Monday, May 30, 2011

NGA News - Hi Noon Renegade & Aerial Battle seek Memorial Day wins

NGA News -  Nova Kennel's Hi Noon Renegade, winner of last week's Gold Trophy stakes, is seeking his tenth win in a row Saturday night May 28 in race six. Before Renegade seeks to continue his streak, Aerial Battle will go for seven in Saturday's matinee race 10.

Aerial Battle has astounded all with his impressive stamina. The veteran is showing the pups around the oval and will be a favorite in the upcoming T. L. Weaver Memorial. Qualifying rounds are June 1. Hi Noon Renegade is the hottest pup on track and is half Battle's age. Renegade is also a favorite for the stakes and hopes to add a third stakes to his impressive portfolio.

The special Monday matinee will offer an abbreviated 10-race format. Gates will open at 11:30 am. Along with the special matinee there will be Bar-B-Q specials and $250 cash drawing will be held following every race Monday matinee. One entry per person. Monday evening races begin at 7:30 pm.
By Vera Rasnake

Friday, May 27, 2011

NGA News - Futurity finals set

NGA News -  Vince Berland's Flying Star Wars remained the only undefeated World Futurity entry heading into Monday (Memorial Day) afternoon's finals at VictoryLand.

Berland, in fact, has half the field, with Flying Rocca and littermates Tiger Boy and Tiger Up A Tree also making the cut.

Norm Rader has three of the other four entries: Whats Next, Mr Reliable and Chubby. The other entry is David Blair's Bella Incubus, who finished second in points (40 to Star Wars' 48).

The Allen Kennel houses five of the entrants--all of Berland's and Blair's, while the Randy Blair Kennel is temporary home to Rader's trio.

In Wednesday's third and final elimination round, Flying Rocca (Kiowa Sweet Trey-Flying Tessio) was a 3-length winner over Whats Next and Flying Mustaine in the first race, with a 30.47 time. In the second race, Bella Incubus (Kiowa Mon Manny-Bella Ionic) won his second straight race (and once again it was by a nose), coming from off the pace to catch Mr Reliable. His time was 30.09, fastest of the third round. Tiger boy and Tiger Up A Tree were third and fourth.

In the concluding race, Flying Star Wars (Trojan Cruze-Kay Star Steal) continued his winning streak with a one-length victory over Chubby and Ucme Twilite. His time was 30.20.

Monday's stake-race final will bring to a close live racing at VictoryLand, at least for the time being.

NGA News - Aerial Battle marks 60th win

NGA News -  Aerial Battle never ceases to amaze his followers.

The male was named to the 2010 All-America Team II last year and is sure to be submitted again for 2011. He was on track early last year as a contender for the National wins title, as well as a major player over the sprint course. Aerial Battle (Dodgem By Design x Abita Cruzin) was injured in the fall and had to sit out the rest of the year. According to kennel manager Henry Parker the Capabal kennel star's future was uncertain. His injury was a stopper, which many times can be career ending.

Aerial Battle healed impressively for Parker, who saw his star mark a 60th career win at Derby Lane May 25. "He has incredible stamina and I am amazed at him," said Parker. "He was off for 5 months and I wasn't sure how he would handle his return. I am truly amazed with him." Parker also pointed out that Aerial Battle is just one win from being top dog this meet. Sprint Classic & Gold Trophy Champion Hi Noon Renegade (Nova and Flying Carnoustie (McAllister) are tied for the top spot with 19 wins. Aerial Battle is just behind them with 18 wins for the year.

Aerial Battle also won six in a row in the stakes-like race that included dual distance 2010 Triple Crown award winner Flying Coal City (McAllister). Also in the race was Kentucky Fire (Cal Holland) who was the runner-up in last week's Gold Trophy stakes and the dual distance Mohican Mink Mae (O'Donnell) that has been in several stakes finals. Red Oak's RC China Doll recently had her win streak snapped after posting three straight was also featured in the race as well as Kiowa Class King, DV's Leory and Super Betty.

Aerial Battle rocketed out of the box to win easily by four and a half-lengths. Aerial Battle was the betting favorite in the race. Betty (Charter) put forth a super effort as the longest shot on the board finished second followed by Kentucky Fire (Holland) and DV's Leroy (Royal Racing) completing the superfecta.

Aerial Battle is eyeing a fourth birthday in September, but the male shows no signs of slowing down. He has had a competitive year already. He defended his title in the Matinee Idol and was this year's runner-up respectively. He also made a return to the Sprint Classic stakes and was among the elite eight finalists this year. Parker plans on entering Aerial Battle in the T. L. Weaver Memorial stakes. Qualifying rounds are June 1st. The stakes final is June 4th. Aerial Battle boasts an impressive record this year. He has won over half of his starts. His current record is 33/18-7-2-1. Aerial Battle is owned by John Bladen of Oklahoma.
By Vera Rasnake

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - JGR Puppy Stakes 3rd Round breakdown -- For Friday evening May 27th at the Orange Park Kennel Club, we will be looking at the 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th races on the card. The field has been cut down to 4 races for the quarterfinals and we all know the shorter the fields, the more excitement will be had on the racetrack. Every greyhound left in the stakes is just a win away from the overall lead, so points will be at a premium once again in this round. Whoever can get the wins here will put them in a good spot to move on and possibly find a spot in the finals.

So let's look closer at the remaining races in the 2011 JGR Puppy Stakes.

Gs Emma clearly looks like the one to beat in the 7th race. She is the only grade A greyhound in the field and has lived up to her hype so far in the stakes rounds. With a close third, and huge 6 length win in round 2, she is showing her stuff and gets another chance over a weaker field. Tonight she starts out from a familiar post positions, as she comes out running from the 3 box for the third straight time in the stakes. All she has to do is run her race, and the 16 points will easily be added to her total. Rs Bailys Best has surprised so far in the stakes and has closed well in both of her efforts. She was 4th in the first round and just missed winning in the second round. Once again from an outside post position, she should be able to get around without much trouble and find a way to battle up into contention at the finish line. Al E Danny ran a strong second in the first round, but encountered trouble in round two and finish out of the money in 5th. He has proven so far in his career to be a closer and will return to that late driving style once again in this effort. Midtrack is no problem for him as he likes to run on the mid to outside part of the racetrack. If he can stay away from the trouble man, he will contend in the money once again at the wire. Cruel To Be Kind has stepped up her game in the qualifying rounds with a pair of strong 2nd place finishes, including a career best time of 30.95 seconds in her last effort. In both she was positioned nicely on the rail, tonight, no such luck. She will have to overcome the 5 box in order to contend and that will have to be at the start. If she has a shot to keep the hot streak alive tonight, she is going to have to beat the box and come out running in this effort. (3-7-4-5)

Race 10 on the card is way, way, way tougher than the 7th to pick. We have 4 grade A greyhounds and 5 round winners amongst the 8 contestants. So who do you go with? Not only class, but hot running, post position, and overall experience come greatly into play. With that being said, I like the greyhound that hasn't even won yet. LOL! Gs Uncle Harry has just missed in both of his efforts in the stakes and had the unluck of running against the quickest greyhound on each card. His times have been faster than several of the other winning times, but tonight he will make amends. He likes this outside post and do just what he has been doing early on, breaking. From that point on he will be a force throughout and find a way this time around to get up for the win at the finish line. Locall Torino is the veteran of this entire field and showed it in round 1 with an impressive win of the aforementioned Uncle Harry. In round 2 her got into early trouble, but still rallied to finish in the money in 4th. Here he is not in the best box, but he can overcome that with a good break. If he can make the lead and steal enough early on, he has the opportunity to take down Harry for a second time in the stakes tonight. Penrose Samantha is a good closer that likes to race wide and gets stuck inside once again. The only good news about that is that Samantha breaks so much better when she starts from these posts, and in turn, she runs better too. In her last effort from the 2 box she posted up a win before the stakes started. With a 5th and a 3rd place finish in two rounds, she needs all the points she can muster in this effort. Lk's Mystifier is just a green pup that has been holding his own against much more veteran competition in the stakes so far. He has a pair of third place finishes and has shown great closing power in all of his starts. He won his first couple of races before the stakes in impressive fashion, but if he wants to get back there, he is going to have to come out of the box way better than he has been. If he can hit the lid, he might just show the grade A's just what a talented grade C pup can do, upset and win! (8-6-2-5)

Race 11 should be another heated competition as a pair of solid grade A greyhounds could battle it out not only for the early lead, but the win in this effort. This duo clearly has the class edge over the rest of this field, but as we have seen in the first two rounds, that has not meant much. If they both show up, it will be a two way battle for the win tonight. With a bit of an edge is Gs Uncle Henry. In round 1 Henry left no doubt as he dominated a field and won by almost 7 lengths. What makes him tough is that he can come from just off the pace and get it done at the wire if needed late in a race. He likes the rail, but can break and run from almost any post at the racetrack. If he wants to win this one, he needs to show up early, especially if Jl's Dutch Jem gets loose early on. Jem was on fire before the stakes round started with 3 wins in a row, but in the rounds she has cooled of dramatically. She has not come out of the box at all and has finished 3rd twice in distance show efforts. She has failed to show the form that recorded her wins against much tougher fields of greyhounds. Tonight might be the breakout effort we have been waiting for, and trust me when I say, she needs each and every one of those 16 points if she wants to move on. Al E Conner gets a notice here simply because of his closing ability and the fact that he is starting out in the 1 box. All 6 of his comment in the program have one thing in common, they all say that he likes to run on the RAIL, and tonight he gets start from his most beloved place. He has looked good in the stakes too with a pair of in the money finishes, a 3rd and a 4th, and in each his closing speed and shown thru in the stretch. Here he has no excuse not to put up another strong appearance. Penrose Taylor is another strong grade A greyhound in this effort, but he is a bit more streaky than the others top talents in this field. Taylor is hot and cold and as long as he is close early on, he has the heat to burn the competition. If he gets too far behind early on, the polar bears are always welcome to win with him. Just look at the stakes, round 1 he breaks and wins, round 2 no break and a 7th place finish. If he wants a shot to contend, he MUST find his break again, especially from a tough middle post position. (6-8-1-4)

Post should play a major role in the outcome of the 12th and final qualifying race on the card. Penrose Jovial loves to race on the wide side of the racetrack and there is no better starting box than the 8 for him. His inner TIGER comes out and that allows him to break close and give a fierce late effort and post up some wins. He had won back to back efforts before the stakes, but has only managed to secure a 3rd and 4th place finish so far in the stakes. He needs to break thru with a win in this race if he has a chance to move on in the competition. No Moamy is the total surprise in this stakes event. She has really decided that she wants to be taken seriously and has left nothing to chance. She has flow from the starting box and has started to look a bit stronger in the stretch too. Granted she has not faced the toughest in the stakes so far, but a lead is a powerful thing because everyone has to catch you before the finish line. Clearly she will be in the early lead in this race and she will take it to the far turn, but the question is how far does she make it up the stretch before surrendering in this effort? We will have to wait and see. I know bigger things were expected of Jl's Wildchild in the stakes, but so far all he has run is a pair of 4th place efforts. He has had a distinct class edge over each and every field he has faced, but he has yet to show just what he can do against them. Here he gets back to the inside part of the racetrack, and that might just be enough for him to change his luck. He has all the tools to take this race and get back to winning, but will he? Can he? Does he have the need for speed again? Time will only tell. Rocken Rally gets a look here too after a strong win last time out. In round 1 he was out of it early on and finished 7th, but the one box proved to be his savior in round 2. From there he broke close, rushed to the lead, stole an easy lead, and held on at the wire for the win. Repeating that effort against this field, might be tough, but it is possible. The 3 is close to the rail, but he will still have to work to get there tonight. If he can break, he has a chance to get into the mix early and often again in this race. (8-6-2-3)

The semi-finals of the 2011 JGR Puppy Stakes will run on Monday May 30th AFTERNOON, as we only have a matinee performance on Memorial Day. The finalist will be chosen and the posts will be drawn on Wednesday and the finals will run on Saturday June 4th at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Remember we are giving away 1000 hats too, so join us for a stakes and take home a hat to remind you of the great time you had here at the racetrack.

NGA News - Tali Aspen soars

NGA News -  The NGA Spring Meet's top star, SE's Tali Aspen, has already shown that the $35,000 paid for her in the Auction might have been a bargain.

    The November 2009 daughter of Kiowa WW Brother-Time For A Party has been an impressive winner in all four of her Tri-State outings--the last two in Grades M and D.

    Purchased from Penny Wick and Steve Ward by Terry Scott, Tali Aspen won her Maiden race by 7 1/2 lengths in 30.52 on May 16. In her last outing (Grade D), the Tomblin Kennel pup scorched the field by 16 lengths in a 29.88.

    In her first two official schoolings, SE's Tali Aspen won by 11 and 4 lengths, respectively in times of 30.45 and 30.38.

    Tali Aspen won her main-stake at the NGA Spring Meet in the two fastest times of the meet--both 30-flat.

NGA News - Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of May 25)

NGA News - Wayne Ward Kennel's WW's Cowboys has won six out of his last seven Grade AA races for trainer Ron Otto. Kennel-mates WW's Dog Gone has five straight top grade victories, Kiowa WW Devera has won four out of his last five Grade AA trips while Windy Chet (A, AA) and WW Kay Sun (B, A) have back-to-back wins.

A Ray Kennel's Dakotas Alene has five victories and two seconds in his last seven Grade AA races for trainer Joe Palmer. Kennel-mate AMF Ex President has won four out of his last five Grade AA trips.

Vince Berland Kennel's Flying Bloom has captured three out of her last four Grade AA starts for trainer Pamela Webb. Kennel-mates Kiowa Kayla (A, AA) and Flying Walkabout (B, A) have back-to-back wins.

Steubenville Kennel's Kiowa Lazy John has two Grade AA victories in a row for trainer Debbie Schweizer.

Wayne Strong Kennel's Bella Cubanaro has back-to-back Grade AA 3/8 wins for trainer Melinda McCardle.

Lester Raines Kennel's Kelsos Marigold has two wins and two seconds in her last four outings for trainer Joel Roden.

Douglas Kennel's Eye Boogie Oogie has two wins and a second in his last three starts for trainer James Roche.

Plum Creek Kennel's Big Daddy Kane has back-to-back victories (B, A) for trainer Joe Otto.
By Stan Pawloski

NGA News - WTD Joseph & WW's Cherry Cola champs at Dubuque

2011 $2000 Dubuque Inaugral Champion

NGA News - What a way to open the 2011 live greyhound racing season at Dubuque Greyhound Park but with a photo finish for the win in the 2011 $2000 Dubuque Inaugural. WTD Joeseph from the Hardison & Rader Kennel, trained by Brian Webb got out of the box in third place and followed the leaders until the top of the home stretch when he caught fire and caught OYA Minnie to win the race by a nose. OYA Minnie from the Clayton Black Kennel ran a great race by getting out first and leading the race until being caught at the finish line to take second. Third place went to Ridos Johney from the Sweetcorn City Kennel and fourth went to JD Commodore from the Stidham & Stout Kennel.

2011 $2000 Dubuque Maiden Debut Champion

NGA News - WW's Cherry Cola from the Stidham & Stout Kennel trained by Jeff Wilcox ran a perfect race to win the 2011 Maiden Debut at Dubuque Greyhound Park. WW's Cherry Cola came out of the box and grabbed the rail and cruised to the finish to win by 4 ½ lengths. OYA Scout from the Clayton Black followed the leader to take second. It's All About Me from the Hardison & Rader Kennel taking third place and Jax Windsom Cash from the Jackson Greyhound Kennel came from last to take fourth place.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NGA News - Longshots rule at JGR Puppy Stakes

NGA News -  The second round of the 2011 JGR Puppy Stakes was no kinder to the favorites than Round 1. No favorite won a round [..]  [read more]
Round 3 comes your way on Friday Evening May 27th at the Orange Park Kennel Club. The field will be trimmed for this round as 4 races of top quality talent will remain. 
By Kelly Clark

NGA News - Renegade makes history with Gold Trophy win

NGA News -  Nova kennel's Hi Noon Renegade (Dodgem By Design x Bryan's Baby) showed incredible stamina when he won his ninth in a row and collected the win in the Gold Trophy Juvenile at Derby Lane.

Not only did the male win the May 21 stakes his victory set two historic firsts at the 86-year old facility. Hi Noon Renegade became the first Gold Trophy Juvenile champion to have also won the Sprint Classic in the same meet in the 36-year history of the two stakes. The youngster just turned 2-years old last month and may possibly have been the youngest to win the Sprint Classic in March. The results will be forthcoming.

Monday, May 23, 2011

NGA News - Flying Star Wars remains undefeated at Victoryland Futurity

NGA News -  Flying Star Wars remained the only undefeated entry after Saturday night's second round of the World Greyhound Futurity at VictoryLand.

Vince Berland's invader from Derby Lane, racing for the Allen Kennel, sped home to win by a nose Saturday night with the quickest time of the evening--a 30.06 posting. Norm Rader's Mr Reliable was second, followed by Berland's Flying Rocca.

NGA News - Jump N Jive in Bluffs Derby

NGA News -  Beating a nasty line of thunderstorms and a nice field of greyhounds to the finish line, Jump N Jive rallied late in the homestretch to claim the $60,000 3/8-Mile Derby Saturday, May 21, at Bluffs Run.

"That was a tough race," said Plum Creek Kennel trainer Monte Hoopes. "She (Jump N Jive) has had a limited number of 3/8 starts but she likes the distance and she likes breaking from the outside."

Jump N Jive popped the seven box and easily beat the field to the short first turn. Hot on her heels was WW's Saints (Woodall).

Friday, May 20, 2011

2011 Preakness Preview

NGA News - Renegade seeks historic marks in Gold Trophy Saturday

NGA News -  The super Nova star Hi Noon Renegade is seeking a historic mark in Saturday's (May 21) Gold Trophy Juvenile. The 72nd annual stakes will be held in race 8 with an approximate post time of 9:33 pm, est.

Renegade has had full command of the 55-yard oval since his victory in the Sprint Classic in March. The son of Dodgem By Design x Bryan's Baby collected eight in a row in semifinals of the Gold Trophy series. Renegade is also the only undefeated entry in the final. The 70-pound male hopes to score the win and sweep the entire series for Nova Kennel. A win by Renegade in the stakes would also make the Nova the first kennel in the history of the race to "threepeat". They won the race in 2009 with Hi Noon Rembrant, and last year LS Jack Williams won the stakes for Nova.

NGA News - Berland shines in Futurity

NGA News -  With six entries in the three first-round trials of the World Greyhound Futurity at VictoryLand, Vince Berland took home two wins, a second, two thirds and a fourth on Wednesday night.

Berland's winners were Hollywood World Classic champ Tiger Boy and Flying Star Wars.

Tiger Boy (Flying Penske-Flying Exquisite) charged home the victor by a half-length in the first race with a 30.40 time. Second was Norm Rader's Chubby (Switzler Jammin-WTD Daily News), a Grade A winner at Palm Beach. Third was Berland's Flying Rocca (Kiowa Sweet Trey-Flying Tessio), a Grade A from Orange Park. Tiger Boy and Rocca race for the Allen Kennel, while Chubby is out of the Blair Kennel.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

NGA News - Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of May 18)

NGA News -  A Ray Kennel's Dakotas Alene has four wins and two seconds in his last six Grade AA starts for trainer Joe Palmer. Kennel-mate AMF Marionette has back-to-back victories (B, A).

Wayne Ward Kennel's WW's Dog Gone has four straight top grade distance wins for trainer Ron Otto.  Kennel-mates WW Kay Candy has three 3/8 victories in a row (C, B, A) while WW's Risky Rider has two straight 3/8 victories (B, A).

Steubenville Kennel's Kiowa Lazy John has two wins and two seconds in his last four Grade AA trips for trainer Debbie Schweizer. Kennel-mate Friendly Outlaw has back-to-back wins (A, AA).

Cardinal Kennel's Fun In The Rain has three straight victories (A, AA) for trainer Waymon Varner.

C And C Kennel's Mexican Trent has won three out of his last four Grade AA 3/8 races for trainer Patrick Bever. Kennel-mates Elastic Trent has back-to-back Grade AA victories while Appealing Okie has two wins and a second in his last three trips.

Vince Berland Kennel's Flying Bloom has two wins and two seconds in her last four Grade AA starts for trainer Pamela Webb. Kennel-mate Flying Bulla has two straight victories (B, A).
By Stan Pawloski

NGA News - Renegade sweeps series, eyes Gold Trophy final

NGA News -  The super nova star Hi Noon Renegade (Dodgem By Design x Bryan's Baby) swept the Gold Trophy series undefeated to enter the 72nd annual stakes on May 21 undefeated. The 70-pound male collected eight straight and continues to be the leading favorite to win the stakes final.

"He is a true champion," said kennel owner Hans Limmer. "The whole litter is nice, but Renegade is really something special." Limmer also said that "lady luck" has been a big factor in the kennel. Renegade topped the finalists with 64 points.

Cal Holland kennel's Kentucky Fire gave a stellar performance despite offstriding in the far turn. The female racked up a second set of win points and finished second high with 48 points. Renegade and Fire advanced to the final along with four others that include Speedy Sprocket (Royal Racing) 42 points, Kiowa Rousey, (J. E. O'Donnell) 37 points, Kiowa Grand Gary (Patriot) 34 points and D'Arcy kennel's Brother Buck with 31 points.

A three-way tie with 27 points each are Longo and M's Glaze Fancy from Floyd & Porter and D'Arcy kennel's Tortuga Trophy. A draw by lot will be held in the Racing Office Thursday night at 6:30 pm, est to determine which two of the three will fill the final two slots for the 72nd annual stakes. The results along with the stakes final in post position order will be featured on Vera's News immediately following the draw.
By Vera Rasnake

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Just for Fun - Interesting Trivia on Greyhound Racing

  • An average greyhound normally weighs between 65 to 75 pounds.
  • The greyhound is the fastest breed of dog. It can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour and can average more than 30 miles per hour for distances up to one mile.
  • Throughout history, greyhounds have been bred to hunt by outrunning their prey. They were not intended to be solitary hunters, but to work with other dogs.
  • The pharaohs of ancient Egypt rated greyhounds first among all animals as their pets and hunters of choice. Their favorite hounds were known to have been mummified and buried along with them. As proof, pictures of these greyhounds can be found etched on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs.
  • The greyhound is the only canine mentioned in the Holy Scripture. It is cited in Proverbs 30:29-31.
  • In early Arabian culture, the birth of a greyhound ranked second only in importance to the birth of a son. So admired was the greyhound that it was the only dog they permitted to share their tents and ride atop their camels.
  • In 1014, King Canute of England enacted the Forest Laws which stated that only noblemen were permitted to own and hunt with greyhounds. In fact, greyhound racing started in England as a sport strictly for nobility that could not be engaged in by commoners.
  • Many believe that the word “greyhound” is derived from the phrase "greatest hound" because the breed was so highly-respected in Europe. Others claim that it is derived from "Greek hound" because in ancient Greece, the greyhound was the most prized and respected of all animals.
  • In greyhound racing, the dogs are handicapped by grade. When a greyhound begins a racing career, it is classified as a maiden, which means a non-winner. It advances to grade C on its first win and with subsequent wins advances up the ladder to the top grade of A.
  • Most greyhounds begin racing at 18 months of age and continue until they are four years old.
  • Aside from determining the outcome in a photo finish, the plastic muzzle worn by greyhounds protects their nose from injury and prevents them from fighting in the heat of competition.

NGA News - JGR Puppy Stakes at OPKC starts Friday

NGA News -  It's stakes racing time at the Orange Park Kennel Club.  The JGR Puppy Stakes will get under way this Friday, May 20th. The second round will run on May 23rd, the third round on May 27th, the fourth round on May 30, and the finals will run on Saturday Evening June 4th.
This year's race has several grade-A greyhounds entered into the mix and some litters that might even get a couple members into the Elite 8 by the finals.

NGA News - Bluffs' 3/8Mi Derby field set for championship race

NGA News -  Jump N Jive made the big jump in the $60,000 3/8 Mile Derby semifinals at Bluffs Run on Saturday, May 21 to complete the championship field.

Form held in the semifinals as seven of the top eight point leaders heading into the three-race semifinals kept their spots to secure a place in the championship race.

Jump N Jive (Plum Creek) needed the big race and got it. Tied for 18th with 26 points after three rounds, Jump N Jive gave a box-to-wire performance from the seven box, winning by two and a half lengths. That gave Jump N Jive 41 points, good for a tie for seventh and spot in the final run.

NGA News - Hi Noon Renegade does it again

NGA News -  For a seventh straight 550-yard race Hi Noon Renegade (Dodgem By Design x Bryan’s Baby) stole the show with an impressive win. Like the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Team the Nova superstar is sweeping his way through the championship series. Saturday night May 14 Hi Noon Renegade thrilled fans with a come from behind victory posting seven in a row and a third straight in the series. Owned by Charles Haliburton, III of Colorado the 70-pound male is eyeing another major stakes race this year. Renegade celebrated his second birthday a few weeks ago and surprised all with an upset victory in the March Sprint Classic.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

JC's Rosie Wins 2011 Hollywoodian

Track Local - JC's Rosie wins the 2011 Hollywoodian

Track Local JC's Rosie battled to the lead to take the title of 2011 Hollywoodian Champ Friday Night at Hollywood Greyhound Park. She paid $18.40 to win. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hollywood Greyhound Park - Hot Box Event - May 7th

Big Jackpot Betting Webcast Host - Snags HRTV Internship

Chris LaRosa - one of the hosts of's webcasts has snagged a coveted internship this summer with HRTV. 

Chris is a student at the University of Arizona's Racetrack Industry Program (RTIP).  Chris is a native of Tampa, Florida and avid horseplayer,  owner and breeder. He hopes to be an on air commentator/ analyst for HRTV/ TVG someday. 

Let's hope this internship leads to his dream coming true. 

Watch his latest video: Kentucky Derby Preview


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dubuque - The Name Is Julien by Gary Dura

From: Wednesday, May 04 2011

There have been a number of changes this season at Dubuque Greyhound Park.

The short list includes: Signal going out; twin-tri force out dates; naming of the lure.

Yes, the lure now has a name. It’s Julien.

“I figured I would try to make some reference to our city like Waterloo (Greyound Park) did (with Napoleon),” said Racing Director Brian Carpenter via email.

He said he was thinking about giving the lure a name the past few years.

Then, with Dubuque’s signal going out, there were discussions that the betting windows needed to close a bit earlier “to make sure the off-site wagering facilities closed before the race started.”

Derby Lane - Round #1 Gold Trophy Juvenile May 7th

Saturday night May 7 the first round of the coveted Gold Trophy Juvenile stakes will begin. Some of the most recognized greyhound legends took home the coveted prize. Superstars like Rinaker, Share Profit, Perceive, Seeinandbeinseen and K's Broadway stood in previous winner's circle. This year the Nova kennel will again defend their title and seek a hat trick in the stakes. Last year's champion Hi Noon Rembrant and the 2009 winner LS Jack Williams were both Nova stars. The kennel won the Sprint Classic in March with Hi Noon Renegade who is on a current winning streak. The male racked up three in a row April 28. Renegade is the kennel's top choice for this year's Gold Trophy. 

NGA News - Hollywoodian field set

NGA News -  Finals of the $30,000 Hollywoodian are set for Friday, May 6, at Mardi Gras.

Morning-line favorite in the 3/8-mile contest, at 5-to-2 odds, is  James Watson's JC's Rosie, from the Gulf & Bay Kennel. Second favorite, at 3-to-1, is Currier Kennel's Country Peaches, racing out of the Brindle Kennel.

JC's Rosie has two wins and two seconds in her four elimination races. Country Peaches has found the winner's circle in her last three outings.

The eight finalists, in post position order, are:

1. Blazin Wildfire-- Judi Boulton, owner; O'Donnell Kennel
2. Kenbob Calah-- Ken Ryan & Bob Berthelot, owners; Gulf & Bay Kennel
3. Paddy Whacker-- Lisa Riches, owner; O'Donnell Kennel
4. WW's McCoy-- Julia Ward, owner; J & J Calabro Kennel
5. WW's Iceman-- Julia Ward, owner; J & J Calabro Kennel
6. Country Peaches-- Currier Kennel Inc., owner; Brindle Kennel
7. JC's Rosie-- James L. Watson, owner; Gulf & Bay Kennel
8. Flying Berea-- Vince Berland, owner; Brindle Kennel

Both Kenbob Calah and Flying Berea take two-race winning streaks into the final race, which is Friday evening's sixth race at the Hollywood oval.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

NGA News - Shanett leads Futurity final field at Southland

NGA News -  Robert Thorne Kennel's Shanett racked up top point earner honors for the final field of eight heading into the $10,000 Spring Futurity Stakes finals this coming Friday evening, May 6 at Southland Park Gaming & Racing.

Shanett (Rhythmless-Maybix) earned 52 total points by winning three races and finishing third once during the qualifying rounds. The young female has an impressive record of 13 / 9 - 2 - 1- 1 and will likely garner favorite status to win the stakes championship to kick off Kentucky Derby weekend.

K's Bolo (EM's Mac Attack-Do Ya) finished second in qualifying with 2 wins and 2 very close place finishes for a total of 50 points. The Legg Kennel star recently ripped off six straight victories (including the two wins during qualifying) and looks to be threat to take the title as well.

The remaining finalists include:

NGA News - Flyin Carnoustie is top dog

NGA News -  McCallister kennel continues to showcase star after star. Kennel owners Barbara and Malcolm McAllister recently returned after attending the Greyhound Hall of Fame ceremonies where their superstar Flying Coal City received all the North American Greyhound awards for 2010.

Although Coal City has been inactive it hasn't stopped Flyin Carnoustie from picking up the slack. Carnoustie closed out the month of April collecting a 17th win this year in 26 starts with 21 money finishes. He is currently "top dog." The son of Dragon Fire x Flying Snap On has raced impressively this year. Since Valentines Day (Feb. 14) the male has lost only three races through April. He has recorded 14 wins in his past 17 starts. On his way to the top Carnoustie stalked Kelsos Ace High on the leader board and was already closing in on him when Ace sustained a minor injury during Distance Classic competition.

NGA News - Bluffs Run's 3/8-Mile Derby Preview & April Roundup

NGA News -  Defending champion I'll Grantuawish (Plum Creek) leads the field of 96 greyhounds as the $60,000 3/8-Mile Derby begins at Bluffs Run on Tuesday, May 3.

Twelve of Tuesday's 15 races will be first-round Derby races. Here's a look at some of the races with highlighted greyhounds.  [read more]

The greyhounds will return Friday, May 6, for the second round. After the second round, the field will be cut in half for the Wednesday, May 11, quarterfinals. The semifinals, with 24 greyhounds, are set for Saturday, May 14.

The championship race is Saturday, May 21.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Greyhound Handicapping: Do Tip Sheets Pick Winners?

by Eb Netr

You’ve seen them. Those one-sheet wonders that you can buy for a buck at the gate. Or maybe there are “selections” printed at the bottom of the programs from one or more tipsters. 

Everybody looks at them, but do people really bet them? Some do.

Should you bet them? Well, I wouldn’t recommend blindly betting every dog that tip sheets pick, but I do think that you should pay attention to them for a couple of reasons.

1. The crowd bets the tip sheet picks. If you see what the tip sheet picks are as you go over your program, you’ll know in advance who the favorites are likely to be. This can help you decide whether a dog is going to pay if it comes in.

NGA News - OPKC weekend update; welcomes new kennel

NGA News - Updates out of Orange Park Kennel Club:

Orange Park welcomes new kennel 

The Lashmet Kennel owned by John Lasmet of Ft. Lupton Colorado has begun racing at the Orange Park Kennel Club.

John has been a breeder of Greyhounds on his Colorado farm for many years.  Currently he is raising over 200 puppies a year which will give him a steady supply of Greyhounds to be very competitive here at Orange Park.  John will be taking the place of the Stacey Blanch Kennel.

Paddy Whacker reaches Hollywoodian finals

NGA News - Spring Meet: Race results & final auction results

NGA News - National Greyhound Association has posted the link below containing the race results and final auction results from the Spring Meet 2011.
Race and Auction results.PDF