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  1. SJ’s Princess ran 27 races all at Sanford Orlando. She was a dog that needed to be on top at the 1st turn to have any chance to win. Her problem was she didn't have great early speed. LOL In her 27 races she had one win, two 3rds and three 4ths. They tried putting her in the shorter 330 yard races, but that didn't work out and she is now your pet and I'm positive she is a better pet than a racer. Dangerous Lion ran 140 races between Sanford Orlando, Mardi Gras and Palm Beach. He was a dog with not much early speed. He could rush the turn a little, but nothing that would get him to the top or even 2nd in most races. To run 140 races you have to be able to do something and that something was to close. He did most of his racing from the middle of the backstretch to the finish line. He could come from far back to be 3rd or come from 4th or 5th to be 2nd or win. He was a nice racer with 86 races in the money out of his 140 starts. While he ran in grade A I would consider him a nice B dog who could win B, but not A. Dick
  2. I would think a number of groups will be getting dogs in the next few months. Daytona will close the end of March and Sanford Orlando is closing in early June, the 5th I think. Between those two tracks there are about 1350 dogs and since those are considered low end tracks most of those dogs will do to adoption and not another track to race. While I can't speak specifically about your group getting dogs, there will be a lot of dogs available. Just to give everyone an idea as to what is going on with breeding greyhounds in 2017 there were 7,181 individuals whelped, in 2018 that number was close to the same at 6,867. For 2019 I have the numbers through November and that number is 6,249. That is about 570 a month so the 2019 total should be about the same as 2018. Dick
  3. Bam's Barney ran 176 races all at Caliente He was a dog that at the peak of his career he ran a lot of A and B races. In those races he really needed to be 1st or 2nd to the turn to have a chance to win. He had the early speed to do that so as long as he hit his break he was usually near the front at the turn. If he broke poorly he finished near the back. In the lower grades he could be 3rd or 4th to the turn and have a chance to win. Of his 176 races he was in the money 91 times and that is pretty good and pretty consistent. Mega San Onofre ran 215 races all at Caliente. She was a little better racer than Barney running in A and B for longer periods of time. She could close a little and if she was 3rd or better to the turn she was a threat to win even in A. She also never gave in a race and even if she was 7th to the turn she could end up 3rd or 4th. She couldn't close enough to win, but she tried more often than not. She was in the money a very good 130 times with 39 wins. Dick
  4. HRF needed to have more speed out of the box, but most of the time he got out poorly and that set him up for getting in trouble at the turn. He finished in the money three times and in each of those races he got out of the box third, second and third. His other seven races he was 7th or 8th out of the box except for one time when he was 4th. What you don't want to do is get to the turn with the pack and be on the outside because all it takes is one dog that goes a little wide and you get blocked or pushed around. He is a big boy at 85 pounds. Good luck with your new boy I'm sure he will be a great pet. Dick
  5. Interesting trial going on. https://www.thenorthernlight.com/stories/innovative-therapy-puts-blaine-dogs-cancer-into-remission,9264
  6. As was mentioned above Kay Kay System was bred and had two pups. They were born in July and most females go into season every 6 months so whether she was bred again or adopted out I don't know. http://www.greyhound-data.com/d?i=2103995 When you mentioned your pups sire was Flying Train it caught my eye because he was a great racers many years ago and he was whelped in 1989. Dick
  7. If you are on FB try joining the Pro Greyhound Movement group and ask there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/470273329733654/ I'm always amazed that there is almost always someone that knows the dog someone is asking about. There are farmers, kennel owners, trainers and people from adoption groups on that site. Dick
  8. It is always nice to start gaining daylight. While our earliest sunsets were earlier this month, so we've been gaining time at night and our latest sunsets still haven't happened we do start gaining more time at night than we lose in the morning. The other thing about being in the northern hemisphere is we will be closest to the sun on January 4th and farthest from the sun on, it's either July 3rd or 4th forgot which it is this year.
  9. Those that have been on GT for a while know Dennis and his great knowledge of greyhounds and how well he expresses his thoughts into words. To those that don't know Dennis I would say he is the person that knows every in and out of what makes a greyhound tick. https://www.facebook.com/groups/470273329733654/permalink/2670897666337865/
  10. I think it's great that the adoption groups will take back a dog for whatever reason can't stay in the adoptive home. It's the language in the contract that I'm against. Having a place to fall back on would be a perfect scenario except that you are legally bound to do so. What if you had a friend or relative that would love to take your dog. Legally, according to the contract, you can't give your dog to a person like that. I guess the adoption group could sue you. That is what I'm against. I don't want a dog ending up in a shelter when a group will take the dog back. To me it's a win, win situation without the perceived legality of where the dog has to go. Here in the U.S. you can safely say greyhound adoption is at 100 percent. A couple of groups have imported greyhounds from either the U.K or Ireland, forgot which, because they have no dogs to adopt out and there are a number of adoption groups that have a few dogs or no dogs and are waiting for some. When demand is more than supply you are at 100 percent. I hope you find a good solution to your problem and it sounds like fostering the dog and letting potential adopters come to your house to see the dog works well for everyone. Dick
  11. For years I've said the same thing. It would be nice if the adoption groups said if the need arises and you need to rehome your pup we would be happy to take the dog back and do the rehoming again. Either I own the dog or I don't and if I don't then why am I paying all the food and medical bills? If I do then I can do with the dog as I please. Is there anything else that you purchase that you don't own except for big ticket items like a house or car that you own with a bank? Even the house or car there is no stipulation that you can't sell or give the house or car away as long as the lender gets their money.
  12. You might try contacting Bob Crossland. He has a greyhound farm in Oak Grove and he can probably tell you what hauler goes to his farm from Florida. While I don't want to speak for Bob you might ask him how much he would charge to hold your dog if the hauler dropped the dog off at his farm. That way you could go to the farm at your convince, say on a Saturday. Of course if you are anti-racing you may just want to get name and number of the hauler and be done with it. I don't have Bob's number, but I'm sure you can find it on the internet. Dick
  13. People and animals are right-footed or left-footed. With a greyhound as the lid opens they push off on their dominant back foot and it doesn't matter the foot. What does matter is as the dog approaches the turn he will switch to his left lead if he is on the right. He has to in order to hold the turn. Think about the cadence on the left lead, left, right, right and left. the two right legs coming down one after the other helps the greyhound hold the turn. If the dog isn't on his left lead going around the turn he will "blow the turn" or keep going straight instead of turning as fast as he needs to. As the dog heads down the backstretch he will switch to his right lead and as he approaches the far turn will switch back to the left lead and as he exits the turn and heads to the finish line he will switch back to the right. The only race where it matters which lead the dog breaks on is the 660 yard race because the starting box is right where turn 3 is and the dog doesn't have time to switch from his right to his left lead. Trainers, at least good trainers, know all their dogs and whether they are right or left-footed. I'm not a trainer, but what I was taught by Dennis, for those that don't know Dennis that is Dennis McKeon and he is one of the great minds when it comes to greyhounds and if you google his name along with greyhounds you will find a lot of the articles he wrote, is if your dog is breaking off his wrong lead there is something wrong with him.
  14. One great thing about slo-mo is it makes it easy to see what lead the greyhound is on. The cadence for a left-lead in double suspension gallop is left rear, right rear, right front, left front and the opposite for a right-lead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARiYEaHMB-4
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