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Jun 20 2014, 03:52 PM
By Gary Guccione Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Friday morning’s 10-lot greyhound auction, held under a lien pursuant to the evacuation of the Shane Vonderstrasse farm in mid-May, came off without a hitch. Most of the greyhounds sold—some, perhaps, to race competitively, others to begin or extend their breeder careers. Just as it should be.

Those that didn’t sell are being placed into adoption programs—also, just as it should be.

If Grey2K had its way, none of the greyhounds would have been sold. But then, Grey2K would say that about ANY and ALL of the dogs raced or bred by NGA members. In their world, no greyhounds would ever even be bred for racing. But more on Grey2K’s tiresome mantra in a moment.

The sale netted just under $7,000, with all but two of the older broods selling. It pretty much brought to a close a five-week situation wherein NGA swiftly and efficiently moved 141 greyhounds out of harm’s way from a farm in Mt. Pleasant, AR. Through the selfless efforts of NGA personnel and volunteers, the greyhounds were quickly restored to full health. Most in the greyhound world lauded NGA for its quick action in the incident.

But even a noble effort such as this one somehow can’t escape the condemnation of Grey2K. Unsurprisingly, their spin was filled with half-truths and outright lies—something they’ve become famous for over the years.

The NGA’s tiny auction was blasted by Grey2K as a “profit-making, money-grab.” Never mind that an auction is a state requirement, under Kansas’ lien laws—the final step in giving NGA authority to legally distribute any greyhounds owned by the previous record owner. There are no profits to be made here, especially when you take into account the approximately $14,000 that eventually will have been spent by NGA and AGC to carry out this mission. Sorry, Grey2K; you strike out again.

And by the way, when was the last time anybody saw Grey2K put up $14,000 to provide food and care for greyhounds in an emergency? The answer is: “Never.”

In the next lying breath, Grey2K accuses NGA of telling the sheriff of Izard County, Arkansas, to not file charges against the perpetrator of the farm problem. That is simply untrue. NGA was told by the sheriff’s department that it was ultimately up to the prosecuting attorney in the county to determine whether charges would be filed. NGA has no standing to make that determination. Moreover, never did NGA request or urge the sheriff’s department to not file charges. In the final analysis, it was their county, and their call.

Contrary to any report otherwise, NGA would certainly cooperate if charges were filed, and if NGA were asked for assistance. Why would we not cooperate? It was at our request that law enforcement got involved in the first place. Our first and foremost objective was to remove greyhounds from an at-risk situation. The sheriff’s department accompanied NGA at the time of the initial inspection, and applied pressure on Vonderstrasse to voluntarily relinquish the pups, under the threat of immediate and certain cruelty charges.

Grey2K’s Kool-Aid drinkers alleged that NGA was protecting one of its own. Truth is, Vonderstrasse is no longer an NGA member, nor one of “our own.” Grey2K, not known to let the truth get in the way of a good story (or an animal-rights temper tantrum), forgot to remind their minions about the NGA Board’s June 4 ruling, where Vonderstrasse was given the harshest punishment possible under NGA rules—total revocation of all privileges and banishment from the sport, for life. In fact, no one in the sport can conduct any type of greyhound business with him, or they’d also risk punitive action from the NGA Board.

NGA protecting him? Hardly. Because of the action, Shane Vonderstrasse will never be able to own or handle NGA greyhounds again.

Once the lies start, Grey2K just can’t seem to stop when it’s on a roll. The anti-racing group went on to assert that NGA is merely a “lobbying group.”

First, that’s a serious case of the pot calling the kettle black. Lobbying is one of Grey2K’s most significant budget items; both Carey Theil and his wife, Christine Dorchak, are paid healthy salaries for lobbying on behalf of Grey2K.

Second, how many lobbying groups would do what NGA did in this emergency? Unlike Grey2K, the NGA actually delivered on its animal-care commitment with actions to benefit greyhounds. The Grey2K rhetoric is just another case of this radical animal rights group trying to rile up (not to mention get donations from) their choir members.

The incident in Arkansas was an extremely unique situation. In my 43 years with NGA, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. NGA’s quick action turned a potentially huge tragedy into a remarkable effort—one that the hard work of many in the industry and the adoption community will soon bring to a proper conclusion.

The noble mission of the last five weeks warrants a positive wrap-up, so here it is. The greyhounds that sold in today’s auction—like any other NGA greyhound ever sold—are being given another opportunity to do what they love and were originally bred to do. NGA and its members should be proud of the legitimate, humane and legal sport and industry in which they are involved. They need to apologize to no one—least of all to Grey2K.
Apr 10 2014, 05:13 PM
The final 8 for Derby Lane Distance Classic are set -


Golden Squire, D’Arcy-54 points
Crowned Supreme, D’Arcy-51 points
Odd Grayson, Abernathy-46 points
Kiowa Jordan Doc, O’Donnell-44 points
Golden Surf, D’Arcy-44 points
Rams Contango, Marsella-34 points
Kiowa Zabia, O’Donnell-26 points
TMC’s Roxslide, O’Donell-26 points
Post positions should be drawn soon, I hope to see Sat's Matinee & Evening programs posted on DL's site late tonight.

If Eddy draws in Sat evening we will make the trip to DL to cheer on Eddy and his kennelmate. (Golden Squire,, Crowned Supreme,, & Golden Surf)

Nov 18 2013, 06:34 PM

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."

Hall of Fame
Oct 30 2013, 07:00 AM

Simplifying Greyhound Stride

Dennis McKeon

Speed thrills. The ability for a greyhound to express pure, instantaneous speed--- or brilliance, if you prefer--- entails biomechanical aptitudes that are enhanced and enabled by fast twitch muscles, which give the greyhound an astonishing capacity to develop and express "leg speed". That's one of the reasons they are so breathtakingly fast. Leg speed is a component of stride. There is, however, another component to stride, and that would be "rhythmic stride scope".

There are 3 basic types of greyhound stride:

The first is where the greyhound's individual, relative leg speed is greater than his rhythmic scope. What does that mean, you ask? Basically, it means that the dog will have dramatic ability to accelerate quickly, and repeat his stride, because his own leg speed exceeds his own rhythmic stride scope. He will also be able to recover more quickly from jostling or bumping, because his action is more dynamic and simpler, is more immediately at his command. He stays lower to the ground when he runs, and he needs slightly less time to complete each full phase of stride. He is quick and nimble. On a shorter, sharper turn, he has an advantage as well, as he compensates less for the radius and length of the turn, because his stride is a smaller fraction of the distance. He loses less speed to negotiate it. He normally uses more energy early in the race, and there is an inverse and exponential relationship between early energy use and early onset of fatigue---i.e.---faster earlier<>slower later.

The second type of stride is where the greyhound’s individual rhythmic scope of stride is greater than his own leg speed. This means that the dog has a longer stride than he has relative capacity to express leg speed. He likely has a greater percentage of slow twitch muscles than does the opposite type. Greyhounds of this stride type usually require time to develop a rhythmic cadence, and as they achieve more lift during the extended phase of stride, their action is somewhat more complex, and it takes fractionally longer to develop. Greyhounds of this type are not normally able to as quickly recover their rhythm after meeting obstruction or after hard contact, as easily as greyhounds whose stride is more compact and who are more dynamic, who require slightly less time to complete a full phase of stride, and who have less scope and more leg speed. However, they are able to cover more ground with each stride, and they are often capable of protracted periods of high galloping speed, especially on a larger racing oval, where turns are more gradual and longer, where they can sustain their rhythm, and where they have to compensate less for the centrifugal and centripetal forces exerted on their organism by the turn and the act of turning. A greyhound with this type stride characteristic generally uses less energy early in the race, and therefore has more energy, exponentially, to expend later in the racer.

The third type of stride is where a greyhound’s own relative leg speed is about equal to his rhythmic scope. The more of each of these biomechanical aptitudes he possesses in balance, the faster he can run. (see above)

In racing populations or colonies where breeding is almost entirely focused on the expression of early pace, eventually it must become self-limiting. The organism will work against its own capacity to cope with internal and external forces that are created and exerted by the act of galloping and the media used for it.

To maintain a sound racing population, greyhounds of each basic stride type are critical, to achieve a happy medium between leg speed and rhythmic scope, and to breed greyhounds who are capable of a wide range of athletic expression over a variety of distances, and who are sound and durable.

Oct 21 2013, 08:38 PM
NGA Auction tops $1.4 million

Mon, Oct 21, 2013

The Friday-Saturday NGA Auction, which saw nearly $1.4 million in pup sales and another $115,000 in brood and stud dog sales (bringing the total to more than one-and-a-half million), brought a dramatic close to another successful NGA Fall Meet (Oct. 14-19) in Abilene, Ks.

The Friday-Saturday NGA Auction, which saw nearly $1.4 million in pup sales and another $115,000 in brood and stud dog sales (bringing the total to more than one-and-a-half million), brought a dramatic close to another successful NGA Fall Meet (Oct. 14-19) in Abilene, Ks.

Pups—195 in all—sold for $1,397,150, for an average of $7,164. Forty-seven brood lots (including one stud—Hi Noon Hero, for $25,000) sold for $115,950. Auction total was $1,513,100.

Once again, snow helped define this meet—but to a much lesser degree than it did last spring, when a total snow covering (except for the track) greeted meet attendees on Tuesday’s races in April.

This time, snow flurries were the backdrop to Friday’s racetrack finals—but a full wintry covering showed itself early in the afternoon when all the races had been completed.

Top sale in the auction was the $42,000 paid by a group led by Randy Finegan for Ken Biehle’s KB’s Hot Idea (Mustang Zapper-Hot Kisses). Hot Idea won his February/March main stake in 29.63—easily the fastest time of the entire meet and just a length off the track record. Joining Finegan in the purchase were Rich Armington, Marshall Gramm and Joe Ametrano.

The ongoing theme of the week was Women in Greyhound Racing, as a number of supporters provided funds to sponsor a stake by that name. An additional $500 was raised for a special purse to the female with the fastest time of the week (claimed by David Peck’s CTW Leona Brown, CTW Base Camp-CTW Broken Halo, who ran a 29.93 on Friday). Moreover, another $2,500 was raised by the supporters as a contribution on behalf of the NGA to breast cancer research.

The “women” theme seemed to touch on other aspects of the Fall Meet. Gina Strong served as the first woman paddock judge at a National Meet. The Wednesday night banquet was in honor of Karen Keelan; it was only the third time a woman was the banquet honoree, and the first time a woman track operator was so honored. Then on Friday, Julia Ward of Abilene became the first woman to be elected as president of the NGA.

Thursday night’s ceremonies at the greyhound museum witnessed the induction of Darby Henry, Bill Lee and Flying Penske into the Hall Of Fame in front of a huge crowd.

In fact, crowds for all events were large throughout the week. More than the usual number of representatives from racetracks journeyed to Abilene for the Meet, in part to take in Karen Keelan’s banquet and the Bill Lee induction. Friday night’s live auction crowd was especially large.
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