Thursday, July 28, 2011

NGA News - Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of July 27)

NGA News -  A Ray Kennel's Dakotas Alene has raced to three straight Grade AA victories for trainer Joe Palmer.

Vince Berland Kennel's HS Bolt has three Grade AA wins in a row for trainer Pamela Webb. Kennel-mates Flying Dorsey (AA), Flying Chattaroy (AA) and Flying Bloom (A, AA) have two straight victories.

Wayne Ward Kennel's Kiowa WW Devera has two wins and a second in his last three Grade AA starts for trainer Ron Otto. Kennel-mate WW's Cowboys has back-to-back Grade AA victories while WW Always N Ever has won three out of his last four outings (A, AA).

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NGA News - Rachel Hogue behind the scenes at Southland

Photographer extraordinaire Rachel Hogue has added new photos to her Behind the Scenes series following greyhound racing at Southland Park.  For the full series, see the link:

NGA News - FACE OFF: JW Titleist vs Flying Coal City, Wednesday

JW Titleist and Flying Coal City face off Wednesday night
NGA News -  Since his April 2010 debut at Derby Lane JW Titleist has been a peak performer for the Capabal kennel and owners John Bladen and Walter Wasik. Titleist was a semi-finalist in last year’s Fall Juvenile. The 75-pound male by Southland stakes winner Dave The Dog and Abita Cruzin is currently streaking and eyes four in a row Wednesday night July 27. For over a year Titleist has performed at the top level, dipping just a few times. Last meet Titleist was 22 of 41 starts in the quiniela. For the new meet Titleist has won five of his seven starts. Since May 18 JW Titleist has only ran off the pay sheet once in his 17 starts. JW Titleist also clocked a season’s fastest time of 30.29 on July 20. Titleist will seek a fourth consecutive win Wednesday night against McAllister kennel’s Flying Coal City in the sixth race.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NGA News - Derby Lane announces 2011 final stakes schedule

NGA News -  The final stakes races of 2011 have been set. The fifth annual $50,000 Fall Sprint will be held Saturday night October 1. The five-race series will begin on September 17 and conclude October 1 before the onset of the Fall Nationals. The $20,000 Fall Juvenile stakes for the youngsters will begin October 29 and conclude Saturday night November 12. Both the Fall Sprint and the Juvenile will be held over the 550-yard course. The $75,000 Distance Challenge stakes will be held over the 660-yard course. The stakes will be held during the Holiday season. Round one begins Saturday December 3 and concludes Saturday night December 17. 
By Vera Rasnake

Thursday, July 21, 2011

NGA News - Wheeling Hog Dogs (as of July 20)

NGA News -  A Ray Kennel's Dakotas Eleanor has won four out of her last five Grade AA trips for trainer Joe Palmer. Kennel-mates Dakotas Alene (AA) and TK Pura Vida (A, AA) have back-to-back wins. Charter Kennel's Red Rooster Bonz has won four out of his last five Grade AA starts for trainer Robert Cooley. Steubenville Kennel's Kiowa Lazy Jay has three straight Grade AA wins for trainer Debbie Schweizer. Lester Raines Kennel's Switzler Mustard has won three out of her last four outings (M, C, B) for trainer Joel Roden. C And C Kennel's Correct Trent has three wins in a row (M, C, B) for trainer Patrick Bever. Wayne Ward Kennel's WW's Risky Rider (A, AA 3/8), WW Always N Ever (A, AA) and WW's Iceman (B, A 3/8) have back-to-back victories for trainer Ron Otto. Abrahamson Kennel's Skate Gonchar (B, A) and JA's Bandit (B, A 3/8) have two straight wins for trainer Tom Engle. Douglas Kennel's Gabe Jean Grey has back-to-back victories (B, A) for trainer James Roche.

NGA News - Slatex Cadillac Fires On All Cylinders

NGA News -  Owned by Kirk Harlan and racing for the WR Kennel, Slatex Cadillac may have pieced together an obscure mark that has never been matched in greyhound racing history. In just twelve races this year, Slatex Cadillac has managed to set four Season's Best Times at two different tracks over multiple distances.

In 2011, Cadillac set the fastest times of the year at Naples-Ft Myers over both the 550 and the 660 Courses. To show that she wasn't a Florida West Coast fluke, Cadillac headed east and now holds the fastest times of 2011 at Flagler over the 550 and the 647 Courses. And just for added measure, Slatex Cadillac is also the new Track Record Holder for the 647 yard Flagler Course after turning in a blistering 36.45 when she notched a 7 1/2 length victory Tuesday night.

With only twelve starts in 2011, and sporting a record of 12-9-0-0-1, the Cadillac's engine may just be warming up.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

NGA News - Thorne's Triple Threat scores big in derby

NGA News -  Roughly one month previous to the $55,000 Southland Derby Championship, kennel owner Robert Thorne looked over the operation along with his wife, trainer Bonnie Thorne. [..] The kennel operation swept three of the five championships in the “Festival of Stakes” last fall and had plenty of young guns bred by Marc Randle to rely on. The Southland Derby would test those young stars as plenty of talent came in to lay stake to the best greyhound on the Arkansas Course.

During the post position draw for both the consolation and championship races on Wednesday, June 29th, there seemed to be very few comfortable with the boxes that they drew for their respective greyhounds. Even for a kennel that had three finalists, initially Robert Thorne was hesitant about where their dogs drew. [read more]

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NGA News - Auction pups score top-grade, weekend wins

NGA News -  HS Bolt and Kells Neon Flash, two pups that sold at the NGA Spring Meet Auction, both scored top-grade wins at Wheeling and Palm Beach, respectively, over the weekend.

HS Bolt (Kiowa Sweet Trey-KB's Turbo Toes), purchased by Vince Berland from Willis Hill for $12,000, won his Grade AA race at Wheeling on Friday, July 15. It was the first AA win for Bolt, who'd run third in a main-stake at the Spring Meet in Abilene. Bolt, who had a second and a third in his two previous AA's at Wheeling, is 5-1-2-1 in 9 starts at Wheeling.

Kells Neon Flash (Atascocita Leroy-Too Late), purchased by Brad Bolton from John Dalton for $9,000 at the Spring Meet, won a Grade A at Palm Beach Sunday, July 17 for the Steve Gilster Kennel. It was also the first top-grade win for Kells Neon Flash, who'd run second in a main-stake final in Abilene. Neon Flash's record at Palm Beach is 6-3-0 in 11 starts.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

NGA News - Kentucky Fire ..on fire!

NGA News -  Cal Holland kennel's Kentucky Fire (Dragon Fire x RK's Tomb Raider) recorded a back to back victory over the 660-yard course in a scorching 39.18 on July 13 at Derby Lane.

The 60-pound female beat the stakes-like field that included triple crown champion Flying Coal City. Kentucky Fire has been a prized possession in the Holland kennel since her arrival in October 2010. Don Godby of CO owns the dual distance dynamo that was the runner up in the Gold Trophy Juvenile to Hi Noon Renegade over the 550-yard course and the runner up in the 660-yard Derby consolation a few weeks ago. Justin Holland trains Fire who celebrated her second birthday in May.  
By Vera Rasnake

NGA News - Renegade & Shanghai score at St. Pete

NGA News -  Nova kennel's historic pup Hi Noon Renegade (Dodgem By Design x Bryan's Baby) won his third straight Wednesday night halting the hopes of a continued perfect record by Craigie I Am Jak.

The Sprint and Juvenile stakes winner rocketed to the lead and Renegade never looked back collecting his third consecutive top grade win in the new season for owner Charles Haliburton, III. Trained by Rosa Gibbs the 70-pound male recorded a 26th win this year. The 18-month Jak finished a respectable fifth among the stellar field and is a youngster to watch. Renegade established himself as the top juvenile and stellar sprinter last meet and appears to have plenty of stamina left for the new season. 
Two races after Renegade's victory Capabal kennel's Greta's Shanghai (Coldwater Keelin x Jawa Princess L) went box to wire over the 660-yard course in a scorching 37.39. Shanghai set the season's best time of the new meet at 37.53 but lowered the time considerably to the new 37.39. The female is owned by Dana Larson of TX and trained by Belinda Parker.

NGA News -- Metropolitan Museum of Art on Greyhounds

NGA News -- The Met's Gary Tinterow offers a wonderful commentary on the greyhound. Click the link below to view this wonderful story containing various pieces of art pertaining to the greyhound.

NGA News - Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of July 14)

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

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

Gable Kennel's Cry Exxon has won three out of his last four Grade AA 3/8 trips for trainer Wayne Piquette. Kennel-mate Gable Gulp has back-to-back 3/8 victories (B, A).

Darren Henry Kennel's Thera Of Ruckus has three straight Grade AA 3/8 wins for trainer Terry Green.

Cardinal Kennel's Kiowa Cat Cotton has won three out of her last four outings (A, AA) for trainer Jerrod Varner. Kennel-mate WJS Dark Rhythm has back-to-back victories (B, A).

Steve Sarras Kennel's Olympic Speed has two wins in a row (B, A) for trainer Robert Allen.

Abrahamson Kennel's Unmatched has back-to-back 3/8 victories (B, A) for trainer Tom Engle.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

NGA News - New inductees announced for Fall Meet

NGA News -  Greyhound Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies, to be held Oct. 14 in Abilene during the NGA Fall Meet, will truly be a family affair.

Not only will veteran greyhound owner and breeder Vince Berland be honored with induction, so too will his racing and producing legend Kiowa Sweet Trey.

NGA News - BigJackpotBetting supports KS racing return

NGA News -  First of all we at Big Jackpot Betting would like to give a call out to the crew that made last night's event such a success. A special thank you goes out to the management and staff of the Sportspage Lounge in Kansas City,Kansas who along with Kevin Ward, Michael Loeffler, Bobby Johnson, Shay Rich and of course our own Randy Birch worked together to make last night a reality. Without the help from these dedicated people we never would have been able to pull off a live remote broadcast and combine it with the live broadcast of the night's races from Tri-State Greyhound Park and present it on the internet for all to view.

NGA News - Riverview Stevie champion at $45k King&Queen Stakes

NGA News -  On Monday, July 4th Dubuque Greyhound Park ran its $45,000 King and Queen Championship. The battle of the sexes began with twenty-four males racing against each other for the top four male positions in the finals and twenty-four females running against each other on the other side of the field for their top four positions.

Over the years at Dubuque it has been pretty even with kings and queens winning the stakes event.

NGA News - Lingle Kennel's TGA Sprint Champs

NGA News -  At the beginning of the day on Saturday July 9, eight of the finest Texas bred greyhounds shared the hopes and dreams of becoming this year’s $50,000 TGA Texas Round Up Champion. After the most important thirty seconds in 2011 on the Texas Gulf Coast had elapsed, DLT Fire Water of Lingle Kennel trained by David Lingle and owned by David L. Tate, stood alone as the TGA Texas Round Up Champion.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

NGA News - Shanett wins Southland 5/16 Derby

NGA News -  Marc Randle's Shanett, racing out of the Robert Thorne Kennel, took command early to win the $55,000 Southland 5/16 Derby on July 1.

A daughter of Rhythmless-Maybix, Shanett held off Radio Spirit by a length-and-a-half to win in 32.07. She paid $8.00, $3.60 and $3.20 across the board.

Radio Spirit, owned by Richard Armington, races for the Magic City Kennel. Running third was Michael Cassidy's Jack's Big Lad, out of the Legg Kennel.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NGA News - McAllister wins Derby Lane Kennel race

NGA News -  Derby Lane concluded its racing season on June 30 in an exciting finale for the top spot in the kennel standings.

McAllister Kennel and Patriot jockeyed back and forth during the final week. Patriot kept fans in suspense until the last race before a winner was announced. Patriot trainer Victor Hall tied McAllister when TV Karly won race five. The following race the Barbara McAllister trained Klow Aloe Randy held on for the win and moved back in the lead. Neither scored another win on the card. McAllister’s final race was the 14th where entry Flying Magnify did have the lead for a short time, but settled for show. Patriot had one more entry for the night in the 15th race. Venus Aldridge broke second but early trouble took Patriot’s shot away for the victory as the betting favorite Figs Destry from Red Oak Racing scored the win. Destry broke third and took charge for owner Dick Figurilli of CO to win the final race of the meet. Destry’s win was also Red Oak’s third winner of the night that moved them into fourth place for the meet.

NGA News - Red Oak on fire; Alabama, Hambleton join roster

NGA News -  Robert Lambert’s Red Oak Kennel torched the Derby Lane oval during the first three performances of the new meet. Through July 3 the kennel recorded nine wins putting them in first place followed by Patriot kennel with five wins.

"I feel mighty proud to say I am top kennel right now even though we’ve just got started in the new meet," said Lambert. "We all know how fast that can change," he said with a chuckle. "I have new pups coming in soon and hope they pan out as well as the rest of the kennel has."

NGA News - Finals set for TGA Texas Round Up

NGA News -  After a wild and crazy semi-final round involving 24 greyhounds on Sunday July 3, the elite eight of the finest Texas bred greyhounds in the country take center stage Saturday evening July 9 in the $50,000 TGA Texas Round Up Sprint Championship finals.

Heading into the semi-final round, there were two competitors, Cry Homer of LQK Kennels, Inc. and KB’s Lights Out of K-Rod Kennel, that were undefeated through the first two rounds. When the dust settled, all of the greyhounds had tasted defeat at least once and the final margin of points from the top qualifier to the eighth and final qualifier was only five points.

NGA News - Orange Park Kennel Club weekend update

Friday - 7/1/2011

Spot plays O'Plenty at the Orange Park Kennel Club this weekend. Loads of top talent down in grade, posted up monsters ready to win, and even some aspiring pups looking to make a name for themselves, so buckle up and take a look at the features races at the Orange Park Kennel Club.

First up is Friday evening and we will look at the 4th, 7th, 10th, 11th, and 15th races.

Monday, July 4, 2011

NGA News - Possibility of Gold Cup, Silver Cup at Fall Meet

NGA News -  There's still a possibility that a Gold and Silver Cup could be held this upcoming Fall Meet (Oct. 10-15), but--at least in the case of the Silver Cup--it depends solely on owners making their pups eligible with one-year payments in the next two months.  A minimum of 16 final entries are necessary in order to run either stake, or else it will be canceled.

    The Silver Cup is for pups whelped in June, July and August 2010. There are 10 June pups that have already paid the annual payment of $100 per pup. The fate of the stake rests on whether enough pups from July (9 pups from 2 litters) and August (16 pups from 3 litters) are paid up. Payments are due anytime during the month in which the eligible litters turn one year old.

NGA News - Auction pups June wrap-up

NGA News -  Pups that were in the NGA Spring Meet Track Stakes and Auction in late April had a pretty good final week in June at racetracks around the country.

    Last Friday (June 24), two auction pups won their Maidens in race 1 and race 5 at Palm Beach. The $1,500 sale KB's Drooping (Oshkosh Slammer-Tempo Artic Fox) won her third Maiden start in 30.44. Drooping was sold at the by Ken Biehle to Christina Newsome.

Friday, July 1, 2011

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