The National Greyhound Association’s (NGA) 2019 Spring Meet took place April 15th through April 20th where we sponsored one of the Meet’s races. The Greyhound Channel Stake took place in race 11 on Thursday, April 18th, with the beautiful pup SR Swiss Caco, owned by David Strong and John Robinson, winning the race. The black female, born January of 2018, trailed throughout, but kicked in the late speed in the final stretch for the win.
Overall, the NGA Spring Meet was a success with an impressive auction. The following is an article by Jim Gartland, detailing the auction action.
NGA Wraps Up Another Successful Auction
By the time the last bids were in and the 2019 spring auction was over, many long time attendees were shocked by the final numbers. Going into the spring meet, many thought this would be a small auction as the 159 total pups entered was one of the smallest groups in memory for an NGA meet.
After four days of racing, the consignors walked their charges into the ring at Sterl Hall beginning with the youngsters on Friday night and continuing with the older pups on Saturday morning. When the dust settled, 101 greyhound puppies had been sold for a total of $1,082,000!
The top selling greyhound was CTW Shadow Star who is owned by David Peck of Texas. Shadow Star went to Mr. Lester Raines for a cool $73,000. Overall, Texas breeders amassed a total of $869,750 in sales for the auction.
The top seller in the meet was Kenneth Biehle of Texas who sold 38 pups for a whopping $483,500 and who was last seen heading out of town with a big smile on his face. The biggest buyer at the meet was Tim Ertl of Iowa who bought nearly $135,750 worth of racing stock.
2019 NGA Spring Auction Stats
Pups Consigned: 159
Individual Online buyers: 9
Total Lots Sold: 18
Total Sales: $109,000
GROSS: 101 lots, selling to 39 different buyers for $1,082,000
Jim Gartland, National Greyhound Association (NGA) Executive Director.