Blog Spotlight: Derby Lane’s Mutt Derby & Palm Beach’s Forever Greyhounds Fundraiser

The Mutt Derby returned to Derby Lane last weekend on February 19, 2017, an event ran entirely by volunteers that had not taken place in 20 years. Derby Lane was excited to have pups from all sorts of breeds attend the track for a chance to show off their racing skills. The only exception: greyhounds were not able to participate, in order to keep it fair for the other pups.

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Look at the joy on the pups’ faces as they race in the Mutt Derby! Photo by Mike Esser.

The dogs ran on the track and were placed in racing groups based on their weight. The pups were let go at the same time to race towards their team members on the other end. The Mutt Derby was quite successful, with many dogs showing up and Derby Lane hinting at its return next year.

One of the things that made the Mutt Derby so greyt was that all proceeds from the event went to Greyhound Pets of America; a nonprofit greyhound adoption organization. Derby Lane announced that they were able to raise $11,000 from the event for Greyhound Pets of America. Derby Lane works closely with the Tampa Bay location, where many of their retired greyhounds go to be placed into their forever home. If you were not able to attend the Mutt Derby, but would like to support Greyhound Pets of America, you can purchase a souvenir Mutt Derby t-shirt, available through March 5th of this year. Proceeds from the shirt benefit Greyhound Pets of America as well. You can also view their website to make a donation or get involved with the organization.

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The dogs greeted excited team members at the “finish line.” Photo by Mike Esser.

We loved getting updates and viewing the footage of Derby Lane’s Mutt Derby. We can’t wait to see it in action again next year!

Also on the 19th of this month, 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 for homes in the US and Canada.

We are so proud of the greyhound racing community and its efforts to help support the wonderful greyhound athletes after their racing career. Greyhound adoption organizations for retired racers not only do so much in helping greyhounds transition to home life, but they bring joy to the families who are connected with these fabulous, and often times, quirky pups. If you have a greyhound adoption organization near you, check them out and see how you can help and get involved.

This Week With The Professor: Pounding Chalk

Today, The Professor explains the wagering technique “pounding chalk.”

If you have been reading my handicapping tips, you know that I am always preaching about getting value for your investments. This almost always means not playing heavy favorites. There are times, however, when the favorites look very strong and instead of just passing the race, you can do what is called “pounding chalk.” This phrase refers to, instead of spreading your wagers around  and trying to get a large payoff on an exotic wager, using those funds to try and hit the bet or bets multiple times. You are wagering the same amount on the race, but instead of hoping for a large payoff, you are trying to get value by hitting a smaller payout multiple times. This method can be effective on stakes races, when there are obvious mismatches and the favorites are just too strong to try and beat. Be cautious in doing this too much though because, as we all know, in greyhound racing anything can and does happen.

In summary, my theory on trying to beat the favorites, I believe , is still the best way to turn a profit, but by varying your play in certain situations, you can turn a profit by playing favorites as well.

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

Blog Spotlight: The Professor

You know him as The Professor. He provides you with picks for his daily Pick of The Day race, as well as Handicapping Tips in his bi-weekly blog posts, This Week with The Professor. If you listen to our Catch the Action podcast, then you’ve heard The Professor go over his selected picks for certain races of the day, but who is the man behind The Professor? Well, let’s take a look!

The Professor, known to most as Steve, was born in Longview, Washington, and was raised in Portland, Oregon. Steve became involved in greyhound racing as a teenager, going to the track with his mom and brother-in-law to buy programs and pick dogs. It didn’t take long for Steve to realize that he had a knack for picking winners and when he reached 21, just out of college, he started betting for a living and placed in thoroughbred contests as well, taking 3rd and 5th at national handicapping contests in Las Vegas. With each win, Steve was able to collect money to help him launch an exciting career.

“I made enough money to buy a couple of dogs and then my brother and I started working for kennels.”

But Steve set his sights high, and with his winnings, he bought a farm in Estacada, Oregon, with his brother and started raising greyhounds.

“We had made connections with dog owners and were able to lease enough dogs to get a contract with MKC [Multnomah Kennel Club] and then, eventually, received contracts to run at Colorado Springs in the Fall and Miami Beach, then Sanford Orlando in the Winter.”

Steve and his brother were becoming quite successful in the greyhound racing industry. Before you knew it, they had earned the leading kennel and sire at Multnomah Kennel Club (MKC) for a few years. It wasn’t too long before they had two kennels running at MKC. They ran their kennels for about 10 years before deciding to disband, but Steve continued to work in the industry.

“I continued to bet at Portland and would go out and train for other kennels during the fall and winter.”

Then, in 1990, Steve was hired as a track judge at the new Corpus Christi greyhound track in Texas. Steve was there for about a year before going back to his roots of betting on the greyhounds. Steve was a professional handicapper till 2000, where his story begins with us.

“I became a bit burned out on gambling in 2000 and was hired here, where I have been ever since.”

At Greyhound Channel, Steve runs our Track of the Week Handicapping Contest and is a wealth of information on greyhound and horse racing for the staff. As we mentioned before, he writes for our blog bi-weekly, typically answering handicapping questions submitted by customers. He also swings by the studio with his greyhound picks for the day on our Catch the Action podcast.

Many of us, here at Greyhound Channel, didn’t know much about Steve’s greyhound racing history, knowing only a few tidbits here and there. He is modest and doesn’t like to go on about himself so we appreciate him chatting with us, allowing you to get to know him better. If you’d like to learn more from Steve, don’t forget to check out his This Week with The Professor blog posts and listen to him on our Catch the Action podcast.

This Week With The Professor: Q and A

Today, The Professor answers a question submitted by David L. He said, “My question is about post parade behavior. I usually ignore it, but should I? I’ve seen dogs who totally refuse to walk to the starting box and must be carried. I’ve seen a dog that would leap 6 feet in the air several times as he was led to the box. It didn’t seem to affect their performance. Is there a behavior that does affect performance. Wagering online, we often cannot even see the post parade.”

Excellent question. The simple answer is no, it is not important to see the post parade. The greyhounds will act the same every time they are paraded, almost without exception. I suppose if you would want to take the time to watch every dog, every time they are paraded, you might see some difference that would matter, but that rare occurrence is not worth the time and effort. If you happen to see a greyhound with a slight limp, you might want to worry, but even that could just be because of a nick in the pad, that would not affect his running. Some dogs pull hard, some don’t and, like you mentioned, some may leap into the air. There was a greyhound that ran at Multnomah in the late 70’s or early 80’s named Bobby Go, who would leap every few steps. He was a top flight greyhound, so it obviously had no effect on his performance.

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This is another major difference between handicapping greyhounds and thoroughbreds. The post parade is important in thoroughbred racing as the way the horse is moving, whether or not he or she is “washed out” or sweating, if not normal for that horse, can be a bad signal. Also, thoroughbreds may have wraps on their legs, which can be a sign of being unsound, especially if the wraps are on the front legs. this kind of information can be useful, and can generally be found on thoroughbred’s past performance lines.

Thank you for the question, David L!

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