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.
Berland, owner of Flying Eagles kennel and farm, started out by buying stock at the NGA auction in 1986. Since then, his greyhounds—most often carrying the popular “Flying” prefix—have been a dominating force on the American racing and breeding scene.
Some of the key greyhounds owned or bred by Berland over the years include: Flying Train, Flying Hydrogen, all-time money earning champ Flying Stanley, Flying Mancini, Flying Oak*, Flying Penske, Flying Newport, Flying Gunman, Kiowa Sweet Joe, Flying Nitrogen, Flyin Bridgeport, Flying Larussa, Flying Coal City, Tiger Boy, Tiger Up A Tree and, of course, Kiowa Sweet Trey.
In all, Berland has owned, bred or raced nine All-Americans. He’s also won more NGA Rural Rube and Flashy Sir Awards (three RRs and two FSs) than any other owner.
Berland’s impact on National meets has also been significant. The record-breaking sale of Flying Train in 1991 for $56,000 really started the ball rolling with big-dollar sales at the auction. Berland is still the highest seller in a single NGA meet (more than $298,000 in the Fall Meet of 2000). He’s won the most main-stakes at a meet a record seven times (beginning in Fall 1990, ending Spring 2005).
Kiowa Sweet Trey, the canine inductee on Oct. 14, was bred by Hall Of Famer Kay Smith, who sold half-interest to Sweet Trey to Berland after the Spring Meet 2001 for $15,000. He started his career at Wheeling where he racked up an incredible 16-1-0 record in 18 starts. At St. Pete, he won the Inaugural, the All-Star Kennel Preview and ran third (to Dodgem By Design and Talentedmrripley) in the Sprint Classic. He was runner-up in the Hollywood World Classic and second in the Wichita Night Of Stars.
For his exploits, Sweet Trey was named to the 2001 All-America team. His career record—cut short due to injury—was 31-4-2-1 in 41 starts (out of the money just 3 times).
All this paled in comparison to the impact Kiowa Sweet Trey would have as a sire. He quickly rose to the upper division of the Sire Standings, then captured the national sire title in 2007 and 2008
Earlier this year, Kiowa Sweet Trey became the all-time leading sire of All-Americans, with an entire team (8) of his own: Igoby Bady (2005), Kiowa Delicate (2006), Flying Stanley (2007), Flyin Bridgeport (2007), Starz Jenko (2008), Flying Mancini (2008), Kiowa Wish Frank (2008) and Flying Coal City (2010).
Sweet Trey passed away in 2010, but still remains a major force on today’s sire scene.