Spotlight: Bonus Bandit and Inc!

You know him as the face of many of our promotions at Greyhound Channel and he even has his own Twitter account. In a way, he’s Greyhound Channel’s mascot. Who are we talking about? If you guessed Bonus Bandit, you would be correct! Bandit has quite the following of fans, but his number one fan is his brother, Inc. Today, we take you on a journey of Bandit and Inc’s backgrounds and provide a peek into their lives.

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Our very own Bonus Bandit was born in 2011 as a white and red fawn with ticking. Like many greyhounds, Bandit was raised on a farm to prep for greyhound racing. It was determined, however, that Bandit was not an ideal candidate for a racing career. At one year, he was sent off for adoption through Portland, Oregon’s Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest (GPA Northwest). He stayed with a foster family till he was adopted by a member of Greyhound Channel who instantly fell in love with his unique personality and red shaped heart on his left side.

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Bandit is often times described as a bit of a spaz, which explains why he wasn’t meant for the oval since a racing athlete needs to have a lot of focus. Despite his big personality, Bandit is also a sweetheart who loves spending time with his family and racing around the backyard like he is on the track. In the last 4 years since Bandit found his forever home, he has grown a huge amount in his confidence and loves being Greyhound Channel’s special Bonus Bandit.

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If you follow Bandit’s Twitter account, you have probably seen his adopted brother, Inc! You may even recognize him as our Howl-O-Ween pup dressed up as a lion. Inc’s story is quite different from Bandit’s as he had a racing career before adoption. Born in July of 2009 out of Kiowa Mon Manny and Bella Ionic, Bella Incubus (Inc) was a natural on the track. He began racing at Southland where he did quite well. He also spent time racing at Victoryland and Mardi Gras. Inc’s racing resume includes taking 2nd in the 2012 Southland Middle Distance Championship, 3rd in the 2011 Victoryland World Greyhound Futurity, and racing in both the 2012 Southland Razorback Championship and Southland Middle Distance Championship.

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Inc as the #6 racing at Southland Park.

Inc retired in 2013 to Abilene, Kansas where he spent time as a stud. He was adopted through GPA Northwest in 2015 in Portland, Oregon where he joined Bandit and his family. Inc is a gentle and loving soul who is more than happy to take cuddles from anyone. He loves squirrel watching and spending time with Bandit and their labrador sister, Sadie.

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When Inc was brought home about a year ago, he adapted very quickly to his forever home. Bandit and Inc have become two peas in a pod as their personalities compliment one another nicely. While you can often find them racing each other around the backyard, they also love their squeaky chew toys and splitting a special treat every night.

We are awed by the greyhounds racing around the oval, but that awe doesn’t go away once those athletes retire. It continues as you watch them work their way into your heart at home. Bandit and Inc have certainly left paw prints on all of our hearts and we hope you enjoy their involvement with Greyhound Channel, too!

 

This Week with The Professor:Maiden Races

This week, The Professor goes over how to succeed when wagering on those inexperienced pups!

A lot of players that I know hate to wager on Maiden races, because of their unpredictability. I will give you a couple of things to look for when faced with a Maiden race, which may give you an edge.

Post position is very important in Maiden races. These hounds are inexperienced and tend to run erratically sometimes. By far the best post position is the #8 post. This allows the greyhound to avoid all of the mishaps that will occur early and be able to run their best race. The #1 post is ok, but can be a little fool’s gold, as they can become trapped on the rail if a dog dives in early.

Another thing to look for is experience. A little experience is good, but too many starts in Maiden may indicate that the dog lacks talent or the will to win. Be careful with first time starters, as this is a new experience for them to be put in a lockout kennel, waiting their turn to run. It may take them a couple of starts for them to become comfortable. This is not to say that a pup cannot win their first out, but just beware of going crazy for a first time starter.

In summation, look for a dog that is well positioned, has a little experience, has good form and is improving, not regressing.

 

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Spotlight: Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest

Greyhounds are fabulous pups of speed, heart, and smarts. It takes the right people to work and care for these hounds. Once they are finished with their racing careers, most of these amazing athletes go on to become 45 mph couch potatoes. Adoption organizations fill in the gap between racing and pet life, pairing greyhounds with their forever homes. Portland, Oregon’s Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest (GPA Northwest) is one of many greyhound adoption agencies doing their part to provide retired racers with a family.

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GPA Northwest is a non-profit organization, staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers. Coming to fruition in the 1980’s, GPA Northwest is certainly one of the pioneers in greyhound adoption. Previously known as Greyhound Pets of America Northwest, GPA Northwest changed their name to better incorporate the true meaning of the organization: they provide adoption of greyhound pets in the Northwest.

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A greyhound relaxing in their foster home.

One of the things that makes GPA Northwest unique is the fact that they are a foster-home adoption program, meaning most of the pups spend their time in foster homes before they are adopted. This allows the greyhounds to have the experience of living in a home to help ease the transition from kennel life to their forever home. This home experience also allows GPA Northwest a glimpse at each greyhound’s personality to help the pups find their perfect family match.

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GPA Northwest recently transported some retired athletes after the closure of Tucson Greyhound Park. GPA Northwest had been working with Tucson for many years, moving retired greyhounds to their home base in Portland, Oregon to begin the adoption process. With two teams of volunteers, they transferred 38 pups from Tucson, Arizona the weekend of June 25th. Some of the 38 greyhounds were picked up by other adoption groups along the way back to Portland. GPA Northwest’s journey was full of excitement as they chronicled their trip from start to end through their Facebook page. Even through a set back, they were able to make their way back to Portland in just a few days.

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Traveling crates were used to transfer the pups on the long trip.

A few of us at Greyhound Channel have adopted and fostered greyhounds from GPA Northwest. It’s easy to spotlight them because they are an organization that we have had the pleasure of getting to know and from what we’ve seen, they’re pretty greyt!

While we highlighted GPA Northwest today, there are many greyhound adoption programs providing love and care for these wonderful pups nationwide. Are you interested in adopting a greyhound? Is adoption not for you, but you’d like to get involved? Find an adoption program near you to adopt, volunteer, or donate at http://www.adopt-a-greyhound.org/directory/list.cfm.

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We would like to thank Rebecca Nance, Nancy Hoffman, and all those with Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest for speaking with us and providing a look into their greyt organization. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

bestbet Hot Dog Spotlight: Need My Moneynow

It’s no question that greyhounds have amazing speed. As the second fastest land mammal (cheetah’s being the fastest) it is a joy to watch these racing athletes run around the oval. You can see the love of running and focus on each greyhound’s face. While all greyhounds are amazing to watch, there are those who are truly exceptional. We look at these greyhounds with awe as we witness their speed and determination to consistently win. Need My Moneynow is one of those exceptional greyhounds.

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Need My Moneynow from DQ Williams Kennel, out of No More Loving and Need A Date, has been a well-known name in the greyhound racing industry for the last two years where he kicked off his racing career at Gulf Greyhound Park. Need My Moneynow instantly felt at home on the 550-yard oval where he has continued to show off his sprinting capabilities.

While at Gulf Greyhound Park, Need My Moneynow won the 2015 Gulf Diane Whiteley Memorial Sprint. He also earned the 550-yard track record of a blistering 29.35 seconds while almost always finishing in the money in each race. Need My Moneynow was Gulf Greyhound Park’s star and with their closure at the end of 2015, he needed a new home track to tear up.

The start of the year was a lot of excitement for Need My Moneynow as he prepared for the Daytona 550, where he would race against some of the best in greyhound racing. From the start of the race, Derby Lane’s Husker Magic and Need My Moneynow went straight to the front with Need My Moneynow on Husker Magic’s heels. At nearly the very end of the 550, Need My Moneynow pulled down deep to push ahead of Husker Magic, taking the win. It was an exceptional race with two excellent sprinters battling for first, but it was Need My Moneynow’s sprinting skills that helped him pull off the win. Shortly after, he was named a member of the 2015 All-America Team, consisting of the best greyhound athletes from 2015.

After Need My Moneynow secured the win for the Daytona 550, he headed down to bestbet Orange Park where he has settled in wonderfully. Since starting his racing career at Orange Park, Need My Moneynow has had an excellent season with 21 wins, 6 places, and 1 show in 32 starts and has come very close to breaking Orange Park’s 550-yard track record. He also added the 2016 March Mayhem title to his impressive resumè and was a finalist in the James J. Patton Silver Cup. Needless to say, Need My Moneynow has continued to tear up the track.

Need My Moneynow has a total of 116 career starts with 82 of those as wins and 14 as places. He is currently on a seven win streak, which comes as no surprise since one of his many winning streaks was a 14 win streak at Gulf Greyhound Park. If you’ve seen him race, you know how spectacular of an athlete he truly is. Need My Moneynow’s early speed shoots him to the front early where, most often than not, he holds on for the win. We look forward to watching this greyt athlete continue to race hard and well.

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Need My Moneynow will be running tonight in race 10 of Orange Park’s evening card where we will be cheering him on for his eighth win in a row!

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This Week with The Professor: A couple of Angles

This week, The Professor goes over a few angles and patterns he has noticed with his years of experience.

I am going to talk about of a couple of angle plays that I have found to be useful when betting on the hounds.

The first one is that I have found to be true more often than not is the beaten favorite angle. How many times have you thought a greyhound looked so good in a race and then they run a lousy race and left you scratching your head, only to run a monster the next out when they don’t figure as much?

I am betting a lot of times.

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Why not turn that to your advantage, recognize that angle and play that dog back at bigger odds? The old expression is “be there for the wedding and not the funeral”, meaning bet when the dog wins and not when he loses. One reason could be that a trainer may notice the poor effort of the favorite and work on that dog for the next out.

The second angle is that a dog that runs two seconds in a row, will run out of the money in their next start. This may not be rooted in logic, but it does seem to hold true a lot. I have tried to find reasons for this to be happening, but have not been able to do so. These are a couple of angles that you may want to keep in mind when looking at a race.

 

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A Farewell to Tucson Greyhound Park

On May 13th, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2127 to end live greyhound racing in the state of Arizona by the end of the year. Tucson Greyhound Park, being the only greyhound track in the state, received approval from the Arizona Racing Commission to end live racing by the end of June. Tucson ran its last race on Saturday, June 25th: 72 years after their doors opened in 1944.

Though live racing will no longer be present at Tucson Greyhound Park, the House Bill allows them to remain open as an Off Track Betting facility. This will allow Tucson to continue offering simulcast racing and wagering.

Tucson Greyhound Park raced over 200 greyhounds, so what happened to all these athletes? Some of the greyhounds have headed to other greyhound tracks to continue their racing career, while the rest have been paired with families to find their forever home. Immediately after June 25th, adoption organizations headed to Tucson to rehome these amazing pups. One of the organizations, Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest (GPA Northwest) immediately moved 38 of the pups to their homebase in Oregon to start the adoption process.

We at Greyhound Channel look forward to seeing the pups of Tucson Greyhound Park continuing their racing career at their new greyhound park home and want to wish all the best for the pups finding their ideal family match. We would also like to thank Tucson Greyhound Park for providing 72 years of greyt racing.

A Day in the Life of a Greyhound Kennel

When greyhounds aren’t running around the oval, they spend time at their home kennel. Wondering what exactly life entails at a greyhound kennel, we have gathered a general schedule of day-to-day activities for trainers, kennel staff, and the beloved greyhounds.

A greyhound trainer’s day typically begins bright and early around 6:00 am. Starting off the day, the kennel caretakers let the greyhounds stretch out and run around in large pens. The kennel staff will use this time to clean and disinfect the kennel and the crates that the greyhounds live in. This generally takes around 45-60 minutes, giving the greyhounds plenty of time to play. After the kennel and crates have been disinfected, the greyhounds are then put back in their crates to enjoy their freshly cleaned homes. These pups love their kennel spaces; it’s where they feel most comfortable and relaxed to sleep and rest. Some greyhounds love their crate so much that they prefer to spend most of their time in their home. Husker Magic, captain of the All-America Team, greets her kennel mates for about 10 minutes of their play time before she is wanting to head back to her crate for blanket snuggles.

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Once the pups are back in their crates, the trainer and helper will take the greyhounds who need exercise out to a “sprint path” to run. A “sprint path” is exactly how it sounds- a path utilized for greyhounds to sprint for racing practice, conditioning, and other various reasons. Greyhounds are typically “sprinted” every other day between races. When the greyhounds have completed their sprints, they are weighed and groomed.

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After grooming, the trainer will prepare and mix the greyhounds’ food. While food may differ from kennel to kennel, in general each pup’s meal consists of 1 ½ pounds of meat, 1 pound of meal, corn oil, and a vitamin. Sometimes the trainer will include fruits or a stew as well as honey for flavor. This is mixed together in a very large bowl with water to help with consistency. The greyhounds who are not racing eat a full meal and those who are racing receive a snack, which is half the portion size of the meal. After eating, the pups enjoy more time outside before heading back to their kennel to relax and nap.

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Greyhounds who are racing that day are taken to the track kennel where they wait till it’s their turn to race. Once a greyhound has raced, a caretaker will “cool them out.” This means the greyhounds are cooled down and walked. There are many different ways a trainer can cool down a greyhound: dip tanks, hoses, walk through tanks, etc. This helps relax the racing greyhound’s muscles and cools down their body temperature after the exertion of racing.

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After the day’s racers have run, they are taken back to the kennel and fed. All of the greyhounds are then turned out again for 30-45 minutes to stretch out and play. The pup’s racing that night are then taken to the track kennel for their races. After the night’s races have ran, all the greyhounds are let outside for one more romp before heading back to their crates for bed. Once the pups are put up for the night, the kennel is locked up and the caretakers head home.

Playing, sprinting, and resting are all a part of the kennel life for a racing greyhound. While the schedule we have outlined may slightly differ between locations, each kennel has a strict regimen they follow to help keep the pups happy, healthy, and race ready. Tons of care and love from the trainers, kennel staff, and owners allow the greyhounds to race at their full potential.

We would like to thank Catherine D’arcy from D’arcy Kennels for providing kennel life information for us to utilize. Check out her “Day in the Life of a Racing Greyhound” from a greyhound’s perspective.