As January is coming to end in the 2018 year, we are looking back at everything really greyt from 2017. Let’s take a journey through those moments in greyhound racing and at Greyhound Channel as we reflect on 2017.
January, 2017: Winner, a retired racer, was officially adopted and added to the Greyhound Channel family, joining Bandit and Inc.
January, 2017: Our Contest of Champions returned, including all the “champions” of our handicapping Track of the Week contest from 2016. Brett U. won, crowning him as our handicapping champion for 2016.
February 19th, 2017: Derby Lane held their Mutt Derby where pups of all breeds were allowed to race on Derby Lane’s track. Greyhounds were excluded from the races to keep it fair. Owners of the pups in attendance and Derby Lane staff had a blast watching all sorts of different dogs run the length of the track. Proceeds from the event, totalling $11,000, was raised for Greyhound Pets of America, a nonprofit greyhound adoption organization.
February 19th, 2017: 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 to homes in the US and Canada.
March 17th, 2017: The National Greyhound Association announced their 2016 Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards with both awards going to amazing greyhounds racing at Southland Greyhound Park. The 2016 Rural Rube award went to sprinter Oaks Maddy (Pat C Clement – Oaks Gem Brandy), racing for Gloria Dorsey Kennel and owned by Mick Hymes. Distance racer Show On The Road (KC And All – Closin In Onawin) was honored with the 2016 Flashy Sir award, racing for Plum Creek Kennel and owned by David Robinette.
March 27th, 2017: American Greyhound Track Operators Association announced the 2016 All-America Team members. Heading up the team was bestbet’s Seldom Told as the team’s captain. The rest of the 2016 team members included Southland’s Oaks Maddy, Jacksonville’s Need My Moneynow, Southland’s Oshkosh Kid, Derby Lane’s Oya Stan The Man, Derby Lane’s Husker Magic, Wheeling’s Kinda Cruel Red, and Southland’s Boc’s Tony Romo. The 2016 second team consisted of Southland’s Chasmo’s Dutch, Naples-Fort Myers’ Martha Maccullum, Naples-Fort Myers’ Mike Huckabee, Palm Beach’s Ethel Is Here, Naples-Fort Myers’ Joeslittlepebble, Wheeling’s Varoom Esme, Derby Lane’s Lego Andrew, and Mega Revelation.
April 24th – April 29th, 2017: NGA’s Spring Meet took place with over 300 greyhounds and more than 70 races over the course of the event, 130 of which were sold from consignment during the auctions. The meet recognized and celebrated William O’Donnell’s achievements within the greyhound community by awarding him the National Greyhound Association Lifetime Achievement Award during the Greyhound Hall of Fame awards ceremony on April 27th. Two Greyhound Hall of Fame scholarships were also awarded to Myranda Patrick, a resident of Abilene, and Adam Abrams-Flohr from Colorado.
July 15th, 2017: The NGA announced the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees for their Fall Meet. Three great greyhounds, Izz A Champ, Wayside Carol, and Dodgem By Design, as well as racing legend Jack Kahn were announced as the Hall of Fame inductees for the Fall ceremonies held in October in Abilene, KS.
September 9th – September 10th, 2017: The Women of Greyhound Racing annual Facebook auction took place with $3,000 of the proceeds going to The Kansas Greyhound Association for the fight to re-open tracks in Kansas, as well as $3,300 that was given to the Florida Hospital Foundation, specifically for the Eden Spa at the Orlando Hospital location. Eden Spa is the only spa in central Florida with specialty services specifically for cancer patients, including hair enhancements, wigs, headwear, mastectomy and post surgical bras, and forms for women undergoing surgery. Eden also offers outpatient lymphadema massage therapy, ready-to-wear and custom compression garments. From jewelry to breeding to dog accessories, the Facebook auction provided an array of items for everyone as a wonderful way to help support these greyt organizations.
October 14th, 2017: The National Greyhound Association (NGA) concluded their 2017 Fall Meet, which included stakes races of greyhounds up for auction at the meet, Hall of Fame inductions, and a Pup Giveaway. 254 greyhounds were up for auction and raced in the stakes. 11 stakes took place during the meet with organizations as sponsors. Greyhound Channel was happy to sponsor a race, which was won by JT’s Blindnspeed.
December 27th, 2017: Gulf Greyhound Park returned for a 2017/2018 season of live greyhound racing, after ceasing racing for two years. Live racing will continue through February 24, 2018.
2017 brought a lot of greyt greyhound racing action and memorable moments to Greyhound Channel. We would like to thank all of our wonderful readers and customers. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love. We hope you have a wonderful 2018.