This Week With The Professor: Pups Moving Up in Class

One of the most difficult things to assess is how pups moving out of the maiden ranks will do on the rise up the grading ladder. Some pups, who are outstanding, will have no trouble moving up until they reach grade A, which is a dog of a different color, so to speak.

Even the most outstanding pups will have trouble when reaching the top grade, and are usually over bet when they do. But I digress, and will return to that later. One way to discern how a pup will do when moving up is to look and see how other maidens have done after winning.

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This will vary greatly from track to track. At some tracks, the pups are top notch and will be tough, and at other tracks, not so much, and will find trouble against older hounds. Do your homework and it will pay off. Back to pups who have risen up the ladder quickly into grade A. My advice is to try and beat these pups, as they are ALWAYS overbet and will frequently take some time to adjust to the top hounds. If they do beat you, take solace in that the payoff will be small, and if you win, the payoff will be great.

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Blog Spotlight: Leo Stillmock

A greyhound racing fan for most of his life, Leo Stillmock has loved the sport for many years. More recently, Leo took that love for greyhound racing to the next level by owning greyhounds of his own. We spoke with Leo to learn about his journey in the greyhound racing industry and his experiences as an owner.

Visiting Bluffs Run greyhound track as a teenager, Leo was an instant fan of the sport. Though Leo had to watch from the parking lot because of his young age, he enjoyed it and visited the track a lot once he was 18. It was then that Leo knew that someday he would want to own greyhounds of his own. That goal never faded for Leo, who 27 years later, while living in Florida, bought his first pups from Buddy Scitern of C & C Greyhounds in January of 2017. Those hounds began racing soon after in April of 2017. This was a thrill and excitement that instantly had Leo hooked.

Not having experience as an owner previously, Leo partnered with Buddy on all three greyhounds (Leos Larry N Jim, Leos Tammy Jo, and Leos Tv Event). Leo was given the honor of naming the pups and pulled from his experiences as a kid to name them.

“Growing up at the dogs and horses with my dad, uncle, and cousins, they always loved to bet on a dog or horse with someone’s name we knew in it.”

Taking this into consideration, Leo decided that he’d put his name in all three. Leos Larry N Jim was named after Leo’s Uncle Larry and cousin Jim Johnson, who would go to Bluffs Run a few times a month, so he knew he wanted to honor them in one of the pup’s names. Tamara, Leo’s significant other, inspired the name Leos Tammy Jo, and Leos Tv Event is named after a phrase from Leo’s work (a TV event meaning when the news shows something that is played off as really bad when it’s not necessarily the case).

Leo is a hands-on owner, visiting his pups as often as possible to spend time with them and get in on the action. One of his favorite things is washing the dogs down after they race.

“I mean, how much better can it get than to watch your dog run a race and as soon as they come off the track, you are there cooling them off and spraying them down with a hose? I love that.”

Having Leo’s dogs at multiple locations, he has gotten to know many trainers and the staff at the kennels. Ed Trow and Oxbow Trow Kennel, Melissa Lloyd and TLC Kennel, and Casey Alves in Daytona have all been wonderful with Leo’s pups.

“I have spent time with all the people that take care of the dogs and feel really great that they are taking care of my greyhounds.”

Since Leo’s first three pups, he has since owned several more. Currently, he has Ringleader and Trust at Naples-Fort Myers and Tammy has Cotton, also at Naples. Recently, Leo purchased young pups from Bob Crossland and can’t wait to see them tearing up the track when they are a little older. Buddy Scitern did a great job in helping Leo determine the best tracks for his greyhounds to race at. Depending on the dog, certain tracks are better than others. Ed Trow didn’t think one of Leo’s hounds would race well at Flagler or Naples so they tried Daytona for a bit before the pup ended up at Sarasota. It’s often about finding the right fit for the right pup.

Leo loves everything about owning greyhounds, but to him the best part is watching his dogs race. Though money is an aspect to owning greyhounds, Leo explains how you quickly realize that the money doesn’t compare to watching your hounds race.

“There’s nothing that can top watching your dogs run… I don’t have any children so this is the same as watching my kids perform in a Christmas pageant or dance recital.”

Being so involved in each of his pups’ lives, you can get the sense of how much Leo loves his greyhounds. Leo’s involvement also gives him the opportunity to understand his dogs really well. For instance, he knows that Leos Tv Event clicks his teeth and has formed such a special bond with him that he plans on bringing him home with him when Leos TV Event is done racing. The relationships that Leo has formed with his greyhounds makes him love the sport even more and looks forward to being involved in the sport for years to come.

“Owning greyhounds is something I plan to do as long as I am able to. Once you get to look forward to watching your dogs run every week, I can’t think of not doing it.”

We would like to thank Leo Stillmock 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.

Blog Spotlight: Wolf Pack Captains 2017 All-America Team by Jim Gartland

Multiple stake winner and Southland win leader, Flying Wolf Pack, has been named Captain of the 2017 All-America team, as announced today 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: Real Good Feelin (bestbet Jax), RT’s Bo Jangles (Derby Lane), Janice Dean (Palm Beach), Magnetic Drive (Flagler/Naples), Fire Blitzen (Naples), Tip Top (Palm Beach) and Barts Outofmyway (Wheeling).

This year’s second team is comprised of: Dutch Casey (bestbet Jax), Fraulein Morgan (Palm Beach), Martha Macullum (Naples), TMC’s Zoomba (Southland), WW’s Nextbigthing (bestbet Jax), Craigie Renegade (Southland), WW’s Odessabeach (Derby Lane) and Konomi (Wheeling/Dubuque).

First Team All Americans

 

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Flying Wolf Pack winning the 2017 Festival of Stakes’ Darby Henry Male Sprint

Flying Wolf Pack (Flying Lone Wolf – PJ Aces Up), was an obvious choice for All American as well as Captain of the team. He captured the $20,000 Best of the Best Series, the $25,000 Hound Madness Stake and the $200,000 Darby Henry Sprint at Southland. In addition to those wins, he made the finals of the Southland King & Queens, the 2 for the Money Challenge and the Sprint Derby. He put together numerous win streaks along the way including ten in a row at one point, all while racing against the very best in the country! His overall record for 2017 was 61-30-9-7-5. His 30 wins were enough to give him the 2017 win championship at Southland. Owned by Vince Berland and racing for the Lester Raines kennel, the Red and White racing machine is the odds on favorite to pick up the Rural Rube award for 2017.

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Real Good Feelin winning the 2017 Sprint Classic

One of two females on the roster, Jacksonville’s win leader, Real Good Feelin (TMC’s Remedy-Need A Date) joins the 2017 team making it the third year in a row a pup out of the female Need A Date has made the All American team. Half brothers Seldom Told and Need My Moneynow made the team in 2015 and 2016. Owned and raced by Tina Williams, she won the bestbet Sprint Classic and was a finalist in the Patton Silver Cup. In June, she set a new track record at 29.95 while picking up 37 wins along the way to make her track champion at Jacksonville. She has accumulated 97 wins in her career and will most certainly break the 100 win mark before it’s all over.

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RT’s Bo Jangles winning the 2017 Thanksgiving Stakes

RT’s Bo Jangles (Kiowa Mon Manny-Penrose Karrie) picks up All American honors after an amazing year at Derby Lane. Owned by Randy Toler and raced by Cal Holland, this speedster won Derby’s Howl-O-Ween and Thanksgiving stakes while cruising to a 71-45-10-4-3 record making him not only track champion but giving him National Win Honors as well! He dominated racing at the St. Pete oval often winning by large margins and putting together win streaks of 3, 4, 5 and 8 in a row.

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Janice Dean winning the 2017 James W. Paul 3/8ths Mile Derby

Janice Dean (Rhythmless-Audra Barkley) owned by Anthony Napolitano Jr. & Brindle Kennel, was the talk of the industry early in the year after winning the He’s My Man Classic and James Paul Derby at Palm Beach, all the while garnering much national attention as the namesake of Fox weather anchor, Janice Dean. She ended up running 4th in the Rooney Stakes missing her chance at Palm Beach’s Triple Crown, but nonetheless had a great year going before being injured in April finishing with 9 wins in 22 starts during 2017. She is one of only two females to make this year’s team.

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An emerging Palm Beach star, Tip Top (Barcelona Boss-Kiowa Starz Sage) joins the team for 2017. Tip Top has taken Palm Beach by storm. Breaking his Maiden in July, he quickly climbed the ladder straight to Grade A and ran 2nd in the Gallagher Puppy Stake in just his 11th lifetime start. Following the stake he went on a tear winning 16 of 17 (finishing 2nd in his only loss) including a stretch of 14 wins in a row! He is owned by Just Win Enterprises and raced by Norm Rader. This pup and his littermates have bright futures ahead of them.

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Magnetic Drive winning the 2017 Marathon Championship

Magnetic Drive (Flying Westover-Johara) joins the 2017 team representing Naples. Another White & Red male, he dominated the Naples meet in 2017 winning 27 races. He won the $20,000 Naples Marathon Championship and ran 2nd in the Naples Derby. He ran the fastest times of the meet for 3/8ths and 7/16ths at Naples and reeled off two 6 race wins streaks. Just to show off he also won a couple of 5/16th races at Flagler before moving on to Southland near the end of the year. Magnetic Drive is one of two All Americans on the team owned by Anthony Napolitano, Jr. and raced by the Brindle Kennel in Florida.

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Fire Blitzen winning the 2017 Derby at Naples

Fire Blitzen (Dragon Fire-Cry Heather) makes the 2017 All American roster coming off a great year in South Florida. Starting off the year in sprints, he captured the $30,000 Naples Sprint in January. He immediately switched over to 3/8ths and rolled on to a victory in the $50,000 Naples Derby in the midst of a nine race win streak at the distance. His 2017 record was 36-18-7-3-3 between Naples and Flagler. Records need to be checked, but Fire Blitzen may be the only, blue greyhound to make All American. He is owned by Sharon Williams and races for the D.Q. Williams Kennel.

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Last but not least on the first team of All Americans is the only Wheeling representative on the team, Barts Outofmyway (KC And All-Seadon Enchanted). The big red male, was one of the best sprinters at Wheeling winning 21 races. He dropped out of AA only once (and only for that one start) through all of his 47 starts in 2017. Unfortunately, there was no stake money to run after in Wheeling, but this greyhound is deserved after compiling a 47-21-4-3-7 against tough Wheeling competition day in and day out. He is owned by Rick Bartley and runs for the Lester Raines Kennel.

These eight will be honored with All-America plaques in ceremonies at the Greyhound Hall Of Fame Thursday night, Apr. 19, during the NGA Spring Meet in Abilene, Ks.

The Second Team

Orange Park Derby Champ, Dutch Casey (Djays Octane-Djays Im A Star) leads the Second Team of All-Americans. He charted a 73-11-18-11-9 record at the track, while also finishing 2ndd in the Marathon Challenge and 3rd in the Holiday Marathon. He is owned by Jo Ann Koerner and races for the Ocala Kennel.

Fraulein Morgan (Kiowa Mon Manny-Fraulein Kaci), owned by Jacobs Racing and raced by Crystal Carroll, won the $50,000 Arthur Rooney Stakes and ran 2nd in the James Paul Derby. She finished an abbreviated year with a 24-13-6-2-0 record. She retired in June after sustaining an injury.

Martha Maccullum (Flying Westover-Johara) A returnee from last year’s second team, Martha started out the year running 5th in the Daytona 550. She then returned to Naples and won 14 of her next 15 starts (finishing 2nd in her only defeat). Owned by Anthony Napolitano, Jr. and raced by the Brindle Kennel, she compiled a 22-15-1-2-0 record while missing 6 months of racing in 2017.

TMC’s Zoomba (Craigie Whistler-TMC’s Moneymaker) owned by Eddie McDonald and raced by Darren Henry won the Two for the Money Championship (beating Flying Wolf Pack among others) and was 2nd in the Barry Baldwin Juvenile at Southland. Her career only started in May, but she finished the year with a 41-17-6-2-1 record racing against the best at Southland.

WW’s Nextbigthing (Bella Infrared-WWK Big Money) won the Orange Park Puppy Stake, was 2nd in the Patton Silver Cup and a finalist in the Orange Park Battle of the Sexes. Adept at either 5/16 or 3/8, she racked up 15 wins at Orange Park before moving to Southland in July. Her overall record for the year was 70-19-12-3-5. She is owned by Julie Ward.

Craigie Renegade (KC And All-Toni Works) owned by James Zawisa and raced by Steve Sarras, may be the best super sprinter in the country. He captured the Crittendon Super Sprint at Southland and won 50% of his starts for the year. He had an amazing streak of races between April and October where he finished worse than 3rd just three times in 28 starts. He finished the year at 40-20-6-6-3.

WW’s Odessabeach (Djays Octane-WW’s Gucci) was the winner of the $20,000 Derby Lane Holiday Distance Championship. Racing both 5/16 and 3/8 this greyhound competed against Derby’s best all year finishing with a 38-15-4-2-2 record. He is owned by Julie Ward and raced for the Patriot Kennel at Derby Lane.

Rounding out this year’s 2nd team is Bob Hardison’s Konomi (SH Avatar-Money Maid). Racing at four different tracks in 2017, Konomi was the winner of the $100,000 Wheeling Island National and runner up in Dubuque’s King and Queens and Iowa Breeder’s Cup races. He broke in at Melbourne, moved on to Wheeling, had a lot of success at Dubuque and is currently racing at Southland. Overall he was 44-31-7-1-1 for the year.

Congratulations to these great greyhounds and all their connections!

This Week With The Professor: Race Times – Greyhounds vs. Thoroughbreds

There are a few reasons that a greyhound’s running time is not a major or even an important factor when handicapping a race. 1) The racing surface varies from one day to the next depending on weather or how the track was conditioned by track maintenance. 2) The time will be affected by how the race is run. In a race with a lot of trouble or maneuvering, the time will be slower than a race with no trouble. It is common to see a lower grade race being run faster than a higher grade race because of how the race was run. 3) Early speed dogs will generally have faster times than closers because they do not have to maneuver around dogs during the race. A common saying among top greyhound handicappers is “time is only a factor if you are catching a plane.”

Thoroughbred handicapping is a whole different animal, however. The split times and the final time of a horse race are major factors to consider. If a horse runs too fast at the start of the race, they will have nothing left for the stretch. If, however, the horse is allowed to settle into a slower pace and still have a lead, they are likely to be able to hang on. There are more ways to evaluate splits of the race than I have time for here, but this is just one reason that handicapping greyhounds and handicapping thoroughbreds are totally different.

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2017 Greyhound Racing – A Year In Review

As January is coming to end in the 2018 year, we are looking back at everything really greyt from 2017. Let’s take a journey through those moments in greyhound racing and at Greyhound Channel as we reflect on 2017.

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January, 2017: Winner, a retired racer, was officially adopted and added to the Greyhound Channel family, joining Bandit and Inc.

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January, 2017: Our Contest of Champions returned, including all the “champions” of our handicapping Track of the Week contest from 2016. Brett U. won, crowning him as our handicapping champion for 2016.

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February 19th, 2017: Derby Lane held their Mutt Derby where pups of all breeds were allowed to race on Derby Lane’s track. Greyhounds were excluded from the races to keep it fair. Owners of the pups in attendance and Derby Lane staff had a blast watching all sorts of different dogs run the length of the track. Proceeds from the event, totalling $11,000, was raised for Greyhound Pets of America, a nonprofit greyhound adoption organization.

February 19th, 2017: 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 to homes in the US and Canada.

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March 17th, 2017: The National Greyhound Association announced their 2016 Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards with both awards going to amazing greyhounds racing at Southland Greyhound Park. The 2016 Rural Rube award went to sprinter Oaks Maddy (Pat C Clement – Oaks Gem Brandy), racing for Gloria Dorsey Kennel and owned by Mick Hymes. Distance racer Show On The Road (KC And All – Closin In Onawin) was honored with the 2016 Flashy Sir award, racing for Plum Creek Kennel and owned by David Robinette.

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March 27th, 2017: American Greyhound Track Operators Association announced the 2016 All-America Team members. Heading up the team was bestbet’s Seldom Told as the team’s captain. The rest of the 2016 team members included Southland’s Oaks Maddy, Jacksonville’s Need My Moneynow, Southland’s Oshkosh Kid, Derby Lane’s Oya Stan The Man, Derby Lane’s Husker Magic, Wheeling’s Kinda Cruel Red, and Southland’s Boc’s Tony Romo. The 2016 second team consisted of Southland’s Chasmo’s Dutch, Naples-Fort Myers’ Martha Maccullum, Naples-Fort Myers’ Mike Huckabee, Palm Beach’s Ethel Is Here, Naples-Fort Myers’ Joeslittlepebble, Wheeling’s Varoom Esme, Derby Lane’s Lego Andrew, and Mega Revelation.

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April 24th – April 29th, 2017: NGA’s Spring Meet took place with over 300 greyhounds and more than 70 races over the course of the event, 130 of which were sold from consignment during the auctions. The meet recognized and celebrated William O’Donnell’s achievements within the greyhound community by awarding him the National Greyhound Association Lifetime Achievement Award during the Greyhound Hall of Fame awards ceremony on April 27th. Two Greyhound Hall of Fame scholarships were also awarded to Myranda Patrick, a resident of Abilene, and Adam Abrams-Flohr from Colorado.

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July 15th, 2017: The NGA announced the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees for their Fall Meet. Three great greyhounds, Izz A Champ, Wayside Carol, and Dodgem By Design, as well as racing legend Jack Kahn were announced as the Hall of Fame inductees for the Fall ceremonies held in October in Abilene, KS.

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September 9th – September 10th, 2017: The Women of Greyhound Racing annual Facebook auction took place with $3,000 of the proceeds going to The Kansas Greyhound Association for the fight to re-open tracks in Kansas, as well as $3,300 that was given to the Florida Hospital Foundation, specifically for the Eden Spa at the Orlando Hospital location. Eden Spa is the only spa in central Florida with specialty services specifically for cancer patients, including hair enhancements, wigs, headwear, mastectomy and post surgical bras, and forms for women undergoing surgery. Eden also offers outpatient lymphadema massage therapy, ready-to-wear and custom compression garments. From jewelry to breeding to dog accessories, the Facebook auction provided an array of items for everyone as a wonderful way to help support these greyt organizations.

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October 14th, 2017: The National Greyhound Association (NGA) concluded their 2017 Fall Meet, which included stakes races of greyhounds up for auction at the meet, Hall of Fame inductions, and a Pup Giveaway. 254 greyhounds were up for auction and raced in the stakes. 11 stakes took place during the meet with organizations as sponsors. Greyhound Channel was happy to sponsor a race, which was won by JT’s Blindnspeed.

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Photo provided by Gulf Greyhound Park

December 27th, 2017: Gulf Greyhound Park returned for a 2017/2018 season of live greyhound racing, after ceasing racing for two years. Live racing will continue through February 24, 2018.

2017 brought a lot of greyt greyhound racing action and memorable moments to Greyhound Channel. We would like to thank all of our wonderful readers and customers. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love. We hope you have a wonderful 2018.

This Week With The Professor: Value

A major factor in whether or not you are going to be successful in wagering on greyhounds is getting value for your money. Just having the knowledge of handicapping and being able to pick winners is only half the battle. Getting value for your your wagering dollar is knowing what pools to invest in, depending on the size of your bankroll. If you are a small bettor and have a limited bankroll, I would advise betting into Win and Quinella pools. Dime supers may also be a good play, but don’t bet too much of your money on pools that are more difficult to hit. You will notice I did not mention place and show pools, as they are not good value plays for a serious bettor. The expression is “show pools are for tourists.”

If you have a midsize bankroll, I would advise playing in Win, Quinella, or Exacta pools. You may be able to dip into some Trifecta, or Pick wagers, but keeping your money working for you is important, and going out on a limb trying to hit the big payoff can cause you to run out of cash earlier. If you are lucky enough to have a sizable bankroll, you can dabble into the more exotic wagers without fear of running out of money, and of course have a better chance of winning.

Regardless of which category you are in, the important thing to remember is that you want to get at least a 3-1 return on any race that you wager on. If you have wagered on a race and cannot see a scenario where you get at least that much of a return, then you have not made a wise investment.

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Contest of Champions

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One of our oldest and most popular promotions is our Track of the Week contest. A FREE weekly handicapping contest set at a designated track each Saturday, where account holders have the opportunity to win up to $200. What’s not to love? The second through fifth place finishers recently started earning contest points that can be redeemed for wagering credit or GHC merchandise, making it even more rewarding.

The Professor’s Contest of Champions consists of all of the Track of the Week contest winners throughout the year. It’s separate from the Track of the Week contest, and first place is awarded champion of the year and receives $250 in wagering credit. Last year’s 2016 champion was Brett U, who beat out 30 participants for the title.

Our 2017 edition will take place at Derby Lane on Saturday, January 27th. All eligible account holders will be notified via the e-mail address on file for their Greyhound Channel account, so keep your eyes peeled for more details to hit your inbox if you won our Track of the Week contest last year. This year, the second through fifth place finishers will also receive contest points, as well as track merchandise courtesy of Derby Lane.

Increase your chances to cash in and qualify for our Contest of Champions by playing our Track of the Week contest every Saturday. You can’t win if you don’t play!

This Week With The Professor: Cancellations

With all of the inclement weather happening across the country, I thought it might be a good time to discuss what happens when a program is cancelled by the track.

This is how the programs are determined: The trainer will decide which greyhounds go on his “active list” and enters those greyhounds as eligible to run. Some tracks may limit the size of the active list for each kennel. The racing secretary then determines how many eligible greyhounds are available and then decides what grades and distances to put on the program, with higher grade dogs getting preference. He or she then draws for each race, by random draw, from eligible greyhounds, with the only other criteria being the date preference. He or she can make up a “hot box” race if he or she wishes, on occasion.

With greyhound tracks, the procedure for a one day cancellation is normally to just bump the programs up a day and run the scheduled program for the cancelled day on the next day. It is possible that the track may choose to move that program to the end of the sequence instead. Ex: The track is cancelling their Wednesday Evening program and they have programs scheduled through Friday. They may choose to run that cancelled program on Saturday. Once a program is drawn, the track’s preference is to run that program. Thoroughbred tracks have a totally different way of making up races. The racing secretary makes up a condition book (conditions of each race, by class, distance, eligibility, etc.) for each race before the meet starts. The owner or trainer then determines which horses they wish to enter for that race. This means that when a program is cancelled, the condition book for that day’s races is void and the horses are then eligible to run on a different day, as determined by the owner or trainer.

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Blog Spotlight: Dave Bullock

Early November kicked off the start of Naples-Fort Myers 2017/2018 season, bringing with it the great announcing calls full of fun and energy that we love to listen to. Continuing our Track Announcer series, we spoke with Dave Bullock about his start in greyhound racing and his announcing gig at Naples.

Dave became interested in the greyhound racing industry through his dad who loved the sport and owned a kennel with his friend. Heading to the track as a teenager, Dave instantly became interested in greyhound racing.

“I went to Sarasota greyhound racing track at 15 years old and was hooked from there.”

Dave got his first taste of announcing as a teenager when a friend of his, who commentated on baseball games, asked Dave if he wanted to give it a try. Dave provided commentary on a few baseball games that season and enjoyed it. Throughout high school, he worked at a supermarket where he was designated as the salesperson over the microphone. This helped Dave to learn how to speak well on a mic.

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Dave Bullock at Naples. Photos provided by Mike Coppola.

Over the years, Dave continued to work and play the hounds. His late wife worked at Naples-Fort Myers and one day she was asked if she knew someone who could fill in as announcer for a few races. Thinking of Dave, who was then retired, she told the general manager, Larry Baldwin, to ask her husband. It was from that moment on that Dave started calling the races at Naples and it’s where he’s been for the last 19 years.

Discussing his tough, but fun job, Dave explained that announcing the races isn’t for everyone. Many people get spooked at the thought of speaking over a microphone and it can be difficult to follow the action and read the program. It’s a skill that you need to have that can then be fine tuned.

“Either you can do it [announcing] or you can’t do it.”

Dave brings energy and fun to his announcing that you definitely hear when you listen to him call races. One thing he likes to start off with from time to time is “Who let the dogs out?” and his favorite call he has ever said was during one of the Night of the Stars stakes where he said, “If you don’t have the 7 on top, you might as well get naked and climb through a barbed wire fence.” This is the fun and quick-witted statements that Dave brings to the table that attendees and viewers gobble up.

Video provided by Greyhound News of Dave recreating his favorite calls for the audience.

Having the best view in the house, Dave continues to enjoy wagering and seeing the action as it happens. Loving the crowd and people involved in the sport, Dave also enjoys heading down from the announcing booth to walk around and mingle with those watching the races. He’ll sometimes have a wireless mic on and ask attendees if they would like to call a race. Well not everyone possesses the skill needed to announce, it has sure made for some interesting calls.

19 years is a long time to be dedicated to one job, and the key to sticking with a job for so long is to enjoy what you do. Dave truly loves greyhound racing, announcing, and having fun, all of which show in the races he calls.

“I love doing it. You’re never going to get rich doing it, but I love greyhounds. I love all kinds of animals… And I enjoy being around the action.”

We would like to thank Dave for speaking with us and sharing his story in the greyhound racing industry. Head down to Naples-Fort Myers or tune into our live coverage of the races to hear Dave for yourself. 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: Q & A

Today The Professor will answer a question submitted by David N.

“A friend of mine and I were discussing over the past weekend at BestBet Orange Park whether it is better to concentrate on one track (easier to remember track biases, individual greyhound running styles, etc.) or try to “hit” races on several different tracks.”

David, it was my personal experience that if you are interested in turning a profit while betting on greyhounds, concentrating on one track is your best chance to do that. That doesn’t mean that you cannot look at other tracks from time to time, but not when your chosen track is running. It is a difficult task to win consistently and it requires all of your attention to do so. If you get to know the greyhounds at that track, you can visualize how the race may be run. It has been my experience that people who try to wager on more than one track at a time, are destined to lose in the end. If you are just out to have a good time and are not really concerned about making a profit, then sure, knock yourself out.

When I was betting on greyhounds for a living, there was no simulcasting, so you had no choice but to stick to your home track. The beauty of that was that the pools were a lot bigger, and hence more money to be made. When simulcasting came, you had more choices, and more chances to be distracted, and the pools at the home track shrunk.

In conclusion, it is my opinion that you should stick to one track. Maybe I am just not smart enough to concentrate on more than one thing at once! 🙂

Thank you, David, for the greyt question!

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