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 Posted: Nov 18 2013, 06:34 PM
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Don Cuddy

Iconic international trainer and Greyhound Hall Of Famer Don Cuddy passed away in his native land of Ireland on Monday morning, Nov. 18.

Mr. Cuddy, who was inducted into the US Greyhound Hall Of Fame in 2004, was named the best trainer of the century by The Greyhound Review in 2000. He became a member of Ireland's Hall Of Fame in 2010 at the national Greyhound Award held in Limerick.

In the July 1982 issue of Turnout, fellow Irishman and Hall Of Famer Pat Dalton said that Don "has few if any equals in training greyhounds."

Three of the many outstanding greyhounds handled by Mr. Cuddy were also legendary Hall Of Famers: Rocking Ship*, Downing and K's Flak.

When only 8 years old, Mr. Cuddy took greyhounds to race in Dublin, Ireland, with his father. As a teenager, he worked after school with Jack McAllister (who had the great Hi There, inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2000). By the time, he was 17, Mr. Cuddy had his own coursing greyhound in his first stake final. Later, he developed a small, but successful racing kennel and won prestigious stake races in Ireland. For a time, he turned to the administrative side of racing, when he became an official at Shawfield Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.

Six years later, he returned to training, teaming with Pat Dalton to race in the United States. In the mid-1960s, the Dalton-Cuddy team shook up the American racing scene when their team of Irish racers, led by eventual champ Gleaming There*, upset the US team in the international competition at Biscayne. Dalton's exceptional breeding philosophy and Cuddy's skilled training methods made racing history, winning most of the prominent stake races in the county over the years and ranking among the top kennel operations in the US for decades.

Three of the many outstanding greyhounds handled by Mr. Cuddy were also legendary Hall Of Famers: Rocking Ship*, Downing and K's Flak.

After his retirement, Mr. Cuddy was chosen to be the trainer of U.S., Irish and English greyhounds for the inaugural International Greyhound Racing Carnival held in Australia.

The last years of his life were spent at his home in the Dublin area with his wife Marie--frequently attending greyhound events and still keeping up with the sport's activities worldwide. Michael Fortune, on his Talking Dogs website, said that, until illness wouldn't allow, Don was a nightly racegoer at Shelbourne Park. He was a participant in the Greyhound Review's poll conducted earlier this year, in an effort to identify the all-time All-America Team members, on the occasion of the team's 50th anniversary.

Fortune, on his blog, describes Mr. Cuddy as "one of the greatest Irishmen ever to be involved in greyhound racing." He also added: "He was a true legend in the very best meaning of that word and will be very sadly missed by all those of us who had the honor of knowing him. We offer our sincere sympathies to his sons Robert and Don Jr. and daughter Elizabeth."

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