Blog Spotlight: Retirement Party Held for Kinda Cruel Red by Stan Pawloski

Kinda Cruel Red had a spectacular two years of racing at Wheeling Island in 2016-17.

The All-American sprinter, who was retired in December 2017, was recognized with a retirement party in early March at the Wheeling racetrack. Kinda Cruel Red mingled with his fans and the celebration included cupcakes and a T-shirt giveaway.

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Owned by Monte Jacobs of Kansas, Kinda Cruel Red raced out of the Jacobs Racing Kennel at Wheeling and was trained by Louise Strong.

“He (Kinda Cruel Red) loved every minute of it. He loves being around people,” Jacobs said. “I think the fans had a good time too meeting Perry (Kinda Cruel Red’s kennel name). I would like to thank Wheeling Island for having the retirement celebration for him.”

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The All-American sprinter makes friends with Cathy and Rick Cicero, right, of Portage, PA. Standing from left: Alisha Nichols, Sue Jacobs (Kinda Cruel Red’s owner Monte Jacobs’ mother), and trainer Louise Strong.

Kinda Cruel Red had a banner year at Wheeling Island in 2016 after arriving from Palm Beach in May. In 38 Wheeling starts, the sprinter had 20 wins, 7 seconds, 4 thirds, and 1 fourth.

He had a 6-race and a 3-race win streak, captured 52 percent of his races, and hit the trifecta ticket in 81 percent of his starts. At Palm Beach, Kinda Cruel Red had 7 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, and 2 fourths in 17 trips.

In January 2017, Kinda Cruel Red was runner up by a length to Oaks Maddy in the Daytona 550 national invitational stakes in Florida.

Surrounding the All-American sprinter are, from left, kennel team members Josh Edwards, Alisha Nichols, Dean Ellis, trainer Louise Strong, Chris Perry, owner Monte Jacobs, and assistant racing secretary Lacee Kunik.

After coming back to Wheeling, Kinda Cruel Red had 16 wins, 9 seconds, 6 thirds, and 2 fourths in 43 starts in 2017.

Kinda Cruel Red’s career numbers are mind-boggling – he captured 47 percent of his lifetime starts (51 wins out of 107 races) and hit the pay sheet in a stunning 83 percent of his trips (51 wins, 20 seconds, 13 third and 6 fourths).

Blog Spotlight: Flying Wolf Pack and Magnetic Drive Tabbed for NGA Awards by Jim Gartland

A Southland sprinter and a distance specialist from Naples have picked up the NGA’s annual Awards; Flying Wolf Pack winning the 47th Annual NGA Rural Rube Award as the nation’s top sprinter for 2017, and Magnetic Drive capturing the Flashy Sir Award as the best distance greyhound in the land. Wolf Pack easily outdistanced all vote getters for the Rural Rube and Magnetic Drive edged out Janice Dean for the Flashy Sir in this year’s voting.

Flying Wolf Pack winning the 2017 Festival of Stakes’ Darby Henry Male Sprint

A 2014 son of Flying Lone Wolf-PJ Aces Up, Wolf Pack captured three stake races and made the final of another on his way to winning 30 races and capturing the win title at Southland for the year. He also put together a 10 race win streak against the best in the country and was easily tabbed as the best sprinter in the land. He was also voted Captain of the All American by the AGTOA.

Owned by Vince Berland and racing for the Lester Raines Kennel, Wolf Pack started the year on a slow note winning just twice in his first 12 starts. As stake action picked up however, he put it in gear in time to capture the Hound Madness Championship in March. Next up was the Southland Sprint. After impressive qualifying wins, he was bumped at the break and ran 4th in the final to eventual winner, Bar Gin. After a couple more rough trips and a brief layoff, Wolf Pack came back with a vengeance, reeling off ten straight wins including a victory in the Best of the Best Series. He had two wins in stakes qualifying on his way to a game win in the $150,000 Darby Henry Male Sprint during the Southland Festival of Stakes. He finished out 2017 with 5 more wins giving him 30 for the year. His final stat line for the year was 61-30-9-7-5, almost a 50% win clip. A well deserved award and congratulations to Vince, Raines Kennel and all the connections of Flying Wolf Pack!

Runner-up in the Rural Rube voting was Randy Toler’s RT’s Bo Jangles who raced for Cal Holland at Derby Lane. This son of Kiowa Mon Manny-Penrose Karrie captured the National win title this past year after winning 45 races at the St. Pete oval. He also picked up a couple of stake wins and was named to the All American team as well. He compiled an amazing 71-45-12-4-4 record over the course of 2017 and most likely would have been a shoe in for the Rural Rube in any other year.

Others high in the voting for the Rural Rube were Bob Hardison’s Konomi, Anthony Napolitano’s Janice Dean, John & Bob Hardison’s Bar Gin and Jon Stidham’s JD Implosion.

Magnetic Drive winning the 2017 Marathon Championship at Naples-Fort Myers

Voting was much closer in the Flashy Sir contest. In a very competitive race, six greyhounds received double digit votes and were separated by only six votes in total. In the end Magnetic Drive won out over Janice Dean, Flyin Honor Code, Raiders Bacardi, Red Handed and Ethanol, in that order.

Magnetic Drive is a white and red son of Flying Westover-Johara and is owned by Anthony Napolitano, Jr. His dam, Johara, finished 4th in the final 2017 Dam Standings. He raced for the Brindle Kennel at Naples for the majority of the year. His 2017 campaign at Naples was nothing short of extraordinary. He was dubbed the “Phenom” by the Naples chartwriter based on his many unbelievable performances. His credentials for the year read as follows: Naples Marathon Champion, 2nd in the Naples Derby to Fire Blitzen, track win leader, fastest 3/8ths time of year, fastest marathon time of the year, and AGTOA All American. Overall 2017 record – 47-32-6-1-2.

He began the year on a good note winning his first start on January 1st. From there he would pick up 13 more wins in 18 starts including winning all qualifying rounds heading into the Naples Derby. In the final he lost to Fire Blitzen by a length and a half in a tough, tough race. With the Derby over, he would switch to the 7/16 distance and after a 2nd place finish in his first effort, the “Phenom” would reel off six wins in a row including a victory in the Naples Marathon Championship. During qualifying he ripped off the season’s fastest time for the distance of 42.65.

After winning the Marathon stake he switched back to 3/8ths and would win 10 of his next 12 outings, finishing 2nd and 3rd in the other two. Several of those wins would be by double digit margins including a 10 length win on April 26 run in a time of 38.11, the fastest time for that distance at Naples for the year. Earlier in the season he had won a race by 13 lengths in a time of 38.12, which was the best 3/8ths time until his performance in April. Over the first 5 months of the year he would have win streaks of 6, 4, 6 and 7 at one time or another.

A minor injury required a 3 month layoff and in September he moved on to Flagler, schooling in and winning a couple sprint races before heading to Southland to meet up with the “big boys”. He won his first start at Southland but has since struggled somewhat and is looking to return to his winning form. He won a total of 32 races for the year which is a great feat considering he missed 3 months of year recuperating. Congratulations to Mr. Napolitano, Brindle Kennel and all the connections of Magnetic Drive!

The 47th Annual NGA Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards will be presented at the awards ceremonies program at the Greyhound Hall of Fame on Thursday night, Apr. 19, during the NGA Spring Meet.

View original article via the NGA.

This Week With The Professor: Double Grade Drops

Are double grade drops good bets?
Probably not, with a couple of exceptions. The reason the greyhound is dropping is because he or she is off form because of old age, fatigue, or minor injuries. It is never a good idea to bet a hound that is off form. One exception is a young dog who went up the ladder quickly and was not ready to compete at a higher level; they can return to form quickly. Another thing to watch for is a 7-10 day rest. The trainer has taken time to rest the dog and work with him or her, and they may be ready to return to the form that took them to a higher grade.


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Blog Spotlight: Derby Lane’s Mutt Derby and Palm Beach’s A FUNdraiser Event

It was a beautiful day for Derby Lane’s Mutt Derby on Sunday, February 18th. The Mutt Derby returned last year after a 20 year hiatus, and was so successful that Derby Lane decided to bring it back for 2018. The Mutt Derby gives pups of all breeds and sizes the opportunity to race on the iconic track. With 36 races that included more than 300 dogs and about 2,500 people in attendance, the event was another big hit. While greyhounds were more than welcome to attend the event, they were excluded from the races in an attempt to keep it fair for all the other pups. This allowed participating dogs a chance to show off their own racing skills by running the stretch of the track.

To race, the pups were released by volunteers at one end of the track while their owners awaited them at the other end of the track, giving them the opportunity to cheer for their pup as they raced down the stretch.

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An important aspect of the Mutt Derby is that all proceeds from the event go to Greyhound Pets of America, a nonprofit greyhound adoption organization. As a racetrack partner, Derby Lane’s kennels and trainers works closely with the Tampa Bay location, where many retired greyhounds go to be placed into their forever homes. We loved seeing the photos and video footage of the event and hope to see it return next year for another fun-filled day that supports such a great organization.

Palm Beach Kennel Club also hosted “A FUNdraising Event” on Sunday, February 11th. The event was filled with laughter as those in attendance watched a fun improv show. All proceeds from the event went to Forever Greyhounds, a nonprofit greyhound adoption organization that matches retired racers for homes in the U.S. and Canada.


With Valentine’s Day this month, February is often viewed as the month of love and we are so happy that the greyhound racing community seized that, showing their love for the greyhound athletes by supporting organizations that care for the pups after their racing career. Greyhound adoption organizations do such wonderful work by helping transition greyhounds to home life and bringing joy to the families who are connected with these wonderful pups. If you are interested in adopting a greyhound or would like to get involved, check out the local adoption organization near you.

Blog Spotlight: Leo Stillmock

A greyhound racing fan for most of his life, Leo Stillmock has loved the sport for many years. More recently, Leo took that love for greyhound racing to the next level by owning greyhounds of his own. We spoke with Leo to learn about his journey in the greyhound racing industry and his experiences as an owner.

Visiting Bluffs Run greyhound track as a teenager, Leo was an instant fan of the sport. Though Leo had to watch from the parking lot because of his young age, he enjoyed it and visited the track a lot once he was 18. It was then that Leo knew that someday he would want to own greyhounds of his own. That goal never faded for Leo, who 27 years later, while living in Florida, bought his first pups from Buddy Scitern of C & C Greyhounds in January of 2017. Those hounds began racing soon after in April of 2017. This was a thrill and excitement that instantly had Leo hooked.

Not having experience as an owner previously, Leo partnered with Buddy on all three greyhounds (Leos Larry N Jim, Leos Tammy Jo, and Leos Tv Event). Leo was given the honor of naming the pups and pulled from his experiences as a kid to name them.

“Growing up at the dogs and horses with my dad, uncle, and cousins, they always loved to bet on a dog or horse with someone’s name we knew in it.”

Taking this into consideration, Leo decided that he’d put his name in all three. Leos Larry N Jim was named after Leo’s Uncle Larry and cousin Jim Johnson, who would go to Bluffs Run a few times a month, so he knew he wanted to honor them in one of the pup’s names. Tamara, Leo’s significant other, inspired the name Leos Tammy Jo, and Leos Tv Event is named after a phrase from Leo’s work (a TV event meaning when the news shows something that is played off as really bad when it’s not necessarily the case).

Leo is a hands-on owner, visiting his pups as often as possible to spend time with them and get in on the action. One of his favorite things is washing the dogs down after they race.

“I mean, how much better can it get than to watch your dog run a race and as soon as they come off the track, you are there cooling them off and spraying them down with a hose? I love that.”

Having Leo’s dogs at multiple locations, he has gotten to know many trainers and the staff at the kennels. Ed Trow and Oxbow Trow Kennel, Melissa Lloyd and TLC Kennel, and Casey Alves in Daytona have all been wonderful with Leo’s pups.

“I have spent time with all the people that take care of the dogs and feel really great that they are taking care of my greyhounds.”

Since Leo’s first three pups, he has since owned several more. Currently, he has Ringleader and Trust at Naples-Fort Myers and Tammy has Cotton, also at Naples. Recently, Leo purchased young pups from Bob Crossland and can’t wait to see them tearing up the track when they are a little older. Buddy Scitern did a great job in helping Leo determine the best tracks for his greyhounds to race at. Depending on the dog, certain tracks are better than others. Ed Trow didn’t think one of Leo’s hounds would race well at Flagler or Naples so they tried Daytona for a bit before the pup ended up at Sarasota. It’s often about finding the right fit for the right pup.

Leo loves everything about owning greyhounds, but to him the best part is watching his dogs race. Though money is an aspect to owning greyhounds, Leo explains how you quickly realize that the money doesn’t compare to watching your hounds race.

“There’s nothing that can top watching your dogs run… I don’t have any children so this is the same as watching my kids perform in a Christmas pageant or dance recital.”

Being so involved in each of his pups’ lives, you can get the sense of how much Leo loves his greyhounds. Leo’s involvement also gives him the opportunity to understand his dogs really well. For instance, he knows that Leos Tv Event clicks his teeth and has formed such a special bond with him that he plans on bringing him home with him when Leos TV Event is done racing. The relationships that Leo has formed with his greyhounds makes him love the sport even more and looks forward to being involved in the sport for years to come.

“Owning greyhounds is something I plan to do as long as I am able to. Once you get to look forward to watching your dogs run every week, I can’t think of not doing it.”

We would like to thank Leo Stillmock 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

This Week With The Professor: Race Times – Greyhounds vs. Thoroughbreds

There are a few reasons that a greyhound’s running time is not a major or even an important factor when handicapping a race. 1) The racing surface varies from one day to the next depending on weather or how the track was conditioned by track maintenance. 2) The time will be affected by how the race is run. In a race with a lot of trouble or maneuvering, the time will be slower than a race with no trouble. It is common to see a lower grade race being run faster than a higher grade race because of how the race was run. 3) Early speed dogs will generally have faster times than closers because they do not have to maneuver around dogs during the race. A common saying among top greyhound handicappers is “time is only a factor if you are catching a plane.”

Thoroughbred handicapping is a whole different animal, however. The split times and the final time of a horse race are major factors to consider. If a horse runs too fast at the start of the race, they will have nothing left for the stretch. If, however, the horse is allowed to settle into a slower pace and still have a lead, they are likely to be able to hang on. There are more ways to evaluate splits of the race than I have time for here, but this is just one reason that handicapping greyhounds and handicapping thoroughbreds are totally different.


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2017 Greyhound Racing – A Year In Review

As January is coming to end in the 2018 year, we are looking back at everything really greyt from 2017. Let’s take a journey through those moments in greyhound racing and at Greyhound Channel as we reflect on 2017.


January, 2017: Winner, a retired racer, was officially adopted and added to the Greyhound Channel family, joining Bandit and Inc.


January, 2017: Our Contest of Champions returned, including all the “champions” of our handicapping Track of the Week contest from 2016. Brett U. won, crowning him as our handicapping champion for 2016.


February 19th, 2017: Derby Lane held their Mutt Derby where pups of all breeds were allowed to race on Derby Lane’s track. Greyhounds were excluded from the races to keep it fair. Owners of the pups in attendance and Derby Lane staff had a blast watching all sorts of different dogs run the length of the track. Proceeds from the event, totalling $11,000, was raised for Greyhound Pets of America, a nonprofit greyhound adoption organization.

February 19th, 2017: Palm Beach hosted their fourth annual fundraiser “Out of the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary,” a comedy event full of laughter. All proceeds from the event went to Forever Greyhounds, a nonprofit greyhound adoption organization that matches retired racers to homes in the US and Canada.


March 17th, 2017: The National Greyhound Association announced their 2016 Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards with both awards going to amazing greyhounds racing at Southland Greyhound Park. The 2016 Rural Rube award went to sprinter Oaks Maddy (Pat C Clement – Oaks Gem Brandy), racing for Gloria Dorsey Kennel and owned by Mick Hymes. Distance racer Show On The Road (KC And All – Closin In Onawin) was honored with the 2016 Flashy Sir award, racing for Plum Creek Kennel and owned by David Robinette.


March 27th, 2017: American Greyhound Track Operators Association announced the 2016 All-America Team members. Heading up the team was bestbet’s Seldom Told as the team’s captain. The rest of the 2016 team members included Southland’s Oaks Maddy, Jacksonville’s Need My Moneynow, Southland’s Oshkosh Kid, Derby Lane’s Oya Stan The Man, Derby Lane’s Husker Magic, Wheeling’s Kinda Cruel Red, and Southland’s Boc’s Tony Romo. The 2016 second team consisted of Southland’s Chasmo’s Dutch, Naples-Fort Myers’ Martha Maccullum, Naples-Fort Myers’ Mike Huckabee, Palm Beach’s Ethel Is Here, Naples-Fort Myers’ Joeslittlepebble, Wheeling’s Varoom Esme, Derby Lane’s Lego Andrew, and Mega Revelation.


April 24th – April 29th, 2017: NGA’s Spring Meet took place with over 300 greyhounds and more than 70 races over the course of the event, 130 of which were sold from consignment during the auctions. The meet recognized and celebrated William O’Donnell’s achievements within the greyhound community by awarding him the National Greyhound Association Lifetime Achievement Award during the Greyhound Hall of Fame awards ceremony on April 27th. Two Greyhound Hall of Fame scholarships were also awarded to Myranda Patrick, a resident of Abilene, and Adam Abrams-Flohr from Colorado.


July 15th, 2017: The NGA announced the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees for their Fall Meet. Three great greyhounds, Izz A Champ, Wayside Carol, and Dodgem By Design, as well as racing legend Jack Kahn were announced as the Hall of Fame inductees for the Fall ceremonies held in October in Abilene, KS.


September 9th – September 10th, 2017: The Women of Greyhound Racing annual Facebook auction took place with $3,000 of the proceeds going to The Kansas Greyhound Association for the fight to re-open tracks in Kansas, as well as $3,300 that was given to the Florida Hospital Foundation, specifically for the Eden Spa at the Orlando Hospital location. Eden Spa is the only spa in central Florida with specialty services specifically for cancer patients, including hair enhancements, wigs, headwear, mastectomy and post surgical bras, and forms for women undergoing surgery. Eden also offers outpatient lymphadema massage therapy, ready-to-wear and custom compression garments. From jewelry to breeding to dog accessories, the Facebook auction provided an array of items for everyone as a wonderful way to help support these greyt organizations.


October 14th, 2017: The National Greyhound Association (NGA) concluded their 2017 Fall Meet, which included stakes races of greyhounds up for auction at the meet, Hall of Fame inductions, and a Pup Giveaway. 254 greyhounds were up for auction and raced in the stakes. 11 stakes took place during the meet with organizations as sponsors. Greyhound Channel was happy to sponsor a race, which was won by JT’s Blindnspeed.

Photo provided by Gulf Greyhound Park

December 27th, 2017: Gulf Greyhound Park returned for a 2017/2018 season of live greyhound racing, after ceasing racing for two years. Live racing will continue through February 24, 2018.

2017 brought a lot of greyt greyhound racing action and memorable moments to Greyhound Channel. We would like to thank all of our wonderful readers and customers. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love. We hope you have a wonderful 2018.

This Week With The Professor: Value

A major factor in whether or not you are going to be successful in wagering on greyhounds is getting value for your money. Just having the knowledge of handicapping and being able to pick winners is only half the battle. Getting value for your your wagering dollar is knowing what pools to invest in, depending on the size of your bankroll. If you are a small bettor and have a limited bankroll, I would advise betting into Win and Quinella pools. Dime supers may also be a good play, but don’t bet too much of your money on pools that are more difficult to hit. You will notice I did not mention place and show pools, as they are not good value plays for a serious bettor. The expression is “show pools are for tourists.”

If you have a midsize bankroll, I would advise playing in Win, Quinella, or Exacta pools. You may be able to dip into some Trifecta, or Pick wagers, but keeping your money working for you is important, and going out on a limb trying to hit the big payoff can cause you to run out of cash earlier. If you are lucky enough to have a sizable bankroll, you can dabble into the more exotic wagers without fear of running out of money, and of course have a better chance of winning.

Regardless of which category you are in, the important thing to remember is that you want to get at least a 3-1 return on any race that you wager on. If you have wagered on a race and cannot see a scenario where you get at least that much of a return, then you have not made a wise investment.


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Contest of Champions


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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