Monday, February 28, 2011

Gulf Greyhound of the Week - Nina’s Fire Fly

Courtesy of Gulf Greyhound
Nina’s Fire Fly
 
Once again, we spin the roulette wheel for the 660-yard distance greyhounds at Gulf Greyhound Park as they continue taking turns claiming victory. Now, Nina’s Fire Fly from Libby Racing Kennels has stepped to the front of the line winning back-to-back races to earn the Greyhound of the Week honors.

Since moving to the backside, Nina’s Fire Fly (Flying Penske – C Ya Angel Fire) has been quite successful with three wins and four-second place finishes out of nine starts including this recent two race win streak.

On Friday evening February 18, Nina’s Fire Fly was looking for a positive note after finishing out of the money in his previous two outings. Surprisingly, the fans still made Nina’s Fire Fly the 2 to 1 betting favorite against Bob’s Pearl from LaRosa Enterprises who had won the last two 660-yard distance races. Through the shroud of heavy fog that evening, it was difficult to make out the greyhounds running around the racetrack except for in front of the grandstand. Bob’s Pearl broke to the front once again while Nina’s Fire Fly started making his move from the back of the pack. In the shadows, Nina’s Fire Fly swept around the leaders down the backstretch to take command of the race and eventually win by two lengths.

A gambler’s advantage was set for the eighth race Thursday evening February 24 as only seven greyhounds were in the race. Nina’s Fire Fly drew the advantageous red blanket of the #1 post position facing the same bunch of top grade contenders over the 660-yard course. In a carbon copy of their previous duel, Bob’s Pearl once again broke to the lead only to have Nina’s Fire Fly following close behind. Nina’s Fire Fly caught up with Bob’s Pearl around the far turn and pulled away from his rivals to win by four lengths this time.

Nina’s Fire Fly has begun his racing career in impressive fashion with a record of 33/11-11-1-2. Can Nina’s Fire Fly make it three wins in a row? Find out on March 3 in this Thursday evening’s 10th race as Nina’s Fire Fly faces six other contenders in another shortened field of seven.

NGA News - Wheeling celebrates selections

NGA News - Four all-Wheeling selections have received All-American honors for their accomplishments during the 2010 racing season.
  
Named to the All-American first team were KB's Ruckus (Fast Track Racing Kennel) and Cry Case (Gable Kennel) while WP's Cameo (Charter Kennel) and Gale WW Wanika (Wayne Ward Kennel) earned second team laurels.
  
The awards were announced Feb. 21 at the American Greyhound Track Operators Association conference in Las Vegas.
  
Joining Ruckus and Case on the first team are Flying Coal City (captain), Where's Big Cash, CT Buck Wild, Eds Budby, Yahoo Omar and TMC's Remedy.
  
In addition to Cameo and Wanika, the second team is comprised of NMS Sweet Thing, Look My Way, Prince Of A Guy, Aerial Battle, RJ's Al and Paddy Whacker.
  
KB's Ruckus (59-23-7-6-5), the captain of the all-Wheeling unit, grabbed the attention of the All-America voters with his stakes performances — first in the $15,000 Panhandle Classic, second in the $100,000 Wheeling Island Invitational and fourth in the $15,000 Holiday Sprint. Ruckus also was the track win co-champion with 23 victories and ran in Night Of Stars XXIII.
  
“It's a tremendous honor being named an All-American. I'm elated for Ruckus and his owners,” Fast Track Racing Kennel trainer Louise Strong said.  “I am not surprised, though. He had a fantastic record in stakes races last year.”
  
Ruckus was purchased by George Reich and Lamar Porter, both of Florida, for $4,000 at the 2009 National Greyhound Association Fall Meet.
  
“Lamar (Porter) and I are very happy,” Reich said. “Ruckus had a nice year and hopefully that will continue.”
Porter said being named first team All-American is “quite an honor ... we are very proud of him. I'd say that was a pretty good purchase.”
  
Cry Case (44-22-9-2-4) was victorious in the $20,000 George Kellas Memorial Cup, tying the then-3/8 track record of 37.16. Case won half of his races and his 22 victories were one behind the track win leaders.
For trainer Wayne Piquette, Case's selection marks two straight years he's handled an All-American. In 2009, Gable Sour Cream was honored.
  
“It's awesome, almost unbelievable. I am surprised, but feel Case deserved the honor,” Piquette said. “Case can win from the front or come from behind. He has speed and a lot of heart.”
  
Owner Cameron Younts of Texas also was stunned by Case's selection.
  
“It's a surprise ... the honor's nothing I was expecting. He's done me proud,” Younts noted. “I think the key to his success is his determination. He wants to succeed.”

NGA News - Aerial Battle new Classic leader

NGA News  -  The drama continued in Saturday night's third round of the Sprint Classic.
 

The first heat saw the undefeated betting favorite Odd Inspector, TMC's Pistol and SE's Wired collided in the first turn. Inspector was hit hard and was unable to recover in time and finished seventh to collect one point. Pistol was knocked down and finished last scoring no points. SE's Wired, who ran impressively in round two taking second place points, was forced to settle for sixth place and only two points.
 

Kiowa JSK Gustaf, who was near the bottom with 14 points, upset the field when he overtook Aerial Battle in the homestretch for the win. That victory moved Gustaf into the top five. Gustaf paid $24.80 to win and the superfecta (6-3-7-5) that included Gustaf, Aerial Battle El Mossy Oak and PD Dark Express paid $7,498.20. Aerial Battle's second place points moved him to the top with 36 points that secured him a slot in the March 5 final.
  
Floyd & Porter kennel's M's Free Hand was the betting favorite and the winner in race 10. That moved him into second place just one point behind Aerial Battle, as the two move to the semifinals on Wednesday night. Backwood Cody ran an impressive race closing rapidly from sixth to score second place points followed by Hi Noon Renegade and Kiowa Class King that completed the superfecta. Free Hand paid $$7.40 to win. The superfecta with three of the four favorites paid $758.60 to win. LL's Dormarbuddy and Celtic Dream, who won their round three post in the draw by lot, were crowded early and finished sixth and eighth, respectively. The draw for the semifinal rounds will be held Monday night at 6:30 pm and will be posted on Vera's News immediately following. Below are the current point totals for the semifinalists for the Wednesday night March 1 semifinals in point order.
 
Aerial Battle, Capabal-36 points
M's Free Hand, Floyd & Porter-35 points
Odd Inspector, Charter-33 points
Kiowa JSK Gustaf, Patriot-30 points
Hi Noon Renegade, Nova –26 points
Kiowa Class King, Patriot-24 points
Backwood Cody, Campbell-24 points
EL Mossy Oak, Nova-22 points
TMC's Pistol, O'Donnell-20 points
M's Free Agent, Floyd Porter-20 points
Mohican Mink Mae, O'Donnell-19 points
PD Dark Express, Cal Holland-19 points
Alan Green, Cal Holland-17 points
SE's Wired, Red Oak-13 points
LL's Dormarbuddy, Capabal-12 points
Celtic Dream, D'Arcy-10 points      
by Vera Rasnake

Friday, February 25, 2011

NGA News - Dormarbuddy and Celtic Dream BACK IN

NGA News - This year's Derby Lane Sprint Classic is nothing short of drama, and the draw by lot kept it going.

  
After round two 15 greyhounds with more than 10 points advanced leaving a four-way tie for the last slot that included the defending champion Flying Coal City. Before the draw Flying Skillful, who ran a poor race in round two, was pulled from the stakes leaving two vacancies. The draw by lot was held eliminating Flying Coal City (McAllister) and Magic Finch (Abernathy), but Capabal kennel's LL's Dormarbuddy and D'Arcy's Celtic Dream are back in the game for Saturday night's round three.

Gary Dura - Making the Draw

Making the Draw
From: Friday, February 25 2011
 
What a way to be eliminated.

After the second round of the Sprint Classic at Derby Lane, there was a four-way tie for the last spots in Saturday night’s third round.

Flying Coal City, recently named captain of the All America team and one of the nation’s top greyhounds, was in that mix with Magic Finch, LL’s Dormarbuddy and Celtic Dream.

Last night, the draw was made, and Dormarbuddy and Dream advanced.

I’ve seen ties before in these stakes events, but I don’t remember seeing a four-way mix.

Unfortunately, Coal City won’t be advancing, but that shouldn’t take anything away from the pup. You can see that greyhound loves to run, and how smart he is on the course, weaving his way through traffic to win after win.

We’ll see more of him – and that’s a good thing.

Hollywood goes to 9.4% on WPS

courtesy of "Flashy Pilot" post on Global Greyhounds 
Posted February 25th

Hollywood Dog Track has slashed the takeout on ALL Win ,Place, and Show wagering starting March 3,2011 . The all new amazing rate will be set at 9.4% takeout . At the 9.4% takeout rate , anybody with decent handicapping skills can now take full advantage . The time is NOW to help rebuild the handles at ALL racetracks . This is a bold step in the right direction .

Bigjackpotbetting.com and Mardi Gras Racetrack have been working feverishly promoting Greyhound Racing and the science of handicapping . If you haven't logged into the site before please do as bigjackpotbetting.com supports ALL greyhound racetracks .

In the past 10-15 years the industry has not promoted the sport of Greyhound Racing especially in the arena of handicapping and wagering . Racetracks have promoted getting slots,poker rooms,etc. during this time . The sport of greyhound racing has suffered in the backlash . Now it is time for ALL racetracks to step up and PROMOTE racing . Give something back to the people who have helped you get the Slot Machines, Card Rooms, etc .

Emphasis in the last 15 years has been on greyhound welfare,adoption and you all have done a fabulous job . Now it is time to focus on working the handles back to respectability and keep the same focus on adoption .

Support Greyhound Racing and Hollywood (Mardi Gras) Racetrack on this endeavor .

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ava Previews Hollywood's Hot Box Event - February 26th


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Last Week's Replay - February 19th Eve - Race 6

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NGA News - Odd Inspector revisits Derby Lane winners circle

NGA News - It was a great doubleheader day for owner Linda Jones of KS.  
 
Wednesday matinee (Feb. 23) her star Odd Me (Kiowa Sweet Trey x Odd Logic) left his rivals in a ten-length wake in race 12 recording a 30.16. The new time eclipsed the 30.27 set earlier this year by Flying Coal City. Wednesday night Jones’ Odd Inspector (Lonesome Cry x Odd Micro) was the only repeat winner in the Sprint Classic series that pretty much guarantees him a post in the March 5 final. 

Gulf Greyhound of the Week - Cry Homer

Courtsey of Gulf Greyhound
  
For the second time this season, Cry Homer (Gable Zydeco – Iza DC Classic) from LQK Kennels, Inc. has established a three race-winning streak earning the Greyhound of the Week honors once again. Earlier this year, Cry Homer also won three races in a row on January 8, 14 and 20.

This recent string of victories began on Thursday evening February 10 as Cry Homer was bet down heavily as the 1/5 favorite from the coveted #1 post position. After spending the early parts of the race stalking the frontrunners Fine Cheyenne and WWW Tight Wire, Cry Homer made his move around the far turn to take the lead and would eventually pull away to a 3 ½ length victory.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

AGTOA's All Americans Announcements Recap

The highly anticipated announcement of the 2010 American Greyhound Track Operators Association All-America Team was released on President's Day from Las Vegas where the 2011 AGTOA conference was being held. Derby Lane's dual distance superstar Flying Coal City topped the list as Captain recognized as the best Greyhound athlete in North America.

NGA News - Odd Inspector shines early in Classic

NGA News -  Saturday night (Feb. 19) saw the first round of the Derby Lane Sprint Classic where the favorites were beaten in all four heats.

First up McAllister kennel upset the field in race four with Flying Skillful. The 58-pound female held her own scoring the top points and paying $23.20 to win upsetting the Fall Juvenile and last week's Rotary Governor's champion USS Gazillionair. The second heat in race six saw Aerial Battle and KB's Kazoo go "paw to paw" until the homestretch where it looked like Battle would take the win. Floyd & Porter kennel's M's Free Agent snatched the win away from the bet favorite Aerial Battle at the wire to pay $11.20 for the win. Kazoo was outrun in the stretch and settled for fifth.

NGA News - Dynamic Trent takes PBKC Derby

NGA News - West Palm Beach, Fl. - Rader Racing Kennel's Dynamic Trent handily defeated a top-notch field to win Saturday afternoon's running of the $50,000 James W. Paul 3/8ths Mile Derby.
  
Breaking second from the four post position, Trent easily outrushed the other seven finalists to the first turn to garner the early lead and the rest as they say is now Derby history.
  
Dynamic Trent won by seven lengths in a 660-yard Pat C Rendezvous Course clocking of 37.74 seconds and returning $6.80 to his happy supporters.

NGA News - Wayne Ward Kennel: World Classic Bound

Stan Pawloski, for NGA News - Three Wayne Ward Kennel youngsters are heading South.
Destination: Mardi Gras (Hollywood) Racetrack and the $75,000 World Classic which begins Sunday, March 6.
 
According to trainer Ron Otto, sprinters WW's Cowboys, WW Lonesome Dove and JJ's Goodytoshus left Wednesday, Feb. 16, for Florida.

“Cowboys and Dove are two of the hottest dogs in our kennel right now and Shus is also Grade AA,” Otto said. “It will be a different track, but if they keep breaking the way they have been lately I think they'll do well.”  [read more]

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday - Great Racing This Weekend at Orange Park

GlobalGreyhounds.com -- Highlights from each card, selected by GlobalGreyhounds.com 

Sunday - 2/20/2011

Sunday Matinee we look at the 7th, 11th, 12th, 14th, and 15th races.

Race 7 is an A 550 race where speed is the key to winning on the matinee. So with that being said, we take a bit of a leap here and venture out on the limb with Awesomeofcourse. Loads of early speed in this greyhound, but will it be enough to hold on late? We will see, but if not solid A's Daycare Ron and Scottish Dreamer, along with closer Pehnom Paul, could be in the mood to steal it at the wire. (8-4-6-2)

Race 11 is an A 550 race featuring the tough running speedball Braska Happy. Happy can come out with the best of them and loves to start from the rail. The 3 box is close enough to get things done and rack up her fourth win in six tries, but she must be wary of the DQ pair of La's Gigi and Touch My Hand. (3-1-8-7)

Race 12 is a B 550 race that is all about seeing red. Hanks Marsbar is a one box running, rail hole stealing, determined at the wire, winning machine. Or in other words, he is Chris Carter from the one box, HE JUST WINS! How about 6 wins and 8 quinielas in his last 9 races from here, and that includes two wins in a row. Do I really need to explain it? (1-4-7-5)

Race 14 is a C 550 race that will have a great battle up front, but they might not be the ones who will eventually win this effort. Why? Miss Kate will be just too much in the stretch. I know she hasn't won in awhile, but she is due! Giving her all at the finish, she will eeck out the mortal combat pair of Uss West Coast and Kiowa Mon Elsie. If she does falter, either of the other two might get the nod. SOLID TRIFECTA PLAY - BOX. LOL! (8-7-5-3)

Race 15 is a B 550 race and gets the vote for the come on now award. Clearly Kiowa Top Design is the choice in this effort. He is easily the best talent in the field and gets to start off this race from a great post position. The only thing holding him back is himself. He has to get out and want to win, which he will in B, so count on a big effort today. No delay moving back to grade A as he has won 5 of his last 8 races against this level of competition. (3-6-1-2)


Courtesy of GlobalGreyhounds.com 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Saturday - Great Racing This Weekend at Orange Park

GlobalGreyhounds.com -- Highlights from each card, selected by GlobalGreyhounds.com 

Saturday - 2/19/2011

Let's take a peek at Saturday evening, the 7th, 9th, 11th, and 15th races.
 
Race 7 is an A 550 race that sees a greyhound looong overdue for a win, gets back in the right circle. Hallo Mitch has not been breaking as sharply as he can and in turn he has not been doing what he normally does, WINNING RACES. Tonight from a great rail post, he will be too close too soon not to get it done! Feeling like Sir Charles, It's REBOUND time! (1-7-6-8)

Race 9 is a B 660 race and is set up well for Ethel's Pick. Talk about everything you want! She is down a grade and gets a rail post. DOUBLE BONUS! Remember she won 2 rounds of the stakes from the rail, tonight will be a repeat. Pressing her will be another B standout, Kiowa Vic. Not always tough in A, but in B, he flexes like Schwarzenegger. (2-4-6-8)

Race 11 is an A 550 race where the real Kelsos Spiffy will be standing up once again. This little girl has been on a tear since returning to 550 yards and is looking for her third win in a row and her fourth in five starts. She is the complete package, but here she will have to deal with the DQ duo. The red hot Miss Sylvie and the ankle burner La's Silver. Game on! (6-7-1-5)

Race 15 is an A 660 race and DQ is looking to make it theirs. La's Lucy is hot off a win and is as fast as anyone at the racetrack. The post might be her only hurdle in this race, but if she breaks, forgetaboutit. Akeem is the better posted greyhound and will give his all. Let's not forget the always tough Really Gonnarock and the never out of the money at 660 greyhound, GS Tee Up. This is my kind of way to end a card, with a donnybrook! (7-3-6-4)


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Saturday - 2/19/2011

On to Saturday Matinee where we will look at the 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, and 15th races.

Race 7 is an A 550 race and it's tough to ignore the last race of HS Butane. When I say that the fire has been lit, that just might be an understatment. A box to wire win by almost 10 lengths, enough to get the nod here. Especially since there is no big early speed greyhound to get in his way. If he beats the box, it could be another romp. (5-1-6-8)

Race 8 is a C 550 race that seems to give the advantage from the get go to the 1, Yib Coogan. He loves the rail and gets it here. Another bonus is the 2 is going way wide at the break. Talk about a false start, that is what we have today folks. Oh did I mention last time out in C from this post, YIB WON? I did now! Questions?(1-3-7-8)

Race 11 is an A 550 race and despite the post it's tough to pick against the new track record holder. We all know Paddy Whacker loves the outside, but will make due from the 1 box in this effort. On the outside sits my personal favorite on again, off again greyhound, Mr. Clark. Coming off a win in B, he needs to break, but from an advantages post, 2nd best could be his calling here. (1-8-5-6)

Race 12 is a B 550 race where you need to throw out the lines and look at the posts. Inside is where you betting dollars should lie. Howdoyoulikethat is finally back in the 1 box where he has won 6 of 10 starts and has only finished out of the trifecta once. Right next door, Gm's Cashman, 9 of 12 in the trifecta, including a run of 5 races in a row. SOLID QUINIELA PLAY! (1-2-8-5)

Race 15 is a B 550 race and as we know speed holds better in the matinee's here, so jump baby jump. Kiowa Shag Along is down a grade, gets a post away from the crowd, and is poised to make some noise. All she has to do is remember how to break. She will have early & late pressure today, but should prove tough on top. (8-7-2-6)

Courtesy of GlobalGreyhounds.com 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Packin the Heat Goes Sunday in Race 6

Spotlight Race - Hollywood Sunday 
Late Card Race 6

Packin the Heat took a nasty fall at the end of January - but this amazing greyhound has been back on the track for three schooling races in February. His times and form look as good as ever. 

He races officially in Sunday Night's Late Card - Race 6. This dog has never really had a favorite post position but on Sunday he has drawn the one box - where he has been triumphant and comfortable all season. 

He not only has the fastest sectional times of the entrants in the race but he also has the fastest personal time. While no race is a given it seems to us that The Heat is hungry to get back to business. 
If you can't make it out to the track you can watch all the live action at www.trackinfo.com and www.bigjackpotbetting.com

The doors of the Virtual Clubhouse at bigjackpotbetting.com will open at 7:30pm eastern for the evening card.

Today - Great Racing This Weekend at Orange Park

courtesy of Jacksonville Racing Circuit

Friday we will look at the 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 15th races.

Race 7 is an A 550 and we start off the weekend with a strong brother/sister duel. Advantage to the brother, as Dutch Buckeye is not only a better, strong and faster greyhound, he gets the rail too. If Dutch Amy gets loose early, she could make him work hard for the win. (1-7-3-4)

NGA News - PBKC Derby on Saturday

West Palm Beach, Fl. - Post positions have been drawn and the Greyhounds are set and ready to go for this Saturday afternoon's 80 th running of Palm Beach Kennel Club's $50,000 James W. Paul Three-Eighths Mile Derby.
  
The post time favorite will likely be Rader Racing Kennel's KB's Clear Rock . The "Rock" was the leading point earner in qualifying scoring three wins and one fourth-place finish. Breaking from the outside eight post, this spectacular rail racer may have his work cut out for him should a few of the other early speedsters in the final steal the early lead.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gary Dura, THOnline - Blazing at Orange Park

Gary Dura, THOnline -  Saying he burned up the track might be an understatement.

Paddy Whacker rolled through the 550-yard course at Orange Park Monday night in a track record 30.11

That’s flying.

It was his second start back on the standard course after running in the Orange Park Derby.  [read more]

Gary Dura, THOnline - Greatness, Pure And Simple

Gary Dura, THOnline -  I got to watch greatness run again Saturday night.

When I was checking out Mardi Gras, I noticed that Yahoo Omar is down there, prepping for the upcoming stakes.

Dubuque fans might remember him from 2009, when he won the Kings and Queens.  [read more]

Race Spotlight - Hollywood - Friday Evening Race 6

Friday's Night's Feature Race number 6 on the card is shaping up to be a home grown "Barn Burner" for the Joe Trudden Kennel. 

With three entries in this event, the Trudden Kennel is ready to fire from the one, two and six boxes with three fireballs named Blazing Riley, Alarm Red Nose and Alarm Jolly.  

Blazing Riley on the rail and Alarm Red Nose right next to him in the two hole might burn down house and make it a Trudden Perfecta. 

However lurking out in the six hole is  Alarm Jolly who just happens to be Alarm Red Nose's brother who will be looking to grab a piece of the action and possibly finish off the Trudeen Trifecta. 

The first Post for the Friday Doubleheader is 4:30pm and your can watch wager and win on all the races at www.trackinfo.com and www.bigjackpotbetting.com

Race Spotlight - Hollywood - Friday Afternoon Race 6

Hollywood goes to post at 4:30pm est 
for their Friday Matinee.

Fans will not want to miss the Sixth race a grade TA event which will be the featured race of the card. 

Dairylands Deam goes from post seven and will try to gain an early advantage to hold off hard charging kennel mate LS LaFave also from the Joe Trudden Kennel. 

Another Joe Trudden Kennel entry is number four Pfannys Funyun who could end up laughing at this field if he can secure an early edge. One more hound that could get into the mix is James E. O'Donnell Kennel's entry from the 3 box, Abilene Abby

The Joe Trudden Kennel might just run one and two in this race but then again they might not. 

Don't miss any of the races from Hollywood and watch wager and win on them at www.trackinfo.com and www.bigjackpotbetting.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Race Spotlight - Hollywood - Thursday Late Evening Race 4

Hollywood Greyhound Park
Race Spotlight
Thursday – February 17th – Late Evening Race 4

Hollywood has put together a race not to be missed with the mix of greyhounds running in the 4th race of the Late Evening Card Thursday.

All of the dogs except for one are tried and true and comfortable with the Hollywood Oval. The exception is the 7 dog – Jason Trucker who is a transplant from Palm Beach but has adapted well to not only the Hollywood Oval but to the extra 5 yards in distance as well.

Jason Tucker is showing some impressive sectional times including the fastest one of all of the entrants at a speedy 5.63 seconds. He shouldn't be overlooked when you are handicapping this race.

One of Trackinfo's favorites is also in this race – the 6 dog – O Ya Mr. Ed – aka "The Talking Dog" as we have nicknamed him –  has the fastest time of the bunch at 30.26. Mr Ed has been in the money 8 out of the last 12 starts – impressive. He will also be going for his 2nd win in a row – that also puts him up a grade where the competition will be intense – but with his times – keep him on your list.

All of the dogs in this race are capable of coming out on top and the 30 second adrenaline rush will start the minute the box opens.

If you can't make it out to the track to watch this race be sure to tune into either www.trackinfo.com or www.bigjackpotbetting.com to watch all the action live!

Gulf Greyhound of the Week - BOW Flutterby

Courtsey of Gulf Greyhound
BOW Flutterby
 
After winning a grade A race, BOW Flutterby drew the ideal #1 post position for her running style facing a top grade field including recent winners Craigie Jags and Deadliest Catch on Saturday afternoon February 5. As expected, Deadliest Catch used his tremendous box speed to take the lead and BOW Flutterby was sitting pretty in the second position stalking the frontrunner. When the leaders turned for home, BOW Flutterby dug in deep and raced up the rail to pass Deadliest Catch and win by one length in a time of 30.71 seconds. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dogs rescued from kennel fire at Derby Lane

TBO.com Published: February 15, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG - Trainers and handlers rescued nearly 50 dogs when a fire broke out in a kennel at Derby Lane dog track early this morning.

Handlers managed to get all 45 dogs safely to adjacent kennels before fire crews arrived, said St. Petersburg Fire Rescue District Chief Dean Adamides.

Track Record at Orange Park gets... WHACKED!

from American Greyhounds forum
In Monday's 11th race at the Orange Park Kennel Club, Paddy Whacker (Heart Rumble* x Spicy Candy) set a new TRACK RECORD.

In just his second start back in 5/16's after making the finals of the recently completed ORANGE PARK DERBY, Paddy served notice to everyone of his dual distance abilities.

Chumlee went for 6 Saturday Afternoon

Chumlee lost is race on Saturday Afternoon to stop his attempt at entering the Palm Beach Kennel Club record books - but he has had a fantastic run this year. We are sure to see lots more from this amazing pup.

An exerpt of the press release prior to Saturday's Race:


West Palm Beach, Fl. - Rader Racing Kennel's Chumlee (Yahoo Omar-Flying Exorcist) will attempt to add his name to the Palm Beach Kennel Club record book Saturday afternoon, Feb. 12.

Clear Rock heads PBKC Derby field

West Palm Beach, Fl. - Rader Racing Kennel's KB's Clear Rock handily won his semifinal qualifying race Sunday afternoon and will enter the finals of Palm Beach Kennel Club's $50,000 James W. Paul 3/8ths Mile Derby as the leading point earner and probable race favorite. 

"The Rock" cruised to an easy victory, winning by more than seven lengths in a speedy 660-yard Pat C Rendezvous clocking of 37.80 seconds. Through the four rounds of qualifying, he scored three wins and one fourth-place finish.

2nd Round of the $60,000 Kennel Championship

courtesy of Bluffs Run
by Steve Sigafoose 2/13/11
A sizzling performance by the Boeckenstedt Kennel has vaulted it to the top of the $60,000 Kennel Championship standings following round two on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Bluffs Run.

The Boeckenstedt’s four greyhounds collected 48 points for a two-month total of 74 points. The 48 is just a point short of the all-time month’s best produced in the kennel championship.

A perfect trifecta did the trick for Boeckenstedt. Boc’s Roundem Up won by two lengths with a box-to-wire effort in Grade A; Boc’s Provoker won by three lengths with a box-to-wire run in Grade B and Boc’s Muy Grande won by two lengths after breaking fourth in Grade C. Each win accounted for 15 points in the stakes series scoring system. The Wilhite Kennel moved into second place with a 35-point round for 66 total points. Flying Convex came from behind in the homestretch to win by two lengths in Grade B to pace Wilhite’s day.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sunday Feb 13th at Jacksonville Kennel Club

Sunday - 2/13/2011
Sunday Matinee we end the weekend in fine fashion as we take a look at the 3rd, 7th, 9th, and 11th races.

Race 3 is a M 550 race and if he keeps running like he did in schooling, you better remember the name Rocken Rally. Sure he missed by a length in his first trip, but in his second he won by 14 lengths and put up a time comparable to the grade A's. This one won't be a runaway, at least I think so, as we have the impressive looking Dutch Cruzealong and Lk's Chester also in the mix. (5-2-3-6)

Semifinals - Palm Beach James Paul Derby Sunday

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2011

SEMIFINALS FOR PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB’S $50,000 JAMES W. PAUL 3/8THS MILE DERBY SUNDAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 13!

West Palm Beach, Fl. - The fourth and final round of qualifying for Palm Beach Kennel Club’s $50,000 James W. Paul 3/8ths Mile Derby takes place Sunday afternoon February 13.
Starting with an original field of 40 hopefuls, there are now 16 Greyhounds who have a shot at making the final eight and an opportunity of winning the $25,000 first-place purse.
Rader Racing Kennel’s stake-race veteran KB’s Clear Rock is the current point leader heading into the semifinals, having scored two wins and a fourth-place finish.
Norm Rader and company won last year’s running of the Derby with Bohemian Rhythm (Rhythmless - Bohemian Regent).

Bluffs Run January Recap

Steve Sigafoose, Bluffs Run Greyhound Park -- Picking up where it finished in 2010, Plum Creek Kennel started 2011 at the top at Bluffs Run, leading the January kennel standings with 36 wins and $79,467.30 in earnings. Plum Creek’s depth is impressive, in 184 starts in the month, no greyhound won more than twice. [read more]

Friday, February 11, 2011

Derby Lane Sweetheart Challenge, February 12th

Saturday's doubleheader stakes day at Derby Lane features the 7th annual Rotary Governor’s race in the matinee, and the annual Sweetheart Challenge at night. 
  
Last year Lester Raines kennel’s Cold Sober won the race. This year Raines kennel’s 2010 Fall Juvenile champion USS Gazillionair will represent the kennel. Track handicapper Jim Peake has installed Floyd & Porter kennel’s M’s Free Hand as the 5-2 favorite in the race. Free Hand was featured in the Matinee Idol and was closing the gap at the finish for a respectable fourth. Red Oak’s Broncs drew the outside eight where he is going for three in a row. The Rotary Governor’s race is the sixth race feature Saturday matinee February 12. 

NGA Review: Dream Star Beth: Top of her class

NGA Review -- During the past year, Beth the greyound has been chauffered over 20,000 miles, visiting 35 states plus Washington D.C. and Canada.  Soon, her travel itinerary will expand to include 48 states.  
   
When Mr Keith Dillon sold Beth at the National Greyhound Association's racing stock auction, she brought an impressive sum.  As a racer, Beth lived up to heritage, competing at top-grade tracks.  She started at Florida's Derby Lane and moved up to compete in Grade AA races at West Virginia's Wheeling Downs.  From 2005 to 2007, she raced 77 times with 10 wins, 7 seconds, and 7 thirds. After her racing career was over, Mr Dillon bought her back.
 
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NGA Review: Big Wheels: A ticket machine

NGA Review -- The Gable Kennel sprinter has been a model of consistency at Wheeling Island since shipping in from Lincoln in late 2009.  In 48 starts, Big Wheels has 14 wins, 9 seconds, 12 thirds and 9 fourths-- a 91 percent mark on the pay sheet. 
  
"I wasn't expecting Wheels to be as good as he's turned out to be," Gable Kennel trainer Wayne Piquette said.  "I'm thrilled.  It's a pleasure to have him in the kennel."

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NGA Review: Orozco, Dog Gone, Kwanza capture Wheeling stakes

NGA Review -- While Its Orozco Rose closed the 2010 racing season at Wheeling Island with a surprise victory in the $15,000 Holiday Sprint on New Year's Eve, the two favorites also captured late season stakes races at the West Virginia track.
  
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NGA Review: Cash is king in 2010 win-title race

NGA Review-- Born just two days apart, Where's Big Cash and Flying Coal City put on dazzling display of wins in December to make the 2010 national title finishes one of the most exciting in recent memory...
  
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kelsos Ace High trumps distance time

NGA Greyhounds -- Wednesday night Lester Raines Kennel's Kelsos Ace High (Kelsos Fusileer-Kelsos Picilino) clocked a new season's best time over the 660-yard course edging out the previous 37.31 with a new 37.27 at Derby Lane.
 
Nova Kennel's Hi Noon Maestro (Dodgem By Design -Flying Micheel) held the best time of 37.42 and reset it later to 37.31 for trainer Rosa Gibbs. Maestro was in the lead and put forth a winning effort, but was no match for the charging Ace High who won by two and a half-lengths on Feb. 9. Trained by Ken Lesperance the 76-pound male competes at both the 550 and 660-yard courses and has been the betting favorite five of his past six starts. Ace High is among the top dogs in the Raines kennel being considered for the upcoming Sprint Classic that starts Feb. 19.

Latest on Flying Coal City recovery

NGA Greyhounds - Derby Lane's dynamic dual distance phenom is back on track and ready to defend his title in the upcoming Sprint Classic that starts Feb. 19.
  
Flying Coal City, who captured the Sprint Classic, Fall Sprint and T. L. Weaver stakes along with the 660-yard stakes last yea,r kicked off the New Year by winning the Inaugural last month. Afterward Coal City came off with a shoulder injury. Kennel owner Malcolm McAllister was unsure last month if Coal City would be back to defend his title.
  
"He's back," said McAllister after Coal City aced his schooler in 30.41 by nine lengths.
  
Flying Coal City will have to school one more time since he was off for more than 30 days. The male will be among the McAllister entries in the starting lineup of the Sprint Classic that begins Feb. 19. Flying Coal City will miss out on the two feature races on Feb. 12. The Rotary Governor's race will be in the matinee. Last year Cold Fusion won the stakes. At night will be the Sweetheart Challenge featuring four males vs. four females. TMC's Remedy beat the females and his three male rivals last year for the win.   By Vera Rasnake, at NGA Greyhounds News.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ava Previews Hollywood's Hot Box Event

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