This Week with The Professor: Who to Eliminate?

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This week, The Professor offers tips on determining which pups to eliminate from your exotic wagers and knowing when to play the “ALL.”

When wagering on exotics, especially trifectas and superfectas, it is an important skill to know who to eliminate or “throw out” in the last legs of the wager.

The first thing you need to handicap is which speed greyhound is going to make the lead in the race. If you have decided that and especially if that dog is one of your main keys, you should be able to eliminate all of the other speed hounds in the race.

It is never wise to “throw out” late speed dogs, as they will keep running no matter their position in the race. Also, the name of the game is profit so keep in mind the large payoffs are generated by long-shots making the ticket. If you are undecided which one to “throw out,” make it the lower priced hound.

One more thing: I have always believed that if you can only eliminate one dog in a race, you can’t eliminate any. Play the “ALL.”

 

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Track of the Week: Derby Lane Evening

Thanksgiving weekend is here and, with it, some exciting races and promotions! We have Derby Lane Evening as our featured Track of the Week and the track of our Exotic Howliday Jackpot! Tonight kicks off Round 1 of their $75,000 Holiday Distance Challenge with their post time starting at 7:30 PM EST. Here are some hounds to watch for this round and throughout the series.

Race 4: #2, NIGHT GODDESS, has had some trouble recently, but she has the speed to take the lead if she can get ahead early on.

Race 4: #7, BARTS MOUSTAKAS, has a good kick in the backstretch that should help him get a piece of the action.

Race 6: #7, HIGHLY CLASSIFIED, is quick out of the box. Look for him to gain early speed by midtrack and take it to the finish.

Race 8: #3, LK’S MC CLINTOCK, looks great for this race. With a combination of his speed and post position, he should breeze through to the finish.

Race 10: #6, LK’S TRAMONTINA, has great late speed to finish in the money.

Don’t forget to play our free handicapping Track of the Week contest featuring Derby Lane’s evening card tonight for your chance to win up to $200! While you’re playing Derby Lane, don’t miss out on your chance to get in on the action with our $1,000 Exotic Howliday Jackpot! Learn more here or ask a Customer Service Representative for more details by calling us toll free at 877-782-5323.

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From everyone at Greyhound Channel, enjoy the races and have a greyt holiday weekend!

Bonus Bandit: Exotic Howliday Jackpot & 24 Days of Greyt Gifts!

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Now that we’ve made it to Turkey Week, it’s official: the holidays are here! A lot of folks are readying their holiday plans, while our greyt greyhounds Bella Incubus and Bonus Bandit have been working hard to create exciting holiday promotions!

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Starting tomorrow, November 28th: the Exotic Howliday Jackpot!

Winter is synonymous with cold, stormy weather so we thought we’d warm things up by offering an Exotic Howliday Jackpot for $1,000 during Derby Lane’s Holiday Distance Challenge series!

Our promotion is in conjunction with Derby Lane’s $75,000 Holiday Distance Challenge. Starting tomorrow, 11/28, Derby Lane launches round 1 (of 5) of their $75,000 Holiday Distance Challenge! It’s sure to be an exciting series, both on track and at Greyhound Channel.

The Holiday Distance Challenge series at Derby Lane is comprised of five rounds:

  • Round 1: Saturday, 11/28
  • Round 2: Wednesday, 12/2
  • Round 3: Saturday, 12/5
  • Round 4: Wednesday, 12/9 (Semi-Finals)
  • Round 5: Saturday, 12/12 (Final)

To play, simply enter promotional code EXOTIC into your Greyhound Channel account (log in > Account Options > Funding Options > Promo Code) and then wager each round of Derby Lane’s Holiday Distance Challenge to earn Howliday Jackpot Points! If you play and win an exacta, you’ll earn 1 point for the Exotic Howliday Jackpot; 2 points for a trifecta; 2 points for a superfecta. Each round has a maximum of 5 points to earn and the contest has a total amount of 25 points. The account holder with the most Exotic Howliday Jackpot points at the end of Derby Lane’s Holiday Distance Challenge wins the $1,000 Exotic Howliday Jackpot! We’ll keep track of your points via our Exotic Howliday Jackpot Leaderboard so you can see how you’re doing and of course, brag to your friends that you’re “on Howliday” this season!

Not to be outdone by Inc’s Exotic Howliday, the Bonus Bandit fetched up a surprise, too!

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Starting Tuesday, December 1st: Bonus Bandit’s 24 Days of Greyt Gifts!

Our very own Bonus Bandit is already enjoying the holiday season and wants to spread the cheer with his 24 Days of Greyt Gifts!

Each day, from December 1st through December 24th, Bonus Bandit will be giving away a greyt gift! These gifts will be in the form of a promotional code which will need to be applied through Greyhound Channel (log in > Account Options > Funding Options > Promo Code).

To receive Bonus Bandit’s greyt gift each day, Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our Greyt Gift Giveaway page.

We hope you enjoy the promotions and have a GREYT howliday season!

 

If you have questions about these or any of our promotions, don’t hesitate to call in and speak with a customer service representative!

Spotlight: Hounds & Heroes

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Barbara Masi, a native of Larchmont, New York, wanted a majestic greyhound since the early 1960s. In 1980, she moved to Boynton Beach, Florida to escape the cold to a place where there are no chimneys. When she attended a 2000 Greyhound Pets of America adoption event seeking to make a decades-old dream come true, she asked a volunteer, “Who needs me the most?” Shortly after, she adopted a special needs brindle male named Flash, who had been in foster care for two years.

Barbara never stops asking,”Who needs me the most?”

Barbara established Awesome Greyhound Adoptions, Inc. in May of 2011. She started the Hounds and Heroes program to train this magnificent breed for our veterans as an integral part of the organization. A variety of trainers joined her and in 2013, trainer Carolee Ellison, an instructor at South Tech Veterinary Assistant Academy joined the organization as head trainer for the Hounds and Heroes team. Their efforts are not only unique in the state but exclusive on this planet. Together, they evaluate primarily young greyhound pups, typically between 18 months to 2 1/2 years old who display desire and potential ability to assist physically or emotionally challenged veterans.

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Left to right: John Yannotti Jr. and Glory; Rich Herbst and Hero; Tomas Issacs and Dutch; Nelson Melendez and Stormy; Steve Mundell and Buddy

Hounds and Heroes has united 12 greyhound service dogs with veterans and currently has two in training. The average cost of an assistance dog for purchase from an organization or private trainer ranges from $13,000.00 – $20,000.00, but Hounds and Heroes is committed to providing service dogs to those who have served free of charge.

Under Carolee’s direction, greyhound entrants undergo intensive training for four months learning 32 commands and how to drink from a water bottle. Once these are mastered and harness qualifications are met, hounds are paired with a veteran applicant. Together, they complete two months of additional canine and human training before permanent placement. When service dog and handler requirements are completed, the results are life-changing.

Steve Mundell was a Marine Corps Military Police enlistee who served a 2003 tour in Kuwait and two tours in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 – 2005 returning with physical disabilities and PTSD. He completed his service in 2006 at Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. In January of this year while attending a veterans’ Welcome Home event in Okeeheelee, Florida, he dropped by the Hounds and Heroes booth and completed a service dog application.

Two weeks later, Steve was paired with Buddy, formerly known as PJ TREE SHAKER by BD’s GRAYSON X GREYT SKY. An instant connection was forged. Buddy is a goof at home with Steve, his wife, and two children, but when donning a service vest, this red three year old is all business. Buddy proves a calming influence in a clamorous environment and keeps a close eye on auto mechanic Steve while working at Schmacher GMC, a high-volume dealership in West Palm Beach.

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Frank Policastri and Buff enjoy breakfast with the owner at Gun Club Cafe for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Breakfast for Cancer event.

Frank Policastri is a Brooklyn, New York native and a Vietnam era veteran. He served as a U.S. Army Sergeant from 1972 – 1983 and ended his service due to medical issues. He began a career with the Federal Government as an IRS Research Analyst in 1983, and retired in 2003 from the US Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service as an Area Agent. Frank, who experiences physical mobility leg and knee problems, attended the South Florida Fair in January 2015.

Frank struck up a conversation with Barbara Masi, who is also a civilian officer of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Animal Kindness Unit. It was there he learned about Hounds and Heroes and soon after was paired with Buff, once named PJ SHAKE AND BAKE, a male littermate of Steve Mundell’s Buddy. Buff braces himself to help Frank with vertical movements and assists him with balancing. With Buff by his side, he can now navigate curbs and steps that used to be insurmountable obstacles. Frank said Buff has kept him out of a wheel chair and added at least a decade to his life.

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Sometimes the person who’s been there for everyone needs someone to be there for them. With the upcoming holiday season of thanks and giving, ask, “Who needs me the most?” Check out http://www.AwesomeGreyhoundAdoptions.org to find out how you may help.

This Week with The Professor: Distance Races

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This week, The Professor shares his greyhound handicapping tips for distance races.

A common misconception when handicapping longer distance races is that you should be favoring late speed greyhounds. In actuality, the opposite is true. Early speed hounds tend to dominate longer distance races.

The reason for this is, unlike sprint races, the dogs that make the lead in distance races are generally strong sprinters and do not have a tendency to fade late. The late speed dogs have a more difficult time catching these guys because they are not fading, as short sprinters do.

One of the best angles to look for in races longer than 3/8 of a mile is to find dogs who have been running 3/8 races. They are fresher and will show more early speed than the dogs who have been running at the longer than 3/8 distances. My only caveat is super marathon races, which are rare these days (thankfully). If you run into one of those, never take a dog that you think will lead early as they will run too hard and fade badly late.

So remember: speed kills, even in the longer distance races.

Spotlight: “Grand Slam” Finale for American Pharoah

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First jewel in the Triple Crown: Espinoza rode American Pharoah to victory in the 2015 Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah, the 12th Triple Crown winner in history, did not disappoint the racing world with his superb farewell performance in winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, 10/31/15. After a loss at Saratoga’s Travers Stakes nine weeks prior, all eyes were on the 3 year old superstar. With the title of the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years in tow, American Pharoah came back to dominate the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.

Since the race was established in 1984, this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic was the first time a Triple Crown winner raced in it and brought the trophy home. It was certainly a victory that will be remembered in history.

With Beholder out two days before the Classic, the odds were in American Pharoah’s favor as there were no other speed horses in the field to challenge him.

American Pharoah led quickly out of the gate from post position #4 with Effinex, Frosted, and Tonalist right behind him. Effinex was on the outside adding pressure behind him before giving way. American Pharoah set the pace, winning by 6 1/2 lengths over long shot Effinex. Effinex came in second and Honor Code finished third.

American Pharoah went off at 7-10 odds and a $2 paid $3.40 to win.

American Pharoah had a brilliant run at this year’s Breeders’ Cup and it will also mark his last time in the action. He will now retire and head to a stallion career in his home state of Kentucky.

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Track of the Week: Orange Park Evening

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We have Orange Park Evening as our featured Track of the Week! Tonight is the final round of bestbet’s $20,000 Sprint Classic with the evening card post time starting at 7:45 PM EST. Here are some hounds that are sure to shine tonight.

#8, O YA GUNSMOKE, didn’t break as well as he normally does last out, but should recover this race to take the win.

#7, CJ’S COLIN, did not draw a favorable post. If he can cut to the inside quick enough, he has the speed to take the lead.

#3, PAT C EYE OPENER, runs well on the inside and should get a piece of the action.

Don’t forget to play our free handicapping Track of the Week contest featuring Orange Park’s evening card tonight for your chance to win up to $200!

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Good luck tonight and have a greyt weekend!

Blog Exclusive: 2015 NGA Fall Meet and the Results of the Howl-O-Ween Dog Photo Costume Contest

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From left to right: Leslie Csokasy, Shelby Rangel, and Kylee Unke pose with the 2015 NGA Fall Meet Fastest Female, PJ HOLD MY OWN. Photo courtesy of Peppi Greco.

The National Greyhound Association (NGA) organized their first meets in 1905 – 1906 after its precursor, the National Coursing Meets, that date back to 1888. These were highly anticipated events and this fall’s 110th edition proved no different. We talked with our friend Leslie Csokasy, a down-to-earth lady who sits on the NGA board and also works for the Women of Greyhound Racing.

Under ideal weather conditions, Fall Nationals activities began October 12 and concluded October 17. Although the official tally hasn’t been announced, unofficially the pup sale exceeded $1,000,000.00 and the brood sale topped $30,000.00.

Of this season’s entries, Victor Rangel and Paul Bitterman of Lancaster, New York campaigned both the fastest male and female entrants. SUPER CHARGED, a son of DJAYS OCTANE X UCME STAR STRUCK, posted a sizzling opening round time of 29.78 while PJ HOLD MY OWN, a daughter of FLYING COAL CITY X PJ MICHELAOA, stopped the clock in 29.83. Rangel and Bitterman partnered for the fourth consecutive year to top sales ring earnings selling 28 pups for just under the $400,000.00 mark.

The festivities of the NGA Fall Meet included the elections of the NGA Board of Directors and Officers, and the announcement of the new inductees at the Canine Hall of Fame (P. L. Greer, K’s Broadway, Mo Kick, Granny, and Cayman Went).

For the first time, the Women of Greyhound Racing awarded a custom rosette designed by Peppi Greco to honor the fastest female at Fall Nationals. Congratulations to PJ HOLD MY OWN and all connections!

Greyhound Channel values the Women of Greyhound Racing’s efforts to support and educate the community. The Women of Greyhound Racing are a group of people who work to bring together and celebrate the women of racing and the ladies who support and work in the greyhound industry. We appreciate the organization’s commitment to helping others, especially those associated with racing, during difficult times in their lives.

As we approached the month of October (National Breast Cancer Awareness month), inspiration struck. Greyhound Channel created a dynamic promotion to incorporate the fun of Halloween while promoting Breast Cancer Awareness and, like the the Women of Greyhound Racing, help our community. Greyhound Channel’s first ever Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Photo Contest was born.

We started the promotion in early October, inviting everyone to submit photos of their dogs dressed up in a Halloween costume to participate in our first annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Photo Contest! Our promotion generated a lot of excitement: not only did we have advertising up on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages, but our friends over at Southland Greyhound Park, Derby Lane, Gulf Greyhound’s Big Money podcast, and GreyhoundNews spread the word, too! Lots of people shared, voted, and cheered everyone on as we came together to support an incredibly worthy cause (and have just a little bit of fun, too).    

Aside from the coordination of the promotion and its absolutely adorable entrants, Greyhound Channel also pledged to donate all proceeds from this contest to the Women of Greyhound Racing organization. We’re ecstatic to report our donation to benefit #BreastCancerAwareness is $250.00. We are over the moon!

We’ve received word from our contact at the Women of Greyhound Racing, Leslie Csokasy, on their plans for these proceeds. They will benefit the Helen Nassif Community Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “The funds will be used to create a space for women to gain guidance, counseling, and emotional support while dealing with the physical changes of their bodies challenged with cancer treatments. The dedicated room will have wigs, scarves, eyelashes, make up, online counseling, and information as well offer privacy and online counseling.”

Last year, the Women of Greyhound Racing raised enough money to donate to two Florida non-profits: The Charmettes and Save the Twinz. A third donation was made to the Johnson Research Center at Kansas State University for the Wildcat Challenge to Tackle Cancer.

The photo entries of our participants’ #HalloweenHounds were creative and fun! For extra incentive, we offered prizes to the photo entries with the most votes, as determined by their peers in an open voting system. With Greyhound Channel employee participation we had to split the contest into two categories: Guest Winners and Staff Winners.

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Even though we had official prize winners in this contest, we think it’s safe to say the real winners here are the folks assisted by the Helen Nassif Community Cancer Center. A big thank you to the Women of Greyhound Racing and all of our contest participants!

Stay tuned to Greyhound Channel’s Blog for exclusive news, future promotions, and contests.

Would you like to learn more about the Women of Greyhound Racing? Connect with them via their Facebook page: Women of Greyhound Racing.

This Week with The Professor: Grade Drops

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The Professor shares a nugget of wisdom regarding grade drops and the importance of class.

When I look at a race, the first thing I look for is grade drops. Class is a big factor in handicapping greyhounds. A greyhound that cannot make the lead on a higher grade, due to faster competition, can get that lead against cheaper hounds. We know that getting the lead is HUGE in picking winners.

If a greyhound was competitive in the higher grade but can’t quite get the job done, they will have a much better chance when dropping in grade. You must remember, unlike thoroughbred racing where the owner or trainer decides what class the horse runs in, greyhounds grade themselves by their performance. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about the greyhound’s condition or question the change in class.

However, there are a couple of red flags to consider in grade drops.

One thing to consider in grade drops is the age of the dog. He or she may be getting older and their ability is diminishing. It may be the hound is dropping to find a better level. Another is that the dog has lost confidence because of constant trouble and is not running as hard. If a hound is not running hard, they cannot win regardless of the competition. This can be especially true with double grade drops. The thing to look for in that case is a string of poor efforts in which the dog has not been competitive.

Keep these factors in mind when handicapping the hounds, and take home some extra spending cash!

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!