Monday, August 29, 2011

SemiFinals - Gallagher/Kinnaird Puppy Stakes - August 29th

For Immediate Release
August 27, 2011


            West Palm Beach, Fl. - The eight finalists for the fourteenth running of Palm Beach Kennel Club’s $20,000 Gallagher / Kinnaird Puppy Stakes will be determined Monday afternoon, August 29, as the track holds its final two qualifying races leading up to the main event.
        Semifinal events will be contested in the twelfth and fourteenth races of the afternoon, with the eight highest total point earners advancing to the championship final on Monday afternoon, September 5, Labor Day.
        Following three rounds of qualifying, Pat Collins / Neola Joe Kennel’s JS Pierce leads in qualifying with two wins and a third, for a total of 36 points.
        Monday afternoon’s two semifinal races, in post position order:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Round 3 - Gallagher/Kinnaird Puppy Stakes - August 24th

For Immediate Release

August 21, 2011


          West Palm Beach, Fl. - Qualifying for Palm Beach Kennel Club’s $20,000 Gallagher / Kinnaird Puppy Stakes continues with third-round action Wednesday afternoon, August 24.

        So far between two rounds of qualifying, there has been ten races contested. And stunningly, there have been ten different winners!

        Normally when entering the third round of qualifying, one would have a general idea who would advance to the semifinals, and even have thoughts on a pre-championship race favorite.

Can Atascocita Bowl get 11 in a Row?

For Immediate Release
August 21, 2011


            West Palm Beach, Fl. - Newly crowned 545-yard Royal Palm Course track record holder Atascocita Bowl (Dodgem By Design - Atascocita Sally) will be going for his eleventh-consecutive victory Tuesday afternoon at the Palm Beach Kennel Club.

        The Suncoast Kennel superstar broke a sixteen-year old kennel club record last Thursday afternoon, August 18, as he crossed the finish line in a record-breaking clocking of 29.12 seconds.

        The previous record holder was 1995 Greyhound of the Year Twilite Demand (HB’s Commander - Twilite Fantasy) who now holds the second-fastest time ever, 29.14.

        The re-energized, vitalized and super-sized 40-month old sensation will be attempting consecutive win number eleven in Tuesday afternoon’s twelfth race.

        Her main threat will come from the brother and sister team of early speedsters Feather In Mycap and Monkey’s Uncle (Yahoo Omar - Flying Exorcist, Rader Racing Kennel).

        Gates will open Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. with post time for the twelfth race at approximately 3:50 p.m.

Contact: Jeff Prince (561) 683-2222, Ext. 126 /

Thursday, August 18, 2011

"Puppy Palace" Wins entrance into $10,000 World Series of Greyhound Handicapping

Big JackPot Betting News Release
"Puppy Palace" Wins
Qualifying Event for
$10,000 World Series of Greyhound Handicapping

"Puppy Palace" won the 'Dogs Days of August Qualifying Event" for the $10,000 World Series of Greyhound Handicappers held on Agust 16th and 17th. This was the 8th qualifying event of the series where the winner gains entrance into the World Series.

The "Dog Days of August" was a ROI contest with 3 rounds over 2 days featuring 3 tracks, Derby Lane, Sanford Orlando and TriState. Going into the last race of the event the top 3 finishers were all within $8.00 of the prize and "Puppy Palace" took the win when his dog came from behind and won my a neck.

We at would like to thank all the handicappers and novices out there for participating in these events it has been exciting to see them grow in size and excitement. A thank you as well to all the tracks and their personnel that were featured without their help we could not have had such a successful event.

There are 16 seats available for the $10,000 World Series event to be held this December. has yet to announce their next contest/qualifying event but we are sure to do so shortly.

Palm Beach Track Record Broken

For Immediate Release
August 18, 2011


        West Palm Beach, Fl. - Many thought it was a Palm Beach Kennel Club  record that would never be broken.
        It was a Thursday night, March 30, 1995, when in the eleventh race, recently crowned St. Patrick’s Invitational champion and future All-America Team Captain Twilite Demand (HB’s Commander - Twilite Fantasy) of the Agganis & Samia Kennel, traversed the 545-yard Royal Palm Course in an unprecedented clocking of 29.14 seconds.
        Fast forward more than 16 years to Thursday afternoon, August 18, 2011.
        In the sixth race of the afternoon, Suncoast Kennel’s Atascocita Bowl (Dodgem By Design - Atascocita Sally) accomplished the unbelievable, some may say the unimaginable, when he shaved .02 seconds off the long-standing record, crossing the finish line in a new standard of 29.12 seconds.
        And just as icing on the cake, while in the process of establishing a new track record, Atascocita Bowl also scored his tenth consecutive victory.


Atascocita Bowl.....29.12.....Suncoast Kennel.....August 18, 2011
Twilite Demand.....29.14.....Agganis & Samia Kennel......March 30, 1995
Ozzie The Man.....29.15.....Cahill & O’Connor Kennel.....February 11, 2006
ML Dusty Trail.....29.15.....Bill Davidson Kennel.....December 1, 1996
CC Big One.....29.17.....Dick Andrews Kennel.....April 7, 1990
Harper.....29.17.....Mountain Kennel.....March 24, 2001
Yahoo Omar.....29.18.....Rader Racing.....January 10, 2009
Dreamy Blossom.....29.18.....Mountain Kennel.....May 20, 2007
Big Ale Star.....29.18.....John Allen Kennel.....April 7, 1990
ML Dusty Trail.....29.19.....Bill Davidson Kennel.....November 4, 1996
ML Dusty Trail.....29.19.....Bill Davidson Kennel.....December 5, 1996
Ozzie The Man.....29.20.....Cahill & O’Connor Kennel.....April 21, 2006
CC Big One.....29.20.....Dick Andrews Kennel.....March 17, 1990
Switzler Jammin.....29.21.....Rader Racing Kennel.....June 3, 2007
Ozzie The Man.....29.21.....Cahill & O’Connor Kennel.....January 4, 2006
Ozzie The Man.....29.21.....Cahill & O’Connor Kennel.....July 9, 2005

Contact: Jeff Prince (561) 683-2222, Ext. 126 /

Gulf's Kennel of the Week

For the second week in a row, the Kennel of the Week honors was decided by the narrowest of margins as five kennels ended up within $244 of each other. Emerging out on top of this blanket finish was Libby Racing Kennels by a mere $14 over D.Q. Williams Kennel, followed by K-Rod Kennel, Gable Gulf Kennel, LLC and Big Water Kennel. Leading the way for trainer Frank Falco and the rest of the gang was 550-yard top grade winner Bay Oaks Swagger while Nina’s Fire Pen and Nina’s Fire Fly dominated the 660-yard scene each winning one time. The final statistics tallied 9 wins, 7 seconds, 2 thirds and 3 fourth place finishes earning $5,953.94 in purse money.

Gulf's Greyhound of the Week

Historically, Gable Gulf Kennel, LLC has raised some of the fastest greyhounds gracing the oval in La Marque, Texas as well as throughout the country. It is time to add another name to that list as Gable Go Shaunee earns this week’s Greyhound of the Week honors.

It was clear from the start that this 61 pound speedster bred out of Gable Diego – Gable Pimiento was something special winning her first two races in grades M and J after winning both of her schooling outings. The journey into grade C was very rough, as Gable Go Shaunee could not achieve the lead in those three races and dropped back into grade D. The drop in class proved to be beneficial as Gable Go Shaunee rolled to a 13 length victory in her first ever sub-30 second time (29.87). After that spectacular effort, Gable Go Shaunee quickly climbed the grade ladder winning three out of her next five races to reach the Gulf’s top grade AA.

NGA News - Reggie’s calling: Service Dog

Like many retirees, Craigie Ginlite (a.k.a. Reggie) was looking for something to do. Like an increasing number of people afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis, Keleigh Miller was looking for a service dog for balance support. Indeed, it sometimes “takes a village” to complete the puzzle.
Keleigh’s MS had been slowly progressing over the past 15 years. Around two years ago, a friend introduced Keleigh to professional dog trainer Betsy Howell of Red Fern Canines. Betsy formerly worked for a service-dog organization, and she agreed to begin the search for a tall, trainable dog with a gentle temperament.

NGA News - Adoption groups band to aid Panhandle

Three non-profit greyhound adoption and support groups have formed the “Sunburst Greyhound Adoption Project and Kennel” in a unique and unprecedented effort to move large numbers of retired racing hounds from several Florida Panhandle tracks to adoption groups throughout the country.

The  Project is a joint effort of The Greyhound Alliance (, which will provide funding through the generous donations of its membership and fundraising projects; The Northern Consortium (NoCo), an organization of several adoption groups in the Great Lakes region which has moved more than 900 Panhandle greyhounds in the past; and the Emerald Coast Chapter of Greyhound Pets of America (, the largest racing hound adoption organization in the nation. The NoCo and GPAEC will provide the human volunteers to prepare the dogs and arrange for transport to adoption groups in non-racing states.

Mile High sells

Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Mile High Greyhound Park near Denver, which discontinued live racing in 2008, has been purchased by the City of Commerce City for development.
The track, which opened in 1949 in Commerce City and ran live racing for 60 years, sold for $3.3 million--purchased from Mile High USA and Mile High Kennel Club Inc. (properties of the British company BLB).
Commerce City officials say they will have a good idea what to do with the Mile High property by May 2012. One city councilwoman told the Denver Post that she wants the Mile High property to once again be a center of activity.

Orange Park - James Patton Silver Cup - Featured races

Friday - 8/19/2011
The first round is upon us in the 2011 James J Patton Silver Cup and boy do we have some fantastic races for you. As always in the first round, there are some mismatches, but we also have some highly contested affairs to look at. Seven great races, and fifty-six greyhounds, in all will be battling it out for points and bragging rights in this first round trips.

So let's take a closer look at the 5th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, and 15th races for Friday evening August 19th at the Orange Park Kennel Club.

Wheeling greyhounds head to Bluffs Run

By Stan Pawloski   Thu, Aug 18, 2011

Two Wheeling-based greyhounds are heading West.

Word is A Ray Kennel's Dakotas Alene, currently sporting a seven race Grade AA win streak, and Wayne Ward Kennel's Kiowa WW Devera will be entered in the $60,000 Bluffs Run Open. The sprint stake opens Sept. 14, with a final on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The decisions to move the sprinters is directly related to action taken by Wheeling management to pull the plug on stake races during the 2011 racing season. A percentage of simulcast money have funded the Wheeling stake program in the past but management decided not to allocate those funds this year.
Dakotas Alene, a May 2008 greyhound out of Stan's Boy Flyer-Myokie Amber, has 16 wins, 6 seconds, 1 third and 1 fourth in 29 starts this year at Wheeling. She is owned by Jimmy King and trained by Joe Palmer.
Kiowa WW Devera, a March 2009 greyhound out of Kiowa Sweet Trey-Kiowa WW Time, has 13 wins, 8 seconds and 2 thirds in 30 Wheeling trips. Owned by Julia Ward and trained by Ron Otto, Devera opened his career at Bluffs Run in October 2010 before shipping to Wheeling.

Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of August 17)

 By Stan Pawloski   Thu, Aug 18, 2011

A Ray Kennel's Dakotas Alene has raced to seven straight Grade AA wins for trainer Joe Palmer.

Gable Kennel's Gable Gulp has two victories and a second in her last three Grade AA 3/8 trips for trainer Wayne Piquette.
Charter Kennel's Blackjack Beaver has back-to-back Grade AA wins for trainer Robert Cooley.
Wayne Ward Kennel's WW's Power Puff (AA) and WW's Arithmetic (B, A 3/8) have two straight victories for trainer Ron Otto.
Vince Berland Kennel's HS Lipton has three wins in a row (C, B, A) for trainer Pamela Webb.
Ryan Farms Kennel's Starz Allnatural has back-to-back victories (A, AA) for trainer Mick D'Arcy.
Steve Sarras Kennel's Royal Fury has won three out of her last four outings (M, D, C) for trainer Robert Allen.
Fast Track Racing Kennel's Rum Shepherdface has back-to-back wins (B, A) for trainer Louise Strong.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

NGA - Making Movies with Greyhounds: Dean and Dixie in Sunshine State

Preparing to film a scene. Courtesy of Mary Ellen Hollmann Hollis
Making Movies with Greyhounds: Dean and Dixie in Sunshine State
In the spring of 2001, Shirley Kane, Executive Director of Orange Park’s “Greyhounds as Pets of Northeast Florida, Inc,” didn’t know what to think when she listened to a telephone message from a man saying he needed greyhounds for a movie. She thought the inquiry was a prank or sales ploy, but she returned the call anyway, just in case. As it turned out, the inquiry was legitimate, the film being Sunshine State, written and directed by John Sayles whose previous awa r d -wi n n i n g films at the time included Lone Star, Passion Fish, Eight Men Out, and The Secret of Roan Inish, to name a few.

NGA -Derby Lane announces final stakes schedule of 2011

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.

Greyhound of the Month

Shanett, Jump N Jive, Aerial Battle, TB’s Final Stand

By Gary Guccione   Fri, Aug 05, 2011

Southland, Bluffs Run and St. Pete produced the quartet of stake stars being spotlighted this time around. Many others are worthy of coverage here, but with the Review now a bi-monthly, it prevents top billing for all that have excelled the past two months. That said, be sure to take a minute to make note of the Honorable Mentions at column’s end—this month and in the future.
Most recent star to rise is young Shanett, Marc Randle’s winner of the $55,000 Southland 5/16 Derby in W. Memphis on July 1. Racing for the Robert Thorne Kennel, Shanett beat a stellar field in the final, upping her 2011 record to 17-4-1-1 in 23 Southland starts. Earlier this year, Shanett captured the Southland Spring Juvenile.

From the NGA - Bluffs Run July Roundup

Another terrific month by Slatex Emerald highlighted the Harlan Brothers Kennel’s performance in July at Bluffs Run.

Slatex Emerald topped all of the greyhounds in July with five wins and a third in six starts. That helped the Harlan Brothers pound out 40 wins to lead all of the kennels.
Also helping Harlan was Slatex Topaz, a littermate of Slatex Emerald, who finished July with a 6-3-3-0 record.

Friday, August 5, 2011

August 5th - Force out Giveaway's and Jackpots:

Palm Beach Kennel Club Tri Super forced out this afternoon. Jackpot starts at $10,834.14. Play in Races 11 and 13.

Daytona Beach Kennel Club Tri Super forced out tonight. Guaranteed $3,000.00 Jackpot! Play in Races 7 and 8.

Orange Park Kennel Club Twin Tri forced out tonight. Carryover starts at $3,005.25. Play in Races 10 and 12.
Flagler Dog Track Tri Super forced out tonight. Carryover currently stands at $3,330.39. Play in Races 3 and 5.

Dubuque Greyhound Park Twin Tri forced out tonight. Carryover starts at $2,245.00. Play in Races 7 and 9.

Gulf Greyhound Park Twin Tri forced out tonight. Carryover starts at $3,753.34. Play in Races 6 and 7.

Gulf Greyhound Park Late Tri Super carryover currently stands at $18,748.28 and growing! Play tonight in Races 12 and 13.

Southland Park Twin Super carryover currently stands at $10,846.56 and growing! Play tonight in Races 12 and 14

NGA - Troy Stiles Passing

Former NGA Vice-president Troy Stiles, of Cleburne, TX, passed away earlier today (Aug. 3), the Association has just learned.
    Mr. Stiles was elected to the NGA Board in October 1978 and served until October 1987. He served as vice-president in 1984 and 1985.
    Other details of Mr. Stiles' passing will be carried when they are available.

Below is the obituary published in the Star-Telegram on August 4th, 2011:

Troy D. Stiles, 84, of Cleburne passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Cleburne. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday in Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Dr. Russell Elleven will officiate. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

NGA - Wheeling Hot Dogs (as of Aug. 3)

By Stan Pawloski   Fri, Aug 05, 201
Vince Berland Kennel's Flying Dorsey has four straight Grade AA wins for trainer Pamela Webb. Kennel-mates Flying Favreau has two wins and a second in his last three outings while TK Black Manba (B, A) has back-to-back victories.

A Ray Kennel's Dakotas Alene has four Grade AA wins in a row for trainer Joe Palmer.

Charter Kennel's Red Rooster Bonz has won four out of his last five Grade AA races for trainer Robert Cooley.

Flying Coal City marks 60th career win

by Vera Rasnake

The "train" is back and moving full steam ahead at Derby Lane. Flying Coal City a.k.a. 
"coaltrain" marked his 60th career win Wednesday night July 27 for McAllister kennel. Trained by Barbara McAllister Flying Coal City marked his victory by also halting JW Titleist’s (Capabal) win streak at four straight and kept M’s Free Hand (Floyd & Porter) from the hat trick. Flying Coal City was a dual distance dominator at Derby Lane in 2010 that landed him both Rural Rube and Flashy Sir awards and Captain of the All America Team. Coal City started 2011 with a win in the inaugural, but was plagued with minor injuries that kept him from defending his title in two stakes this year. Coal City made a personal appearance at the Hall of Fame in April to receive his awards before shipping back to Derby Lane.

Star Struck by Gary Dura

It's not often I'll write about a pup that lost, but I couldn't resist in this case.

Astarblackmagic lost his first race at Dubuque Greyhound Park Sunday. He rolled through his first three races, going from Grade D up to A. In his schooler, he dominated.

Sunday, against the top dogs, he broke in stride with Poker Man Jake and JD Andromeda, got pushed back in the early going and finished fourth.

But the pup didn't quit the entire race, searching for space and gradually moving up. He had a little trouble in the back stretch, which I think cost him a top three finish.

I bring up the pup for two reasons: First, it shows how difficult it is to remain undefeated, especially when a greyhound reaches the top grade. Second, it's the type of dog to look for to bet on. He keeps going forward, driving through trouble to hit the board.

Those are dogs that payoff for you. That's one of the factors to check out: Does the dog quit when the going gets tough? If it doesn't, consider it for your bet.

Astarblackmagic is from the River Bluffs kennel, and is trained by Brad Hess. He raced 27 times at Wheeling, hitting the board 12 times. I consider Wheeling one of the top tracks (and also one I have a hard time cashing a ticket!)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dynamic Duo Lock Up Friday

You want a little excitement in your life? Well you better check out the 10th race on the card for Friday night at the Orange Park Kennel Club then.

Not only is this race the first half of the forced out Twin-Trifecta, it also features the fastest two greyhounds ever to race on the Orange Park oval. You know them as the best two sprinters at the racetrack, but by day the rest of the world calls them Really Xtreme and Paddy Whacker.

Greyhounds Make their Own Video