HUSKER MAGIC: Retired!

The official word came out on Wednesday, June 22nd: HUSKER MAGIC has retired! She finished her career with 105 wins out of 167 starts. She was on a 5 win streak before announcing retirement.

We have had the privilege of reporting on Derby Lane’s Darling Diva many times. Her career accomplishments are impressive: she was the 2015 Rural Rube Award recipient. She was the captain of the 2015 AGTOA All-America Team. She was the winner of the 2015 Daytona 550 (2nd 2016), 2015 Derby Lane Sprint Classic, and 2016 T. L. Weaver Memorial. She was 2nd in 2014 for Derby Lane’s Gold Trophy Juvenile, 2015 Inaugural, and T. L. Weaver Memorial. She was 3rd in Derby Lane’s 2014 Fall Sprint.

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Don Jensen of the Tampa Bay Times wrote a dedication to HUSKER MAGIC:

“Husker Magic, who won 105 races from 167 starts — the only Derby Lane dog in history with at least 100 victories— was retired from racing Wednesday, kennel owner Jim Abernathy said. She ranks tied for 33rd on the sport’s all-time win list. The female is expected to spend several months at the Abernathy residence in St. Petersburg before going to Grapevine, Ark., to begin a breeding career.”

We’re proud of her because the Blonde Bombshell is retiring at the top of her game.  Congratulations to HUSKER MAGIC; she has had a truly historic racing career and we feel lucky to have had the opportunity to share her accomplishments so often.

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HUSKER MAGIC keeps it cool in her cooling pool. Photo courtesy of Kayruth Abernathy.

The Belmont Stakes & You

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Did you know that you can bet the last jewel of the Triple Crown with us? As you sit down to handicap for the big festival of racing, do you know the full history behind the Belmont Stakes?

Imagine the year’s biggest horse racing events as a fancy, royal crown you can wear on your head. The Triple Crown has three spots for brilliant jewels: the first jewel is the Kentucky Derby. The second jewel is the Preakness. The third and final jewel is the Belmont Stakes. These elite horse racing days truly bring the best of the best–horse racing royalty. This year’s Belmont Stakes is no exception as the racing field is full of well-known contenders. The morning line favorite is Exaggerator (Jockey: Kent Desormeaux / Owner: Big Chief Racing, LLC / Trainer: J. Keith Desormeaux) at 9/5 odds.

Even though the Belmont is the third jewel in the Triple Crown and happens last in the horse racing extravaganza, it’s actually one of the oldest stakes races in North America. It’s also the oldest of the Triple Crown events: the Belmont Stakes first ran in 1867, the  Preakness in 1873, and the Kentucky Derby in 1875.

The tradition of betting the Belmont first started in 1867 thanks to the son of a 19th century banker and racing enthusiast. The banker, named August Belmont Sr, passed along his money and love for the sport to his son, August Jr. Among other things, August Jr. went on to be the chairman of the Jockey Club for 30 years, founded Belmont Park, and was the head of New York’s first Racing Commission.

The winner of the Belmont Stakes is the recipient of not just prestige, fame, and airtime on NBC, but also some fabulous gifts from Belmont Park. The winner is draped in the iconic Belmont Stakes white carnation blanket, which is made up of over 700 single carnations. The white carnations represent love and luck, and as such, are the traditional flower of the Belmont Stakes. The winner also gets to take home the awe-inspiring Belmont Trophy.

Known as the August Belmont Memorial Cup, it was first presented by the Belmont Family in 1926 to that year’s winner, Crusader. Each year that trophy is handed down to the next winner. The winning owner, trainer, and jockey receive a silver miniature Belmont Trophy.

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Jockey Mike Smith receiving the Belmont Cup after his win with Palace Malice, 2013. Photo courtesy of Belmont Stakes.

Specially crafted by Tiffany & Co, the trophy is a gorgeous silver bowl and cover with some distinctive features which set it apart from every other trophy out there. On the top of the trophy’s cover is a figure of the 1869 Belmont Stakes winner, Fenian, who was rode to glory by August Belmont himself. The cover sits on top of the bowl. Underneath it, the bowl is supported by three silver horses. These silver figures represent Herod, Eclipse, and Matchem; the three grandsons of the historic forefathers of thoroughbred racing.

These three horses pay homage to the three thoroughbred stallion grandfathers: Byerly Turk, Darley Arabian, and Godolphin Arabian. It’s said all thoroughbreds descend from these three bloodlines. From the three horses represented on the Cup, the lineage of Eclipse is predominant in the modern thoroughbred.

This weekend will be one to remember! Join in the excitement of the Belmont Stakes festival of races by taking advantage of our 10% Belmont Deposit promotion! Make a minimum deposit of $50.00 on Saturday, June 11th and you’ll receive a special 10% bonus (up to $50.00). After you’ve made your deposit, enter promotional code BELMONT into your account to receive your bonus same day. Remember, this promotion is good for ONE transaction only and you’ll need to wager the entire bonus and deposit before you may withdraw funds.

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Staying in the Belmont spirit, we published a very special Belmont Stakes podcast episode in this week’s installment of Catch the Action with Greyhound Channel! After checking in with greyhound current events and promotions, Alicia and Katie sat down with The Professor to glean tips and other insights on the Belmont Stakes. They learned quite a bit!

The Professor discussed his favorite Belmont Throwback experiences which included watching Secretariat, and also the memories of Affirmed boxing out Alydar in all three 1978 Triple Crown races. Before American Pharoah earned his Triple Crown bragging rights last year, Affirmed was the previous champion who most recently won the Triple Crown.

Do you have any favorite experiences or memories of the Belmont Stakes? We’d love to hear them! Share your experiences with us by replying to our Twitter and Facebook posts regarding the Belmont Throwback and you’ll be entered to win one of our two American Pharoah t-shirts!

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And don’t forget: the main event this weekend is to have a good time! We have all of the Belmont Stakes action; this is your chance to be included in this year’s Belmont Stakes legacy! Place your wagers online or with one of our friendly wagering representatives.

She Did It: HUSKER MAGIC’s 100th Win!

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SHE DID IT!

Are we surprised? No. Are we thrilled? Absolutely.

We’ve long been supporters of Derby Lane’s Darling Diva, having featured her throughout the years in our Inside Lure newsletter and here in our blog. Last week we talked about the Blonde Bombshell in our Catch the Action podcast and speculated about her 100th win–but wow, she did it!

From Imark Kennels and racing for the Jim Abernathy Kennel, the 2015 AGTOA All-America team captain and 2015 Rural Rube award winner, HUSKER MAGIC, is in the spotlight again having earned her 100th career victory on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Derby Lane. Although, can we say she’s in the spotlight again when she’s really never left it?

Now more than ever before, HUSKER MAGIC truly is among racing royalty. She now belongs to an elite group of greyhound athletes, both active and retired, who have individually managed to earn 100 career wins.

After HUSKER MAGIC’S 100th win accomplishment, we chatted with Kayruth Abernathy and got the inside scoop on what’s next for the accomplished sprinter. Stay tuned to the blog this coming Friday, May 27 for our exclusive interview!

Be sure to watch for her racing tonight at Derby Lane’s evening card, race 10. We’re crossing our fingers for her tonight; here’s hoping for HUSKER MAGIC’S career win 101!

Did You Know: Greyhound Channel ACH!

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In April we announced PINpocket will be going away in the near future. In its place, we’ve created a brand new funding method: the Greyhound Channel ACH!

Greyhound Channel ACH is a fast, safe way to make deposits to and withdraw funds from your wagering account–with ZERO fees! You’ll be saying “bye-bye” to PINpocket’s $2.00 cash out fee because Greyhound Channel ACH is completely free to use for deposits and withdrawals!

Setting up your Greyhound Channel ACH is easy. If you haven’t already, take a moment and set up your Greyhound Channel ACH today!

Deposits: first, log in to your Greyhound Channel account. Once you’re logged in, click on Account Options, then Funding Options.

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What’s great about our new ACH processor is the system is able to see whether you have a PINpocket account and if so, it’ll offer to Link Your PINpocket Account details to save you a step.

If you have a PINpocket account, here’s what you’ll see:

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All you need to do is type in “I Agree” and click on “I want to import my PINpocket information.” After you’ve done that, you’ll receive an email notification with details advising you’ve successfully imported your banking information and settings from PINpocket, and that your Greyhound Channel ACH has been created!

You’re all set: simply log in to Greyhound Channel and select Greyhound Channel ACH as your funding option. Upon initiating a deposit, you’ll receive another email when the funds clear into your Greyhound Channel account.

Even if you don’t have a PINpocket account, it’s still easy! After clicking on Greyhound Channel ACH on the Funding Method menu, you’ll be taken to a screen where you may directly enter your bank account information.

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From this point you’ll enter your banking information and continue. The next screen should advise you’ve successfully linked your bank account. Before you can begin using the ACH system, you will need to verify that you are the owner of the bank account that you provided. Within 1 – 3 business days, you will receive two small deposits of less than $1.00 to your bank account. Once you see these deposits you’ll need to enter them into the verification page. After completing this process successfully, you’ll be able to use your newly linked bank account. That’s it, you’re done!

Withdrawals: alternatively you may utilize the new Greyhound Channel ACH for withdrawing funds from your wagering account and sending them to your bank account.

Log in to your Greyhound Channel account. Click on Account Options, then Funding Options. This is where we go for funding, and we’ll also head here for withdrawing funds. On the right side, click on Greyhound Channel ACH.

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If you haven’t linked your bank account (as described earlier for making a deposit), be sure to go ahead and do that now. Fill out the screen and proceed with the following steps:

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Fill out the form with the amount you’d like to withdrawal, and enter your four-digit PIN for your wagering account. Next you’ll see:

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Be sure to check the box to AUTHORIZE the withdrawal, and click on Continue. The next page will confirm the information you’ve entered. Make sure everything is correct on the screen, and click Continue.

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And just like that, the funds were deducted from your wagering account! Once cleared, the funds will be transferred into your bank account within three business days and will show on your statement as Greyhound Channel.

No fees, no confusing steps. Just easy money management! And as always, if you have any questions please call in and speak with one of our friendly customer service representatives. We’re here to help you!

 

Do you have an idea for a future “Did You Know” featured segment? Leave us a comment! If  your idea is featured, we’ll credit your Greyhound Channel wagering account with $2 as our way of saying thank you. We’d love to hear from you!

The 2016 NGA Spring Meet

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This week the National Greyhound Association launched their 2016 Spring Meet. The NGA is a voluntary non-profit association that acts as the sole registry for racing greyhounds on the North American continent. They conduct two auction events every year, the Fall Meet and the Spring Meet.

The NGA Spring Meet began on Monday, April 25 and will finish up on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Greyhound Channel was a proud sponsor of a major stakes race run during the Spring Meet on Thursday, April 28. Since the races are held at the NGA track in Abilene, Kansas, the race video is tough to get (since it’s not simulcast like traditional racetracks). We were able to locate the video though! Check it out:

Gary Guccione, Greyhound Hall of Fame inductee and Executive Director and contributor for the NGA, wrote a greyt article detailing the Spring Meet agenda:

“Thirteen stakes are scheduled for the Track Stakes, as 319 pups have been entered in the semi-annual event. Of those entries, 277 are consigned to the Pup Auction, to be held later in the week as the Meet’s final event. The Brood Auction, to be held after a portion of the pup sale on Friday night, will feature 26 brood matrons and two artwork items.” You can read the rest of Mr. Guccione’s article for more information on the Spring Meet festivities.

Thursday night NGA Meet attendees celebrated the accomplishments of Donald R. Ryan, this year’s NGA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Mr. Ryan’s grandparents owned greyhounds and operated a farm and a kennel in Massachusetts. Mr. Ryan’s parents had a farm in Abilene, Kansas, where he developed his passion and appreciation for the sport. Following in his family’s footsteps, Mr. Ryan has spent his entire life involved in the greyhound industry. Aside from fostering a lifetime of greyhound athletes, he’s a pillar of strength to the greyhound racing industry and community.

Ryan Farms Kennel has an impressive list of greyhound athletes originating from their BREEZY ANN female line. It was this lineage that the Ryans’ all star pups were produced from: GREAT SON, MANKATO, MOLOTOV (2007 Hall of Famer and influential sire), and DOMINATOR (2000 All-America Team Captain, Rural Rube, and Flashy Sir award winner), to name a few.

During the Spring Meet, the NGA awarded two Greyhound Hall of Fame scholarships.

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Army Specialist Jason Dean Hunt. Photo courtesy of Iraq War Heroes.

The Jason Dean Hunt Scholarship honors Army Specialist Jason Dean Hunt (grandson of Hall of Famer Kay Smith). Army Specialist Jason Dean Hunt served 3 and a half years in the military, including a stint in Iraq. He was a courageous soul who was killed in the Ft. Hood, Texas shooting in 2009. He shared in his family’s love for greyhounds. In memory of Jason’s close kinship with greyhounds, a scholarship was created to encourage post high school education for people connected to the sport of greyhound racing.

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Edward J. Keelan (middle), with Dr. Thomas F. Carney and Joseph Carney Jr. Photo courtesy of Seabrook Greyhound Park.

The other Greyhound Hall of Fame scholarship is one dedicated to the Hall of Fame track owner and operator icon, Edward J. Keelan III. The Edward J. Keelan III Scholarship honors the Greyhound Hall of Fame inductee who began his career in greyhound racing back in the summer of 1940, working at Wonderland Park in Revere, Massachusetts. After college and the Navy, Mr. Keelan was involved with Raynham Greyhound Track, where he spent several years in many capacities as an officer, director, general manager, and owner of the track. In 1970 he was elected to be President of the AGTOA for three years, then was elected for three terms as the President of the World Greyhound Racing Federation in 1976. Mr. Keelan continued on to work for the legalization of greyhound racing in New Hampshire and Connecticut, and in the 1980’s, was instrumental in forming the American Greyhound Council. Not only was he passionate about the sport of greyhound racing but he also was a pioneer for greyhound adoption, believing in the importance of the welfare of retired greyhounds. He passed away in January 2007.

Scholarship award recipients are selected each spring by the faculty staff members at Kansas State University. For the first time ever, the scholarship recipients come from the same town and state, and will both be graduating this spring from Abilene High School, in Kansas.

The scholarship award recipients are Brendon Boyd Dalton, who will receive the Jason Dean Hunt Memorial scholarship, and Ashley Collette, who will receive the Edward J. Keelan III Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships were presented on Thursday night, April 28 during the Greyhound Hall of Fame’s ceremony program.

Congratulations to award recipient Donald R. Ryan, scholarship winners Brendon Boyd Dalton and Ashley Collette, as well as everyone involved at the NGA for putting together yet another exciting Spring Meet!

Spotlight: Old Hounds Know All the Tricks

We enjoy presenting stories on current industry events and who’s-who in racing. Our spotlight articles typically focus on the up-and-coming greyhound youths we see making their way through the grades from maiden up.

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We think about the AGTOA 2015 All-America teams, with team captain and 2015 Rural Rube award winner HUSKER MAGIC. Along with her first and second teammates, these greyhounds are all super athletes who have carved their places among the year’s racing royalty.

What’s also rewarding is to witness an athlete who’s been making strides through the years–and subsequently, the grades–while still rocking it on-track. We hope these pups will be as successful as veteran KB’S LIKE A FOX, a white and blue brindle proven sprinter who seems to only get better with age.

“Foxy” is a known athlete who, after nearly 5 years of racing greytness, still continues to impress. Check out the article written by Jeff Prince, the Customer Service Manager at Palm Beach:

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RADER RACING KENNEL’S KB’S LIKE A FOX BREAKS 21-YEAR OLD RECORD!

SCORES PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB CAREER-RECORD WIN #86!

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West Palm Beach, Fl. – Rader Racing Kennel’s KB’s Like A Fox (Team Record* – Whistler’s Annie) accomplished a feat that no one thought would ever happen.

On March 18, 2016, “Foxy” broke the almost 21-year-old record of the legendary Pat C Rendezvous, as he scored his 86th Palm Beach Kennel Club career victory, elevating him to status of the winningest Greyhound in the history of the track.

KB’s Like A Fox, born August 6, 2011, scored his first career victory back on June 22, 2013. That race was contested on the 301-Yard Super Sprint Course and he’s been at home at that distance ever since.

“It was a phenomenal feat. I never thought it would ever happen. I thought it was one of those unreachable records”, said a proud kennel operator Norm Rader. “He wants to run. He likes to run and I’m going to keep letting him do it until he doesn’t want to anymore.”

KB’s Like A Fox is on track to break another Palm Beach Kennel Club record, becoming the first Greyhound in track history to win three track win championships.

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First career win – June 17th, 1993

Last career win (#85) – September 20, 1995

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First Career Win – June 22, 2013

Record Setting Career Win #86 – March 18, 2016 (Active)

On March 18, 2016, “Foxy” broke the almost 21-year-old record of the legendary Pat C Rendezvous, as he scored his 86th Palm Beach Kennel Club career victory, elevating him to status of the winningest Greyhound in the history of the track.

 

Well done: breaking the 21-year record is quite an achievement! Congratulations to Rader Racing Kennel, owner Kenneth Biehle, and all connections! We’re happy to report Foxy’s impressive sprinting talents are still putting him in the money, as recently as April 17, 2016.

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Photo courtesy of Greyhound Data.

Another notable sprinting hound with a long racing career is SILENT POWER (OSWALD COBBLEPOT X SHIRLEY SUGAR), best known during the Multnomah Greyhound Park racing days. SILENT POWER was an electrostatic win monster for owners Paul and Vicki Coombs, having amassed 101 victories from 220 starts while competing in stakes company until his retirement at age 5 and a half years.

SILENT POWER was a sprint champ. He was the winner of the 2002 Multnomah Anthony Amato Memorial Dash and 2002 Multnomah Murray Kemp Classic. He came in 2nd in the 2003 Oregon Bred Sprint Championship; 2nd in the 2003 Murray Kemp, and 2nd in the 2004 Multnomah Wood Village Stake. He was the 2004 Murray Kemp finalist and finished his career with 101 race wins.

We believe KB’S LIKE A FOX gets better with age, just like a fine wine. We look forward to watching him and the other pups continue to bring greyt on-track performances.

 

Thanks to Palm Beach’s Jeff Prince for contributing the KB’S LIKE A FOX article.

Have you witnessed an exceptional up-and-coming greyhound athlete? Share your “hot dog” rising stars with us! If we feature your greyt athlete, we’ll post $2 in wagering credit to your Greyhound Channel account!

The Last Handicapper Standing

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Back again for its third year, the Last Handicapper Standing Stakes Challenge is a popular contest designed to test your handicapping skills. The LHS will have you competing against your fellow handicappers each round to achieve the highest mutuel payout total for WPS over the course of several stakes races.

This contest is all about embracing the challenge of handicapping with the excitement of multiple stakes series. Handicappers new and old have brought out the pens, scratch paper, and programs to figure out which pup will come out on top each qualifying round with the best WPS mutuel payout total.

Throughout the duration of the contest, we’ll be handicapping Palm Beach’s Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes, Southland’s Spring Futurity, Derby Lane’s Gold Trophy Juvenile, Southland’s Razorback Classic, bestbet’s Puppy Stakes, Southland’s Southland Derby, and Derby Lane’s St. Petersburg Derby. Not only will you submit your selection per round on the Greyhound Channel contest site, but you also put your money where your mouth is by placing a $2.00 WPS on your handicapping entry. (Note: the $2.00 WPS bet is required in order for your handicapping entry to count toward the LHS contest. Any entry without an accompanying $2.00 WPS bet for a handicapping selection will not count towards the contest.)

We kicked off the first round of LHS on Wednesday, April 13, which featured the qualifying races of Palm Beach’s Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes round 1 (races 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 15).

Palm Beach – Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes Round 1: Race Number, Winner, WPS Payout

  • Race 4: FLYING RUSSIAN ($19.80, $6.00, $3.40) – Early lead on the inside.
  • Race 6: JS SWEET REVENGE ($8.20, $4.80, $3.80) – Breaks on the inside, all the way.
  • Race 8: JS INSTA GATOR ($25.60, $14.00, $7.80) – Without trouble maintained lead.
  • Race 10: SENTINEL ($5.00, $3.20, $2.40) – Late speed to close the front-stretch.
  • Race 12: KINDA CRUEL RED ($2.60, $2.20, $2.20) – No trouble down the middle.
  • Race 14: BLU TOO ATAREE ($2.80, $2.40, $2.10) – Early speed and lead.
  • Race 15: WIKI RAY DONOVAN ($3.00, $2.40. $2.10) – Box to wire.

As always, you can catch race replays absolutely free under our Watch All Races Live section. (Click on Watch All Races Live then click on Race Replays. Select the track, month, day, and race number and you’re in the action, any time!)

Here’s the Last Handicapper Standing leaderboard as of April 14:

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Seems like something up your alley? You haven’t even seen our contest prizes:

  • 1st Place                         $500.00
  • 2nd Place                       $250.00
  • 3rd Place                        $150.00
  • 4th Place                        $100.00
  • 5th Place                        $50.00
  • Runners-up 6-10          GHC merchandise

Just for playing, every participant will receive 1,000 points for our Greyhound Channel contest site that they can redeem for merchandise! Winners will be based on total overall cash accumulated by the end of the last stakes race listed. In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected by a random drawing. Winners will be notified by email or phone and will be required to wager the total amount awarded to them at least once prior to withdrawal.

It’s not too late to play! The next qualifying round of LHS is tomorrow, Saturday, April 16 at Palm Beach’s Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes Round 2. Then on Sunday, April 17 we have another LHS qualifying round at Southland’s Sprint Futurity Round 1! The last qualifying round of LHS will conclude on July 1, with Southland’s Derby Championship. You can check out the official contest race schedule here.

Be sure to submit your LHS selections via the Greyhound Channel contest site’s LHS enter here link. After submitting your LHS picks prior to the qualifying race, don’t forget to wager your $2.00 WPS to confirm your selection either over the phone with a Greyhound Channel wagering agent, or via our online wagering system.

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Do you have what it takes? Who will be the Last Handicapper Standing?

 

Stay tuned! We’ll be sure to keep the Greyhound Channel contest site, Facebook, and Twitter up-to-date with the latest standings and news. Get in the Action with Greyhound Channel!

April is National Adopt a Greyhound Month!

We hope you enjoyed our April Fool’s Day post with the fake story of the greyhound outrunning the cheetah. We couldn’t help ourselves. While the first day of April is synonymous with pranks and fun, we also celebrate it for another reason.

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We’re adopted! Bandit & Inc were adopted from Greyhound Pet Adoption NW.

April 1, 2016 kicks off the first day of National Adopt a Greyhound Month! These 30 days are dedicated to promoting greyhound adoption and educating the public about our favorite breed.

Is it the sweet smile? Waggy tail? One look and you’ll know: loving greyhounds is easy. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the greyhound adoption process or if you’re looking to add a smiling face to your household, consider adopting a greyhound.

While it’s rewarding for both you and the greyhound, choosing to adopt is a huge commitment. Once you’ve decided to go for it, you’ll need to find an adoption agency or organization to help connect you to your future best friend.

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Where’s a greyt place to start in your search? If you have a greyhound racetrack near you, check with their racing and mutuel departments. Most tracks coordinate with adoption agencies by either hosting an adoption program themselves or by having contact information for local organizations. Most agencies will take the time to get to know you and learn what your expectations are during the adoption process. This screening helps connect you to the best greyhound for your home. There are a multitude of greyhound adoption resources out there that can help point you in the right direction.

The Greyhound Project: Adopt a Greyhound is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to connecting you with information about and promoting the adoption of retired greyhound athletes. Their resources include an interactive map to help you find a greyhound adoption agency near you.

Friends of Retired Greyhounds (FORG) is a 501c3 non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to working with kennel operators and other adoption groups to place retired greyhounds in responsible, loving homes.

Greyhound Pets, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of greyhounds (and greyhound mixes), serving the areas of the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Canada.

As a retired racer, greyhounds have been trained early in their careers to know basic commands. The adoption screening process of most agencies will identify the greyhound’s other personality traits and preferences, which is an important factor in finding your perfect pup. Once matched, be patient with your greyhound during their transition time as much of their routine is changing for them.

As a professional athlete living with their kennelmates to learning the ropes at home with you as a retired couch potato, it may take some time for your greyhound to adjust to all of the new changes. Once the new routine is established at home your friend will be making fast progress to fitting into their new role. And remember, the organization that helped connect you to your new friend is an invaluable resource should you have questions during the rehoming process. Bottom line: never hesitate to contact your agency for guidance.

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#FastFriendsForever: Bandit & Inc

Sometimes the best option is to realize adoption may not be the best fit for you at this time. Instead, have you considered donating your time or money to your local organization or favorite agency? Non-profit volunteer operations rely on the hard work of their volunteers and members, but also on the generosity of the community and industry in the form of donations. Donation and outreach are wonderful ways to help spread awareness during Adopt a Greyhound Month!

 

We highlighted only a few specific agencies to help give you an idea of the dedicated force of people out there working to help greyhounds. We realize there’s a plethora of agencies out there dedicated to helping greyhounds find homes and appreciate everyone’s tireless work. Do you know of other greyt organizations or agencies dedicated to finding forever homes for our retired racers? Let us know in the comments!

 

Spring is Here!

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It seems like it was just yesterday we were cheering everyone on during our Exotic Howliday Jackpot and December Greyt Gifts promotions. Spring has finally arrived and we can’t wait for better weather! There’s nothing like a day of fun in the sun followed by an evening shared with friends, both human and greyhound alike.

The changing of the seasons also means added performances at our favorite tracks. With the increase in action, we can’t help but wonder: what might be in store for us this year? What thrills will we experience this greyhound racing season?

Better weather means more stakes excitement from the tracks you know and love. Currently we’re in the middle of bestbet’s March Mayhem Sweet Sixteen Stakes with Round 2 Part 1 today and Round 2 Part 2 tomorrow, Saturday March 26.

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Every greyt athlete knows how important it is to stretch before a busy day. Our Bonus Bandit prepares for this Saturday’s stakes action by enjoying a luxurious stretch.

Tomorrow is shaping up to be quite the exciting day with plenty of stakes action with international excitement: Saturday is World Cup Day at Meydan Dubai! We will also be following the action during the semi-finals at Naples’ Marathon Championship Stakes; the final round at Tri State in the WVGOBA Juvenile, and the first round of Derby Lane’s Distance Classic! In just a few short weeks Iowa Greyhound Park’s live racing season will be starting up on May 14, 2016!

Be sure to stay on top of it all by viewing our Racing Calendar with post time schedule. You can count on us to keep you up to speed with the latest information.

 

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