This Week with The Professor: Q and A

This week, The Professor answers the questions asked by David L. from The Professor’s last post: “What tracks have the highest handles and which ones are the lowest? Which tracks have the highest take outs and which have the lowest? Sometimes the odds and payouts at low handle tracks defy logic, while at higher handle tracks, they are more realistic. Do higher handle tracks attract more highly skilled handicappers? Another question. Why do some chart writers post the time and lengths behind the winner at some tracks for dogs who fall and finish 50 lengths behind? Why not just put OOP? For stat compilers, it seems to distort the dog’s form as being worse than reality.”

The tracks with the highest handle are (not in order): Derby Lane, Palm Beach, Orange Park, Southland, and Wheeling. The other tracks vary in handle from $20,000 per program to $100,000 per program, respectively. Take outs vary from track to track and depending on the bet type. Generally speaking, the takeout for WPS, Quinella, and Exacta bets range from 18% to 22%, and take out for the more exotic wager types, Trifectas, Superfectas and Pick bets, range from 22% to 25%. You would have to check the individual track websites to get those exact figures.

Take outs vary from track to track and depending on the bet type. Generally speaking, the takeout for WPS, Quinella, and Exacta bets range from 18% to 22%, and take out for the more exotic wager types, Trifectas, Superfectas and Pick bets, range from 22% to 25%. You would have to check the individual track websites to get those exact figures.dog_questionThe main reason that the odds and payouts at smaller handle tracks can seem to be unusual and vary so much is because it only takes a larger bet from a player, or several players to drastically affect the odds and payouts. This is the reason that the more skilled players tend to play at the larger handle tracks. These players are aware that if they make a larger than normal wager, they are in essence trying to win their own money back, as there is no money in the pools for them to win even if their handicapping is superior to the normal player.To answer the question about why some chart writers put the lengths behind, instead of the standard OOP, this is a practice the director of racing prefers.

To answer the question about why some chart writers put the lengths behind, instead of the standard OOP, this is a practice the director of racing prefers. As you may know, the OOP, stands for out of picture. There is a device on the finish line that spins while the race is running, and takes each dog’s picture when they cross the finish line. This results in a long picture with all of the dogs on it, as well as the running time of each greyhound. If a dog falls and is so far back that they are not on the picture, the chart reads OOP.

Thank you, David L., for the questions and feedback!

 

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Blog Spotlight: Bob Hardison

The NGA held their Fall Meet on Wednesday, October 12th, which featured their NGA Pup Giveaway. The Giveaway consisted of three greyhounds with the proceeds from the raffle going towards the Hall of Fame. We looked at each pup in our blog post last week. This week, we hear from Bob Hardison, owner of Pup #1 (a male out of SH Avatar and DK’s Send All). The following are questions we asked Bob regarding greyhound racing and the NGA Pup Giveaway.

How did you get your start in the greyhound industry?

I first got interested in greyhound racing many years ago, going to Sodrac Park in North Sioux City, South Dakota. I loved to go watch them race and bet on them. After getting married, my wife and I moved to Ames, Iowa as she had a year of college to finish. I was managing a restaurant in Story City and met a guy who raised greyhounds. I started going to his place after work and helping work with his dogs. Eventually, I leased a female from him and my brother and I raised our first litter. Over many years it became my full time business and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

What does a typical day look like on the farm?

A typical day on the farm starts with feeding all the dogs and providing fresh water. Pups need to be played with so they get attention each day to socialize them. Wormings, vaccinations, and other preventative care must be done on schedule. The dogs have 300-600 feet long pens to get plenty of running and playing. Some pens we rototill and some we have grass so lots of mowing.

What made you want to get involved with the NGA Pup Giveaway?

Gary Guccione of the National Greyhound Association asked if I would be willing to donate a pup and I was happy to do it. I gave him a couple litters to choose from and he liked this breeding. There were 5 males and 1 female so we offered one of the males.

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Pictured: Mikayla Miller and Hardison granddaughter Camryn Glass with the first pup. Photo provided by the NGA.

Has he been sent for race training? What distance do you see him competing in?

I just took the litter to Oklahoma to start training. The new owner will be able to leave it there or move elsewhere if they choose to. Their mother won grade A 5/16 at Bluffs Run and is from a very productive bloodline. Their dad is SH Avatar, who was a two-time All American and is off to a great start at stud. His pups are winning top grade sprints and distance races so hard to say what race these guys will like best.

We look forward to seeing Bob Hardison’s pup, won by Howard Korman, racing. Will he take to sprinting or distance? Will he become a racing star like his father, SH Avatar? We will keep an eye on this pup and try to keep you updated as he progresses towards his racing career. Congratulations to Howard on winning such a great hound!

We would like to thank Bob Hardison for taking the time to speak with us. One of our main goals is to promote the greyhound industry. Do you work in the greyhound racing industry or know someone who does? Would you be interested in being featured in our blog or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

This Week with The Professor: Are Double Grade Drops Good Bets?

This week we ask The Professor if those double grade drop pups are ever worth the bet?

Probably not, with a couple of exceptions. The reason the greyhound is dropping is because he or she is off form because of old age, fatigue or minor injuries. It is never a good idea to bet a hound that is off form.

One exception is a young dog that went up the ladder quickly and was not ready to compete at a higher level, they can return to form quickly. Another thing to watch for is a 7-10 day rest. The trainer has taken time to rest the dog and work with him or her, and they may be ready to return to the form that took them to a higher grade.

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Blog Spotlight: NGA Pup Giveaway!

The National Greyhound Association (NGA) Pup Giveaway drawing takes place today, October 12th, during the NGA Fall Meet Banquet, with the proceeds of the raffle ticket purchases benefiting the Greyhound Hall of Fame. Three greyhounds will be in the drawing: one male and two females. The staff at Greyhound Channel are very excited for the event this evening because we have entered the drawing for the possibility of owning one of these amazing greyhounds. Let’s take a look at each pup in the giveaway.

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Pictured: Mikayla Miller and Hardison granddaughter Camryn Glass with the first pup. Photo provided by the NGA.

The first pup, donated by Bob Hardison and Dennis Mleynek, is a male born in September of 2015 by SH Avatar and DK’s Send All. SH Avatar won the 2012 and 2013 $500,000 Bluffs Run Iowa Breeders Classic, as well as the 2013 Bluffs Run Survivor Championship. He took third in the 2013 Bluffs Run Open and was on the All-America Team for 2012 and 2013. Among other achievements, SH Avatar has the highest career earnings for a greyhound. He comes from the Gable Dodge bloodline who, due to his impressive racing career, was the number one sire for multiple years. Flying Penske, who was inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame in 2013, and Oshkosh Racey, who was inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame in 2001, are both in SH Avatar’s bloodline as well. The pup’s dam is DK’s Send All out of KC and All, one of the most utilized sires. Like SH Avatar, DK’s Send All is also from the Gable Dodge bloodline.

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Pictured: David and Brenda’s Grandson with the second pup. Photo provided by the NGA.

The second pup is a female, born in April of 2015, from David and Brenda Petzold out of Chasin the Richs and P Kay Chilly. Chasin the Richs won the 2012 Bluffs Run Bracket Challenge and the 2011 Dubuque Au Revoir. He took third in the 2011 Dubuque Classic and comes from the promising Gable Dodge bloodline. The pup’s dam, P Kay Chilly, comes from the Hall of Famer Flying Penske bloodline.

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Pictured: Cindy Adcock with the third pup. Photo provided by the NGA.

Lastly, the third pup of the giveaway is a female born in February of this year, making her the youngest of the three pups. She has been donated by Monte Jacobs and is out of KC and All and Ultimatetakeover. KC and All has quite the impressive racing record, finishing 74-14-4 in 108 starts, all of which were in grade A. This has helped him to become one of the top sires in the US. KC and All’s sire is Gable Dodge. The pup’s dam, Ultimatetakeover, is out of Hi Noon Hero, a fantastic athlete from Wheeling who won, placed, and showed in multiple stakes races and earned a track record in 2009. Ultimatetakeover is also from the Greyhound Hall of Famers Flying Penske and Oshkosh Racey.

As you can see, each of the hounds in the NGA Pup Giveaway have promise for wonderful racing careers. Should one of our tickets be selected from the drawing, we plan on keeping you updated on the pup as they head towards their racing career. Good luck to all who are participating in today’s drawing!

Blog Spotlight: Bussmann Balakas, LLC Kennel

October 1st held what some would call the Breeders’ Cup of greyhound racing: Southland’s Festival of Stakes, where nine stakes races and nine consolation races took place for a full day event of $1.2 million in purses. Members of our social media team were onsite during the event and witnessed many fantastic races. This is the first installment in our series of reports from Southland’s Festival of Stakes.

The Darby Henry Male Sprint Championship was the final stakes race of the Festival of Stakes, taking place in race 18. Boc’s Doubleshot, from Bussmann Balakas, LLC kennel, took the big W. As the excitement and the dirt from the track settled, we took a moment to congratulate Krissy Bussmann on their amazing win and talk about her experience working in the greyhound industry.

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Winning circle of the Darby Henry Male Sprint Championship for the 2016 Festival of Stakes at Southland.

Bussmann Balakas, LLC is owned by Krissy’s mother, Paula Bussmann. The family was in the horse racing business before getting involved in the greyhound racing industry.

“Several of my mom’s friends got into the dog racing and they said, ‘Paula, you will love it’ and she fell in love with it. I want to say she’s been here I guess 25-26 years.”

This makes Bussmann Balakas, LLC the oldest kennel still racing with Southland Greyhound Park. When asked what Krissy’s most memorable greyhound was to come through their kennel, Krissy said that it had to be the one and only Boc’s Tony Romo.

“Boc’s Tony Romo is probably the most amazing greyhound I have ever had the privilege of running. The dog is just amazing.”

Amazing indeed. Boc’s Tony Romo took first in the 2015 Bluffs Run Open and the 2016 Southland Hound Madness Championship. He finished second in Bluffs Run’s 3/8ths Derby in 2015 and was a 2015 Bluffs Run Secretary’s Choice Stake finalist. Boc’s Tony Romo broke his leg in April of this year, but returned to racing at Southland in July, where he has been trying to find his form again. Even though Boc’s Tony Romo took eighth in the Festival of Stakes Ansel Styles Marathon Consolation, you can see his old self shine through in some of his other races since his return.

Thinking about fantastic greyhound athletes, like Boc’s Tony Romo, we spoke about bloodlines with Krissy and asked her what they look for when breeding. She mentioned that, of course, a lot of breeding has to do with the bloodlines. Breeders want the dogs that are proven and can run well. For Krissy, though, it’s not just about the bloodlines.

“Since I’m here in the kennel, there are several dogs that I’ve ran here that there is no way that I would not breed them… L’s Shax is definitely out of the Penske line that I would want to breed because I had the hands on, the heart, you know. I know his heart, I know his personality, just determination for running.”

When you’re done breeding and you have your new pups, the next step is to begin training them for racing. Having never been involved with the training process, we wondered whether the long distance pups and the short distance pups were trained differently to accommodate their different length preferences. Krissy told us that there isn’t much of a difference in regard to training for different distances. Instead, she said that it’s a matter of knowing which lengths will be best for each dog.

“What you have to do is have an eye for it because a dog that’s going to be really good in the distance is going to look really bad in the 583 and if you don’t have that eye, and knowledge to try them in the distance, you could be giving away a gold mine.”

This makes sense since the long distance racers would need to pace themselves a lot more than the sprinters. Krissy mentioned that you have to give each dog the opportunity to shine and that patience is key when training these amazing athletes.

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Third from the left is Krissy Bussmann with Boc’s Doubleshot, winner of the 2016 Darby Henry Male Sprint Championship.

We will see Boc’s Doubleshot trying to add another stakes title to his resume in the Kings Vs. Queens Stake at Southland Park tonight. The top four finishers from both the Darby Henry Male Sprint Championship and the Darby Henry Female Sprint Championship will battle it out for the title and an invitation to the Daytona 550. Will it be a King or Queen who earns the crown? Find out tonight in race 11 of the evening card!

For a breakdown of the Kings Vs. Queens Stake, take a look at Shane Bolender’s preview of each greyhound in the card. For the full interview with Krissy Bussmann, click here.

Stay tuned for more interviews and articles on our experience at the Festival of Stakes! We would like to thank Krissy Bussmann for speaking with us and Southland Greyhound Park for having us at their Festival of Stakes event. We had a greyt experience!

Blog Spotlight: Festival of Stakes

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There has been much anticipation for the $1.2 Million Festival of Stakes Championship at Southland Greyhound Park. Today, October 1st, will crown nine champions, one each for the Crittenden Super Sprint, Arkansas Bred Juvenile, Glen Fenter Super Marathon, Arkansas Bred Sprint, Ansel Styles Marathon, Barry Baldwin Juvenile, Ness Sechrest Middle Distance, Darby Henry Female Sprint, and Darby Henry Male Sprint. For each of the nine divisions, there will be a consolation race, totaling 18 races in the matinee card starting with an early post time of 1:00 EST/ 12:00 CST. Whether you’ll be at the track or at home, catch the action with us. In addition to the consolation and championship races, there will be other Jackpot specials running throughout the card, with guaranteed $5,000 Pick 4 beginning in race 2 extending into race 5. Followed by a  $5,000 Pick 5 running from races 6 through 10. Another $5,000 on a Hi-5 Wager where you want to select the first five finishers of race 9.  And finally, a $10,000 Pick 6 Jackpot, starting out in race 11 and finishing off in race 16. Where today only any 4 or 5 of 6 would generate a payoff! Whether you’ll be at the track or at home, catch the action with us. With so much up for grabs, it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

Two members of our team, Alicia and Ryan, will be at Southland live tweeting the entire event, chatting with customers and kennels, and giving away free Greyhound Channel merchandise. If you live near the track, swing by- they would love to touch base with you. If you don’t live near the track, but want to get in on the Festival of Stakes action, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. We’ll be posting pictures, video, and live updates of picks and winners. Bringing the live experience to you!

 

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To add to the excitement of today, our In The Money contest is coming to an end in unison with the Festival of Stakes. Like Southland, we are also upping the fun, with double the points accumulation for this final round! The winners of our contest will be announced Sunday, October 2nd.