Abilene was all the buzz the last week of April as the National Greyhound Association (NGA) held their 2017 Spring Meet from April 24th to the 29th. The NGA is a voluntary non-profit association that acts as the sole registry for racing greyhounds on the North American continent and has been a part of the Abilene community since 1945. They have two auction events every year, The Fall Meet and The Spring Meet to boost the greyhound industry and surrounding economy.
The first-round races ran April 24th and April 25th with the top finishers racing again in the finals on April 27th and 28th. Once again, Greyhound Channel was a proud sponsor of a major stakes race run during the Spring Meet. PEPPERMINT MANDY was the victor in our race that ran on Monday, April 24th, as well as the final champion on Friday, April 28th. Congratulations to her and all connections! View the final race below:
This year’s NGA Spring Meet included over 300 greyhounds and more than 70 races over the course of the event, with over 130 sold from consignment during the auctions. The largest purchase price being $70,000 for the DJAAYS OCTANE-BOC’S SWEENEY pup, PJ HIGHWAYROBERY.
The meet recognized and celebrated William O’Donnell’s achievements within the greyhound community by awarding him the National Greyhound Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the Greyhound Hall of Fame awards ceremony on April 27th. O’Donnell’s interest in greyhound racing started while he was in High School and carried on later throughout his life as he became more involved in the sport through his kennels and even politically to help raise purse prices. He has since passed his love for the industry to his grandson, who manages his farm in Abilene.
Two Greyhound Hall of Fame scholarships are also awarded during the Spring Meet every year. This year’s recipients were Myranda Patrick, a resident of Abilene, and Adam Abrams-Flohr from Colorado. The ceremony also included presenting the prestigious Rural Rube Award to OAKS MADDY and the Flashy Sir Award to SHOW ON THE ROAD, as well as recognizing the 2016 All America Team: Captain – Seldom Told, Oak’s Maddy, Need My Moneynow, Oshkosh Kid, Oya Stan The Man, Husker Magic, Kinda Cruel Red, and Boc’s Tony Romo.
Congratulations to everyone that was awarded during this year’s Spring Meet, as well as everyone involved at the NGA for putting together yet another exciting and successful event! You can view all of the results and race replays from this year’s Spring Meet on the NGA website.