Filled with happy moments and sad endings, 2019 was quite the year for the greyhound racing industry. While thinking back on the most significant moments for us here at Greyhound Channel, we wanted to take you on a journey of those events as we reflect on 2019.
Kodi and Ace were adopted and joined brothers Bandit and Winner. Kodi is a retired racer from Southland Casino and Racing where he raced under the name Oshkosh Kodiak. Ace never made it to training since he did not take to racing like his siblings did, but he recently received his Canine Good Citizen certification. Both Kodi and Ace have been wonderful additions to our Greyhound Channel family.
The 2018 Contest of Champions took place with Caudle T. taking the lead, crowning him our champion handicapper.
The American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA) announced the 2018 All-America Team, which included Pat C Rare Deal, Superior Cannon, BGR Monster, RT’s Bo Jangles, Konomi, Tip Top, Duxbury, and team captain Jiminy Reno.
The National Greyhound Association (NGA) announced their 2018 Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards with Jiminy Reno (Alivefortomorrow—Oceania) winning the Rural Rube award and BGR Monster (Boc’s Tony Romo—Boc’s Jennyfinch) winning the Flashy Sir award. Jiminy Reno raced at Derby Lane while BGR Monster started out at Naples-Fort Myers before moving on to Southland Casino and Racing.
The NGA’s 2019 Spring Meet took place from April 15th through April 20th. The Greyhound Channel Stake raced on Thursday, April 18th, in race 11 with SR Swiss Caco winning the race. Inducted into the Hall of Fame was greyhound, Peco’s Cannon (Annexed—Classy Babe) and breeder and owner Ross Lingle.
Sarasota Kennel Club finished their live greyhound racing season, which also marked the end of live racing at the track due to Florida’s Amendment 13. Opening in 1929, Sarasota had raced greyhounds for 90 years before their last race in May of 2019.
Racing for the last 64 years, Ebro Greyhound Park opened in 1955, but would see the end of their live greyhound racing in 2019 due to Amendment 13. Ebro Greyhound Park decided to finish their racing season with their last live greyhound race ever.
The NGA’s 2019 Fall Meet took place with three new winners of the Pup Giveaway. Michele and Paul Billick won Annie from Ken Biehle, Cara Bonawitz won Ziva from Randy Finegan, and Lenora Collins won the third pup out of Flying Hydrogen-Arkans Jazzy from Darren Henry Kennel.
Our Virtual Racing Product went live for greyhound racing. Derby Lane was the first to be featured in our Virtual Racing lineup, followed by Palm Beach Kennel Club. We look forward to adding more tracks, including horse racing, in the coming months.
Southland Casino and Racing entered into a 3-year agreement with their kennels to phase out live greyhound racing by the end of 2022. With the national decline in greyhound racing, Southland made the decision to phase out their racing so that the process would be on their own terms and done in a timely manner.
Our namesake, Greyhoundchannel, started racing at Palm Beach Kennel Club in December. Greyhoundchannel is out of Rido’s Babe by JS Im Seein Red, and races through Rader Racing Kennel.