This Week with The Professor: Running Time a Major Factor?

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Seeing a pup’s race time on a program can give you a general idea of their performance. But is a greyhound’s running time a major handicapping factor? Here’s what The Professor has to say about it.

Generally, a greyhound’s running time is not a major handicapping factor. There are a few reasons that this is not a major, or even an important, factor when handicapping a race. The next time you’re handicapping and trying to make heads or tails of the greyhound’s race time, keep the following in mind.

Reason one: The greyhound’s time will be affected by the track racing surface. The surface varies from one day to the next, depending on weather or how the track was conditioned by track maintenance.

Reason two: The greyhound’s time will be affected by how the race is actually run. In a race with a lot of trouble or maneuvering, the time will be slower than a race would be without 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.

Reason three: Early speed dogs will generally have faster times than pups who are closers because they do not have to maneuver around other dogs during the race.

A common saying among top greyhound handicappers is, “Time is only a factor if you are catching a plane.”

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Tune in to our new podcast, Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel, for news and more greyt tips from The Professor.

Sorceress of Sprint: Husker Magic

Something extraordinary happened Monday afternoon, May 16th, at Derby Lane. It wasn’t that the 2015 Rural Rube award winner Husker Magic coasted to another 550 yard Grade A win, but in this event, she tallied victory number 100 in her 156th start. Just as rare is that this 72 pound four year old fawn female, when not romping in stake races, has never dropped from grade A company. Jointly owned by Jim and Kayruth Abernathy and Terry and Lisa Haber, the Sorceress of Sprint is a member of the Abernathy Kennel roster. According to Kayruth, Husker Magic has a sweet, laid back temperament and prefers to remain indoors. Her turnouts last about ten or fifteen minutes; just long enough to take care of business and greet kennel mates. Husker Magic, then, routinely stands facing the door waiting to be returned to her crate with a cookie in her mouth.

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When asked about Husker Magic’s 100th career win, Kayruth said the achievement was “unbelievable!” Jim elaborated saying “how rare it is for dogs to reach the 100th victory mark.”

Abernathy Kennel is no stranger to campaigning champions or hypersonic runners, though. In 2014, distance specialist Odd Greyson claimed the Flashy Sir award, capturing 44 wins in 131 career starts while a potential stud pilgrimage to Ireland is under current negotiations.

Third generation dog man Jim Abernathy is quick to credit the kennel’s success to the joint efforts of wife and kennel co-owner Kayruth, trainer Claudio Lopez, and helper Jordany Rodriguez. Kayruth, a Venezualan national, graduated from University of the Andes in 1999 with a degree in education, later taught second grade, and also modeled in her native country. In 2001, she ventured to Florida to study English and that March, attended races at Derby Lane with a friend. There, she met Jim and they were married April 21, 2003. Ironically many decades ago, Jim’s parents, James, Sr., and Carol Abernathy also met at a greyhound track and exchanged vows shortly after. Fourth year Abernathy Kennel trainer, Claudio Lopez, born in Mexico, enjoys cooking and the beach almost as much as greyhounds. Introduced to Jim and Kayruth by their son, he started working in the kennel and has never looked back. Helper Jordany Rodriguez, who hails from Cuba, formerly employed as a Derby Lane leadout, joined Team Abernathy last November. Jim believes that Abernathy Kennel and its sixty-five charges are fortunate to not only have the most loving and dedicated staff in the compound, but possibly in the country.

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As Greyhound Channel anticipates Husker Magic’s presence in upcoming qualifiers for the T. L. Weaver Memorial Classic to be run on June 6th, Jim Abernathy remains collected. He said she’ll run until she doesn’t want to anymore. He looks ahead to her career as a brood and speculates the Flying Penske line may prove a successful match. Flashing even further into the future, when she’s finished with motherhood, the Sorceress of Sprint will spend her “Golden Years” with the Abernathys inside their Orlando home with a stockpile of cookies. However, Kayruth, who converses in Spanish with her daily, hasn’t heard Husker Magic utter a word about retirement. How fortunate for racing fans that can’t wait for her to cast a spell before victory number 101…

Wednesday Wisdom: Cooling Down!

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom brings you a fact about greyhounds! With help from our friends at Greyhound Facts, we hope to help expand your greyhound racing knowledge, whether you are an experienced greyhound racing spectator or are new to the sport.

Summer is right around the corner and, with it, rising temperatures! We will take a look at how greyhound athletes stay cool in warm weather, but first let’s answer the question: Why do greyhounds overheat easier than other breeds? As you can see when you look at a greyhound, they have a thin coat and very little fat. Because of this, greyhounds don’t have the same insulation as other breeds do to help regulate their body temperature from cold and hot weather. During hot temperatures, it is important that greyhounds stay cool to prevent overheating.

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At the track, greyhound athletes are cooled down and walked after they race. Combining water cooling techniques and walking them helps to lower their heart rate and body temperature. It also aids in relaxing their muscles.

Tracks have different forms of water cooling techniques; Walk through tanks, dip tanks, kiddie pools, and hoses are some examples of what are used.

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For your greyhounds at home, and other breeds too, it’s important to avoid overheating by walking and exercising your pets at cooler times of the day, typically in the morning and evening. Plenty of accessible drinking water is key and, if your pet is up for it, spraying them down after walking and playing in the heat or relaxing in a kiddie pool are quick ways to cool down your dog. Of course, if you’re ever worried your pet is experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call your veterinarian immediately.

Stay cool this Summer and remember to keep your pets cool, too!

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Greyhound Facts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Their mission is to provide a place to learn about all aspects of present day greyhound racing in the USA from those with hands on experience. Their network of volunteers includes people who are actively involved in the breeding, raising, training, and rehoming of these wonderful hounds, as well as those who adopt them. To find out more, visit: http://www.greyhoundfacts.org/.

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She Did It: HUSKER MAGIC’s 100th Win!

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SHE DID IT!

Are we surprised? No. Are we thrilled? Absolutely.

We’ve long been supporters of Derby Lane’s Darling Diva, having featured her throughout the years in our Inside Lure newsletter and here in our blog. Last week we talked about the Blonde Bombshell in our Catch the Action podcast and speculated about her 100th win–but wow, she did it!

From Imark Kennels and racing for the Jim Abernathy Kennel, the 2015 AGTOA All-America team captain and 2015 Rural Rube award winner, HUSKER MAGIC, is in the spotlight again having earned her 100th career victory on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Derby Lane. Although, can we say she’s in the spotlight again when she’s really never left it?

Now more than ever before, HUSKER MAGIC truly is among racing royalty. She now belongs to an elite group of greyhound athletes, both active and retired, who have individually managed to earn 100 career wins.

After HUSKER MAGIC’S 100th win accomplishment, we chatted with Kayruth Abernathy and got the inside scoop on what’s next for the accomplished sprinter. Stay tuned to the blog this coming Friday, May 27 for our exclusive interview!

Be sure to watch for her racing tonight at Derby Lane’s evening card, race 10. We’re crossing our fingers for her tonight; here’s hoping for HUSKER MAGIC’S career win 101!

This Week with The Professor: “Resulters” & Negativity

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This week, we check in with The Professor for tips on being confident with your choices. Don’t second guess yourself. Let a loss go and stay positive!

One of the things I discovered when I started playing the races was that you must have a couple of traits to be a consistent winner. One of those traits is to have confidence, and also, be positive. You must believe that you are good at what you are doing.

Don’t be afraid to play the greyhounds you like, regardless of the odds. I believe in the saying, “if you are afraid of losing, you WILL lose.”

Another trait that is necessary is the ability to let a loss go and move on. This is where the term “resulter” comes from. A “resulter” is someone who is always complaining about the last race; they should have won, but didn’t. This promotes negativity and is a sure way to bankruptcy. Watch the replay of the race to see why your selection won or lost, learn from it, and move on.

This same principle holds true in sports. The players who are successful are the ones who can learn from a mistake, then forget about it and not dwell on the negative.  Always try to be positive and you will reap the rewards.

 

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 in to our new podcast, Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel, for news and more greyt tips from The Professor.

 

 

Podcast Announcement & Last Handicapper Standing Update

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Have you heard? We are the proud creators of a brand new greyhound racing related podcast! Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel, a podcast dedicated to the people, community, and all aspects of greyhound racing, launched on Saturday, April 30. We had a greyt time talking about current events and even had a segment with The Professor!

Our podcast episodes are only 10 minutes long, so you can catch the action at your leisure: commuting to work, running errands–even while downloading free programs from our site and handicapping. Last week The Professor gave some greyt picks for stakes races last Saturday, both of which were in the money with impressive payouts.

Be sure to tune in and Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel! Our next episode will air on Saturday, May 14–we hope you tune in!

Want to see what it’s all about? Subscribing and listening to our podcast is completely free! You can find our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spreaker. We have a link directly on Greyhound Channel (click on the podcast icon at the top), and you can also find our podcast on our contest site.

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We are 12 rounds through our Last Handicapper Standing contest! What started on April 13 as our spring contest has burst into an action packed handicapping challenge. With only 15 rounds left in the competition, we are nearly halfway through!

We’ve seen some exciting stakes action, from round 1 to final.

The exciting conclusion of Palm Beach’s Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes:

The Spring Futurity Championship at Southland:

 

Derby Lane’s Gold Trophy Juvenile Final:

 

 

Here’s our current Last Handicapper Standing Leaderboard Top Five as of May 7:
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The next Last Handicapper Standing round will be on Sunday, May 15 for the round 1 action at Southland’s Razorback Classic. The very next day on Monday, May 16 we’ll have another Last Handicapper Standing qualifying event in the bestbet Puppy Stakes round 1.

Do you have what it takes? Who will be the Last Handicapper Standing?

 

Stay tuned! We’ll be sure to keep our contest site up-to-date with the latest information with race programs and contest standings! You can count on us to keep you connected via our Facebook and Twitter, too.

Wednesday Wisdom: Greyhound Lures!

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom brings you a fun fact from the greyhound racing industry! With help from our friends at Greyhound Facts, we hope to help expand your greyhound racing knowledge, whether you are an experienced greyhound racing spectator or are new to the sport.

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You’re probably very familiar with the object greyhound athletes chase around the track. That object flying around the track is called a lure. A lure is a mechanical device attached to an arm and electrically driven around the racing strip, which the lure operator keeps at a uniform distance ahead of the Greyhounds. There are many different types of lures used between greyhound tracks: Stuffed toy rabbits (or bunnies), stuffed toy bones, red flags, white flags, pom poms (tassels), windsocks, and others are used as lures.

Interesting, right? But did you know that the lures at the tracks also have names? Rusty, Sparky, Spunky, Harrison Hare, and Casey are just a few of them. You will often here the announcer of a track call out the name of the lure at the start of a race. Here’s a clip from our Podcast of track announcers calling out the lure:

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Greyhound Facts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Their mission is to provide a place to learn about all aspects of present day greyhound racing in the USA from those with hands on experience. Their network of volunteers includes people who are actively involved in the breeding, raising, training, and rehoming of these wonderful hounds, as well as those who adopt them. To find out more, visit: http://www.greyhoundfacts.org/.

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Do you have any suggestions or questions you would like answered? Let us know in the comments section!

 

Did You Know: Greyhound Channel ACH!

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In April we announced PINpocket will be going away in the near future. In its place, we’ve created a brand new funding method: the Greyhound Channel ACH!

Greyhound Channel ACH is a fast, safe way to make deposits to and withdraw funds from your wagering account–with ZERO fees! You’ll be saying “bye-bye” to PINpocket’s $2.00 cash out fee because Greyhound Channel ACH is completely free to use for deposits and withdrawals!

Setting up your Greyhound Channel ACH is easy. If you haven’t already, take a moment and set up your Greyhound Channel ACH today!

Deposits: first, log in to your Greyhound Channel account. Once you’re logged in, click on Account Options, then Funding Options.

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What’s great about our new ACH processor is the system is able to see whether you have a PINpocket account and if so, it’ll offer to Link Your PINpocket Account details to save you a step.

If you have a PINpocket account, here’s what you’ll see:

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All you need to do is type in “I Agree” and click on “I want to import my PINpocket information.” After you’ve done that, you’ll receive an email notification with details advising you’ve successfully imported your banking information and settings from PINpocket, and that your Greyhound Channel ACH has been created!

You’re all set: simply log in to Greyhound Channel and select Greyhound Channel ACH as your funding option. Upon initiating a deposit, you’ll receive another email when the funds clear into your Greyhound Channel account.

Even if you don’t have a PINpocket account, it’s still easy! After clicking on Greyhound Channel ACH on the Funding Method menu, you’ll be taken to a screen where you may directly enter your bank account information.

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From this point you’ll enter your banking information and continue. The next screen should advise you’ve successfully linked your bank account. Before you can begin using the ACH system, you will need to verify that you are the owner of the bank account that you provided. Within 1 – 3 business days, you will receive two small deposits of less than $1.00 to your bank account. Once you see these deposits you’ll need to enter them into the verification page. After completing this process successfully, you’ll be able to use your newly linked bank account. That’s it, you’re done!

Withdrawals: alternatively you may utilize the new Greyhound Channel ACH for withdrawing funds from your wagering account and sending them to your bank account.

Log in to your Greyhound Channel account. Click on Account Options, then Funding Options. This is where we go for funding, and we’ll also head here for withdrawing funds. On the right side, click on Greyhound Channel ACH.

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If you haven’t linked your bank account (as described earlier for making a deposit), be sure to go ahead and do that now. Fill out the screen and proceed with the following steps:

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Fill out the form with the amount you’d like to withdrawal, and enter your four-digit PIN for your wagering account. Next you’ll see:

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Be sure to check the box to AUTHORIZE the withdrawal, and click on Continue. The next page will confirm the information you’ve entered. Make sure everything is correct on the screen, and click Continue.

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And just like that, the funds were deducted from your wagering account! Once cleared, the funds will be transferred into your bank account within three business days and will show on your statement as Greyhound Channel.

No fees, no confusing steps. Just easy money management! And as always, if you have any questions please call in and speak with one of our friendly customer service representatives. We’re here to help you!

 

Do you have an idea for a future “Did You Know” featured segment? Leave us a comment! If  your idea is featured, we’ll credit your Greyhound Channel wagering account with $2 as our way of saying thank you. We’d love to hear from you!

This Week with The Professor: Trip Handicapping

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This week, The Professor discusses the importance of spending time to study your favorite greyhounds prior to post. Let’s see what trip handicapping is all about and how it might help you score your next payout.

By far the best way to win while wagering on greyhounds is “trip handicapping.”

If you have spent any time at the track you will have noticed some people carefully watching replays of the previous race. Generally, this is not to revel in a win or cry about a loss. Rather, it is to see what happened during the race which may have affected the performance of each greyhound in the race.

It is also to chart the tendencies of each greyhound: breaking ability, whether the hound runs inside or outside, and the racing sense of each dog.

A serious gambler will keep notes on each greyhound as to their tendencies and troubled trips. He or she will apply that knowledge when wagering. This gives that person serious advantage over the general public trying to pick winners strictly on the past performance lines on the program.

Remember, we offer free live video and race replays directly on our website. Check out our handy how-to video on how to watch races:

If you are just an occasional player and do not have the time or energy to trip handicap, feel free to check out my other articles for more handicapping tips.

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!