Courtesy of Gulf Greyhound
Welcome to the new year of greyhound racing here at Gulf Greyhound Park in 2011. Earning this week’s honor as Greyhound of the Week for the first time in his racing career is Tipp Cityboy (Dodgem By Design – Cashel Fancy) from the Big Water Kennel trained by Sissy Sabell and owned by Pat Dalton.
Tipp Cityboy is no stranger to the racing oval here on the Texas Gulf Coast breaking in back in December of 2008 and the late running style that Tipp Cityboy possesses makes him a threat every time stepping onto the racetrack. In fact, since April of 2009, Tipp Cityboy has spent most his racing career in top grade AA with only an occasional drop into grade A but never below that level. Tipp Cityboy has fared quite well racing against the best competition that the state of Texas has to offer finishing on the paysheet 63 out of 79 times for an impressive 79% in the money record.
Heading into the first half of the twin-trifecta mandatory payout on Thursday December 30, Tipp Cityboy had not won a grade AA race dating back to October 24 and would begin this night in post position #4. As the race began, Tipp Cityboy positioned himself in the middle of the pack and remained that way around the first turn behind early frontrunners KB’s Flaxen and Night Frisco. Heading down the backstretch, Tipp Cityboy closed ground on the leaders moving within one length into perfect striking position. When the field headed for home, Tipp Cityboy made a determined move along the rail and slid past the leaders to win by one length in a time of 31.50 seconds on a wet track.
In his first start of 2011 on Thursday evening January 6, Tipp Cityboy faced a difficult field including 2010 AuRevoir runner-up KB’s Cigar Slam, top grade winner I Dont Remember, and the return of It’s A Reality showing two schooling wins. Sporting the yellow #6 racing blanket, Tipp Cityboy appeared to be in for a difficult evening facing a wall of greyhounds entering the first turn. Showing all of his experience, Tipp Cityboy hugged the rail and maneuvered past some trouble clearing in the third position behind the early speed of It’s A Reality and Brian Greasy heading down the backstretch. Tipp Cityboy drove past Brian Greasy around the far turn and now had It’s A Reality in his sights. As track announcer John Paul Faour called the race, Tipp Cityboy was `swinging to the outside` and roared past a very game It’s A Reality capturing his second consecutive top grade victory in 30.04 seconds.