Greyhound of the Month July/August
by Gary Guccione
Wheeling and Jacksonville provided the stage for our two spotlighted stars this double-issue. But be sure to catch the tail-end of this column for an encore mention of two veteran champs whose pedigrees have been featured in past columns. TMC’s Remedy and Flying Coal City have carried on an incredible on-going duel, one of the very best in recent years.
What an auction steal KB’s Ruckus has turned out to be for purchasers M.G. Porter and George Reich! The brindle male, whelped February 2008, bred, owned and sold by Kenneth Biehle for $4,000 at the Fall 2009 NGA Meet, is now the reigning champ in the $15,000 Panhandle Classic at Wheeling Island, held in June.
The Green/Maupin Kennel youngster, who won the Wheeling event as the favorite, was a Flite II Consolation winner in a February/March Stake in Abilene last October.
KB’s Ruckus is a son of Coldwater Konow-Lil Kaci. Konow is a former All-American (2003) who has now had offspring headlined in this column two issues in a row. (Last time it was with Crispins Place for having won this year’s Hollywoodian at Mardi Gras.) Konow, from the Oswald Cobblepot male line—and the breeding pens of Oscar Henderson and Georgia Medis—was the best of his day at Phoenix Greyhound Park. A career mark of 81 wins in just 109 starts is proof of that.
Coldwater Konow’s dam, Coldwater Cinia is linebred to Sandy Printer—a common ancestor behind Gold Standard and Coldwater Dolly. Konow himself is linebred to Rooster Cogburn, found behind Rooster’s Spur and Red Racer (a daughter of Hondo Monopoly).
KB’s Ruckus dam, Lil Kaci, is by Snow Bow—most noted for having sired superstar Cayman Went—out of Fuzzys Mohican. You’ll find a third Rooster entry behind Snow Bow, through Raising Dust, as well as an entry of Rooster’s brother, Highway Robber (through Beau Boogie) behind Mi Designer. Mohican comes from the classic dam line of Representation (a Hall Of Famer) that’s so prevalent in our stock today.
Another linebreeding item of interest in Ruckus’ pedigree is that fact that the sire lines of both parents go back to Tara Bounder on the very top. Tara Bounder, a President Day son who ruled as one of Derby Lane’s best sprinters in 1973, is the grandsire of Akbar (through Kelton) and of Bara Ray. Downing also shows up twice, as the sire of both Princess Donna and Understood.
Lil Kaci was already a proven producer prior to Ruckus, having some top-grade pups by Lonesome Cry and Tempo Petrocelli. She was from a nice litter (Snow Bow-Fuzzys Mohican) that included Fuzzys Snowman and Fuzzys Snowjob, a Raynham stake campaigner.
Meanwhile, at Jacksonville, a new JGR Puppy Stake champ has been crowned. Lisa Riches’ Paddy Whacker took the June event by an impressive 6 1/2 lengths as the second favorite, for the BJ Kennel.
Lisa, accompanied by husband Doug (a frequent participant at NGA Meets), came all the way from Canada to Florida to witness her first big stakes win in the States.
Paddy Whacker is a July 2008 brindle son of Heart Rumble*-Spicy Candy, bred by the Riches’ Canadian neighbor, Klara H. Lindstrom (Sylvan Lake, Alberta).
Heart Rumble* is an Irish import—but with an Australia sire (Smooth Rumble). Naturally, then, he’s loaded with Aussie’s foundational Temlee blood (three entries in all) and two entries of Waverley Supreme—all that just through Smooth Rumble. Interestingly, another appearance of Waverley Supreme’s parentage (Supreme Fun-Octum) is made through Laurdella Fun, the sire of I’m Slippy, behind Heart Rumble’s dam, Beaming Heart.
Also linebred behind Beaming Heart is Sand Man, who sired Phantom Flash and is also found behind Heartbreak Hill (a maternal granddaughter of Slight Chill, one of those classic dams out of Sand Man-Maythorn Pride, from Pat Dalton’s stock).
Paddy Whacker’s dam, Spicy Candy, is by Jawa Leonas Best-Tom S Calypso. In that pedigree you’ll find four Downings (two on each side), three Kunta Kintes and two Buzz Offs (Ron Beckner’s Hall Of Famer who was also an ancestor in KB’s Ruckus’ dam’s pedigree). In fact, the HB’s Commander-Bara Buzz-Wigwam Wag triangle exists in the pedigree of both this month’s stars.
Spicy Candy, Paddy Whacker’s mom, was a fine racer in her day, running Grade A at Palm Beach, along with a littermate brother. When she “retired” to Canada, she finished third by a half-length in the 2005 Western Canadian Championship at Calida Greyhound Park.
Then came her latest career—that of a successful brood matron.
Paddy Whacker may boast of her Irish, American and Australian bloodlines, but the winning shout at Jacksonville in June was “O Canada!”