog_Question_FacingLeft

David, it has been my experience that this is not a big factor, with a couple of exceptions. When the weather is cold, the older greyhound’s performances do seem to suffer somewhat. The reason for this is obvious. When one gets older cold weather tends to make any aches and pains the greyhound may have seem to have a negative effect on them, just as it does with humans (personal experience with this!). the other factor is rain, which makes the track muddy. It has long been said that you want to play the bigger, early speed dogs in the mud. This makes total sense as the late speed dogs would get mud in their face and pick up mud on the balnket, which would bother them greatly. I think the early speed factor is more important than the actual size of the dog.

Is there any truth to the quality of racers being superior at night? I always thought so.

– Paul W.

Dog_Question_FacingLeft

Paul, you would have been correct years ago, but now the opposite seems to be true at a couple of tracks. Palm Beach for example, runs their higher grade greyounds during the Matinee programs. Also Southland runs their stakes races during their Twilight programs. Most of the other tracks do run their stakes eliminations and top grade hounds on their night programs.

Thanks for the questions, David and Paul!

pawprints

Do you have a question for The Professor? Leave a comment below and you could receive a $2 wagering credit to your Greyhound Channel account if your question is featured! Tune into our podcast, Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel, for news and more greyt tips from The Professor.

Remembering Rastro Ricky

Rockdale, Texas, with a population of 5,800 and located in Milan County, is named after a rock standing twelve feet high two miles north of the present day town. Although not incorporated until 1878, the community swelled in 1874 as the Great Northern Railway roared its way to and from Rockdale. The passenger depot built in 1906 stands as a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A little more than a century after the town’s founding, it would become a hotbed of canine velocity, rivaling the muscle and surge of the long ago locomotives. C & C Greyhound Farm is now home to only two broods, brindle Hookem Shakee, an iron horse herself starting 163 times, and Home Made Money, a speedy stakes placed black streak. It wasn’t always this way…

image(2)

Buddy Scitern was born in Monahans, Texas, to full time homemaker Shirley and father Cotton, who owned and ran four Ideal Pump and Supply stores that catered to the demands of the petroleum industry. Buddy, an oil industry veteran, began inserting rod pumps at age twelve, and is currently working at Endurance Lift Solutions as an ALS representative. He graduated from Devine High School, but not before landing a fourth place finish in the 1982 state high school golf championship AND his future wife Carrie.

Buddy And Carrie1
Buddy and Carrie Scitern

Buddy and Carrie married January 8, 1983, and honeymooned in Rockdale, establishing a store for Cotton and soon settled there permanently. Buddy’s interest in greyhounds developed years ago at the late Bo Titsworth’s farm in Cameron, Texas, where he fell in love with the dogs circling the training track. With a little help from their Bay State pal in Penbrook, David Jeswald, Buddy, and Carrie founded C & C Greyhound Farm in 1987. On nineteen acres, including a training track, two kennels, thirty-six runs, and a five acre sprint field, it hosted 250 greys and employed three helpers at its peak. Once associated with legendary stakes winner and sire Trent Lee and sprint monster Craigie Whistler, Buddy remembers the best dog to ever lay a paw on the farm, Rastro Ricky.

Buddy Carrie Greyhound Lets Go Joe11
Buddy, Carrie, and Let’s Go Joe

Owned by David Jeswald, Rastro Ricky was whelped in May of 1991 on Roland Cordiero’s farm in Swansea, Massachusetts, and sent to the Sciterns at four months old to be finished. When returned, Nostradamus couldn’t have forecasted the shock waves the handsome white male with a brindle ear and temple would send the New England circuit.

FRMgrey11

Rastro Ricky broke his maiden in a 5/16 race in his second start as a member of the Nanci Caswell Kennel, and begged for more real estate as shorter trips barely allowed him to stretch his legs. When started at 3/8 and 7/16, his longer distance win record would have made even 2017 New York Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan take notice. As victories accumulated, Rastro Ricky ran the 7/16 distance at Lincoln setting a record in 43.38 seconds shattering the old one of 43.90. Soon, David Jeswald advertised for national contenders to challenge Ricky at the 7/16 distance as the dog literally ran out of competition. This challenge produced three match races.The first match race held at Lincoln on 11/11/93 ended in a 20 length drubbing of Bay Point Kennel’s Boligee Roospur and Boligee Gunny. A second match race held 02/25/1994 at Hollywood pitted Rastro Ricky against home court favorite Ready To Rave of the Dick Andrews Kennel. Ready To Rave was left reeling in the wake of Ricky’s 6 1/2 length victory. Match race #3 returned to Lincoln on April 1 of 1994 against King Cameron, track record holder of Bluffs Run’s 3/8 and 7/16 distances. The representative of the Jandylor Kennel was shown the door and who was boss, after a 7 length thrashing courtesy of Rastro Ricky. Historically, in post race celebration, more often than not with no need for male enhancements, Ricky would find the closest female in cool out, and assert himself in an overtly amorous way that might result in public outcries and lawsuits if exhibited by human counterparts.

David_RastroRickyEDIT
David Jeswald and Rastro Ricky

Rastro Ricky’s racing career was abruptly cut short by an injury while schooling for a rematch with King Cameron at Bluffs Run in April of 1994, but not before accumulating 37 victories, 11 seconds, and 3 thirds in 60 lifetime starts, including Raynham All American Triathalon Finalist honors. During his stud and retirement years, he lived with trainer Angelo Marchione, a gentle and reserved man. Although never able to duplicate himself as a runner, he did throw a useful distance competitor, Tylers Ruff, whelped April of 1995. After Rastro Ricky passed, trainer Marchione left us way to soon three months later. In his honor, David Jeswald proudly attended the annual $5,000.00 Angelo Marchione Juvenile Stakes held at Lincoln until its closure in 2009.

FRMgrey9

David Jeswald doesn’t own dogs any more but as he continues handicapping greyhounds, Rastro Ricky is never far from his thoughts. Carrie Scitern holds down the fort caring for broods, puppies, and also former Caldwell, Texas, mayor Billy Broaddus who is now in his late 80’s. Buddy, often away on business or serving as a judge for USA Boxing, officiating amateur and professional matches, doesn’t have much time for golf anymore. However, he’s happy his fondness for fairways continues through sons Carson, who won the Best in the West Classic in San Angelo at age 15, and Cameron, winner of the Starburst Jr. Classic at age 16. Cameron, an alumni of Tennessee State University, started four years on the golf team and served as captain for three. Now, club pro at the Devine Golf Course, he looks forward to restoring the course to its previous glory and placing it back on the map. Cameron believes Devine has really good talented players and to get them through the doors regularly, he must think outside the box. A box he works to avoid is one that C & C Greyhound Farm graduates strive to break when they turn 18 months old. Just because Buddy and Carrie have downsized, don’t think their glory days have ended. After producing 77 stake winners including 8 track record holders, the results of their labor speaks volumes and continues with future litters. Honesty, a rare quality currently at a high premium, is what Buddy values most and C & C Greyhound Farm has no plans of going anywhere. Kinda like that rock two miles north of town.

We would like to thank Buddy Scitern and David Jeswald for speaking with us about their story and the wonderful Rastro Ricky. 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 or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

This Week With The Professor: Day or Night… Does It Matter?

Does day or night matter when handicapping? 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 then 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.

Also, 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.

pawprints

Do you have a question for The Professor? Leave a comment below and you could receive a $2 wagering credit to your Greyhound Channel account if your question is featured! Tune into our podcast, Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel, for news and more greyt tips from The Professor.

Blog Spotlight: Steve Sarras & Joie Gates

During the National Greyhound Association’s (NGA) Fall Meet in October of this year, three greyhounds were once again given away for the NGA Pup Giveaway. One of the pups was donated by Steve Sarras, trainer and owner of Steve Sarras Kennel, and was won by Joie Gates. We spoke with Steve and Joie to delve deeper into the Pup Giveaway by learning more about the greyhound racing industry.

Steve Sarras got his start in greyhound racing at a young age when his dad purchased three pups that ended up being very successful.

“He got bit by the bug. Got enamored by the sport. He ended up buying a kennel and a farm. I grew up in it and have been doing it since I was 10 years old.”

Steve’s dad loved the farm, playing with the dogs, and watching the races. This transferred to Steve who ended up falling in love with the racing part of the industry. The family’s farm is in Massachusetts and Steve expanded the operations to Wheeling, followed by Southland. The love for greyhound racing has extended to Steve’s children, Nikolas and Alexandria, who are also involved in the sport, but have their main focus on their education.

“The greyhound industry is very labor intensive and requires a tremendous amount of time and dedication.”

Steve has raced excellent greyhounds, most notable being Rob Gronkowski who was 2013 All-America team captain, winner of the 2013 Festival of Stakes Sprint, Labor Day Stake, Father’s Day Stake, 2014 He’s My Man Classic, St. Patrick’s Day Championship, and he held the 545-yard track record in 2013 and 2014 at Palm Beach.

rob gronkowski 2
Rob Gronkowski

This year was Steve’s second year participating in the NGA Pup Giveaway. The pup Steve gave away at the previous Pup Giveaway ended up making its way to grade A at Derby Lane. Steve likes donating a pup to the giveaway because he feels that it is a good way of getting new people involved in the industry. Usually, those who win a pup are very excited and can be someone who hasn’t raced a greyhound before.

“I’ve always tried to play an active role and try to bring in new people, new faces.”

In the case of Steve’s 2017 Fall Meet giveaway pup, Morticia, he already knew the winner Joie Gates.

“She used to work at one of the farms that raises dogs for me in Arkansas, Imark Farms. It was funny when I heard her name, I kind of grinned.”

Morticia_DamaOctano
Morticia with Britney Parvin and Blake.

Steve anticipates that Morticia will do well. He raced her mother, Yahoo Bonita, who was a AA grade racer at Wheeling and Palm Beach. Having Djays Octane as Morticia’s sire certainly adds to her potential.

 

“We try to give away one that anyone would be proud to own, and hopefully Joie gets an All-American.”

Joie Gates became interested in greyhounds after coming across ‘rescue’ groups when she was living in Pennsylvania. Wanting to know more about the greyhound racing industry, Joie started her research, but what she found was a lot of anti-racing information. This prompted Joie to dive right into the source of greyhound racing by getting a pup of her own.

“Being a little dismayed at the information I was getting from ‘rescue’ groups on Facebook, of course, I decided I was going to cut to the chase… I decided I wanted to learn about the greyhound industry from the ground floor. Best I could do was buy a racing puppy.”

Joie contacted Terry Haber from Imark Kennels to get her first racing greyhound. Her first greyhound was named Honor Arlington, who raced at Derby Lane through Abernethy Kennel, before heading to Orange Park to race with Steve. She is now retired and at her forever home.

Having an appreciation for animal athletes from her love of equestrian sports, Joie instantly fell in love with greyhound racing and it wasn’t long till Joie moved to Arkansas to work with Terry on his farm to learn more about the industry. Through a fun exchange involving a kayak, Joie and Terry co-own Funny Car, who is racing at Daytona Beach, and Chas N It, racing at Tri-State. Both pups started their racing careers in April of this year.

FunnyCar
Funny Car, photo provided by Todd.

Having been an NGA member since January of 2013, Joie purchases raffle tickets for each pup giveaway. Little did Joie know that this year she would not only win one of the pups, but she would win Steve’s pup.

“I was tickled pink that Steve Saras was the person that donated Morticia because I had lunch with the man, I know the man, I know him from Terry. I’d been to his racing kennel at Southland… I think he’s an outstanding greyhound man.”

Joie decided that she would have Morticia race through Steve, where she will be starting out at Sarasota.

“He texted me this morning to ask if it was OK if Morticia went with her littermates to Sarasota to train. It was nice that he asked me.”

With Morticia currently training to race at Sarasota, Joie just received confirmation that Morticia’s racing name will be Dama Octano, a combination of her parents’ names in spanish meaning Lady Octane.

Morticia_Kennel
Morticia / Dama Octano in her kennel, photo provided by Sharon McCreery.

Joie really enjoys the athleticism of greyhound racing and how greyhounds, unlike horse racing, have to figure out the race and dig deep on their own. You can see the passion for racing in the greyhounds’ faces.

“I enjoy horse athletes, greyhound athletes, I enjoy sporting dogs that are bred for a reason. I appreciate that greyhound racing gives dogs that are bred as sight hounds the ability to run in probably the safest environment they can get. Yes, accidents can happen, but in any sporting environment, unless you’re infused in bubble wrap, the potential to get hurt is always there.”

One of Joie’s favorite parts about greyhound racing and owning pups of her own is that she can see them go from training to rookie racer to veteran racer. Seeing the improvement is gratifying and impressive. When a greyhound continues to do well, you can tell that they want it.

“I loved watching As A Time Of Day. He was rather immature when he was at Derby Lane with the Abernathy’s and I loved watching him figuring it out when he got to Daytona Beach. You could see the dog pass other dogs and lift his head up over the butt of another dog to get around. You could see him making his moves and I just think that’s beautiful.”

As A Time of Day, also known as Burrito, recently retired and found his forever home where he lives with his owner, Christine, and four furry siblings.

Burrito_Siblings
As A Time Of Day / Burrito and his siblings: Poncho, Romeo, Cosmo, and Chili.

Enjoying all aspects of greyhound racing, Joie also loves the wonderful pups themselves and is proud that each of her greyhounds has been adopted and placed in their forever homes.

“Retired greyhounds make excellent pets. I think everyone who has one is incredibly blessed.”

With three retired racers of our own, we couldn’t agree more with Joie.

We would like to thank both Steve Sarras and Joie Gates for speaking with us and sharing their wonderful stories in the greyhound racing 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 or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

 

This Week With The Professor: Predicting Trouble

If you have read any of my articles, you know that I value early speed above all other handicapping factors. The reason for this is that the early leader always stays out of trouble, and is able to run their race as best as they can. If you are a trip handicapper and watch and chart races, you will be able to actually predict where the trouble is and if there will be trouble on many races. You will know each greyhound’s tendencies and whether or not they are in a position to avoid trouble.

One example would be a greyhound, who prefers to run midtrack, being pinned to the inside and then “blowing the turn” (going wide) and stacking up the field. It may also be possible for that dog to try and get to the outside early and hindering the progress of the dogs around them. Another example is a rail running speed dog who draws the outside post and has shown a tendency to “slash” to the inside and, therefore, bothering the dogs posted next to them. While it is not always possible to predict trouble, you can sometimes see the trouble coming and take advantage of that to your financial benefit.

pawprints

Do you have a question for The Professor? Leave a comment below and you could receive a $2 wagering credit to your Greyhound Channel account if your question is featured! Tune into our podcast, Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel, for news and more greyt tips from The Professor.

Breeders’ Cup Picks by The Professor

We have the Breeders’ Cup card available for wagering and The Professor has put together his picks for races 4, 10, and 12 of the Breeders’ Cup today. Have a question about the Breeders’ Cup? Ask in the comments below.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies – Race #4

#13, SEPARATIONOFPOWERS, ran a huge Beyer figure while going long and winning the Frizette last out at Belmont. She showed that she can be rated along with good speed, which should help her overcome the far outside post. #1, HEAVENLY LOVE, improved a ton while trying two turns last out, winning the Alcibiad at Keeneland by daylight and draws a good post today. #12, CALEDONIA ROAD, ran a big race chasing the top pick last out and should only improve with a top jock aboard today.

Breeders’ Cup Sentinet Jet Juvenile – Race #10

#11, BOLT D’ORO, has improved every out and this $630,000 purchase is going to very tough, despite the outside post. #6, GOOD MAGIC, is still a maiden, but do not be fooled. He was just nipped in the Champagne and Chad Brown knows how to win the big one. #3, FIRENZE FIRE, came from well back to win the Champagne last out, and the change of style should serve him well today. #1, US NAVY FLAG, has been a monster in Europe, and this trainer knows how to ship and win in these races; dangerous.

Breeders’ Cup Classic – Race #12

Can anyone beat the defending champ #1, ARROGATE, is the big question. Is he going to revert back to his old form? I say yes. He was beaten in his last, but his Beyer suggests he is back in form. #5, GUN RUNNER, is the major threat. He has been winning by many lengths in Grade 1 races, but the last time he saw the top pick, he was chasing him home. #6, MUBTAAHIJ, is an older classy guy, who may benefit from a speed duel and be a major factor late. #11, COLLECTED, beat the top pick last out, but he had an easy lead in that one and his past races are not good enough to challenge this group; going against him today.

 

This Week With The Professor: Q & A

Lawrence A. asks “Every greyhound track seems to have different grading systems. Why aren’t there universal grades for all greyhounds?”

In a perfect world, every track would indeed have the same grading system. Believe it or not, it is more universal than it used to be. There was a time when several tracks used systems of AA, A, BB, B, C. Now the only real significant difference is that a few tracks such as Tri-State, Wheeling, and Southland use AA as their top grade instead of A, and therefore D is the lowest grade instead of E. My guess is to why they do this is to not use the Grade E, which may denote poor greyhounds. There may be some advantage to this when greyhounds are changing tracks as an A dog from one of these tracks may in reality be a B dog at their new destination and be overbet.

This might be a good time to go over some of the Grade designations and what they stand for. When you see an S or SA designation on a race, that means it is a “special” or “stakes” race. Though in reality a “stakes” race is supposed to be a race where the owner of a runner puts up money, which is then split up among the winning runners. In greyhound racing an added money race is called a stakes race. When you see a T or a TA, TB, etc, that means the greyhounds in that race are of different grades and the A or B, etc, represents the highest grade dog in the race. This is true everywhere except Daytona, where all races are designated TA or TB, etc. I have no idea why this is. One exception to all of this is when the Texas tracks run, all the races are designated with an S, which designates Texas bred greyhounds.

pawprints

Do you have a question for The Professor? Leave a comment below and you could receive a $2 wagering credit to your Greyhound Channel account if your question is featured! Tune into our podcast, Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel, for news and more greyt tips from The Professor.

The 2017 NGA Fall Meet

The National Greyhound Association (NGA) concluded their 2017 Fall Meet Saturday, October 14th. Included in the Fall Meet are stakes races of greyhounds that are up for auction at the meet, Hall of Fame inductions, and a Pup Giveaway.

254 greyhounds were up for auction and raced in this year’s stakes. 11 stakes took place during the meet with organizations as sponsors. Greyhound Channel was happy to sponsor race 3 of Thursday, October 12th’s card. Winning our race was JT’s Blindnspeed who had excellent speed indeed. We wish him and all the pups the best in their future racing careers.

StakesWinner
JT’s Blindnspeed and Maria Clemente

Inducted into the Hall of Fame was kennel owner Jack Kahn, and greyhounds Izz A Champ, Wayside Carol, and Dodgem By Design. Jack Kahn has helped produce amazing greyhounds such as K’s Clown, K’s Viking, K’s Broadway, K’s Clever, K’s Moonglo, K’s Chestnut, and K’s Flak. Many of Jack’s greyhounds have made it on the All America Greyhound Team, as well as been honored with the Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards.

HallOfFame.jpg

Izz A Champ, owned by Dorothy Roban and out of Tell Tom and Miss Ismay, was an impressive athlete. It is hard to not be in awe of Izz A Champ’s accomplishments which include winner of the Palm Beach and Daytona Beach Inaugurals, a 21 win racing streak, 27 wins out of 29 starts in 1991, All-America Team captain, and the first winner of the Rural Rube award.

Greyhound_Izz_A_Champ-big
Photo of Izz A Champ. Found at Greyhound Data.

Wayside Carol, owned by Wayside Kennel and out of Rinaker and Lady Eve, was a Hollywood star. Her impressive resume includes the winner of the 1971 and 1972 Hollywood Endurance Classic, 1971 and 1972 Hollywood Derby, named 1971 and 1972 Hollywood Track Champion, and winner of the first Flashy Sir award.

Dodgem By Design, owned by Charter Kennel and out of Gable Dodge and Cruizin By Design, had a great racing career followed by a fantastic stud career. He won the 2003 Derby Lane Sprint Classic and Matinee Idol. Once retired, Dodgem By Design shined as a sire putting him at the top of the sire standings from 2009-2011. He continues to be a prominent sire within the top 50, siring many champions and All America team members.

Greyhound_Dodgem_By_Design-big
Photo of Dodgem By Design. Found at Greyhound Data.

We would like to give a big congratulations to this year’s Hall of Fame inductees. Within the Hall of Fame ceremony was the NGA’s Pup Giveaway, which included three donated greyhounds up for grabs by those who participated in the giveaway raffle. Taking home Pup #1 was Joie Gates. Pup #1 is out of Djays Octane and Yahoo Bonita and was donated by Steve Sarras. Pup #2 was won by Alan Harrel and donated by Mike Harris. Pup #2 is out of SE’s Charlie and RCK Midnight. Winning Pup #3 was Julie Ward. Pup #3 was donated by David Strong and is out of Flying Fired Up and Windy Reba. Congratulations to the winners of the Pup Giveaway! We can’t wait to see them tearing up the track.

With all the greyhound racing excitement that took place during the span of this year’s NGA Fall Meet, we’re already looking forward to the next meet! The NGA’s Spring Meet will take place April 16th through April 21st of 2018.

Blog Spotlight: Sarah Kinsella Continued…

Last week, we featured Sarah Kinsella, trainer and greyhound racing writer for the Irish Daily Star. This week, we continue our Blog Spotlight on Sarah Kinsella, delving further into her experiences in the Irish greyhound racing industry.

Thinking back on previous greyhound races, Sarah said that her favorite memories include Brewers Tune and Accordello, who was mentioned in the last blog as not much of a looker but fast. Accordello won impressive races and came close to winning one of the biggest races.

“Accordello got beaten on the line in the Dundalk International, the richest race in the world. I was gutted; it looked like he had won.”

IMG_3968_edit
A win by Accordello

Even though Accordello didn’t win the Dundalk International, it is still one of Sarah’s favorites because it shows how impressive of a racer Accordello is. All of his big wins, along with Brewers Tune, make the top of her list.

IMG_3974_edit
Brewers Tune at Harold’s Cross in 2002

“[Accordello] also made it to the final of the Cesarewitch in Mullingar, which was won by a dog called Definite Opinion who is the sire of the Irish Derby winner, Good News.”

The Irish Derby, ran on September 23rd, was lining up to be quite the race this year. A favorite greyhound of Sarah’s, Clares Rocket, was a running favorite in the Irish Derby, but had to drop out of the running. As one of the fastest greyhounds Sarah had ever seen, his withdrawal from the derby shook things up to make the Derby final a very exciting race.

“The Derby final itself was a huge success. The place was packed and the roars were so loud from the stand when Good News won the Derby. I have never heard anything like it in all my years going to the Derby.”

Sarah’s love for greyhound racing doesn’t stop with the sport itself. Sarah took in two of her racers, Accordello and Brewers Way, as pets once they retired. With greyhounds being such loving animals, that are often given the nicknames of ‘45 mph couch potatoes,’ they make great pets.

“I would recommend anyone to adopt a retired greyhound. They are fantastic dogs and easy to keep. They love attention and interaction.”

IMG_3975_edit
Winning the Dog of The Year award at Harold’s Cross in 2009

Though Sarah loves the greyhound racing industry, it has gotten more tough over the years as Sarah mentioned that greyhound racing has become much more competitive, especially in the graded greyhound races. Sarah’s frustrations extend to the times that greyhounds have been caught with substances in their systems.

“It’s very sad to think that not everyone is honest… It makes you think twice about training and they ruin the game for everyone else and attract bad publicity.”

While this is something that happens from time to time, Sarah also discusses how much the greyhound racing industry has improved in testing the dogs frequently and with better ways to determine whether substances are present.

“Our industry is super. The dogs receive the best care, love, and attention. Over the last few years, the standard of racing on Saturday night in Shelbourne Park has been sublime. The best in the country all head to Shelbourne Park.”

IMG_3973_edit
Accordello earns a win at Shelbourne Park

As someone who has been working with greyhounds since she was a kid, we asked Sarah what she recommends for those who are interested in getting into the greyhound racing industry. Sarah recommends getting involved with the heart of greyhound racing: the kennels and tracks. Helping out with the dogs at the kennels and asking the trainer questions will help expand your greyhound racing knowledge. At the track, taking notes of pups you like and certain things you notice about them will help you to improve your skills at picking out greyhounds.

“You will soon develop a love. The work with greyhounds can be very therapeutic, especially when the dog you have been walking and looking after starts winning, it’s some buzz and you will be sucked in. When I was being bullied in school, I always remember racing home to change my clothes and go outside to the kennels to help my parents. It was a great escape for me and greyhound racing has helped me through many bad times.”

Sounds like our kind of therapy!

We would like to thank Sarah Kinsella for sharing her story with us and her experience in the greyhound racing industry. You can follow her on Twitter at @SarahKinsella3. One of our main goals is to promote the greyhound industry. Do you work in the greyhound racing industry or know someone who does? Would you be interested in being featured in our blog or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.