Contest of Champions

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One of our oldest and most popular promotions is our Track of the Week contest. A FREE weekly handicapping contest set at a designated track each Saturday, where account holders have the opportunity to win up to $200. What’s not to love? The second through fifth place finishers recently started earning contest points that can be redeemed for wagering credit or GHC merchandise, making it even more rewarding.

The Professor’s Contest of Champions consists of all of the Track of the Week contest winners throughout the year. It’s separate from the Track of the Week contest, and first place is awarded champion of the year and receives $250 in wagering credit. Last year’s 2016 champion was Brett U, who beat out 30 participants for the title.

Our 2017 edition will take place at Derby Lane on Saturday, January 27th. All eligible account holders will be notified via the e-mail address on file for their Greyhound Channel account, so keep your eyes peeled for more details to hit your inbox if you won our Track of the Week contest last year. This year, the second through fifth place finishers will also receive contest points, as well as track merchandise courtesy of Derby Lane.

Increase your chances to cash in and qualify for our Contest of Champions by playing our Track of the Week contest every Saturday. You can’t win if you don’t play!

This Week With The Professor: Cancellations

With all of the inclement weather happening across the country, I thought it might be a good time to discuss what happens when a program is cancelled by the track.

This is how the programs are determined: The trainer will decide which greyhounds go on his “active list” and enters those greyhounds as eligible to run. Some tracks may limit the size of the active list for each kennel. The racing secretary then determines how many eligible greyhounds are available and then decides what grades and distances to put on the program, with higher grade dogs getting preference. He or she then draws for each race, by random draw, from eligible greyhounds, with the only other criteria being the date preference. He or she can make up a “hot box” race if he or she wishes, on occasion.

With greyhound tracks, the procedure for a one day cancellation is normally to just bump the programs up a day and run the scheduled program for the cancelled day on the next day. It is possible that the track may choose to move that program to the end of the sequence instead. Ex: The track is cancelling their Wednesday Evening program and they have programs scheduled through Friday. They may choose to run that cancelled program on Saturday. Once a program is drawn, the track’s preference is to run that program. Thoroughbred tracks have a totally different way of making up races. The racing secretary makes up a condition book (conditions of each race, by class, distance, eligibility, etc.) for each race before the meet starts. The owner or trainer then determines which horses they wish to enter for that race. This means that when a program is cancelled, the condition book for that day’s races is void and the horses are then eligible to run on a different day, as determined by the owner or trainer.

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Blog Spotlight: Dave Bullock

Early November kicked off the start of Naples-Fort Myers 2017/2018 season, bringing with it the great announcing calls full of fun and energy that we love to listen to. Continuing our Track Announcer series, we spoke with Dave Bullock about his start in greyhound racing and his announcing gig at Naples.

Dave became interested in the greyhound racing industry through his dad who loved the sport and owned a kennel with his friend. Heading to the track as a teenager, Dave instantly became interested in greyhound racing.

“I went to Sarasota greyhound racing track at 15 years old and was hooked from there.”

Dave got his first taste of announcing as a teenager when a friend of his, who commentated on baseball games, asked Dave if he wanted to give it a try. Dave provided commentary on a few baseball games that season and enjoyed it. Throughout high school, he worked at a supermarket where he was designated as the salesperson over the microphone. This helped Dave to learn how to speak well on a mic.

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Dave Bullock at Naples. Photos provided by Mike Coppola.

Over the years, Dave continued to work and play the hounds. His late wife worked at Naples-Fort Myers and one day she was asked if she knew someone who could fill in as announcer for a few races. Thinking of Dave, who was then retired, she told the general manager, Larry Baldwin, to ask her husband. It was from that moment on that Dave started calling the races at Naples and it’s where he’s been for the last 19 years.

Discussing his tough, but fun job, Dave explained that announcing the races isn’t for everyone. Many people get spooked at the thought of speaking over a microphone and it can be difficult to follow the action and read the program. It’s a skill that you need to have that can then be fine tuned.

“Either you can do it [announcing] or you can’t do it.”

Dave brings energy and fun to his announcing that you definitely hear when you listen to him call races. One thing he likes to start off with from time to time is “Who let the dogs out?” and his favorite call he has ever said was during one of the Night of the Stars stakes where he said, “If you don’t have the 7 on top, you might as well get naked and climb through a barbed wire fence.” This is the fun and quick-witted statements that Dave brings to the table that attendees and viewers gobble up.

Video provided by Greyhound News of Dave recreating his favorite calls for the audience.

Having the best view in the house, Dave continues to enjoy wagering and seeing the action as it happens. Loving the crowd and people involved in the sport, Dave also enjoys heading down from the announcing booth to walk around and mingle with those watching the races. He’ll sometimes have a wireless mic on and ask attendees if they would like to call a race. Well not everyone possesses the skill needed to announce, it has sure made for some interesting calls.

19 years is a long time to be dedicated to one job, and the key to sticking with a job for so long is to enjoy what you do. Dave truly loves greyhound racing, announcing, and having fun, all of which show in the races he calls.

“I love doing it. You’re never going to get rich doing it, but I love greyhounds. I love all kinds of animals… And I enjoy being around the action.”

We would like to thank Dave for speaking with us and sharing his story in the greyhound racing industry. Head down to Naples-Fort Myers or tune into our live coverage of the races to hear Dave for yourself. One of our main goals is to promote the greyhound industry. Do you work in it or know someone who does? Would you be interested in being featured in our blog or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

This Week With The Professor: Q & A

Today The Professor will answer a question submitted by David N.

“A friend of mine and I were discussing over the past weekend at BestBet Orange Park whether it is better to concentrate on one track (easier to remember track biases, individual greyhound running styles, etc.) or try to “hit” races on several different tracks.”

David, it was my personal experience that if you are interested in turning a profit while betting on greyhounds, concentrating on one track is your best chance to do that. That doesn’t mean that you cannot look at other tracks from time to time, but not when your chosen track is running. It is a difficult task to win consistently and it requires all of your attention to do so. If you get to know the greyhounds at that track, you can visualize how the race may be run. It has been my experience that people who try to wager on more than one track at a time, are destined to lose in the end. If you are just out to have a good time and are not really concerned about making a profit, then sure, knock yourself out.

When I was betting on greyhounds for a living, there was no simulcasting, so you had no choice but to stick to your home track. The beauty of that was that the pools were a lot bigger, and hence more money to be made. When simulcasting came, you had more choices, and more chances to be distracted, and the pools at the home track shrunk.

In conclusion, it is my opinion that you should stick to one track. Maybe I am just not smart enough to concentrate on more than one thing at once! 🙂

Thank you, David, for the greyt question!

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Blog Spotlight: Gary Samuels

Gary Samuels is a greyhound racing enthusiast, wagering on the dogs and co-owning them. In this year’s National Greyhound Association (NGA) Fall Meet, Gary, along with Norm Rader of Rader Racing and Mike Dawson, purchased TWPA Harper, as well as his litter mate, TWPA Hope. We recently spoke with Gary to hear his story in the greyhound racing industry, learning about his start in ownership along the way.

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Gary Samuels with TWPA Hope (left) and TWPA Harper (right)

Gary learned about greyhound racing at the young age of 12. When Palm Beach Kennel Club raced seasonally, Gary’s dad would take him to the track to watch the schooling races. During this time, Gary was able to play the dogs with “funny money,” giving him the opportunity to learn a lot about wagering on greyhounds. Over the years, Gary enjoyed heading to the track to wager on the hounds, but in 2006 his joy for greyhound racing extended past the gambling side. It was then that Gary ended up co-owning a few pups with his friend, who was involved in owning and racing greyhounds. The greyhounds ended up doing quite well and, just like that, Gary was bitten by the dog owning bug, having now co-owned 75-100 pups.

“When you get your first dog and he is one of the best dogs at the track, you get the itch back.”

Nobooth for Gary was Gary’s first hound, who was a stakes winner of Palm Beach Kennel Club’s 2007 Bob Balfe Puppy Stake, Night of the Stars XX, and the 75th Anniversary Hot Box Feature. His resume also includes being a finalist in the 2007 Grand Classic and he was Win leader at Palm Beach for the 2007-08 season. Nobooth for Gary is one of Gary’s favorite pups, not only because he was his first dog, but also because he was a fantastic racer. A couple other favorites include KB’s Clear Rock and Hereforagoodtime.

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Top pictures are of Nobooth For Gary. Bottom Picture is from the 2007 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes. Included in the photo is Gary Samuels, Yong Rader, Norm Rader, Mike Labetti, and Nobooth For Gary. Photos provided by Greyhound-Data.com.

Over the years of co-owning greyhounds, Gary has learned a lot. The first thing being to not try to make decisions on what the dog should be doing. Gary explained that should be left to the trainer, who really does know what is best for each pup.

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KB’s Clear Rock, solely owned by Gary Samuels. Photo provided by Greyhound-Data.com.

When purchasing hounds, Gary looks for certain racing styles that will fit specific tracks. When purchasing TWPA Harper and TWPA Hope, Gary and Norm felt that they had the potential to be great racers who could end up at Southland. As of now, both the pups have broken in well, excelling in their schooling races and currently moving their way up the grades at Palm Beach Kennel Club. In fact, TWPA Hope is live in Palm Beach’s Dick Andrews Futurity. She will be racing from the 4 box in Monday’s Semi-Finals in race 12 of the matinee card and we can’t wait to see how she does. Additionally, Gary explained that he has early speed dogs that race well at Palm Beach because their track is a little shorter and tends to favor early speed.

“There’s a term in horse racing called ‘horses for courses.’ Yesterday, was the Breeders’ Cup and Arrogate does not like to run at Del Mar and ran really bad; just doesn’t like that track. When I purchase a dog, it’s called hounds for grounds. You want to buy a dog that has the style to run at a specific track. Now, does it always work out like that? Of course not, but that’s what you’re looking for.”

Currently, Gary and Norm have three or four greyhounds actively running at Palm Beach, Jacksonville, and Southland. They also have a litter on the farm of about four dogs that are 11 months old. Having a great relationship with Norm, Gary really enjoys co-owning hounds with him, as well as one of his other friends.

“It makes it fun because we’re all friends so it gives us something to talk about when we’re all partners with the dogs.”

This is the key for Gary and the reason why he enjoys co-owning greyhounds. He loves the joy that comes from owning greyhounds and the camaraderie formed with those he co-owns them with.

“If I make a few bucks, even better, but I really do just enjoy the fun of it.”

We would like to thank Gary Samuels for speaking with us and sharing his story in the greyhound racing industry. One of our main goals is to promote the greyhound industry. Do you work in it or know someone who does? Would you be interested in being featured in our blog or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

 

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This Week With The Professor: Q & A

Today, The Professor will answer questions submitted by David L. and
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“Now that you have answered the day and night question how about hot or cold weather?”

– David L.

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David, it has been my experience that this is not a big factor, with a couple of exceptions. When the weather is cold, the older greyhound’s performances do seem to suffer somewhat. The reason for this is obvious. When one gets older cold weather tends to make any aches and pains the greyhound may have seem to have a negative effect on them, just as it does with humans (personal experience with this!). the other factor is rain, which makes the track muddy. It has long been said that you want to play the bigger, early speed dogs in the mud. This makes total sense as the late speed dogs would get mud in their face and pick up mud on the balnket, which would bother them greatly. I think the early speed factor is more important than the actual size of the dog.

Is there any truth to the quality of racers being superior at night? I always thought so.

– Paul W.

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Paul, you would have been correct years ago, but now the opposite seems to be true at a couple of tracks. Palm Beach for example, runs their higher grade greyounds during the Matinee programs. Also Southland runs their stakes races during their Twilight programs. Most of the other tracks do run their stakes eliminations and top grade hounds on their night programs.

Thanks for the questions, David and Paul!

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Remembering Rastro Ricky

Rockdale, Texas, with a population of 5,800 and located in Milan County, is named after a rock standing twelve feet high two miles north of the present day town. Although not incorporated until 1878, the community swelled in 1874 as the Great Northern Railway roared its way to and from Rockdale. The passenger depot built in 1906 stands as a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A little more than a century after the town’s founding, it would become a hotbed of canine velocity, rivaling the muscle and surge of the long ago locomotives. C & C Greyhound Farm is now home to only two broods, brindle Hookem Shakee, an iron horse herself starting 163 times, and Home Made Money, a speedy stakes placed black streak. It wasn’t always this way…

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Buddy Scitern was born in Monahans, Texas, to full time homemaker Shirley and father Cotton, who owned and ran four Ideal Pump and Supply stores that catered to the demands of the petroleum industry. Buddy, an oil industry veteran, began inserting rod pumps at age twelve, and is currently working at Endurance Lift Solutions as an ALS representative. He graduated from Devine High School, but not before landing a fourth place finish in the 1982 state high school golf championship AND his future wife Carrie.

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Buddy and Carrie Scitern

Buddy and Carrie married January 8, 1983, and honeymooned in Rockdale, establishing a store for Cotton and soon settled there permanently. Buddy’s interest in greyhounds developed years ago at the late Bo Titsworth’s farm in Cameron, Texas, where he fell in love with the dogs circling the training track. With a little help from their Bay State pal in Penbrook, David Jeswald, Buddy, and Carrie founded C & C Greyhound Farm in 1987. On nineteen acres, including a training track, two kennels, thirty-six runs, and a five acre sprint field, it hosted 250 greys and employed three helpers at its peak. Once associated with legendary stakes winner and sire Trent Lee and sprint monster Craigie Whistler, Buddy remembers the best dog to ever lay a paw on the farm, Rastro Ricky.

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Buddy, Carrie, and Let’s Go Joe

Owned by David Jeswald, Rastro Ricky was whelped in May of 1991 on Roland Cordiero’s farm in Swansea, Massachusetts, and sent to the Sciterns at four months old to be finished. When returned, Nostradamus couldn’t have forecasted the shock waves the handsome white male with a brindle ear and temple would send the New England circuit.

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Rastro Ricky broke his maiden in a 5/16 race in his second start as a member of the Nanci Caswell Kennel, and begged for more real estate as shorter trips barely allowed him to stretch his legs. When started at 3/8 and 7/16, his longer distance win record would have made even 2017 New York Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan take notice. As victories accumulated, Rastro Ricky ran the 7/16 distance at Lincoln setting a record in 43.38 seconds shattering the old one of 43.90. Soon, David Jeswald advertised for national contenders to challenge Ricky at the 7/16 distance as the dog literally ran out of competition. This challenge produced three match races.The first match race held at Lincoln on 11/11/93 ended in a 20 length drubbing of Bay Point Kennel’s Boligee Roospur and Boligee Gunny. A second match race held 02/25/1994 at Hollywood pitted Rastro Ricky against home court favorite Ready To Rave of the Dick Andrews Kennel. Ready To Rave was left reeling in the wake of Ricky’s 6 1/2 length victory. Match race #3 returned to Lincoln on April 1 of 1994 against King Cameron, track record holder of Bluffs Run’s 3/8 and 7/16 distances. The representative of the Jandylor Kennel was shown the door and who was boss, after a 7 length thrashing courtesy of Rastro Ricky. Historically, in post race celebration, more often than not with no need for male enhancements, Ricky would find the closest female in cool out, and assert himself in an overtly amorous way that might result in public outcries and lawsuits if exhibited by human counterparts.

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David Jeswald and Rastro Ricky

Rastro Ricky’s racing career was abruptly cut short by an injury while schooling for a rematch with King Cameron at Bluffs Run in April of 1994, but not before accumulating 37 victories, 11 seconds, and 3 thirds in 60 lifetime starts, including Raynham All American Triathalon Finalist honors. During his stud and retirement years, he lived with trainer Angelo Marchione, a gentle and reserved man. Although never able to duplicate himself as a runner, he did throw a useful distance competitor, Tylers Ruff, whelped April of 1995. After Rastro Ricky passed, trainer Marchione left us way to soon three months later. In his honor, David Jeswald proudly attended the annual $5,000.00 Angelo Marchione Juvenile Stakes held at Lincoln until its closure in 2009.

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David Jeswald doesn’t own dogs any more but as he continues handicapping greyhounds, Rastro Ricky is never far from his thoughts. Carrie Scitern holds down the fort caring for broods, puppies, and also former Caldwell, Texas, mayor Billy Broaddus who is now in his late 80’s. Buddy, often away on business or serving as a judge for USA Boxing, officiating amateur and professional matches, doesn’t have much time for golf anymore. However, he’s happy his fondness for fairways continues through sons Carson, who won the Best in the West Classic in San Angelo at age 15, and Cameron, winner of the Starburst Jr. Classic at age 16. Cameron, an alumni of Tennessee State University, started four years on the golf team and served as captain for three. Now, club pro at the Devine Golf Course, he looks forward to restoring the course to its previous glory and placing it back on the map. Cameron believes Devine has really good talented players and to get them through the doors regularly, he must think outside the box. A box he works to avoid is one that C & C Greyhound Farm graduates strive to break when they turn 18 months old. Just because Buddy and Carrie have downsized, don’t think their glory days have ended. After producing 77 stake winners including 8 track record holders, the results of their labor speaks volumes and continues with future litters. Honesty, a rare quality currently at a high premium, is what Buddy values most and C & C Greyhound Farm has no plans of going anywhere. Kinda like that rock two miles north of town.

We would like to thank Buddy Scitern and David Jeswald for speaking with us about their story and the wonderful Rastro Ricky. One of our main goals is to promote the greyhound industry. Do you work in it or know someone who does? Would you be interested in being featured in our blog or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

This Week With The Professor: Day or Night… Does It Matter?

Does day or night matter when handicapping? Absolutely! There are several reasons why you should consider whether the race you are handicapping is on a Matinee or Evening card. It is commonly known that early speed greyhounds fare better in Matinee racing then night racing. the reason for this is hotly debated among racegoers, but not knowing the exact reason, does not negate the fact that it is true.

Also, it is also true that the inside greyhounds break faster in Matinee races, than Evening races. The reason for this may be that the light is better in the day, or less glare from the lights to bother the inside hounds. The inside dogs should break better as they are the first to see the lure. Another factor is that some greyhounds like to run during the day better than at night, or vice versa, which also may have something to do with the better light and their vision. Bottom line is, this can definitely be a factor that can help you to pick more winners, so be sure and take these factors into consideration when handicapping.

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Blog Spotlight: Steve Sarras & Joie Gates

During the National Greyhound Association’s (NGA) Fall Meet in October of this year, three greyhounds were once again given away for the NGA Pup Giveaway. One of the pups was donated by Steve Sarras, trainer and owner of Steve Sarras Kennel, and was won by Joie Gates. We spoke with Steve and Joie to delve deeper into the Pup Giveaway by learning more about the greyhound racing industry.

Steve Sarras got his start in greyhound racing at a young age when his dad purchased three pups that ended up being very successful.

“He got bit by the bug. Got enamored by the sport. He ended up buying a kennel and a farm. I grew up in it and have been doing it since I was 10 years old.”

Steve’s dad loved the farm, playing with the dogs, and watching the races. This transferred to Steve who ended up falling in love with the racing part of the industry. The family’s farm is in Massachusetts and Steve expanded the operations to Wheeling, followed by Southland. The love for greyhound racing has extended to Steve’s children, Nikolas and Alexandria, who are also involved in the sport, but have their main focus on their education.

“The greyhound industry is very labor intensive and requires a tremendous amount of time and dedication.”

Steve has raced excellent greyhounds, most notable being Rob Gronkowski who was 2013 All-America team captain, winner of the 2013 Festival of Stakes Sprint, Labor Day Stake, Father’s Day Stake, 2014 He’s My Man Classic, St. Patrick’s Day Championship, and he held the 545-yard track record in 2013 and 2014 at Palm Beach.

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Rob Gronkowski

This year was Steve’s second year participating in the NGA Pup Giveaway. The pup Steve gave away at the previous Pup Giveaway ended up making its way to grade A at Derby Lane. Steve likes donating a pup to the giveaway because he feels that it is a good way of getting new people involved in the industry. Usually, those who win a pup are very excited and can be someone who hasn’t raced a greyhound before.

“I’ve always tried to play an active role and try to bring in new people, new faces.”

In the case of Steve’s 2017 Fall Meet giveaway pup, Morticia, he already knew the winner Joie Gates.

“She used to work at one of the farms that raises dogs for me in Arkansas, Imark Farms. It was funny when I heard her name, I kind of grinned.”

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Morticia with Britney Parvin and Blake.

Steve anticipates that Morticia will do well. He raced her mother, Yahoo Bonita, who was a AA grade racer at Wheeling and Palm Beach. Having Djays Octane as Morticia’s sire certainly adds to her potential.

 

“We try to give away one that anyone would be proud to own, and hopefully Joie gets an All-American.”

Joie Gates became interested in greyhounds after coming across ‘rescue’ groups when she was living in Pennsylvania. Wanting to know more about the greyhound racing industry, Joie started her research, but what she found was a lot of anti-racing information. This prompted Joie to dive right into the source of greyhound racing by getting a pup of her own.

“Being a little dismayed at the information I was getting from ‘rescue’ groups on Facebook, of course, I decided I was going to cut to the chase… I decided I wanted to learn about the greyhound industry from the ground floor. Best I could do was buy a racing puppy.”

Joie contacted Terry Haber from Imark Kennels to get her first racing greyhound. Her first greyhound was named Honor Arlington, who raced at Derby Lane through Abernethy Kennel, before heading to Orange Park to race with Steve. She is now retired and at her forever home.

Having an appreciation for animal athletes from her love of equestrian sports, Joie instantly fell in love with greyhound racing and it wasn’t long till Joie moved to Arkansas to work with Terry on his farm to learn more about the industry. Through a fun exchange involving a kayak, Joie and Terry co-own Funny Car, who is racing at Daytona Beach, and Chas N It, racing at Tri-State. Both pups started their racing careers in April of this year.

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Funny Car, photo provided by Todd.

Having been an NGA member since January of 2013, Joie purchases raffle tickets for each pup giveaway. Little did Joie know that this year she would not only win one of the pups, but she would win Steve’s pup.

“I was tickled pink that Steve Saras was the person that donated Morticia because I had lunch with the man, I know the man, I know him from Terry. I’d been to his racing kennel at Southland… I think he’s an outstanding greyhound man.”

Joie decided that she would have Morticia race through Steve, where she will be starting out at Sarasota.

“He texted me this morning to ask if it was OK if Morticia went with her littermates to Sarasota to train. It was nice that he asked me.”

With Morticia currently training to race at Sarasota, Joie just received confirmation that Morticia’s racing name will be Dama Octano, a combination of her parents’ names in spanish meaning Lady Octane.

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Morticia / Dama Octano in her kennel, photo provided by Sharon McCreery.

Joie really enjoys the athleticism of greyhound racing and how greyhounds, unlike horse racing, have to figure out the race and dig deep on their own. You can see the passion for racing in the greyhounds’ faces.

“I enjoy horse athletes, greyhound athletes, I enjoy sporting dogs that are bred for a reason. I appreciate that greyhound racing gives dogs that are bred as sight hounds the ability to run in probably the safest environment they can get. Yes, accidents can happen, but in any sporting environment, unless you’re infused in bubble wrap, the potential to get hurt is always there.”

One of Joie’s favorite parts about greyhound racing and owning pups of her own is that she can see them go from training to rookie racer to veteran racer. Seeing the improvement is gratifying and impressive. When a greyhound continues to do well, you can tell that they want it.

“I loved watching As A Time Of Day. He was rather immature when he was at Derby Lane with the Abernathy’s and I loved watching him figuring it out when he got to Daytona Beach. You could see the dog pass other dogs and lift his head up over the butt of another dog to get around. You could see him making his moves and I just think that’s beautiful.”

As A Time of Day, also known as Burrito, recently retired and found his forever home where he lives with his owner, Christine, and four furry siblings.

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As A Time Of Day / Burrito and his siblings: Poncho, Romeo, Cosmo, and Chili.

Enjoying all aspects of greyhound racing, Joie also loves the wonderful pups themselves and is proud that each of her greyhounds has been adopted and placed in their forever homes.

“Retired greyhounds make excellent pets. I think everyone who has one is incredibly blessed.”

With three retired racers of our own, we couldn’t agree more with Joie.

We would like to thank both Steve Sarras and Joie Gates for speaking with us and sharing their wonderful stories in the greyhound racing industry. One of our main goals is to promote the greyhound industry. Do you work in it or know someone who does? Would you be interested in being featured in our blog or podcast? Contact us at custserv@greyhoundchannel.com.

 

This Week With The Professor: Predicting Trouble

If you have read any of my articles, you know that I value early speed above all other handicapping factors. The reason for this is that the early leader always stays out of trouble, and is able to run their race as best as they can. If you are a trip handicapper and watch and chart races, you will be able to actually predict where the trouble is and if there will be trouble on many races. You will know each greyhound’s tendencies and whether or not they are in a position to avoid trouble.

One example would be a greyhound, who prefers to run midtrack, being pinned to the inside and then “blowing the turn” (going wide) and stacking up the field. It may also be possible for that dog to try and get to the outside early and hindering the progress of the dogs around them. Another example is a rail running speed dog who draws the outside post and has shown a tendency to “slash” to the inside and, therefore, bothering the dogs posted next to them. While it is not always possible to predict trouble, you can sometimes see the trouble coming and take advantage of that to your financial benefit.

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Do you have a question for The Professor? Leave a comment below and you could receive a $2 wagering credit to your Greyhound Channel account if your question is featured! Tune into our podcast, Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel, for news and more greyt tips from The Professor.