This Week With The Professor: Q & A

This week, I will answer a question submitted by Craig R. Craig asked, “Why are the times so much different for Tri-State dogs and Jax dogs when both are 550 yrds.”

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There are a few reasons for time discrepencies between tracks that are racing the same distances. There are some tracks that prefer to keep the track surface deeper, believing that this is safer for the greyhounds. That may or not be true, as I have experienced that a softer surface can actually lead to more soreness, but people may differ on that opinion.

Another possible reason is the actual makeup of the surface. Some locations may experience more inclement weather and therefore may add sand to the track to keep it from getting muddy. In this case, the track may actually be faster wet than dry. An example of this is if you have ever run on the sand at the beach, it is easier to run on wet sand than dry. The bottom line is if you are going to use time in your handicapping, be aware that a fast time at one track may be a slow time on another, even though they are running the same distance.

Thanks for the question, Craig!

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Blog Spotlight: Dennis Berry

Dennis Berry’s involvement in racing began in the 1960s as the proprietor of Original Steer meat market. Born October 22, 1939, to father Russ, an employee of Northern Pacific Railroad, and mother Debby, a full time homemaker, Dennis was raised in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Southeast Portland, Oregon, with one brother and three sisters. While attending Central Catholic High School, he worked at the old Vern’s Market at the meat counter not far from Portland mainstay the Original Hotcake house, then a tavern on the East end of the Ross Island Bridge. His career path never deviated as he eventually purchased and owned Original Steer meat market on Southeast Division for 42 years. It was there that he met the late, legendary greyhound breeder and owner Roy Grober.

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Foxy Red and her pups

The Berry / Grober duo partnered many successful greyhounds such as Here Comes Rebel. This male brindle and white monster by Rebel Charlie –Ballad took down back-to-back editions of the Royal Palm Beach Classic in 1983 and 1984. However, it was Multnomah Greyhound Park’s 1982 Derby winner and 690 yards track record holder Foxy Red, a fawn female by Carry On – Sabrina Rae, who is recalled as Portland’s canine sweetheart by fans in the early ’80s. As a brood, she only took once to Rural Rube award winner and All-American member Ben G Speedboat by PK’s Jet – PK’s Boat. With a litter of only two pups, she was never able to duplicate her prosperous racing career. When Multnomah Greyhound Park shuttered in 2004, so did Dennis’ participation in the sport.

This year’s 2018 Fall Nationals again offered a PUP GIVEAWAY of three donated youngsters. For a suggested but not mandatory $2.00 priced raffle ticket, this event raised over $9,500.00 to benefit the Greyhound Hall of Fame in Abilene, Kansas. One of the raffle prizes was a donated red female whelped September 13, 2017 known as Pizzaz by Counselor – Flying Antiqua. Many enthusiasts have hoped for over a decade that their ticket will be drawn and others have participated to show support for the National Greyhound Association. One winner this year belongs to the latter group…

Dennis Berry was thunderstruck upon notification of once again being the proud owner of a greyhound. Now a 79 year old retiree living in Happy Valley, Oregon, he misses spending time on a farm watching puppies develop. Although Pizzazz will be finished in Kansas, he will monitor her progress and wait to see if she has the desire and tools to race. Dennis already has her retirement mapped out as she will be placed with former greyhound farm owner, Jim Munch. Jim, who is 83 years young, lives on his farm in Aumsville, Oregon, breaking, riding, and racing thoroughbreds. He looks forward to having a greyhound around once again. Greyhound Channel prepares for its 2019 Fall Nationals PUP GIVEAWAY barrel stuffing hoping to pull a Dennis Berry next year.

Breeders’ Cup Picks by The Professor

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We have the Breeders’ Cup card available for wagering and The Professor has put together his picks for races 7, 9, and 11 of the Breeders’ Cup today. Have a question about the Breeders’ Cup? Ask in the comments below.

Breeders’ Cup Sprint – Race #7

#8 Limousine Liberal is in a great spot to pull off the upset here. He loves this track, having won 6 of 8 starts. His style of coming from just off the pace fits well, as there is a ton of early foot in the race. #5 Imperial Hint, is the favorite, has won a ton of races, and was the runner up in this race last year, but his lone start at Churchill was not one of his best; still a major threat. #9 Roy H, the defending champion, is a veteran performer who never runs a poor race. He will be a factor down the line.

Breeders’ Cup Distaff – Race #9

#9 Wow Cat, a Chilean invader, has been getting steadily better under Chad Brown, and may be the “now filly”. #2 Abel Tasman, is a very classy filly and would be no surprise, but her last effort is a bit concerning. #10 Blue Prize, is on a roll and loves this track; very dangerous. #11 Monomoy Girl, has been dominating the 3-year-old ranks, but this is a whole different kettle of fish.

Breeders’ Cup Classic – Race #11

The question is, do the Europena invaders have enough juice to beat the local guys? I am going to say yes. #1 Thunder Snow, won the Dubai World Cup in dominant fashion on the dirt. His race on 9/29, was a good prep and he should be ready to roll. #14 Accelerate, has been dominant on the west coast and has beaten most of these, but has never been out east before. #2 Roaring Lion, beat the top pick in England last out, but that was on turf. His only drawback is that he has never run on dirt; still a threat. #3 Catholic Boy, is a top 3-year-old and this type has run well in the Classic before; maybe.