The NGA’s 2016 Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards were announced on Friday, March 17, 2017, with both awards going to amazing greyhounds at Southland Greyhound Park. With the NGA’s yearly Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards highlighting the best sprinters and distance racers since 1971, let’s take a look at these two prestigious greyhound racing awards before discussing this year’s winners.
The Rural Rube Award is a throwback to the Rural Rube, a powerhouse sprinter from Wonderland Park in Massachusetts. He had an amazing career record, winning the Wonderland Inaugural twice, the Wonderland Juvenile, the Bay State Derby, and the Wonderland Futurity. Rural Rube set four records on the Wonderland oval and won 41 of his 83 starts, of which 20 were a straight win streak. He was inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame in 1963. In honor of Rural Rube, the Rural Rube award is presented to an outstanding sprinter each year.
Like the Rural Rube award, the Flashy Sir is in honor of the monster hound from Kansas. He was nicknamed “Mr. Greyhound” and won 60 wins out of 80 starts at 13 tracks, 13 of which were straight wins. Along with Rural Rube, Flashy Sir was also inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame in 1963. The Flashy Sir award recognizes the best distance runner each year.
The 2016 Rural Rube award went to sprinter Oaks Maddy (Pat C Clement – Oaks Gem Brandy) from Southland Greyhound Park. Racing for Gloria Dorsey Kennel and owned by Mick Hymes, Oaks Maddy has had quite the impressive racing year, winning the 2016 Festival of Stakes Arkansas Bred Sprint and the 2016 Kings and Queens Stake, which got her an invitation to the 2017 Daytona 550 of which she also won. She has won 43 races out of 116 starts and continues to be a powerhouse on the Southland 583 yard oval.
Also from Southland, distance racer Show On The Road (KC And All – Closin In Onawin) was honored with the 2016 Flashy Sir award. Having never won a stakes race, Show On The Road is so impressive in his distance races that he couldn’t be overlooked for the Flashy Sir. Racing for Plum Creek Kennel and owned by David Robinette, Show On The Road has shined in the 703 and 820 yards, finishing first and second in 27 straight races, 18 of which were wins and 14 of which consisted of a 14 win streak. Show On The Road has won 35 races out of 88 starts and is still on fire with a recent 8 race win and place streak.
Congratulations to Oaks Maddy, Show On The Road, Southland Greyhound Park, and all connections. We look forward to watching Oaks Maddy and Show On The Road continue to tear up the track and can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two greyt hounds.