Thursday, June 30, 2011

NGA News - Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of June 29)

NGA News -  Charter Kennel's Red Rooster Bonz has won three out of his last four Grade AA starts for trainer Rodney Cooley.

A Ray Kennel's AMF Ex President has captured three out his last four Grade AA trips for trainer Joe Palmer.

Wayne Strong Kennel's Bella Cubanaro has three wins and a second in his last four Grade AA 3/8 outings for trainer Melinda McCardle. Kennel-mate Packin The Heat has back-to-back victories (A, AA).

Gable Kennel's Cry Exxon has two straight Grade AA 3/8 wins for trainer Wayne Piquette.

NGA News - Miracle Man: Racing for a cause

NGA News -  Miracle Man, a March 2009 greyhound out of USS Raceway-HKF Lacey, races out of the Douglas Kennel at Wheeling and is trained by James Roche. He has climbed the ladder to Grade AA. 

Each time Miracle Man goes to the starting box at Wheeling, he's racing for a cause.  Through a generous gesture by Miracle Man's owner Linda Russi, part of the sprinter's earnings go to the Greyhound Pets of America-New Mexico Greyhound Connection.  [read more]

NGA News - Post positions challenge Southland Derby favorites

NGA News -       Post positions were drawn earlier this afternoon for both the championship and consolation races for the $55,000 Southland Derby.  Whether it be by drawing playing cards (as was the case for the consolation), or by opening a set of 4 collectible Derby glasses (as was the case for the championship), there were few that drew “prime” locations for either race.

NGA News - Two undefeateds in Texas Roundup

NGA News -  After the favorites fell to the wayside in the first two races of the second round of the $50,000 TGA Texas Round Up Sprint Championship, Cry Homer of LQK Kennels, Inc. and KB’s Lights Out of K-Rod Kennel held up their part of the deal by winning again to remain undefeated.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NGA News - Hecht Marathon returns

NGA News -  Flagler Greyhound Track, celebrating its 80th birthday this year, is happy to announce that plans have been made for the return of the Hecht Marathon Championship this fall. The last time the long distance stars had a race to call their own in South Florida was the 2005 running of the 7/16ths Mile Stake, which was won by two-time champion Instant Vintage, who was owned by Tina Williams and raced for the DQ Williams Kennel.

The 2011 running of the Hecht Marathon, with an added $50,000 purse for the Final, will be a completely open event with no entry fee and is an attempt to bring back more distance racing that the local South Florida fans have been clamoring for.

With a $20,000 win purse going to the new Champ, and a minimum of $2,000 for just making the final cut, the top distance greyhounds around the country will once again have a race to call their own this October at Flagler Greyhound Track.
By John Regan - Director of Racing

NGA News - Southland Derby Championship's "Elite 8"

NGA News -  Eighty-eight greyhounds began their quests to etch their name in stakes race history at Southland Park Gaming & Racing with a goal to win the Southland Derby Championship.  For an elite group of eight, that dream still remains.  Although not a single greyhound can claim to be unbeaten to this point, the favorite to win the title still resides with the Razorback Classic champion TB’s Final Stand from the Gloria Dorsey Kennel.  Kennelmate Turbo Lennie will head into the Finals with him tied for the points lead at 52 each.

Monday, June 27, 2011

NGA News - Fall Meet schedule; Slack's Best-Of-4 Stake returns..

NGA News -  Details of the NGA Fall Meet complete with schedule & forms have now been posted on the NGA's website, under "The Meets" tab.

The NGA Fall Meet is scheduled for Oct. 10-15 in Abilene. Center-stage will again be the Track Stakes, which will feature opening round on Monday and Tuesday morning (Oct. 10-11), and the Auction at the end of the week (Oct. 14-15). Finals for all stakes will be on Thursday and Friday morning (Oct. 13-14).  Pre-stake schooling gets underway on Oct. 2.

Also on the Fall Meet agenda will be the usual line-up of social events, [read more].

NGA member Steve Schlachter will again sponsor a supplement consolation stake for this Fall Meet, aimed at allowing a box of fourth-place finishers to see second-round (final) action late in the week.

Schlacter's stake will be called the Slack's Best-Of-4 Stake. It will be staged during Friday's finals (Oct. 14) and will feature the six eligible fourth-place finishers with the fastest times from Round 1 (thus from racers that competed either Monday or Tuesday). Steve has contributed $500 for the stake, which will be divided $250 to the winner, $150 to the runnerup and $100 to the third-place finisher.  [read more]  

Additional details of the Fall Meet will soon be posted on the NGA's website and in the July/August Review.  
By Gary Guccione

NGA News - Texas Roundup in full swing

NGA News -  Trainer Cindy Unrein had the troops ready for stakes competition Friday evening June 24 for the first round of the $50,000 TGA Texas Round Up Sprint Championship scoring two victories and one second place finish out of the four heats.

KB’s Lights Out provided the most exciting finish of the evening in race #5 coming from behind to catch DLT Fire Water of Lingle Kennel at the wire by a desperate nose.Atascocita Vigor of Libby Racing Kennels finished one length behind in third while kennel mate Nina’s Fire Fly ran into trouble but still managed to finish fourth.

As a sixteen race winner at Palm Beach, Florida invader Turbo Razor showed his skills cruising to a first round victory in box to wire fashion by six ½ lengths. The outcome was quickly put to rest as the “candy-stripes” of the #7 blanket exploded from the 550-yard starting box to post the fastest time of the night with a 30.08 second effort. SakkaraToppsy of Lingle Kennel chased the winner throughout holding off a late bid from race favorite Rough Hustle of D.Q. Williams Kennel to claim the place position.

The prohibitive favorite leading into this stakes event is 2011 wins leader and 550-yardtrack record holder, Cry Homer of LQK Kennels, Inc. It was by no means “easy” as CryHomer had to dig deep for his best effort to catch speedball KB’s Cigar Slam of K-RodKennel in the eighth race winning by one length in 30.09 seconds. JIT Qn Victoria of Bone Man Racing Kennel ran a huge race stalking the leaders to finish in the show position two lengths back.

DLT Armageddon of Lingle Kennel lit up the tote board in the thirteenth race finale leading every step as the longest shot in the field at odds of 12 to 1. This was the first top grade victory for DLT Armageddon since December 5, 2010 going all the way to win by one length. Adding to the high mutuel prices, grade B Mr. Dakota of D.Q. Williams Kennel took advantage of the #1 post position and was in hot pursuit of the winner at odds of 11 to 1. Post time favorite, Riley Jaymes of LQK Kennels, Inc., raced evenly throughout the race finishing three lengths off the pace in third place.

The second round of the $50,000 TGA Texas Round Sprint Championship takes place Wednesday June 29 with a post time of 12:00 p.m.
Ron Godfroy - GGP Racing Director

NGA News - Storm Rush, Magic Finch win Derby stakes

NGA News -  Derby Lane Vice President Richard Winning made the trophy presentation to Royal Racing Team’s Trainers for Storm Rush (Kiowa Mon Manny x Sizzler Drive) who jockeyed for position to finally wear her rival down for the win in the 85th annual St. Petersburg Derby Saturday June 25. Storm Cloud and Abernathy kennel’s Magic Finch (Lonesome Cry x Bird A Flyin) thrilled fans with wins in the St. Petersburg Derby and Consolation Derby races. Storm Rush’s battle with two-time stakes champion USS Gazillionair who was also the Distance Classic runner-up this year has been the most watched replay from Derby Lane’s website since the race was finalized Saturday night June 25. The 10th race stakes was a two-dog battle from the start with Gazillionair "man handling" the female who rallied for a crafty comeback in the homestretch. Storm Rush powered her way to the front but the 75-pound Gazillionair pushed her to the inside and out of his way. Gazillionair took the lead in the backstretch with Storm Rush putting forth a valiant effort that saw the female storm her way to the outside of Gazillionair and pull away in a four-length victory. Storm Rush gives the kennel their first stakes win. James Hambleton of KS owns Storm Rush and is also the new owner of the Royal Racing kennel that will be changing the name of the kennel July 1. "I really like this female," said trainer Doug Flint, "Her win was not a surprise to me, as I truly felt she was the best distance greyhound in the final." Flint is looking forward to watching the 21-month old female develop. Flying Marvelous was the betting favorite that was cutoff in both turns. Storm Rush paid $11.40 for her win. USS Gazillionair has competed at both distances this year. He was the Fall Juvenile champion in November 2010. This year the male won the Rotary Governor’s race and has now been the runner-up in both major 660-yard stakes this year. OK Barry (Capabal), Magic Smoke (Abernathy), Flying Masago (McAllister), Dancin Rainman (Nova) and Flying Marvelous (McAllister) finished third through eighth, respectively.

Before the tenth race Derby Charter kennel’s Strike Out King was the betting favorite in the Consolation stakes that was held in race eight. When the greyhound’s fired out of the box it was Cal Holland’s speedster Kentucky Fire that shot out on top. She led all the way to the homestretch before Magic Finch, who won the $85,000 Distance Classic in April, overtook Fire near the wire for the title. Finch paid $7.80 to win. "I just schooled her before she ran in the qualifier," said kennel owner Jim Abernathy. "I wasn’t sure if she was totally ready for the stakes, but she did just fine." Finch was pulled a few starts after the April stakes and was laid off for nearly two months. Her second place in the opening rounds earned Finch a slot in the semifinals, but her seventh place finish placed her in the Consolation stakes. Terry and Lisa Haber who own Finch made the trip again for their star female who has littermates racing and doing well at Tri State in WV. Strike Out King (Charter) was the bet favorite from the rail post who finished third followed by Alderson kennel’s Starz Brave One to complete the Superfecta that paid $660.10. Fifth through eighth was Kiowa JSK Gustaf (Patriot), Chugalugger (Magic City-Mighty Fine), Strike It Up (Charter) and Hi Noon Maestro (Nova).
By Vera Rasnake

NGA News - Bluffs Kennel race tightens

NGA News -  The Boeckenstedt Kennel sliced Bean & Stout’s lead in half as the $60,000 Kennel Championship reached the halfway point with the June round on Saturday, June 25, at Bluffs Run.

Trailing Bean & Stout by 15 points, Boeckenstedt’s four greyhounds scored 42 points and now trail the leader 211-204.

L’s Zakarack, a recent finalist in the $60,000 Juvenile Stakes, pulled away for a two-length win in Grade A while Boc’s Mc Diffy rallied in the homestretch for a two-length win in Grade C to pace Boeckenstedt. L’s Fray added a second in Grade D for the kennel.

Bean & Stout had a decent round with 34 points. The veteran PG Tiger, a two-time All-Bluffs Run selection, won in Grade A by two lengths with a homestretch rally for Bean & Stout.

Bartley Corporation moved up a spot to third place with 178 points. Bartley scored 33 points in June. Barts Kasey Lee held on to win by a neck in Grade D to pace the kennel.

Seastrom-Lovely jumped five spots in the standings to fourth with 173 points, thanks to a 39-point effort. Ozark Inman pulled away in the homestretch to win by three lengths in Grade C to pace Seastrom-Lovely.

Hardison had the best round in June, scoring 43 points. Doitforme Chucky and Raizo won for the kennel. Chucky rallied in the homestretch to win by a nose in Grade B. Raizo went box-to-wire with an impressive eight-length win in Grade D.

The seventh round of the Kennel Championship is set for Saturday, July 16.

The standings:

Bean & Stout 211; Boeckenstedt 204; Bartley Corporation 178; Seastrom-Lovely 173; Plum Creek 171;

Mickim 165; Wilhite 162; Blake & Black 159; Petzold 156; Hardison 150;

Harlan Brothers 141; Legg 136; Woodall 126; Keeper-Red Rock 100; River Bluffs 93.
By Steve Sigafoose

Thursday, June 23, 2011

NGA News -- Field set for St Petersburg Derby; TMC’s Pistol fires off three in a row..

NGA News -- The field for the 85th annual St. Petersburg Derby was set after the June 22 semifinals. Capabal kennel’s OK Barry (Bouncing Bucky x Potrs Q Promise) at 25-1 scored an upset victory in semifinals for a guaranteed Derby slot. Capabal’s last Derby victory was in 2004 by PNJ’s Barr. OK Barry paid $56.20 to win over Flying Masago (McAllister) the bet favorite who finished second. Storm Rush (Royal Racing) and Magic Smoke (Abernathy) finished third and fourth filling the first half of the Derby field. Starz Brave One (Alderson), Hi Noon Maestro (Nova), Kentucky Fire (Cal Holland) and Strike It Up (Charter) will compete in the Derby Consolation.

McAllister kennel’s Flying Marvelous (Kiowa Sweet Trey x Flying Midnite) headed the back half of the Derby finalists. The sensational starter compiled her sixth win in just eight career starts. Dancin Rainman (Nova), USS Gazillionair (Raines) and Galway (D’Arcy) finalized the Derby field. Marvelous clocked a 37.43 to win in her box to wire win. Strike Out King (Charter), Magic Finch (Abernathy), Kiowa JSK Gustaf (Patriot) and Chugalugger (Magic City-Mighty Fine) will be featured in the Consolation Derby.

Post positions will be key in the two stakes. The races and posts will be drawn Thursday night and posted on Vera’s News on the Derby Lane home page.

Other news: Wednesday night’s (June 22) eleventh race was as powerful as a stakes race final. J. E. O’Donnell kennel’s TMC’s Pistol (Dodgem By Design x TMC’s Contessa) came out with guns loaded to halt the win streak of Backwood Shyster (Campbell) and score the top grade victory over the win leader Flyin Carnoustie (McAllister) and Capabal kennel’s Aerial Battle. Pistol also kept Sovereign Gold (D’Arcy) and Jack’s Non Stop (Holland) from scoring repeat wins.
By Vera Rasnake

NGA News -- Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of June 22)

NGA News -- A Ray Kennel's AMF Effigy has won four out of his last five starts (A, AA) for trainer Joe Palmer.

Vince Berland Kennel's Flying Lita Ford (AA) and HS Bolt (M, C, B) have won three out of their last four races for trainer Pamela Webb.

Steubenville Kennel's Kiowa Lazy Jay has three wins and a second in his last four Grade AA trips for trainer Debbie Schweizer.

Bussmann-Balakas Kennel's Kelsos Lab Top has won three out of her last four marathon starts (A, AA) for trainer David O'Keefe.

Douglas Kennel's EYE Boogie Oogie has won three out of his last four Grade AA outings for trainer James Roche. Kennel-mate D's Dashfor Cash has back-to-back wins (B, A).

Fast Track Racing Kennel's Slatex Diamond has two straight Grade AA victories for trainer Louise Strong.
Wayne Strong Kennel's Bella Diabolic has back-to-back wins (A, AA) for trainer Melinda McCardle.
Darren Henry Kennel's Braska Paul has two victories in a row (B, A) for trainer Terry Green.
By Stan Pawloski

NGA News -- More auction pup updates; 2 reach Grade A

NGA News -- Two Spring Meet Auction pups, Kells Neon Flash at Palm Beach and KB's Camden at Bluffs Run, completed their rise from Maiden to Grade A in recent days.

Kells Neon Flash (Atascocita Leroy-Too Late), a $9,000 purchase by Bradford Bolton from John Dalton, captured her fifth straight race at Palm Beach on Sunday, June 19. She rushed to her customary early lead then cruised to a 3 1/2 length win in 30.29.

A runnerup finisher in a main-stake at the Spring Meet, Kells Neon Flash now has a 5-1-0 record in just 6 starts for the Steve Gilster Kennel.

KB's Camden (Team Record*-BI's Hunter), a $19,000 sale from Ken Biehle to Green Smith at the April meet in Abilene, won his fourth race in five efforts on Tuesday at Bluffs. Like Neon Flash, he charged to the front early and won easily (by 8 lengths) in 30.08, third fastest time on the program.

Camden, who ran fourth in the same Abilene main-stake final (Oct. 2) in which Kells Neon Flash competed, now has a 4-0-0 mark in 5 outings at Bluffs for the Red Rock Kennel.

SE's Goods, purchased by Green Smith from Steve Ward for $8,000 at the April event in Abilene, won her Maiden race by a length in 30.92 as the sixth race's 2.30-to-1 favorite. SE's Goods' record is now 1-3-0-1 in 5 outings.

    SE's Goods, how races for Red Rock Kennel, is a daughter of Red Ranger-Ozsum Moonmist. She won the Flite 2 December 1 Stake at the Spring Meet.

    Meanwhile at Palm Beach, KB's Harlingen--another Spring Meet sale ($3,500 purchase by Norm Rader and Ed Gardner Jr. from Ken Biehle) drove hard late to finish second in the Grade D eighth race. The daughter of Rhythmless-HH Lexus Lady won her two previous races (Grade J by 3 1/2 lengths and a Grade Maiden by 8 lengths). Her record now stands at 2-1-0-1 in 6 starts for the Rader Racing Kennel.

    KB's Harlingen ran fourth in a Flite 1 Consolation (Aug/Sep Stakes) at the Spring Meet.

NGA News -- Greyhound Adoption Resounding Success at Fulchino Farm

(POMFRET CENTER, CT) – NGA Board member, Frederick Fulchino, held an adoption picnic at his farm on Saturday, June 18, 2011. The picnic, organized by the AGC’s most recent Adoption Person of the Year – Linda Jensen, was a resounding success. In one of the largest attendances for the adoption picnic since its creation in 2008, NGA members, a track operator, adoptive parents, and retired racers for a cookout of burgers, hotdogs, and sausage.

After the tours of Fred’s farm in Pomfret Center the guests descended upon a large tent filled with raffle prizes including (but not limited to) photos that formerly hung in Plainfield Greyhound Park, various puzzles and toys, and an autographed Bruins Jersey by the 2007 team. This effort was another piece of the puzzle that led to the event’s success. All in all over 2,000 dollars were raised for greyhound adoption efforts across the nation.

From 11:00 to 4:00 over 125 people gathered, fighting against the amazing heat of the day to meet new friends and greet old friends. In attendance were Track Operator Karen Keelan who described the event as saying, “The picnic was a phenomenal opportunity to make a difference in greyhound adoption.” And June Bazaar, the former mastermind behind the successful adoption organization at Twin River.

The tours of the farm, the education provided, and the light atmosphere spread the word about greyhound adoption and gave people from as far away as Philadelphia and Quebec the opportunity to meet up with old friends and through the great time strengthen the adoption efforts by Linda Jensen.
By Nick Fulchino

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

NGA News - Southland Derby Qualifying: 1 Remains Unbeaten After 3 Rounds

NGA News -       Forty-eight greyhounds where whittled down to 32 after the third round of qualifying action in the Southland Derby Monday at Southland Park Gaming & Racing.  Four of the five previously undefeated greyhounds also tasted defeat for the first time in the series, including the Razorback Classic winner, TB’s Final Stand.

     The only greyhound to remain undefeated was Jack’s Big Lad (Kiowa Sweet Trey x Leta’s Corvette) from the Legg Kennel.  His three length victory over Tiger Boy and his 31.87 winning time was the fastest recorded in qualifying for the day.

     Yahoo Rader ended up being the last greyhound to make the semi-final round by winning a tie-breaker over fellow Switzler Snokomo (Magic City Kennel) by recording the fastest time over any of the completed rounds.

     The semi-final round is scheduled to take place during the Saturday evening performance on June 25th.  The top eight point getters will advance to the finals on Friday evening, July 1st while the greyhounds that finished 9-16 will earn a spot in the Consolation race to be held that same evening. The complete standings for the remaining greyhounds in this event are as follows:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

NGA News - Turbo pup Porsha wins again

NGA News -  One of the nice "Turbo" pups bred by Ed Gardner, Jr., out of Turbo Penske-Turbo Wind Burn, that competed at the Spring Meet captured her J race at Palm Beach Saturday night in the fastest time on the card.

    Turbo Porsha, who usually demonstrates a strong late kick to hit the board and paysheet, this time broke on top from the 6 box in the ninth race and sailed to a 6-length win in 29.87--best of the program. In her first and only start in Maiden on June 4, she'd won by 7 1/2 lengths.  The win boosted Porsha's young career record to 2-2-0 in just 4 outings.  Porsha, now owned by Norma Rader and Gary Samuels, races for the Rader Racing Kennel.
    While several littermates performed well in Abilene, Turbo Porsha ran out of the money in the opening round--but was a close fourth in that race. She was subsequently scratched in the auction.
    Turbo's parentage is a repeat mating that previously produced an excellent litter (February 2009) that includes Turbo Lennie, who was undefeated after the first two rounds of the Southland 5/16 Derby, which will conclude on July 4.

NGA News - Orange Park Kennel Club review

NGA News -  Orange Park Kennel Club review:

6/20/2011 - Xtremely Fast
While Paddy Whacker is rested up after the great run at Mardi Gras in the Hollywoodian, another greyhound is looking to take his title as the fastest greyhound to grace the Orange Park Kennel Club's racetrack.

On February 14, Paddy Whacker lowered the track record at the Orange Park Kennel Club by a hundredth to 30.11 seconds to set an all time mark, but that was just not quite good enough for him. He was not done just yet and he back that up 2 starts later with another record setting effort. On February 24th he lower his one mark to 30.08 seconds with a 12 1/2 length romp over the competition.

Looking to take over that title is the returning best greyhound at the racetrack, Really Xtreme (Afleet Alex - Xtreme Hustler). This winner of the 2010 Jacksonville Juvenile, a finalist in the 2011 Orange Park Derby, and the winner of the 2011 Jacksonville Sprint Classic, Really Xtreme is clearly the best sprinter at the racetrack and after a 2 month rest, he is back with a vengeance.

Since returning to live racing he has not lost a race, 3 wins in a row, and in each start he has gotten faster, and faster, and faster. His last effort was the most impressive of his career as he dominated from the break all the way to the finish line. He left a grade A field in his wake as he stopped the clock just a tick shy of the fastest time ever recorded over the Orange Park oval. His 30.09 second win by 9 lengths was the second best ever and if the trend continues on, his effort tonight might just be a record setting one.
Don't think that Paddy hasn't notices what is going on. He is back at Orange Park and is itching to get back on the racetrack and show everyone just what he can do, and with the upcoming 2011 James J Patton Silver Cup on the horizon, this dynamic duo could be in store for another great battle on the racetrack.

Both of these greyhounds are Xtreme Talents and it has already been proven that they have track record speed, who every uses it best, could be the winner of the next stakes, and if Paddy wants to get even with a title this year, Xtreme already has one, he is going to have to take down his nemesis in the process.

Congratulation to Lester Raines, Owner Deborah Strickland, DADDY Afleet Alex, and Trainer Mike Gerard for all of Really Xtreme's accomplishments.

Congratulations to Bill and Cathy Lambert, Owner Doug and Lisa Riches, and Trainer Jeramiah Haislip for all of the great things that Paddy Whacker has done so far.

The rest of the year looks bright for the Orange Park Kennel Club and our fans, as the quickest greyhounds of all time should provide us with some more thrilling races as they bid for a shot at the best greyhounds in the country in 2011.

Monday, June 20, 2011

NGA News - Littermates move to Derby semifinals

NGA News -  Trainer Danielle Asbury’s Strike It Up and Strike Out King captured two of the four qualifying rounds Saturday night June 18 for a slot in the Derby semifinals on Wednesday June 22. The 64-pound Strike It Up and her brother Strike Out King (TK Quick Strike x She Dodgin) were race upsets. Both stakes entries are owned by and races with Charter kennel. Strike It Up was the lady in red that went box to wire in 37.31-the fastest time of the night over the 660-yard course. Her brother Strike Out King broke second and nudged out Magic Finch at the wire to win the race by a half-length.

Abernathy’s Magic Smoke (Flying Hydrogen x Magic Bacon Bits) kicked off the qualifiers in an upset come from behind victory in race four to pay $11.00 for the win. Patriot kennel’s Starz Brave One paid $16.20 to place and $11.60 to show and Dancin Rainman (Nova) paid $18.80 to show setting the tone for a night of upsets. D’Arcy kennel’s Galway finished fourth and filled the first of sixteen slots slated for the semifinals.

In race six Strike It Up paid $16.80 for her win over the favorite Flying Masago who finished second followed by Kiowa JSK Gustaf (Patriot) and USS Gazillionair (Lester Raines) that advanced to semifinals. The next heat in race eight was historic, as McAllister kennel’s Flying Marvelous was seeking six wins in her seventh career start. Marvelous made history as the only greyhound in the 85-year history of the stakes with so few starts and she might be the youngest to enter the stakes as well.

Marvelous (Kiowa Sweet Trey x Flying Midnite) was the betting favorite that was crowded early, but put forth a tremendous effort to finish third by three lengths. Strike Out King closed to win the race over Distance Classic champion Magic Finch (Abernathy) that finished second. McAllister’s Marvelous finished third followed by OK Barry (Capabal) to fill four more slots.

The final heat of the night saw Cal Holland kennel’s Kentucky Fire (Dragon Fire x RK’s Tomb Raider) rocket to the lead for her semifinal slot. Nova kennel’s Hi Noon Maestro ran a solid second with Storm Rush (Royal Racing) and Chugalugger (Magic City x Mighty Fine) sliding into the last two slots.

The semifinal for the St. Petersburg Derby will be held Wednesday night June 22. The first four finishers from each heat will become the elite eight in the St. Petersburg Derby stakes on June 25. The remaining eight will compete in the Consolation stakes the same night.
By Vera Rasnake

NGA News - After 2 Rounds in Southland Derby Qualifying, 5 Remain Unbeaten

NGA News -  Eighty-eight original entries were whittled down to 48 after round 2 qualifying action in the $55,000Southland Derby at Southland Park Gaming & Racing after Thursday evening’s performance. Fivegreyhounds remain unbeaten, including the recent winner of the $25,000 Razorback Classic Stakes lastmonth, TB’s Final Stand (Dodgem By Design x Flying Exorcist). The red male standout owned by NormanRader and trained by Gloria Dorsey made noise in the first round of action as well by demolishing a fieldby over 10 lengths and setting a new track record on the Arkansas Course of 31.48.

Other undefeated greyhounds so far include Jack’s Big Lad (Kiowa Sweet Trey x Leta’s Corvette) from theLegg Kennel, KB’s Tuff Kid (Lonesome Cry x Whistler’s Song) from the Gloria Dorsey Kennel, Turbo Lennie(Turbo Penske x Turbo Wind Burn) an invader from Palm Beach also running for the Gloria Dorsey Kenneland Trougelz (Rhythmless x Kiffie), who has come back from a month layoff racing for the Robert ThorneKennel.

The third round is scheduled to take place during the Monday twilight performance on June 20th. Thecomplete standings for the remaining greyhounds in this event competing for a spot in the Finals on July1st are as follows:
By Shane Bolender

NGA News - Bluffs Run Juvenile Stakes Final

NGA News -  The Juvenile final proved a family affair of sorts.

Astarbeyondmagic of the River Bluffs Kennel gave a gutsy performance in winning the $60,000 Juvenile Stakes at Bluffs Run on Saturday, June, 18.  Three times Astarbeyondmagic took the lead, the third in the final strides of the race and then only by a nose. But the Chelsea Wheeland pup, just days past his second birthday, got the job done.

“I’m a little surprised,” said trainer Chris Yochum. “But we thought he had a shot against a tough field.”

Breaking second out of two box, Astarbeyondmagic had to shake off a solid thump from Slatex Vincent (Harlan Brother), who came out of the six box. Magic did and bolted to the lead in the first turn.

“He broke good,” Yochum continued, “the key was that he was able to be in good shape in the first turn.”

Working off the rail, Astarbeyondmagic saw his lead disappear late in the backstretch as P’s Red Seal (Petzold) and Jet Force (Hardison) surged ahead. But, rounding the far turn, Astarbeyondmagic found another gear, he charged back into the lead as the field moved into the homestretch.

However, the race was only beginning.  Bluffs Run’s victory leader, P’s Gibbs (Petzold) was making quite the charge after breaking seventh from the boxes. Coming inside of Astarbeyondmagic, P’s Gibbs nudged ahead as the pair moved deep into the homestretch.  But the champion found one more gear and rallied back to win by a nose in a time of 30.18 seconds for the 5/16 mile.

“Astarbeyondmagic was our first pick to run in the Juvenile,” said Yochum.

The pup won in the first two rounds of the qualifying then finished second and third in the final two rounds of qualifying to make the final. The non-wins in the last two rounds “did not worry us,” Yochum added, “they were enough to keep him in it.  The win means a lot. It’s my first stakes win as a trainer, but it’s the whole kennel that gets it done. My helpers, Mara George and Stacy Gubbles, do a lot. I’m proud of them.”

Astarbeyondmagic moves to 21-10-3-3.

P’s Gibbs is 29-18-3-4 with his second-place finish.

“Too close,” said trainer Brent Roden, “we thought we had won it. He had a couple of bumps and my other greyhound (P’s Red Seal) bore out on him, but he ran good.

“I have no complaints with a second and a third.”

P’s Red Seal, 27-3-8-3, finished one and half lengths back for the third.

Jet Force, 26-8-6-3, took fourth, five lengths back.

L’s Zakarack (Boeckenstedt), 29-9-5-5, who had rallied in the semifinals to earn a berth in the final, went to the boxes as the longshot in the field at 14-1. He rallied from seventh to finish fifth, just a step ahead of Slatex Kayser.

Slatex Kayser (Harlan Brothers), 25-12-3-3, came to the final as the top points earner in the qualifier as he won all four rounds. But Kayser broke sixth and never improved in finishing sixth.

Call Me Peculiar (Hardison), 29-5-7-2, who came into the final still in Grade B, broke last and finished seventh, six lengths back.

Slatex Vincent (Harlan Brothers), 26-5-7-2, broke on top but fell back in the frontstretch and stayed there to finish eighth, eight and a half lengths back.
By Steve Sigafoose

NGA News - OPKC weekend update

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Friday - 6/17/2011

Great racing is on tap once again at the Orange Park Kennel Club this weekend. We have a little bit of everything going on, so if you like the stars, we got you covered. If you like the pups on the rise, we got you covered. If you like the veterans, we got you covered, and if you like the spot plays we have you covered. So tune in, and wager strong this weekend at the Orange Park Kennel Club.

The first races we will look at are the ones for Friday evening. Races 4, 7, 10, 11, and 15.

The 4th race might be a grade D 660 race, but three spot plays stick out to me. Pj's Favor Tasha has won in grade A 660 before and is down 3 grades here with a better post position. La's Reba can close with the best of them and is La's Lucy's sister and don't forget about Bh's Simplyclass. Down a couple grades and enough early speed to lead and maybe win. (3-8-7-1)

Race 7 heads to grade A and the red hot running On The Fly gets the nod. Tough from behind, tougher from the lead, she is too close too early not to win, but she will have to work to get it done. Ship In Showtime Wilber and Raiders Bart are both running off a grade A win in there last effort, and everyone might just have to catch Se's Rodney Red on the lead if they want to win. (6-8-7-2)

Only one name you need to know in the 10, Really Xtreme. Xtreme is the best that the racetrack has to offer up right now and he is firing on all cylinders since returning to live racing. Last time out he flirted with the track record and with another solid break he will make it three straight in this race. Even without the early lead, HE STILL WINS. Play him on top, with the rest. (3-7-2-1)

Race 11 is redemption time for Kiowa Mc Gee. When this greyhound is clear, he is almost untouchable. He has won 4 of 6 races, including a pair from similar post positions, but he has his work cut out for him in this effort. Penrose Jovial put up a 30.37 win by 5 lengths last time out, and hopes for back to back jacks. Let's see who wins out tonight, youth or experience. (7-5-3-6)

Capping off the evening a grade A over 660 with no monsters around. So I'll go with the class, Kiowa Trent Tovi. Only greyhound in the field with an A 660 win showing. Posted well, he will be out around early and find a way to win late. Watch out for Lakeview Lassie too, in her 2nd trip. Loads of early speed and with some help behind, she could be upset minded. (3-8-2-6)

Saturday - 6/18/2011

More fun as the double header rolls on into the night card for Saturday. Here will be page thru the 3rd, 7th, 9th, 11th, and 15th races.

Talented and post take the cake in race 3 of the evening card. Blue Like Froggy is extra tough from the outside and you don't get any wider than the 8 box. In true DQ fashion, look for him to come on strong in the stretch to win, but take notice of Al E Danny and Kiowa Jill Smile. Both are down a grade, fresh off the stakes rounds, and have enough talent to take home a win. (8-2-3-6)

Race 7 is going to be something to watch. Get It Birch is going to make the lead from the outside, but holding on will be a whole different matter. Where's Donna, Big Drama, and Jl's Dutch Jem all have won recently from behind and each and has enough late drive to take home another victory in this effort. Post favors the two inside, but Dutch Jem has something to prove after a lackluster stakes bid. Interesting race, a must see. (3-5-2-8)

Race 9 is another good example of class and speed over the rest. Wp's Lonesumdove has won several races in grade A and gets a good post away from the crowd in this grade B effort. She has great early speed, and when she is on her game, box to wire is a common comment. But can she steal enough to hold on and win this time out? Rck Lightning, JJb Dibaba, and Pat C Manuel will be watching. (7-1-8-3)

Post might be a problem for him in this race, but if recently puppy stakes winner, Gs Uncle Harry breaks, it won't matter at all. Harry is hot name going now, but he has some top talent to contend with here. Posted up solid grade A competitors, Kiowa Adara Art, Gotyourgoodeye, and Vanessa Rousso all have won at the top level of competition. If they get loose early on, any of this bunch could take home the win tonight. (3-5-6-1)

Well what the grade A 660 race lacked on Friday evening, this 15th on the card delivers. Talk about your talent level being high. WOW! Six of the 8 greyhounds in this field have won in grade A in their last 6 lines, some have multiple wins, and one is just an All-American. Here look for Ww's Gucci to rebound from a rough trip with a victory. She is going to have to run down Scottish Dreamer though. This converted sprinter has taken to leading over 660 and almost had her 1st win over the distance last time out. Really Gonnarock is the hottest with back to back wins over almost all of this field, and don't forget Eds Budby won got off the snide last time out with a closing win. (3-5-4-6)

Saturday - 6/18/2011

Saturday Matinee is next and we will look at the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 9th, and 11th races on the card.

Class rules in the 1st race as Miss Kate is down three grades, gets a great starting box, and has enough speed to be around early and take home the win at the wire. Bl Sophie Lou could be a factor too. Moving back from 660 to 550 and down 2 grades with the 1 box, she will be a late threat to the leaders, which just might include Grade Walker. (3-1-2-6)

Puppy battle time in the 3rd race. Maidens heading out for a try at the first win and two stand above the rest. Great looking pups from the top two kennels, Lester Raines, and Willis. Git N Extreme smoked twice in schooling with 3 and 8 length wins, but Gs Kadence was even more impressive last time out with a 12 length romp over the competition. Lookout for the fireworks if they both come to run. (2-6-3-7)

In race 7 you get more of the same as this field is going to have to try and knock Braska Happy off her pedistal. With a good break, a great rush, and a knack for the finish line, Happy has won 2 in a row and 4 of her last 6 starts. She should be able to see the lead again here, and if she does, it's 3 peat time. Trying to threaten will be chaser Gs Grace, Clsoer Lk's Tiara, and break or nothing Rocken Alot. (4-5-8-2)

Race 9 might be a grade B race, but it has grade A talent all over it. Recent stakes finalist, Lk's Mystifier, is looking to find room early, so that she can make a move late and win this effort. Solid in the money play as she has only missed the top for positions once. Who will she have to run down, fellow stakes competitor Gs Stephen. Will speed hold in the matinee? Or, will we be Mystified again? (5-8-2-7)

Race 11 is all about room at the break. Here the edged have advantages as the greyhounds next to them head to the middle of the racetrack. Locall Torino clears early with the 7 headed to the rail, and so does Gm's Cashman as the 2 heads to the outside. Both have stakes caliber talent and it will be on display in this effort. I like Torino a bit more as he has won 3 of his last 5 efforts. (8-1-6-4)

Sunday - 6/19/2011

Sunday matinee will complete the weekends races, so let's look at the 7th, 11th, 13th, 14th, and 15th races on the card.

Tough to pick against a greyhound in his best box, so it's off to the 1 box we go in the 7th race on the card. Cayenne Bighunk loves the rail and head there at the start of every race. Here he starts in red and with a solid break he will be in early control of this race. Can he drive away far enough to hold on again this stout group? Now that is the real question of the day. (1-3-8-6)

Race 11 is a tough nut to crack as several greyhounds could pull of the win if things go their way early on. The rebounders might have the best shot though if things don't so, look at Dutch Hustle. Running well, closing well, and doing well from the rail, here he has the 7 box and that is all he needs to overcome. Gs Shabam gets right where he wants to be, but is up a grade. Fth Tiger Lilly is off a win, but way away from the rail post she covets, and Gs Laney might just be the fastest of this group, but if she breaks too slow, she might just be too far behind to catch up. (7-1-8-4)

Now time for a little pep talk and wake up call in the 13th race for, Mr. Clark. I know you like to run near the lead, I know you can close with the best of them, but down in grade D now? Time to wake up, break and bit, and show this field just what you can do. Forget the post! No speed around you at all. Just come to run and this race will be over early on! Remember they call he MR. Clark! (4-2-7-8)

Race 14 has 3 greyhounds hot off the stakes rounds that are looking to make more a name for themselves at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Watchdasport has just missed in back to back races since exiting the stakes, and so has Al E Conner, but Gypsy Jo And Me did one better as she won her last effort on the front end. All three of these greyhounds have what it takes to win, but the point could really be mute if Kiowa Smedley decides that he wants to run. (1-4-8-7)

Now for the final races and maybe the biggest spot play on the card for Sunday. Gs Emma posted up in a grade B race. She loves the inside and won 2 of the rounds of the puppy stakes from the same 3 box she has in this effort. She has blazing early speed, and being a matinee, she will be able to hold on longer in this effort. I know there are others around here that can break, but none like she can. Out and gone early on for the win today. (3-2-1-5)
By Kelly Clark

Friday, June 17, 2011

NGA News - Magic Finch & Flying Marvelous highlight Derby qualifiers

NGA News -  The races and posts have been drawn for the 85th annual St. Petersburg Derby-the second longest running stakes race in North America. Thirty-two greyhounds have been entered for the June 18 qualifiers. The top four finishers in races 4,6,8 and 10 will compete in semifinals Wednesday night June 22. Among the list of entries is this year’s Distance Classic champion Magic Finch from the Abernathy kennel. Finch was pulled from the active list in April for a minor injury and schooled back just in time for another distance stakes.

The Greyhound internet chat rooms have lit up about McAllister kennel’s Flying Marvelous. She is an impressive newcomer who could steal the show. The phenomenal female has only had six official starts and won five of them. She is seeking a fifth consecutive distance win in the first round. She faces off with Magic Finch in race eight. USS Gazillionair (Raines kennel) that was last year’s Fall Juvenile champion and this year’s Distance Classic runner-up is also competing in the series. Gazillionair was also a finalist in the Matinee Idol and T. L. Weaver stakes this season. He competes in race six Saturday.

St. Petersburg Derby Qualifying
Race 4 Saturday Night June 18
1-Flying Eyelet, McAllister
2-M’s Dream Lady, Magic City-Mighty Fine
3-Jack’s Storm, Cal Holland
4-Magic Smoke, Abernathy
5-Galway, D’Arcy
6-Dancin Rainman, Nova
7-Starz Brave One, Alderson
8-Greta’s Shanghai, Capabal

St. Petersburg Derby Qualifying
Race 6 Saturday Night June 18
1-Strike It Up, Charter
2-Flying Masago, McAllister
3-USS Gazillionair, Lester Raines
4-Ilikeitwithpeach, Red Oak Racing
5-Kiowa JSK Gustaf, Patriot
6-Kiowa Rousey, O’Donnell
7-Daring Diva, Royal Racing
8-Tortuga Trophy, D’Arcy

St. Petersburg Derby Qualifying
Race 8 Saturday Night June 18
1-Magic Finch, Abernathy
2-Backwood Albert, Campbell
3-Flying Marvelous, McAllister
4-Kiowa Fly Army, Patriot
5-Kiowa Sky Selma, O’Donnell
6-Strike Out King, Charter
7-Hammered Tight, Red Oak Racing
8-OK Barry, Capabal

St. Petersburg Derby Qualifying
Race 10 Saturday Night June 18
1-HEL’s Road Dog, Campbell
2-Hi Noon Maestro, Nova
3-Kentucky Fire, Cal Holland
4-TMC’s Jail Bait, O’Donnell
5-Chugalugger, Magic City-Mighty Fine
6-Storm Rush, Royal Racing
7-Upgraded, Lester Raines
8-Kiowa Powerll, Patriot
By Vera Rasnake

NGA News - Two more auction pups win Grade C races Wednesday

NGA News -  Another pair of auction pups from the NGA Spring Meet captured wins in their Grade C races on Wednesday.

Green Smith's KB's Camden, purchased for $19,000 from Ken Biehle in April in Abilene, won a close one (by a head), coming just off the pace, in the eighth race at Bluffs Run for Red Rock Kennel on Wednesday afternoon. The win boosted the record of the son of Team Record*-BI's Hunter to 3-0-0 in 4 outings. Winning time for Camden (who ran fourth in the October 2 main-stake final at the Spring Meet) was 30.87.

Kells Outlaw, a $16,000 sale in Abilene and also a fourth-place finisher in a main-stake final, easily captured his Grade C event at Tri-State Wednesday night. The win pushed the son of Atascocita Leroy-Too Late's record to 2-1-2 in 5 starts.

Outlaw was a John Dalton-sale at the meet, going to Terry Scott, who also purchased the Meet's top sale, SE's Tali Aspen ($35,000--and now in AA). Kells Outlaw, whose sister Kells Neon Flash won her Grade C race at Palm Beach on Tuesday, races for the Tomblin Kennel.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

NGA News - Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of June 15)

NGA News -  A Ray Kennel's AMF Ex President has won four out of his last five Grade AA starts for trainer Joe Palmer.

Vince Berland Kennel's Flying Bloom has three straight Grade AA wins for trainer Pamela Webb.

Ryan Farms Kennel's Echo Of Light has won four out of his first five trips (M, D, C, B) for trainer Mick D'Arcy. Kennel-mate Batt Caste has back-to-back victories (A, AA).

Charter Kennel's Red Rooster Bonz has three wins and a second in his last four Grade AA races for trainer Rodney Cooley.

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

Steubenville Kennel's Kiowa Lazy Jay has two straight Grade AA wins for trainer Debbie Schweizer.

Wayne Ward Kennel's Kiowa Starz Seth (A, AA) and Kiowa WW Romero (B, A) have back-to-back victories for trainer Ron Otto.

Steve Sarras Kennel's Yahoo Utley has two wins in a row (A, AA) for trainer Robert Allen.
By Stan Pawloski

NGA News - Spring Meet auction pups shine

NGA News -  A couple of auction pups from this most recent Spring Meet Auction--both females--continued to perform well in races early this week.

Kells Neon Flash, purchased by Bradford Bolton from breeder John Dalton for $9,000, won her fourth straight race at Palm Beach Tuesday afternoon, nabbing her Grade C race by 7 lengths in a swift 29.71 (second fastest of the program). Once again Kells Neon Flash showed impressive early speed--she's never been headed in any of her official starts at Palm Beach--and was in full command shortly into the race.
The win boosted Neon Flash's record to 4-1-0 in 5 official starts at Palm Beach. The 67-lb. female races for the Steve Gilster Kennel.

Kells Neon Flash was from a standout litter of Atascocita Leroy-Too Late pups at the Spring Meet. She finished second in the October 2 Main Stake in Abilene.

At Tri-State, SE's Tali Aspen finished a gallant second to track win leader and stakes champ Rico's Vermilion in her initial Grade AA race Monday night. The Spring Meet's top star, who sold for $35,000 to Terry Scott, after winning her main-stake in the two fastest times of the meet for breeder Penny Wick and Steve Ward, took an umblemished record of five straight wins into the event, having climbed the ladder from Maiden to AA undefeated, usually winning by huge distances.

SE's Tali Aspen (Kiowa WW Brother-Time For A Party) races for the Tomblin Kennel.

Rico's Vermilion, in running her yearly record to 21-3-2-1 in 33 starts for the Williamson Kennel, took command early from the 4 box in the event and was never challenged. Aspen, from the 8 box, broke with the pack and still had to navigate around a couple of more competitors before securing the place position behind Vermilion.

Vermilion had captured the $35,000 WVGOBA Juvenile at Tri-State on May 7.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

NGA News - Aerial Battle returns with a vengeance

NGA News -  Capabal kennel's Aerial Battle returned with a vengeance after his win streak was snapped at seven in a row. Aerial Battle (Dodgem By Design x Abita Cruzin) who was a Team II All-American in 2010 finished eighth in his qualifying round of the T. L. Weaver on June 1. The 79-pound male made a remarkable recovery this year from a stopper injury last year and is in the hunt for "top dog" status this meet that ends June 30. Aerial Battle returned on June 10th after resting for nine days and won easily from post two on June 10 to record a 62nd career win. John Bladen of OK owns Aerial Battle. The stellar male is currently in third place with 20 wins. Aerial Battle competes in race six Wednesday night June 15 and seeks career win 63.

Battle is just one win behind the historic Hi Noon Renegade (Nova kennel). McAllister kennel's Flyin Carnoustie (Dragon Fire x Flying Snap On) is the current win leader boasting 23 wins of 35 starts and a season record of 35/23-4-3-2. Carnoustie is owned by Vince Berland of KS. Carnoustie also competes Wednesday night seeking four in a row in race eleven.

Other news: Kennels are prepping their stars for the upcoming St. Petersburg Derby. Round one is Saturday night June 18. Royal Racing's Storm Rush has caught the attention of many. The 65-pouns powerhouse was the only female and the youngest in the final of the T. L. Weaver stakes. She was moved back to the 660-yards and won grade A on June 11 to meet the requirements for the distance stakes. James Hambleton of KS owns Storm Rush who at the time of this writing has only 15 career starts. Keep an eye on this youngster trained by Doug Flint that is expected to be among the Derby starters. Storm Rush also competes Wednesday night June 15 in race 8.
By Vera Rasnake

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

NGA News - Monaco takes Inaugural at West Flagler Kennel

NGA News -  Slatex Monaco proved that she could either go to the lead or come from off the pace in winning the West Flagler Kennel Club 80th Birthday Inaugural Stakes on Friday June 10.

Sixteen greyhounds began the qualifying with one entry from each of the15 kennels along with Naples-Ft Myers Track Win Leader Slatex Monaco filling out the 16-pup field. The top four from each semifinal advanced to the Championship with Slatex Monaco and Letsgroovetonite coming home on top in their semifinal race with both turning in front running victories.

The Championship set up as an all-out speed burner between both semi winners along with Phils Pedro, Crt Bob and Hollywoodian and World Classic Finalist Blazin Wildfire in the field, and all ready to contest for position going into turn one.

What looked to be a speed race ultimately went to Slatex Monaco as she managed to come from off the pace by storming home from 4th at the top of the stretch and nipping Blazin Wildfire at the wire to capture the $5,000 winner's purse. Rounding out the top four were: Blazin Wildfire, Phils Pedro and Crt Bob.

Monday, June 13, 2011

NGA News - Tali Aspen vs Vermilion at Tri-State

NGA News -  SE's Tali Aspen makes her top-grade debut Monday evening (June 13) at Tri-State and will be facing the track's top winner and Juvenile champ Rico's Vermilion.

Aspen, NGA Spring Meet's top racer and auction sale in April, has perfectly navigated the grading ladder at the West Virginia track and brings a five-for-five record into the AA event. Her last two wins--in Grade B and Grade A--were by 13 1/2 and 8 lengths, respectively. She races for the Tomblin Kennel at Tri-State and will have the 8 box in Monday's event.

SE's Tali Aspen (Kiowa WW Brother-Time For A Party) was sold by Steve Ward and Penny Wick at the NGA Spring Meet to Terry Scott for $35,000 after capturing the November Main Stake with the two fastest performances of the week.

Rico's Vermilion, owned by Ricardo Pacheco and racing for the Williamson Kennel, brings a 20-3-2-1 record in 32 starts for the year into the race. The daughter of Kiowa Sweet Trey-Gable Vermilion won the $35,000 WVGOBA Juvenile on May 7. She'll be running from the 4 box in today's event.

Another pup sold by Steve Ward at the Spring Meet--SE's Goods (Red Ranger-Ozsum-Moonmist)--will go for her Maiden win at Bluffs Run on Tuesday, having finished second in all three of her first M starts. SE's Goods sold for $8,000 at the auction to Green Smith and races for the Red Rock Kennel.

Two Kells pups from John Dalton's Atascocita Leroy-Too Late litter that also shined during the Spring Meet will also see action early this week. Kells Neon Flash, purchased from Dalton by Bradford Bolton for $9,000, will be going for her fourth straight win in the second race at Palm Beach Tuesday afternoon. She has a 3-1-0 mark in 4 outings and will be running from the 8 hole in the Grade C event.

Neon Flash's brother, Kells Outlaw, who sold to Terry Scott for $16,000, will race Wednesday in the Grade C seventh race at Tri-State. Outlaw has been in-the-money in all four of his starts (1-1-2).

NGA News - Bluff's Run Juvenile Stakes Semifinals

NGA News -  L's Zakarack's second place finish in his semifinal race in the $60,000 Juvenile Stakes at Bluffs Run on Saturday, June 11, was just enough.

The effort pushed L's Zakarack (Boeckenstedt) into the championship race. L's Zakarack had been tied for 11th after the quarterfinals. His seven rivals in the final held form in the semifinals.

Slatex Kayser (Harlan Brothers) went box-to-wire out of the one box to win his semifinal race, beating L's Zakarack by two and a half lengths. Slatex Kayser finished the qualifying rounds as the leading greyhound with a perfect 60 points, winning in all four rounds.

Bluffs Run victory leader P's Gibbs (Petzold) rallied from third in the homestretch to win by a length in his semifinal to finish with 55 points. P's Gibbs, 28-18-2-4, had the best time in the semifinals, 30.43 seconds, for the 5/16-mile course, and finished with 55 points with three wins and a second in the four rounds.

The other semifinal winner was Jet Force (Hardison), who pulled away in the homestretch for a two-length decision. Jet Force, 25-8-6-3, finished with 55 points.

Astarbeyondmagic (River Bluffs) ran third to Slatex Kayser and finished with 48 points after posting wins in the first two rounds.

Slatex Vincent (Harlan Brothers) earned his berth with a win and three seconds for 45 points. The 90-pounder led P's Gibbs in the semifinal until the homestretch.

P's Red Seal (Petzold) had trouble in his semifinal, but overcame an early bump to rally from sixth to finish fourth. The six points gave him 39 and enough for the final.

The final qualifier was Call Me Peculiar (Hardison), who survived a horrid seventh-place finish in the semifinals. A win and a pair of seconds in the earlier rounds gave Call Me Peculiar 37 points for this stakes series, which was enough.

Another seventh place finish proved deadly. Pearls of Wisdom (Plum Creek) came into the semifinals tied for seventh with 33 points. But he broke seventh and never made a move. The two points for the finish left Pearls of Wisdom with 35 points and in ninth place and out of the championship race.

The championship race is set for Saturday, June 18.
By Steve Sigafoose

NGA News - Cry Homer sets new 550-yard track record at Gulf

NGA News -  It was a special Saturday evening on May 14, 2011 at Gulf Greyhound Park as Cry Homer of LQK Kennels, Inc. ran the race of his career to set the 550-yard track record at 29.42 seconds. It had been over two years since Gable Sour Cream of Gable Gulf Kennel, LLC recorded the fastest time ever on the Texas Gulf Coast with an amazing 29.43 second effort in which the chart comment read "smashed track record". For the longest time, many people thought that accomplishment would never be touched.

At the age of three, Cry Homer (Gable Zydeco – Iza DC Classic) continued to improve and get better as time rolled on. Before entering the race on May 14, Cry Homer had already recorded 14 wins out of 25 starts in 2011 quickly catching up to the 18 wins he earned in the previous year. Already a fan favorite for the hometown kennel of LQK Kennels, Inc., Cry Homer had established himself as the top greyhound at Gulf Greyhound Park before this monumental effort.

Heading into the final race on May 14, Cry Homer was on a three race winless streak after dominating the competition during the month of April with an impressive run of five victories including four sub-30 second times. In fact, Cry Homer came close on April 17 with a blazing time of 29.55 seconds winning by ten lengths from post position #2. Call it fate but Cry Homer drew the same #2 post for his record run on Saturday evening May 14.

As the 550-yard starting box opened, Cry Homer was in a three way battle for the lead but used the rail to his advantage to take command at the first turn. As track announcer John Paul Faour called the race stating that Cry Homer was "dominating the race", no one really knew what we had all witnessed until the final race time was posted on the tote board. The 13 length win resulted in the track record time of 29.42 seconds making Cry Homer the fastest greyhound to ever set their paws on the oval in La Marque, Texas.

Trained by Cam Hawkins and owned by Cameron Younts, this Hall of Fame greyhound has recorded the most wins ever at Gulf Greyhound Park with 49 as of June 11, 2011. Cry Homer's career record at the time of publishing is 139/49-24-16-11 and is the favorite heading into the $50,000 TGA Texas Round Up Sprint Championship beginning June 17.

Friday, June 10, 2011

NGA News - Meet champ Tali Aspen's success at Tri State

NGA News -  NGA Spring Meet star SE's Tali Aspen completed her successful, undefeated climb from Maiden to AA at Tri-State with her fifth straight victory Thursday night.

The Tomblin Kennel pup upstart drove through early traffic, came out of the first turn in second place, then pulled away to win by a large margin in 30.36. The daughter of Kiowa WW Brother-Time For A Party is now a perfect 5-for-5, having come off a main-stake win at the Abilene meet, then selling for $35,000 to Terry Scott in the Auction.

Aspen was bred and initially owned by Steve Ward and Penny Wick. She posted the two fastest times at the NGA Meet--a pair of 30-flat clockings.

NGA News - Update: John Dalton's Kells litter

NGA News -  Two the pups from John Dalton's Kells litter at the Spring Meet did well at two different tracks yesterday (Wednesday).

Kells Danny Boy (Atascocita Leroy-Too Late) won his Maiden for the Red Rock Kennel at Bluffs Run. Danny Boy sold to Green Smith for $26,000--second highest sale at the Spring Meet Auction.

The win boosted Kells Danny Boy's record to 1-1-0 in just 2 starts, preceded by two impressive schooling-race wins at the Iowa track.

Later yesterday, Danny Boy's brother, Kells Outlaw, finished third in the 14th Grade C race at Tri-State. Outlaw was purchased by Terry Scott for $16,000 at the Spring Meet Auction and now races for the Tomblin Kennel.

The effort gave Kells Outlaw a 1-1-2 record in just 4 starts--the black pup having won his first race in Maiden back on May 19.

The Spring Meet's top sale, SE's Tali Aspen, will be going for her fifth straight win in Thursday night's 11th race (Grade A) at Tri-State. The $35,000 sales has won most of her races by impressive margins, usually in the fastest time of the day. Tali Aspen was sold by Penny Wick and Steve Ward to Terry Scott in April's sale.

Four other auction purchases will also be seeing action Thursday at Bluffs Run: KB's Dimmitt (Maiden), BI's Tooters (Grade D), KB's Camden (Grade C) and TK Mad Money (Maiden). Two more are entered in Friday's races at Bluffs: BI's Cole (Maiden) and KB's Normangee (Grade D).

Thursday, June 9, 2011

NGA News - Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of June 8)

NGA News -  Wayne Ward Kennel's Kiowa WW Devera has won four out of his last five Grade AA starts for trainer Ron Otto. Kennel-mate WW's Colts has three straight victories (C, B, A).

Vince Berland Kennel's Flying Bloom and Flying Lita Ford have won three out of their last four Grade AA races for trainer Pamela Webb. Kennel-mate Flying Dorsey has two wins and two seconds in her last four top grade trips.

A Ray Kennel's AMF Effigy has three straight wins (A, AA) for trainer Joe Palmer.

C And C Kennel's CTW Kara has back-to-back victories (B, A) for trainer Patrick Bever.

Steubenville Kennel's Kiowa Tricky has two wins in a row (B, A) for trainer Debbie Schweizer.
By Stan Pawloski

NGA News - Bluffs Run's Juvenile Stakes, Quarters

NGA News -  Slatex Kayser stands alone after three rounds of the $60,000 Juvenile at Bluffs Run.

Slatex Kayser, a tough 88-pounder out of Kiowa Sweet Trey-Just Dance, opened the Wednesday, June 8, quarterfinals with a box-to-wire win from the one box, pulling away in the homestretch for a three-length win.

Slatex Kayser (Harlan Brothers), 22-10-3-3, has won in all three rounds to earn a maximum of 45 points. That effort alone should put him in the championship race with the semifinals still to run.

Three other greyhounds have reach 40 points, usually the magic number to make the final.

P’s Gibbs (Petzold), Bluffs Run’s victory leader at 27-17-2-4, destroyed his rivals with a box-to-wire outing from the one box, winning by 10 lengths. That was the largest margin of victory in the quarterfinals and his winning time of 30.35 seconds for the 5/16 mile was the fastest of the round.

Jet Force (Hardison) picked up her second straight win in moving to 40 points, pulling away by five and a half lengths. Jet Force is 24-7-6-3.

Astarbeyondmagic (River Bluffs) ran second to Slatex Kayser but sits comfortably at 40 points.

Slatex Vincent (Harlan Brothers) and Call Me Peculiar (Hardison) posted seconds to sit in good shape with 35 points.

The other quarterfinal winners were Boc’s Impact (Boecekenstedt) and O Ya Cherry (Blake & Black). Even with the wins, both will probably need to win again in the semifinals to reach the final, Boc’s Impact has 29 points and O Ya Cherry has 28.

The cutoff for the semifinals was 23. The three greyhounds with 23 and the two with 24 points will probably be running just for the money. The other 19 might have some sort of shot in the Saturday, June 11, semifinals.

The championship race is Saturday, June 18.

The semifinalists:

Slatex Kayser (Harlan Brothers) 45; Astarbeyondmagic (River Bluffs) 40; Jet Force (Hardison) 40; P’s Gibbs (Petzold) 40; Slatex Vincent (Harlan Brothers) 35; Call Me Peculiar (Hardison) 35;

P’s Red Seal (Petzold) 33; Pearls Of Wisdom (Plum Creek) 33; Hilltex Cool (Harlan Brothers) 31; Ghostrider Felix (Hardison) 30; L’s Zakarack (Boeckenstedt) 29; Boc’s Impact (Boeckenstedt) 29;

O Ya Alex (Blake & Black) 28; O Ya Cherry (Blake & Black) 28; Im A Stunna (Legg) 27; WW’s Star Doll (Woodall) 26; Boc’s Provoker (Boeckenstedt) 26; Shadow Blend (Hardison) 26; Boc’s McDandy (Boeckenstedt) 26;

Boc’s Slim N Fit (Boeckenstedt) 24; T’s Alittlesmoke (Bartley) 24; WW Riskybusiness (Woodall) 23; Lk’s Contender (Legg) 23; O Ya Tootsie (Blake & Black) 23.
By Steve Sigafoose

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

NGA News - Profile on WW's Gucci at OPKC

NGA News -  Really is there anyone in the country hotter over 660 yards right now than Ww's Gucci (Fuzzys Cannon - Ww's Flame)? This greyhound has been on a tear since moving over to the longer course back at the start of April. So far she has not missed the money in any of her 16 starts over 660 yards, and winning is what she is doing most of the time.

Currently she has won 9 races in a row in grade A, 12 of her last 14 trips, and she has been in the quiniela in 14 straight starts. What is even more impressive is how she is winning races. From the lead, from behind, whatever she has to do to get her nose in front at the wire is exactly what she is going to do.

Quickly she is approaching rarefied air as she keeps on tallying up the totals. The might Burt Road holds the record for most in a row over 660 and that total sits at 14 straight, but Penny Candy was just off of that a couple of years ago as she strung together a run of 13 straight of her own, and both of those greyhounds were ALL-Americans!

Good luck and congratulations head out to the Wildfire Kennel, Trainer Tony Duran, Owner Julia Ward and everyone else connected with this fantastic greyhound! If she keeps up the good work, she might just have a shot to put her name up in the all time record books here at the Orange Park Kennel Club!
By Kelly Clark

NGA News - Profile on Really Xtreme at OPKC

NGA News - It's been two months since I took down the best of the best in the finals of the 2011 Jacksonville Sprint Classic by almost 8 lengths, but it's time you get to hear my name again, REALLY XTREME!

Well rested and all ready to go, I'm back and I think you can say that I made a little bit of a statement already in my warm up schooling race. I only won by 11.5 lengths and posted up an unbelievable time of 30.36 seconds. No other winner even came close. No one even broke 31.00, just proving once again what I can do on the racetrack.

I get my first chance at a real field of greyhounds tonight in the 10th race at the Orange Park Kennel Club, which is the first half of the forced out Twin-Tri. What other kind of lock in the 1st half do you need to take a shot at this pool? NONE!
Get used to hearing my name again as it is going to me mentioned a lot in the coming months as I rack up the wins and take down the competition at the Orange Park Kennel Club.
By Kelly Clark

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NGA News - Cry Exxon sets track mark at Wheeling Island

NGA News - Cry Exxon has etched his name in the Wheeling Island record book.

On Sunday (June 5), the Gable Kennel distance racer smoked a 37.13 on the 3/8 course to break the old mark of 37.14 set last year by WP's Cameo.

The Wayne Piquette-trained Cry Exxon popped on top early and never looked back in romping to an 8 1/2-length box-to-wire effort.

An April 2009 greyhound out of Gable Diego-Keeper Closer, Exxon is owned by Cameron Younts.

NGA News - JGR Puppy Stakes Finals

NGA News -  Everyone knew that the break would play a major role in the finals of the 2011 JGR Puppy Stakes, and as the box came open it was already apparent that this race was going to come down to a family affair.

Bolting from the box, Gs Uncle Harry took the early lead on the outside from the 7 box, but as he moved toward the inside part of the racetrack, his brother Gs Uncle Henry got some extra room and took advantage of the clean air in front of him. As they approached the finish line the first time around Henry had already bested his brother for the early lead and was looking to steal enough to take home the win. No Moamy was close in third, but at the turn the lead duo started to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Down the backside they turned with Henry stretching his lead over his brother, Harry, to three full lengths. He was cruising on the front end and appeared that he was going to take home the title and the family bragging rights in the process. But not so fast my friend said Harry, I'm not done quite yet, and as they entered the far turn, Harry had already picked up a length on his brother. Turning for home the lead had dwindled to just a length and we all knew it was going to get very interesting in the stretch. As they moved further and further towards the line, Henry dug in deep and tried to last, but Harry was gaining with each and every stride. Harry was catching up in a hurry and with just a little real estate to cover he has pulled even with his brother. Both gave their all for one last surge to the wire, but on this occasion, Harry was just too much for Henry. He got up on the outside as they crossed the finish line by a half a length over the leader throughout Henry, and won by a half a length in 30.52 seconds.

Kudos for third to the best closer in the field, Lk's Mystifier. In just his 7th career start, he finished in the trifecta once again for the 7th time. If this race in any indication of what she can do, she has a bright future in store for her at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Breaking last and getting outrun early on, she stuck to the rail, cleared some traffic at the turn, and motored down the backside and through the stretch to steal away the shot spot at the wire.

Also stepping up as Cruel To Be Kind. After getting outrushed early on to the turn, she stayed clear of the trouble around the turn, and never gave up. She kept on coming throughout and found a way to finish in the money in the finals of the stakes rounds.

Race Favorite Locall Torino sat in the box at the start of the race and it really cost him. Even though he tried to rally throughout, he found trouble and just couldn't get clear enough to make the charge he needed to find a spot in the superfecta. He had to settle for a fifth place finish tonight.

Rounding out the field was double troubled Pdx Bruno in sixth, early contender No Moamy in seventh, and the roughed up around the racetrack Gs Emma in eighth.

Gary and Sharon do a great job raising puppies and you can see this by having 3 siblings in the finals and having two of them lead the way at the wire. Big things are expected from these youngsters as they all have grade A talent and should be around for a long time here at the Orange Park Kennel Club.

From everyone here at Orange Park, we want to say Congratulations to the Willis Kennel, Owners Gary and Sharon Willis, Trainer Brandy Willis, and everyone else connected with Gs Uncle Harry and Gs Uncle Henry. Both greyhounds ran a fantastic race and we look forward to seeing them run a long time here at the Orange Park Kennel Club.

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By Kelly Clark

Monday, June 6, 2011

NGA News - Round 2, Bluffs Run's Juvenile Stakes

NGA News -  Slatex Kayser (Harlan Brothers) and Astarbeyondmagic (River Bluffs) took the lead after the second round of the $60,000 Juvenile Stakes at Bluffs Run on Saturday, June 4.

The pair has won in both rounds to earn the maximum of 30 points. Traditionally, it has taken 40 points to earn a berth in the championship race of a stakes at Bluffs Run.

Slatex Kayser went box-to-wire from the three box, pulling away nicely in the homestretch for a five-length win. Kayser moves into the quarterfinals with a 22-10-3-3 record.

Astarbeyondmagic went box-to-wire from the eight, exploding in the homestretch to expand his lead from two to seven lengths. Astarbeyondmagic advances with an 18-9-2-2 record.

A half-dozen greyhounds are in the thick of the chase with 25 points.

The track's victory leader, P's Gibbs (Petzold) put on a terrific homestretch show, coming from one and a half lengths off the pace in passing Slatex Vincent (Harlan Brothers). Once in front, Gibbs raced out to a seven length win. Gibbs is 26-16-2-4. Slatex Vincent, a first-round winner, is 23-5-5-2 with his second.

Hilltex Cool (Harlan Brothers) was a second-round winner and another greyhound that had a big homestretch push. Cool, 23-7-2-3, ran out to a seven and one-half length win, the biggest margin of victory in the second round.

Shadow Blend (Hardison) expanded a length's lead to six and a half in the homestretch in his win. Shadow Blend, 14-5-4-1, had the round's best time, 30.17 seconds for the 5/16-mile test.

Jet Force (Hardison) won by four lengths and moved to 22-6-6-3.

Call Me Peculiar (Hardison) got to 25 points with a second place finish. A 26-1 longshot despite a first-round win, Peculiar, 26-6-5-2, rallied from fifth to get to get her second.

Two greyhounds had second-round victories and sit with 23 points.

Pearls of Wisdom (Plum Creek), 22-4-4-3, opened the second round with a two-length win.

L's Zakarack (River Bluffs), 26-9-4-5, went box-to-wire to win by two and a half lengths.

After the second round, the field was cut in half to 48 greyhounds for the Wednesday, June 8, quarterfinals. There was a clean cut; a greyhound needed 12 points to make the quarterfinals and all of the greyhounds with 12 points got into the quarters.

After the quarterfinals, the field will be cut to 24 greyhounds for the Saturday, Jun 11, semifinals.
By Steve Sigafoose

NGA News - Meet champ Tali Aspen wins again

NGA News - SE's Tali Aspen, main-stake winner and top sale ($35,000) at the Spring Meet, won her fourth straight race in typically impressive fashion at Tri-State Saturday afternoon.
Tali Aspen, who was sold by Penny Wick and Steve Ward to Terry Scott at the April sale in Abilene, broke well from the 3 box and was never headed. She led by 2 at the first turn, 8 at the far turn and 13 1/2 at the wire. Her winning time was 30-flat--matching the two winning times she had at the NGA Meet in winning her November Main Stake.

Racing for the Tomblin Kennel, SE's Tali Aspen is now four-for-four, her total winning margin in those races at 38 1/2 lengths. Her average winning margin is more than 9 1/2 lengths.

NGA News - Auction pups at Bluffs

NGA News -  Things started out slowly for Green Smith's three auction purchases at Bluffs Run Thursday (see yesterday's post), but continually improved as the program went on.

TK Mad Money, the first of Green's three pups bought at the Spring Meet to see action yesterday, failed to fire and finished last in her first official Maiden race. She'd won her last schooling race by 8 lengths going into the event.

In race 4, KB's Dimmitt--  also in his first official Maiden event--  fared much better, finishing a strong second despite encountering much traffic and some trouble throughout the race. Dimmitt was purchased by Smith from Ken Biehle at the NGA Auction for $9,000.

Smith's final purchase to see action yesterday, KB's Camden, was in the 7 box in race 10, and went box to wire to win his Grade D race by 4 lengths in a quick 30.37. Camden (another Biehle sale--$19,000) is two-for-two in official races and four-for-four, counting two earlier schooling wins.

Meanwhile, SE's Tali Aspen has drawn in a Grade B race tomorrow (Saturday) at Tri-State. The Spring Meet's top sale at $35,000 (sold by Penny Wick and Steve Ward to Terry Scott) takes five straight wins, including a Maiden, D and C victory, into the event. She has the 3 box in the second race.

NGA News - M’s Free Agent upsets in T. L. Weaver stakes

NGA News -  Floyd & Porter kennel's M's Free Agent went box to wire in the 15th annual T. L. Weaver Memorial Challenge Saturday June 4.

It was truly like father, like son. In 2007 Extruding Dream went box to wire for the Magic City kennel to collect the Weaver title. This year Extruding Dream's son went box to wire for owner Lamar Porter who picked up an All-America award in April for KB's Ruckus that he co-owns with George Reicht. "It was a deserving win for Agent," said Patty Floyd. "That whole litter is nice. Both Extruding Dream and Agent's mother M's Mary Freeman both raced here at Derby," she said. St. Petersburg writer Don Jensen presented to trophy to Patty Floyd after the race.

M's Free Agent went off at 11-1 against the history making Hi Noon Renegade who was seeking a third stakes and another historic mark for Nova kennel. Renegade was the 4-5 favorite that watched Free Agent burst out of the starting box and keep Renegade at bay. Renegade gave another sensational performance for a runner-up finish. "I am really proud of my boy," said Floyd. "He held off a super nice sprinter to win the race." M's Free Agent recorded his 12th win of the meet taking the stakes win. He has lit the board 22 times in 34 starts. Free Agent was a finalist in last year's Gold Trophy stakes and made it all the way to semifinals of this year's Sprint Classic.

It was no surprise to Free Agent's backers that the male held the lead throughout. M's Free Agent's record while in the lead is nearly flawless. The male has only been caught one time in his career while leading in a race and that was by Royal Racing Team's Storm Rush in qualifying for the stakes. Storm Rush was the only female in the Weaver final.

M's Free Agent was five in front early but Renegade was making up ground fast and was just a length behind at the wire. Free Agent paid $24.20 for the win. USS Gazillionair (Raines) closed the gap in third followed by Campbell Greyhound Racing's Backwood Cody that was showing off his signature late speed to complete the superfecta. Fifth through eighth was Kiowa Tori Tech (McAllister), Cool Pinto Bay (Charter), Storm Rush (Royal Racing) and Kiowa Class King (Patriot).

The T. L. Weaver Memorial was the final 550-yard stakes race of the meet. Next up at Derby Lane is the 85th annual St. Petersburg Derby, the second longest running stakes race in North America. Qualifying rounds begin Saturday June 18. Semifinal rounds are Wednesday June 22. The Derby and Consolation features are Saturday night June 25.
By Vera Rasnake

Friday, June 3, 2011

NGA News - Streaks halted in T. L. Weaver qualifiers

NGA News -  Wednesday night's qualifiers for the 15th annual T. L. Weaver Memorial Challenge saw both Aerial Battle and Hi Noon Renegade's winning streaks halted. Royal Racing Team's Storm Rush (Kiowa Mon Manny x Sizzler Drive) came from behind to win the first heat upsetting the field and halting Aerial Battle's streak. Battle was in contention early, but offstrided late and finished last. Aerial Battle was a finalist in last year's stake final. M's Free Agent ran second followed by Backwood Cody and Kiowa Class King. The four filled the first four slots for the stakes final.

The second heat featured Hi Noon Renegade who was seeking eleven in a row. McAllister kennel's Kiowa Tori Tech halted Renegade's streak. Renegade broke third and put forth a winning effort finishing second. USS Gazillionair finished third followed by Cool Pinto Bay that filled the final slot for the June 4 stakes. McAllister won last year's stake race with Flying Coal City. Kiowa Tori Tech's victory also moved McAllister kennel one-win ahead in the kennel standings to nudge Patriot out of the top spot after race 10.

Post positions will be drawn Thursday night June 2 for the stakes race and posted here for a first look at approximately 7 pm, est. Below are the entries for the stakes race final:
15th annual T. L. Weaver Memorial Finalists – NOT in post position order.
Storm Rush, Royal Racing Team
Kiowa Tori Tech, McAllister
M's Free Agent, Floyd & Porter
Hi Noon Renegade, Nova
Backwood Cody, Campbell Greyhound Racing
USS Gazillionair, Lester Raines
Kiowa Class King, Patriot
Cool Pinto Bay, Charter

NGA News - Green pups racing today

NGA News -  Green Smith, top buyer at the recent NGA Spring Meet Auction in Abilene, has three of his young purchases going in today's races at Bluffs Run. All three are racing out of the Red Rock Kennel.

TK Mad Money (a December 2009, Dodgem By Design-Rooftop Ladybug), sold to Smith by Marty Tanner for $13,000, is in her first official Maiden race (Race 2). She came from off the pace in her last schooling race (May 24) to win by 8 lengths in 31.39. Mad Money, who ran fourth in the December Main Stake in Abilene in April, will race from the 2 box in today's event.

In today's fourth event at Bluffs, KB's Dimmitt, also a December '09 (Lonesome Cry-Track Baby), will also be seeing his first official-race action. Dimmitt, who ran second in the same December final in which TK Mad Money competed, was sold by Ken Biehle in the auction for $9,000. KB's Dimmitt is also coming off a big schooling win in his last outing--an 11-length romp in 31-flat. He'll be running from the 6 box in today's matinee race.

Another Biehle sale during the Spring Meet, KB's Camden (Team Record*-BI's Hunter) will be going in today's 10th race at Bluffs.  Camden, who ran fourth in an October main-stake final in Abilene, will be in a Grade D race, having already won his first Maiden trial by 3 1/2 lengths in 30.43. Camden, a $19,000 sale from Biehle to Smith, sports two two schooling-race wins prior to his Maiden victory. He's drawn the
7 box for today's contest.

Post-time for Bluffs Run's race program today is 4 p.m., CDT.

In other action at Bluffs involving NGA Meet pups, Kells Danny Boy (Atascocita Leroy-Too Late)--another Green Smith purchase (this one for $26,000, from John Dalton)--finished second as the sold 20-cent favorite in his first Maiden voyage on May 31. Danny Boy, winner of the October One main-stake final in Abilene in one of the fastest times of the meet (30.04), had won both schooling races impressively prior to his May 31 outing--the latter one by 11 lengths in a 30.93.

Meanwhile, at Tri-State, the Spring Meet's top sale and performer, SE's Tali Aspen, continued her winning ways on May 28 by capturing her Grade C event. The November 2009 daughter of Kiowa WW Brother-Time For A Party, sold by Penny Wick and Steve Ward for $35,000 in Abilene after her two 30-flat performances while winning a main-stake, now sports three wins in three official outings (M,D and now Grade C). Coupled with two schooling wins, her next program will show nothing but wins--five of them altogether.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

NGA News - May Roundup for Bluffs Run

NGA News -  Plum Creek was the top kennel and Shelley the top greyhound at Bluffs Run in May.

Plum Creek's greyhounds ran out 33 wins with its typical balanced attack. No greyhound in the kennel won more than twice. The kennel also had the most seconds with 40 (a figure that was matched by the Boeckenstedt Kennel) and had the most thirds with 42 to run out $81,562.50 in earnings.

The good effort pushed Plum Creek's yearly take to $421,570.50. The kennel has 161.5 wins thus far in 2011, only 1.5 wins behind Harlan Brothers lead at Bluffs Run.

Harlan Brothers produced only 24 wins in May, led by Slatex Emerald with a 5-3-1-0 mark and Slatex Topaz, 5-3-0-1. For the year, Topaz is second at the track with 13 wins and Emerald is third with 12 wins.

Seastrom-Lovely finished second in May with 31 wins. Ubetcha Rita, 5-3-1-0, and RJ's Bucky, 5-3-0-0, led the kennel.

Boeckenstedt was third with 30 wins with a balanced attack.

Shelley had a perfect May, five wins in five starts. The 25-month-old out of Dodgem By Design-Shirley Heights won by an average of four lengths. She accounted for a third of Mickim's wins in the month.

P's Gibbs (Petzold) had a great month. He won his first five starts by an average of eight lengths. In his sixth start, he came up third to Shelley. Still, P's Gibbs leads the track with 15 wins for the year.

Petzold also enjoyed watching PJ's Game Boy go four-for-four in May.

Astarbeyondmagic (River Bluffs) won four times in five races.

Bluffs Run stays busy in June. Ongoing is the $60,000 Juvenile Stakes. The final is set for Saturday, June 18.

The sixth round of the year-long $60,000 Kennel Championship will be Saturday, June 25.
By Steve Sigafoose

NGA News - 2011 JGR Puppy Stakes Bios

NGA News

Locall Torino - Points (54)
Career Totals (43/17-6-6-4)
F – M April 2009 Fuzzys Cannon – Fast Date
Owned By – Terry Williams or Shawn Pfannenstiel
Runs for the PTL Kennel
Trained by Jim Rae
No big surprise here for the leader in points for the 2011 JGR Puppy Stakes. Locall Torino had to be one of the pre-race favorites and he did his best to support his backers in qualifying. He was dominate in 3 of the 4 round that he competed in and took home wins in each of those efforts. His only blemish on a perfect run thru the rounds came in the second, as he stumbled at the break and had to run a huge race just to rally for the final spot in the superfecta. Throughout he has shown a superior break in his races, and that has gotten him in control from the get go. He is the only greyhound in this field with previous stakes experience, but he too will head into his first final round competition on Saturday Evening for the PTL Kennel. Torino should have a distinct class edge over the rest of this field and this veteran has more grade A wins, 12, than any of the other finalists have normal wins at the Orange Park Kennel Club. In fact if you tally the other 7 greyhounds grade A victories, they only come to 10, alone Torino beats them. Everything in his corner for this effort, he just needs to show up and run his race. Breaking quickly will be the most critical part of this effort, but post could play a role too. He can run from almost anywhere on the racetrack, but something on the edges would be a great place to start from. With 3 wins in qualifying, and 4 in his last 5 efforts, Locall Torino is going to be the race time favorite. If this field wants to upset him, they are going to have to work really hard to get it done tonight.

Gs Emma - Points (44)
Career Totals (17/8-2-3-0)
BD – F September 2009 Kelsos Fusileer – Steffie’s Mandy
Owned By – Gary Or Sharon Willis
Runs for the Willis Kennel
Trained by Brandy Willis
Gs Emma is one of three littermates in this final from the Willis Kennel. Emma ranked highest among the three as she won 2 rounds and finished a close third in another. In the semi’s she didn’t break to her normal standards, ran into trouble at the 1st turn, and finished out of the money in 5th. Emma’s best attribute is her breaking ability. She is oh so tough on the early lead and that might be the reason that we saw her jump up thru the ranks to grade A in just 7 career starts. Even though she has a limited number of starts, she didn’t let the stakes rounds intimidate her at all. She just kept on keeping on and that was enough for her to find the finals of the very first stakes event that she has ever competed in. Emma loves the inside part of the racetrack and especially the rail. Don’t women always look better in red? Well Emma sure thinks so and I believe that she would be out of her mind if she could drape on the little old red number for the start of this race. If she wants to win this effort and take home a stakes title, she is going to have to come out running, steal the early lead, and show all the greyhounds chasing her that she can hang on late for the win.

PDX Bruno - Points (44)
Career Totals (24/4-4-8-2)
BK – M March 2009 Tommy Commander – Bello Bingo Nanc
Owned By – Luke Cullen
Runs for the B & J Racing Kennels Inc
Trained by Jeramiah Haislip
Pdx Bruno might just be hitting a career high at the right time. This B & J Racing Kennel might have taken a long time to get to grade A, 21 races, but since he has looked amazing at the Orange Park Kennel Club. A win in round one was his entrance to top grade racing, and he backed that up with three efforts, a pair of places and a show effort, in a row in the money in grade A. Bruno’s best ability might not even come from his legs or his head, it comes from his heart. Kind of like the name says, Bruno is all about giving his all in each and every effort. He has a solid break and rush, not the best, but solid, and he can come on late too to challenge as the greyhounds approach the finish line. Even though he seemed overmatched in all of the rounds, Bruno found a way to acquire enough points to secure him a spot in his first ever stakes final. Like most greyhounds that come from off the pace, Bruno would like to start from somewhere that has little traffic or opportunity to cause traffic. The far edges of the racetrack seem to be the best starting post of him and if you taken any credence in his maiden win by almost 14 lengths, the one box might be the best box for him tonight. Bruno gets a shot to win here if he can come out close, find room around the racetrack, and show off that great desire in the deep stretch.

No Moamy - Points (42)
Career Totals (30/6-6-4-4)
BK – M August 2009 Where’s Hardhead – Lonesome Darlin
Owned By – Amy Isgette
Runs for the Mo’s New Horizon
Trained by Audrey Anderson
No Moamy was definitely a surprise finalist in my mind. It took her 8 races to break her maiden and 23 starts to get to grade A, but someone must have forgotten to tell her about it. Unlike most she started out the journey in grade A and was just overlooked and forgotten about. That came to a quick end as she took the lead in rounds one and two and posted up a win and a strong second place finish. Heading into the quarter finals this Mo’s New Horizon pup held the lead in points over the rest of the field. She just kept on using what got her there and capped off the qualifying rounds with third and a fourth place finish to keep her in the superfecta for all 4 starts. This was good enough to land her in the finals of her very first stakes race. Breaking is the key to her success and without the early lead she is just not the same greyhound. Good news for her is that most of the time she is the best breaker around and can see the early lead in her races. Her favorite spot to start from has to be the inside part of the racetrack. Anywhere on the rail and on the inside, she comes out running and once in front everyone else has to catch her. Her drawback to all that early speed is in the stretch she is short and probably will be again late in this effort. For a chance to win, she needs to fly from the box, seize control on the lead, and get some late help behind her.

Lk's Mystifier - Points (40)
Career Totals (6/3-0-3-0)
R BD – F December 2009 Em’s Mac Attack – Boyzmiraclemagie
Owned By – Jill Lashmet
Runs for the Lashmet Kennel
Trained by Tom Artzer
What more can you say about Lk’s Mystifier than WOW! Can you really believe that a greyhound with just two official starts was entered into a stakes race? We’ll they were both wins and the Lashmet Kennel must have know something that the rest of us didn’t as here she sits in career start number 7 in the finals of the 2011 JGR Puppy Stakes. Obviously this will be her first final round appearance and how she got here is a story in itself. In the first three rounds she closed well throughout, but all she could muster was a trio of third place efforts. So if she wanted a chance at the finals she was going to have to put up a huge effort in the semi-finals, and that is just what she did. Breaking way to close, she chased the pace to the stretch, and turned on the turbo at the right time to power by the leader late and steal away all 16 points, and the win, at the finish line. Only in grade B, this greyhound has never finished out of the trifecta in her entire career against some very tough competition. Mystifier likes to race midtrack to outside and might be feeling more at home from those post position at the start of this race. Tough to say though as there are not that many races to look at. In order for him to put up back to back wins and take home the trophy in unprecedented fashion, Mystifier needs to break, be way close early, and use that late speed to his advantage in the deep stretch.
Gs Uncle Harry - Points (38)
Career Totals (20/5-4-2-2)
R – M September 2009 Kelsos Fusileer – Steffie’s Mandy
Owned By – Gary Or Sharon Willis
Runs for the Willis Kennel
Trained by Brandy Willis
Gs Uncle Harry is the second of three littermates from Willis that are contending for the crown in this stakes final. Harry might not have won a round, like the other two have, but he did give his all in each and every effort. Harry was sort of playing horseshoe in the first three rounds as he must have thought that it was close enough for a victory. He finished 2nd just off the leader in each effort, including two efforts behind leader in points Locall Torino. He was not just slacking either as his second place times were faster than a bunch of the winning times of different stakes qualifying rounds. Unlucky might be a better word for it, but everyone better take note and he might have had the toughest route to this, his first, final round field. Harry is getting better with every start and unlike his sister Emma, Harry has closing speed to burn at the end of the race to go along with his solid rush to the turn. Harry likes to race in the midtrack to wide side of the racetrack and might be well suited for a post position that would aide him in his effort. Peaking at the right time, Harry posted up some of his quickest trips during the stakes rounds. Harry could be saving his best run for the finals, and if he gets it all together, the break, the rush, the drive, and the close, he has an outside shot at the win tonight.

Cruel To Be Kind - Points (36)
Career Totals (42/8-5-4-7)
BE F – F March 2009 Farloe Black* – Lil Misschevious
Owned By – Jacobs Racing Kennels, Inc.
Runs for the Falcon Kennel
Trained by Brent McKinnies
Cruel To Be Kind finds a way to sneak into the finals without a win showing on the stakes racing card. To her credit though, she finished in the money in 3 of 4 efforts, including a pair of 2nd and a 3rd place finish. In the semi’s she ran into trouble and had to settle for a 5th place finish. It was good enough though to find a spot in her very first stakes race final. Cruel To Be Kind really has to be the underdog in this final round race. She has not reached grade A yet and has competed in almost the most races of any finalist. Big things were expected of her early on though as she jumped up to grade B in just 5 career starts. She never took it to the next level though, but the more starts she gets, the more experience she has to bring to the table. Closing is her best attribute and she might be getting it all figured out at the right time. Her second round clocking of 30.95 seconds was the best so far in her career. Cruel To Be Kind likes the inside part of the racetrack and is a whole different greyhound inside of the 5 box. She has run the majority of her best races from in here, and if she could pull off a good starting box that might go a long way in helping her out in this final round race. With nothing to loose, I’m sure this Falcon runner is going to let it all hang out in this stakes final. In order to have a chance, she needs to do simply 1 thing, break! She needs to be close enough early to use her late speed and challenge at the finish line.

Gs Uncle Henry - Points (35)
Career Totals (20/8-3-2-2)
BD – M September 2009 Kelsos Fusileer – Steffie’s Mandy
Owned By – Gary Or Sharon Willis
Runs for the Willis Kennel
Trained by Brandy Willis
Now for the inconsistent third brother of the Willis trio, we arrive at Gs Uncle Henry. Henry might easily be the quickest and the fastest of this litter, but if he wants to have that title he is going to have to stay on top of his game. In four rounds of qualifying we saw flashes of it as he took home a pair of wins, but he also had a pair of out of the money efforts. Those 32 points to start with were enough to give him a spot in his very first stakes final event. Henry looked the best of the bunch breaking in too and he cruised to grade A in just 5 races, and he didn’t miss a bit at the top level either. He might not have been winning right away, but he was a threat too and that is sometimes good enough for a young pup. Like Emma, and unlike Harry, Henry is all about the early speed and taking quick command of a race. Once in front Henry has been very tough to catch and has only lost on the front end once in his 8 race opportunities. Henry likes the inside part of the racetrack, but also performs well from the middle boxes too. He likes the extra room they provide and if the 4 or 5 box is left for him in this 8th spot, I don’t think he is going to complain too much. If he wants to win, what does he need to do? Easy answer, BREAK! He is not the same greyhound without the lead, or at least close to it, in the early stages of the race. If he can see his nose free on the clean air on the lead, he will have a shot to take home the title tonight.
By Kelly Clark