We have had many changes in 2011, including splitting our kennel between Derby Lane, Florida, and Wheeling, West Virginia, with a few runners at Southland, West Memphis too. To keep up with all of the updates and latest news, I have created a Facebook page for D'Arcy kennels, and I update it almost daily. Here is the link to our page http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100002699769619 - stop by and add us a "Friend" ... you will get all of our daily updates. We have some nice litters breaking in at Wheeling and Derby Lane, including pups out of Greys Calibrator, Dreamy Blossom, Greys Touch Gold and I will try to keep this site as updated as possible.
September: This month started well for Sovereign Gold and Lady; the sisters climbed back to Grade A, winning Grade A’s. Makes Me Smile (aka Liz) won her first 2 races of Sept and climbed up to Grade B. CTW Flight Plan racked up win #7; in only 13 races, and has been entered into the Fall Sprint stakes. Kennel favorite San Tan Pronto is back in the kennel after a few months of rest on Jan’s farm in Ocala. Pronto has 2 wins so far this month to climb back up to Grade B. The ‘Hookem kids’; Jimbo, Danica, Kayleigh, Josey and JJ have all won their maidens. Their sister Angie is official schooling now, and should be racing ‘officially’ by the end of the month. Juan Diaz’s pups; Bidi Bidi Bambaa and JD Gaby’s Lexus won their maidens. Rare Rapture (aka Holly) won grade B, and climbed back up to grade A, as did brother Master Monday (aka Corky). Two of Bob & Judy Jewell’s pups Kl Heart N Soul (aka Sally) and KL Count Me In (Charlie) are back on track after some time off. The Blossom pups started to school officially; News King (aka King), Nightingale (aka Gale), Urban Sea (aka Sarah) all racked up schooling wins, and Aura Bella (aka Bella) had traffic in both schools and ran to good 2nds; with one of them to her sister Sarah. Greys Kissinger (aka Brother) that last of the Greys dynasty of Mary/Jack Butler is also in the kennel, and ran a 2nd place in his first official school.
May - August: A lot of consulting work projects kept me ‘away’ from the website for moths. Sorry to all of you who have been checking … and wondering if we would ever get around to updates. Well, the time is now … The kennel highlights for the past few months were Nicolaus Silver (aka Frosty) making the final of the Juvenile as high-point earner, and running a closing 2nd place finish; losing by 3/4L to LS Jack Williams. Congrats to Nova kennel on a great win with their pup! Sailors Return (aka Cubby); a brother to Nicolaus Silver and Celtic Dream (aka Jenny), Cubby racked up 6 wins for owners Declan Sheedy and Denis Grant. Jenny shined for her litter too, with 7 wins through the summer. Carolina Picture (aka Shot) and Carolina Flare claimed 5 wins apiece for owners Joan + Charlie Rink. Biblio Ray (aka Benny) won 3 races in a row, but has been resting since July. His sister Hey Dodi Lou (aka Teresa) won 5 races and has been a model of consistency moving between Grades C & B. Site of Victory (aka Tory) had 4 wins. Ctw Flight Plan and Tali Layla were purchased by Robbie Britton at the Spring Meet. Both pups are racing at Derby Lane; while awaiting approval to travel to Australia. Flight Plan has made quite an impact with 6 wins in 11 races climbing to grade A very quickly. The ‘Hookem litter’ owned by Buddy Scitern, John Ham and Jim Martin arrived in the kennel. This litter is by Dodgem by Design out of Kelsos Josey; a half-sister to Kelsos Fusileer. This litter looks like they have a lot of potential, and may end up as 3/8ths runners. Sisters Sovereign Gold and Lady shared 6 wins, and are doing very well. Brother Lord went to Abilene for a few weeks rest, and will be relocated to Southland. He has been doing well, and the new track should suit his race style well. Greys Statesman son; Galway, owned by Ryan Farms started his career well and climbed to Grade B 3/8ths. The Dreamy Blossom (Dodgem By Design) pups arrived to the kennel. These pups act so much like their Mum; its uncanny. We have high expectations for them!
April: Florida's legislative session is currently on in Tallahassee. One senate bill which could have DIRE consequences for us at Derby Lane, is SB622. Kennels racing at tracks outside of Broward and Dade counties, desperately need to push for legislative support. We need to ask our legislator's to support Video Lottery Terminals (VLT’s) in all Pari-mutuel facilities. The current Seminole Compact would be devastating to the pari-mutuels in Florida, especially the greyhound industry. (Outside of Broward/Dade), the Greyhound Racing industry cannot compete on an unlevel playing field, which gives the Seminole Casinos 100% of the market-share of slot-machine (or VLT machine) revenue. There is less incentive for patrons to frequent pari-mutuel facilities, when Seminole Casinos retain exclusivity over any competitive ‘games’, including VLT’s, which excludes greyhound tracks any viable equality. Expanded hours and tax-reduction for pari-mutuels does NOT impact greyhound purses. This ‘benefit’ to the pari-mutuel facilities will not necessarily trickle down to the prize-money pool for greyhound purses. Greyhound activities: The month of April has started off very well for several hounds in the kennel, including Sovereign Lady (owned by John Meililo) climbed to Grade A. Sovereign Gold (aka Goldie), recently purchased by Lisa Wheeler. Goldie has shown 'a clean pair of heels' 3 races in a row, clocking 30.57, 30.58 and 30.39 in the process to land in Grade A. Both Lady and Goldie are daughters of Greys Calibrator; Derby Lane Million winner. Biblio Ray (aka Benny) started off April with a speedy 30.39 Grade A win.
March: For most of you that have been to our kennel or Derby Lane, you will have met Diane (our acupuncturist). It is with a heavy heart that I post the news of her passing. Diane passed away March 10th, after a long and tenacious battle with ovarian cancer. The world lost a true greyhound friend! She fought a great fight against this disease, and at times it seemed like she would get her miracle and recover, but it just wasn't to be. I will always remember the night Greys Touch Gold (Orla) won the Derby, after months of acupuncture by Diane's caring hands ... the smiles, cheers and tears from all of us, especially Diane. It was a team victory! I will always be grateful that Diane came into my family's life .... and I hope God keeps her close to him now. The world is just a little less bright without her shining in it. I know she is at peace now, and we take comfort in that. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. Greyhound activities: Craigie Twotime (aka Chi Chi); co-owned by Diane, scorched the track with a 30.47 victory! Deco Caraways (aka Clara) got back to winning ways with 30.76 + 30.86 trips around the Derby Lane oval, to get to grade A. Sailors Return (aka Cubby) won a Grade A for owners Declan Sheedy and Denis Grant .... and littermate Nicolaus Silver (aka Frosty), not to be outdone by his brother, chalked up a Grade A + B win. Carolina Omen (aka Omen) had a nice Grade A win for owners Charlie and Joan Rink. Other Carolina hounds in the winner's circle this month are Picture, and Divot. Kennel favorite; Craigie Primeit (aka Primey) after a few month's rest, came back on track to scaore a pair of wins! Way to go Primey!!
Feb: I spent 2 weeks in Ireland for my annual trek home ... so the updates to the website aren't what they should be for this month :-) The Dodgem by Design and Greys Tackle litter started to school in; co-owned by D'Arcy kennels and Dale Nelson. Donny Burk finished this litter for us. Biblio Ray (Benny) and Hey Dodi Lou (Teresa) continue to clinb the ladder. Several of the Carolina dogs got into the winner's circle; including Hook, and Flare. Craigie Twotime (Chi Chi) got the job done for our friend Diane (who co-owns Chi Chi). One of Diane's favorite things is Jim Peake's race-call for Chi Chi's races, espcially when she clears the turn in front, where he will say "And up the back-stretch its Cragie Twotime, twotime". I don't think she will ever get tired of that race-call :-). Spinning (Nebraska) won a nice Grade A race, and looked like a superstar. Spinning is owned by MS Kennel.
Jan: Happy New Year to all our friends! 2010 started off in great fashion for us with an Inaugural win for Sovereign Lord; one of the Trent Lee and Greys Calibrator babies. Lord was having his 17th lifetime start, going box-to-wire in 30.54, winning by 3.5L. It is a fantastic achievement for a young pup. His sister; Sovereign Gold, qualified with 2 handy wins in her official schooling. Goldie had a setback when ready for official schooling (with siblings Lord and Lady), when she lacerated a pad in a morning box-school. We expect big things from her too! Deco Caraways (Clara) has started 2010 in winning ways; winning 2 grade A's back to back, and clocking a 30.64 in the process. Biblio Ray (Benny) has won both his official starts in 2010; a maiden and Grade D, to make his climb up the ladder ... his sister; Hey Dodi Lou (Teresa) is hitting the board regularly in Grade B. Makes Me Smile (Liz) is back on track after a layoff, and found the winner's circle. Starz Borntofly was back in the winner's circle; after competing in the 660 Challenge. Nicolaus Silver (Frosty) won another Grade A and continues to show impressive ability. The Dodgem By Design and Greys Tackle litter have arrived in the kennel. This litter of 11 were finished by Joy and Donny Burk ... who all look exactly like their Mum ... a fawn herd :-) Several well-known kennel favorites will be working back this month, including Craigie Prime It, Sailors Return (Cubby), Forever Together (Lilah), Craigie Londoner, and San Tan Pronto.
Dec: Both Sovereign Lord and Lady (now owned by John Melillo) climbed to Grade A. Lord has won 2 of 4 Grade A starts, while Lady has been the model of consistency; hitting the board in all but 1 grade A start. Celtic Dream (Jenny); littermate to Forever Together, Nicolaus Silver, etc, made a consistent climb to Grade A. Her brother; Frosty, showed his potential, winning grade A in 30.42. A fantastic achievement. Frosty rehabbed by swimming for weeks; after a muscle injury in his back almost ended his career. Diane Giordan worked miracles with acupuncture on him ... plus the doggy paddle sessions with coach Juppe :-). Kennel favorite; Over the Rhine (Tommy) got back to Grade A; hitting the board in several of those starts. To-date, Tommy has a record of 20 wins, 23 2nds, 20 3rds and 20 4ths. He is amazingly honest boy, who loves to race! Youngster; Spinning (Nebraska), owned by MS Kennel reached top grade in fine fashion, by a 6L win. Hey Dodi Lou (Teresa) broke in this month, and looks at be special prospect. Teresa is owned by Claude Morin, and she has climbed progressively, getting better with every race and showing an impressive kick in the home-stretch. Craigie Twotime (Chi Chi) is back on track after a rest. Chi Chi is part-owned by Diane Giordan, who is in our thoughts and prayers battling illness. Chi Chi is 2 wins for 3 starts since returning to racing; and won Grade B in the fastest time of the night ... making her climb to Grade A to end the year! A perfect way to bolster Diane's spirits! Several pups have broken their maidens for our owners; including Magicians Moll and Whats The Time for Steve Schlacter. BR's Big Red for Bob and Leslie Rosko, Carolina Hook, Carolina Picture, and Carolina Print for Charles Rink, KL Count On Me for Bob & Judy Jewell . This month we had the $75,000 660 Challenge; Starz Borntofly (Starz) and Deco Caraways (Clara) represented the kennel. Both dogs did really well through the early rounds, with both of them hitting the board in every qualifier; with a win and second, respectively, in the semi-finals, earning them both a place in the final. Clara drew post 4, and Starz drew post 7. In the final, Clara blasted out of the box, clearing to the lead in the front-stretch with Kiowa AK Richpie challenging on the rail at the CH turn, Richpie taking the lead. Clara was in pursuit up by the toteboard; making steady progress. As Richpie and Clara turned into the home-stretch, it looked at those Clara might make history for herself with a win, longest priced runner in the field, as she inched into the lead with 3 steps to the winning line. Track champion; TMC’s Remedy had other ideas and swooped past the battling leaders; to gain another 3/8ths stakes win. Clara’s challenge earned her a valiant second place finish in the race, and is an amazing achievement for her. I am so proud of her. I co-own Clara with my Dad ... we purchased her from David Hays at the Fall 2008 Nationals. Hopefully there are more stakes races in her future. Our Greys Tarmac (Maryville Rumble) litter are in training with Ferrell Pearson, early reports on a few of the pups are very promising! They will be coming into the kennel early in 2010.
July - Nov: The Fall months have been a busy time with both greyhound and non-greyhound activities. A dear friend of our kennel; acupuncturist, Diane Giordan, was diagnosed with a significant illness and has spent these months undergoing surgery, chemo, constant IV treatments and more tests than most people have in a lifetime. Through all of the ups and downs, Diane has faced this battle with a positive attitude and amazing resiliency! We had an online auction, graciously hosted by AmericanGreyhounds.com and people across our industry came together to support the cause, which also aided another greyhound peer; Danny Boscio. Both Danny and Diane are still fighting to overcome, and our prayers are with them every moment of the day. The support for the auction was humbling, and I thank everyone who gave to the cause; it was amazing how generous ‘greyhound’ people are and how much good-will we have in our sport! As for greyhound updates, as you can imagine, there were many events. To re-cap the Fall and early Winter; we had 2 season’s fastest times for the 550 with Craigie Prime It (after working back from injury by swimming) and Flying Ochoa. Ochoa went onto make the final of the Sprint Classic; won by Hallo Gold Acre. San Tan Pronto won several Grade A’s for owner John Scully; by blasting to the lead and cruising to victory. Kl Heart N Soul (Sally) won Grade A for owners Bob and Judy Jewell; and competed through to the semi-final of the Fall Juvenile. My own Deco Caraways (Clara) continued to be the model of consistency; winning 2 Grade A’s in the process. Lincoln imports; Blue Chip Cat and Starz Borntofly took to the new oval well, winning multiple Grade A’s and B’s in their first few races. Forever Together (Lilah) blossomed into an impressive runner. Lilah is a Lonesome Cry and Valoris pup, the litter was finished by Ferrell Pearson. Lilah had shown tremendous ability in Kansas and Derby Lane, and once she figured how to manuever in 8-dog races, she quickly climbed to Grade A; winning 3 top grade sprints. Lilah suffered a minor injury in the 1st round of the Juvenile, and will be back on track soon. Dan Patch (Macco) made it to Grade A for owner’s Steve and Tracy Caruso. Littermate to Forever Together, Nicolaus Silver (Frosty); made it back to the track after what looked like a career-ending injury ... Frosty was rehabbed with acupucture from Diane and swimming several times a week. Frosty aced both schoolers by a combined total of 20L. The Million Dollar Babies; the Greys Calibrator pups by Trent Lee schooled in. The litter consists of 4 pups, all prefixed with “Sovereign”; Lord, Lady, Gold and Pearl. Lord and Lady aced all of their schools and have progressed quickly up the grades. Craigie Londoner was doing great, had won several grade A's, but in an unforeseen accident, he fell in a race - getting turned around in the process - he's been resting and rehabbing. He looks ready to start training again, and will be ready for racing in the New Year. My girl; Greys Touch Gold (Orla) had 10 pups to USS Raceway. They are beautiful healthy pups. Dreamy Blossom whelped 7 pups to Kiowa Sweet Trey, and her Mom; Valoris, whelped 7 full brothers/sisters to Blossom. Avondale, sister to Ballet Lady, had 7 pups to Kiowa Mon Manny and Greys Calibrator had 7 youngsters to Lonesome Cry. All mums/pups are doing great!
June: Summer kicks in here in Florida, and so does the battle to stay cool ... especially with the dogs. Luckily for our crew, we have air conditioned facilities, including kennel and truck, and also a cool-down tank for the dogs to 'wade' through as they come off the track. Its a dog's life here at Derby Lane! Okay, back to the racers. Forest Dylan (Huck) got back to top-grade after 7 months on the sidelines. Huck went home to Kevin Doyle's to recoup and rest ... its great to see Huck in action, as good as ever. Another kennel favorite; San Tan Rafe, at age 4 years, won back to back races to compete in Grade A again. Its quite the achievement for both those boys to compete at top-level, at a track like Derby Lane. Several youngsters owned by Rising Stars started their careers with wins; Dan Patch, Big Dan Teague, Deweycheatumnhow and Pappy O'Daniel. This litter is Maryville Rumble and Greys Runway. San Tan Pronto owned by John Scully makes Grade A. Celtic Dream (Jenny), the first of Valoris' Lonesome Cry litter wins her maiden box to wire. Inside Story: We've recently been working back dogs that were sidelined with various knocks-n-bumps. To limit rehab issues, we've been swimming the dogs twice a week at a local beach. 3 in particular have taken to the new activity with gusto, so much so that we've given them new names; Fred (Fearless Fella) Phelps, Frosty (Nicholas Silver) Phelps ... and Primey (Craigie Prime It) Spitz
May: Action in May kicked off with the Juvenile Stakes. Craigie Londoner and Craigie Prime It carried the kennel hopes. My bother Michael and I co-own Craigie Londoner. The fact that we were both born in London (twins), it makes it very fitting to have a hound with such a moniker. London scored success in the first 2 rounds, but kennelmate Prime It did not fare as well. After major traffic issues, Prime It came off the track not 100%, so it decided to scratch him out of the Stakes. London scored points through the remainder of the rounds and made the final. Seeking a rail position, drawing post position of 5 in the final, made the task at hand even more difficult. Hi Noon Rembrandt won the final for Nova kennel, and London finished 4th. Other news from the kennel's roster includes a trifecta of wins for Jan George's team of Doris Isabel, Mile Marker (Nick) and Makes Me Smile (Liz). SR Boogie Man scored a pair of WIDE and driving wins. Kennel favorite Avondale got back into the winner's circle. Avondale had been off for a lenghty time, so it was great to see her score 2 wins. She has since retired, to become a Mum. Inside Story: As twins, my brother Michael and I share a birthday ... and this month's celebration was quite a milestone. In true greyhound fashion, we celebrated with dinner at Derby Lane surrounded by family and friends. It was a good weekend for the hounds we both co-own; Deco Caraways, aka Clara, (who I co-own with Dad) continued her climb up the grades and won a Grade C in 30.88, and London won his round in the Juvenile. It was the first time Michael had seen London run trackside, as he lives in S. FL, so that win was all the more special!
Apr: Abilene Nationals were great fun, and its always a pleasure to see every in Kansas. There were some really nice pups in action, and the usual 'prefixes' were in the winner's circle. While in Abilene, I got to visit with the Greys Calibrator babies, the Dreamy Blossom youngsters and see my girl Orla (Greys Touch Gold). Back at Derby Lane, several pups made the upward trek toward top-grade, including San Tan Pronto, Silver Shadow, Deco Caraways, Sr Boogie Man, Van's Rumorhasit. Craigie Londoner racked up a couple of A wins, and fellow Craigie Prime It clocked a scorching 30.35. Both boys are bred by Johnny Boyd of Keota.
Mar: Several of our star runners retired this month; and have headed west to Abilene to have pups .. hopefully the next generation of stars! Greys Touch Gold (Orla), Castle Princess and Game Spirit. Spirit was purchased by Jon Arno. We wish him GREYT luck with this little lady! Luckily, I will be in Abilene for April's National Meet and will get to see the girls then ... I miss them already! A few kennel favorites who spent some time on the sidelines are back on track; including Forest Dylan (Huck), Avondale (Aurora), Big O (Mark). Sakkara Tucker made a distance change to 3/8ths and is carving a new niche in his career with some decent finishes. Early speed specialist; Silver Shadow grabbed 2 box to wire victories for owner Jan George. Our Fall National's purchase, from David Hays; Deco Caraways (aka Carla) has started her career positively with 3 schooling wins, with an impressive 17L margin in her last schooler. She is a Maryville Rumble and Deco Hexagram youngster. Carla now progresses to Grade M and looks to carry on the greyt Deco name. Park Top's Rumbler pups started to climb the grades, with wins for Artic Lass, Castle Dermot (aka Crunch) & Elite Dancer. Inside Story: When outside in the turnout pen for Sunday grooming day, several of our crew LOVE grooming so much that they pick up the gloves/brushes and carry them around ... a not so subtle hint :-) Two in particular are avid 'carriers'; Fearless Fella (aka Fred) and Craigie Prime It. Though not so much the 'carrier', Irish import, Group Singer*, when left in the pen with the grooming glove decided that swift action was necessary and she grabbed the glove; shook it so hard that it FLEW across the pen :-)
Feb: I got a little behind on website updates ... went to Ireland for 2 weeks. While in Ireland, I got to see Kinloch Brae (aka Scotty) at Michael Dunne's Frightful Flash Kennels. Scotty is doing great, and seems to love the Irish way of life ... plus he's a very busy boy in the breeding barn and has MANY litters on the ground. Back in FL, it was a 'Craigie trifecta' of A's wins this month, including victories for Craigie Prime It, Craigie Twotime and Craigie Londoner. All the Craigie dogs were bred/raised by the Boyds of Keota, and bought to run in our kennel. Kennel stalwarts like San Tan Rafe, Godfather, Over the Rhine (aka Tommy), and Sakkara Tucker all climbed back to top-grade. San Tan Pronto found his stride and won D&C grades for John Scully. The Teamster/Tackle crew all put wins on their resumes; Heroic Lady (Trina), Coconut Grove (Teddy), and Jack of Trumps (Theo). The Park Top and Maryville Rumble pups, owned by D'Arcy Kennels and Dale Nelson, started their officially schooling and progress to Grade M. SR Boogie Man made an impressive debut at DL with 3 schooling wins, and a box to line win in Maiden. The Boogie Man is owned by Declan Sheedy and Dennis Grant. Inside Story: Dreamy Blossom whelped a litter of 8 pups to Dodgem By Design; 2 boys and 6 girls. Mum and pups are doing great. Callie's (Greys Calibrator) Trent Lee babies turned a year old and will be going to finishing school in the next month. Valoris' litter of Lonesome Cry's are in finishing school, and we expect them into the kennel in a couple of months
Jan: We hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday, and best wishes for 2009! We've had some new arrivals this month, with the Maryville Rumble ex. Park Top youngsters. They will start working in the next few weeks. Echo Summitt qualified for the Derby Lane Inaugural, but found Flying Mancini and Kelsos Hathaway too good for him!
Inside story: Flaming Page (aka Tilly) is named for the dam of legendary racer and stallion Nijinsky II. Tilly has big 'hooves' to fill, as the thoroughbred Flaming Page won both the Canadian Oaks and Queen's Plate. Our Flaming Page is hoping for her maiden win this month; after a late-drive schooling victory.
Dec: The Distance Challenge started this month, with Magic Penny Ante, Avondale and Platinum Runner (aka Sam) runner competing. Penny won a thrilling race in Round 2; in a head to head battle with Flying Home Depot. Penny made the final with a solid second place finish, and drew post 5 for the big race! The Nationals puppies started to break their maidens, with first race victories for CDN Super Kat; owned by Doug & Lisa Riches, Super won all 3 schools and first race VERY impressively, San Tan Pronto; owned by John Scully. Craigie Twotime (aka ChiChi); owned by Diane Giordan has won her maiden and Grade D. Craigie Prime It; owned by Declan Sheedy and Denis Grant, has climbed to Grade B. Prime It won all 3 schools and then his first 2 races by a combined total of 25L. This pup has nice early and LOVES to drive the rail. Craigie Londoner (aka London) won his maiden and Grade D impressively. London is co-owned by myself and my brother Michael. Both Londoner and Prime It made it to Vera's News on Derby Lane's website as 'pups to watch'. A nice shout-out indeed! The Tackle/Teamster pups; owned by D'Arcy kennels and Dale Nelson started to break their maidens this month, with wins for Silken Glider (aka Tavi) and Coconut Grove (aka Teddy). Sakkara Tucker climbed into Grade A and looks to make his mark in top-grade. The Godfather is in great form, with a win and close 2nd in his last 2 Grade A races ... not bad for a boy who will be 4 years old in Jan. Vans Rumorhasit (aka Janie) is running great and has won 2 races back-to-back in impressive style to climb quickly to Grade B. Ballet Lady's brother Echo Summit is flying the flag for the litter with an impressive Grade A win by 8L ... so too is Avondale; competing in the Distance Challenge and Heather Glen win a win this month. Inside story: Speaking of Ballet Lady, Ballet Footsteps (aka Lucy), is named in honor of our cherished girl. Lucy is a complete character and LOVES to kiss, nip and play .. since her mum's pet-name is Goober, its quite fitting that Lucy is a silly-goober-girl herself. Lucy is quite the greyhound shark, and if given the opportunity will steal a scrunchie, cell phone, jewelry ... its all up for grabs ... and keep them as a prize :-) When you close Lucy's door, you have to move quickly or else she will grab your sleeve ... its all in fun and play!
Nov: Sakkara Tucker broke-in very impressively; winning maiden, D and C consecutively, by a combined tally of 18.5L. Tucker ran 4th & 2nd in his first 2 Grade B starts. We expect more to come from this 81lb power-pup. Tucker is co-owned by Karen Hyde and Mountain Greyhounds. Greys Nightfever, aka Midnight, won 2 Grade A's back-to-back. We're honored to have the current American Derby champion; Magic Penny Ante, in the kennel. Penny has settled in well and looks to make her mark at Derby Lane. Penny is owned by Haber Kennels and has an impressive roster of stakes competition, including a win in the 2008 American Derby, 3rd 2008 Naples Derby, 4th 2008 Mardis Gras Joe Ryan Memorial and 2008 Mardi Gras World Classic finalist. The Derby Lane Juvenile final: Fearless Fella, aka Fred, ran a valiant 2nd place finish. Fred broke, rushed very strongly from the 7-post. Up the backstretch he had Kelsos Hathaway in pursuit. As winning line approached, Fred's lead was diminishing and a head-bob photo-finish gave the win to Kelsos Hathaway. Hathaway ran a great race to close like that and grab the victory. We are very proud of Fred's effort and expect more good things from this pup. Fearless Fella (Fred) ended the month with 2 back-to-back wins, after the Juvie final, getting his revenge on Kelso Hathaway. The 'Nationals' pups started official schooling this week; Craigie Twotimer (aka Chi Chi), CDN Super Kat and San Tan Pronto. They all did great, with wins for Chi Chi, Super and a 2nd place for Pronto. Super Kat ran the fastest time of the schooling session and looked great! Ebor Hero climbed back to Grade A this month, with an impressive B win. Hero has two CLOSE second places finishes in A, missing the wins by a hair's breadth. Inside story: Forest Blarney, aka Scrappy, is a challenge keeping healthy and has issues with his kidneys. We have recently started a weekly acupuncture regimen on him, that focuses on strengthening his kidneys. He feels great and has been bounding about; and won his last start handily. He is a pure joy, and the sweetest boy; we are very pleased that this treatment is working for him.
Oct: Several kennel stalwarts had a great month and climbed the grades to get back into A, including San Tan Rafe, Castle Rocker, Greys Nightfever & Game Sprit. Godfather had 3 wins in 4 starts, and is running like a 2 year old pup! Fearless Fella climbed back into A after dropping to B during the stakes rounds. October saw an influx of new pups, after our trip to the Nationals in Abilene, Kansas. It was great to get to Nationals again and meet old friends and new! The new pups have all settled in well, and started working in the morning ... look for them to be schooling officially in 3 weeks, or so. While in Abilene we got to see some of our girls; Blossom and Callie ... plus a few familiar faces like Cannon and Royal Crown. Cannon ALWAYS knows the sound of Dad's voice and gets so excited to see him .. even after so many years since he left our kennel. Callie and Blossom look great! And were enjoying the Kansas sun. Callie's first litter (by Trent Lee) are out in the big runs, and are beauties ... can't wait to see what they turn into on the track. Avondale slumped a little this month. I swear its because she misses her sister Lady. We've all spoiled her a little extra this month, and she seems to be coming back to her happy, smiley and tailwaggin self. Platinum Runner, aka Sam, switched to the backside and won 3 races this month after the distance change and looks to have found a nice niche for himself at 3/8ths. Inside story: Greys Nightfever, aka Midnight, is the 'treat radar' for the kennel, who has learned that Sunday is 'treat' day and signals the delivery of the chews! After we finish acupuncture, the whole kennel gets a rawhide chew, bone or treat ... so Midnight waits, sometimes not quietly :-) ... watching EVERY move we make ... and then he signals the start of the treat session. Several of the other dogs watch for his reaction, and know the second he starts dancing that the 'treats are coming'. I swear if Midnight could talk, he would say "hurry up with the acupuncture and get the treats!" This description doesn't do justice to the chain reaction of events, but I think you'll get the jist of our inside story :-)
Sept: Fearless Fella, aka Fred, won his first A race from the 3-hole on Fri night; in a swift 30.77. Fred also had a near miss on Monday, and ran 2nd in A; just getting caught at the wire. Fred is the first Maryville Rumble of the repeat Valoris litter to win A, and he did it in fine fashion! Ballet Lady won a very competitive A race on Thurs, against Flying Home Depot, by 51/2L in a speedy 30.52. This month ended in tragedy for our kennel, with the loss of Ballet Lady. Lady, a true favorite in the kennel, passed away on 9/20/08. We are at a loss for words to describe the emotional impact this has had on all of us ... she is dearly missed and the world seems a little less bright without her in it. In a life that was all too short, Ballet Lady can claim a remarkable career which included the Juvenile final, All Star Kennel Preview final, Sprint Classic final, World Classic & PB Grand Classic final. Lady, you are truly missed and we will never forget you ... the girl with the bubbly personality, curley-que tail and impish grin. God speed.
July - Aug: Business as usual, grade-A wins from Ebor Hero, Castle Princess, Greys Touch Gold, Greys Nightfever, Avondale & Echo Summit. The ‘second’ Maryville Rumbles are breaking in, with Fearless Fella and Evening Blossom making their way to top-grade. At the end of Aug, we have 3 of our distance dogs ranked in the top-10 season's fastest 3/8ths times; Avondale, Castle Princess and Greys Touch Gold
June: Van's Escalade came home from Palm Beach in winning style, and then qualified for TL Weaver final. Greys Touch Gold and Castle Princess lined up with Derby’s 3/8ths finest for the St Petersburg Derby. Both girls are multiple stakes competitors and always give 100%, making the final of this stakes also. The final was to be Greys Touch Gold’s night, as she showed her patented late kick and ran-dowm, from what appeared an insurmountable lead, Flying Macbeth and Flybye Popstar. Castle Princess closed for 4th. This was the 5th stakes for Greys Touch Gold, making the final of each, and the 3rd for Princess, who’s had 2 place finishes in the big finals. Avondale (Ballet Lady’s big sister) made the consolation Derby final
May: Van’s Escalade and Ballet Lady (housed with Mountain Greyhounds) both made the final of the PB Grand Classic. In an exciting and competitive final, they finished 2nd and 4th respectively. Forest Dylan made the final of the DL Juvenile, with Craigie Mr Venus leading the juveniles home.
Apr: Castle Princess and Greys Touch Gold made the final of the Distance Classic, winning 6 rounds en route. On a rain-soaked track, Castle Princess couldn’t hold Flyng Bridgeport. Van’s Escalade, Ballet Lady and Diligent head to Palm Beach for the second running of the Grand Classic.
Mar: Kinloch Brae wins the Sprint Classic final, against a field that included Flying Stanley, Djays Itchntogo, Brady Thomas, Flying Seward, Flying Macbeth, Red Dirt Road and our own Ballet Lady. Kinloch Brae drew the 4-hole, but an incredible box-break and rush to the turn saw him clear by lengths and leave All-American level dogs in his wake. Ballet Lady closed for 5th in the final. The Distance Classic started, and both Castle Princess and Greys Touch Gold taking on the track's 3/8ths best.
Feb: The Sprint Classic kicked off, with Ballet Lady and Kinloch Brae representing the kennel. Both made the final. Van's Escalade (AJ) shipped in from Lincoln. AJ is owned by Karolyn and Jim Van Winkle. We look for big things from this early speed specialist.
Jan: Derby Lane kicked off its 2008 meet. Kinloch Brae competed in the Inaugural, with winner’s spoils going to Flying Stanley. Ballet Lady was selected for the All Star Kennel Preview, winning her round and making the final. She finished 5th in the final, with Stanley victorious again. We were delighted to be asked by one of our local news-channels, to video one of our acupuncture sessions with Dr. Giordan. The spot was shown on Channel 13, to highlight the level of care and attention our greyhounds receive. The greyhound in the sports-clip was regular acupuncture patient; San Tan Rafe.
Dec: Our heading 3/8ths team of Greys Touch Gold and Castle Princess kicked off their pursuit of the St Petersburg Derby. Both girls qualified for the final, with Princess being our only representative after Touch Gold had to be withdrawn; due to aggravating an old injury. Castle Princess represented the team well and finished second.
Nov: After 6 months on the sideline, Ebor Hero is back to winning ways; schooling back with 30.46 and 30.39 wins. Hero is owned by Declan Sheedy and Declan Grant. Hero's comeback was so impressive that he was selected to compete in the Night of Stars (NOS). Although, Hero drew his favorite post position for the NOS, too much traffic early hampered his patented drive. The NOS victory went to Brady Thomas. Ebor Hero rebounded from that defeat and won his next start in a 9L romp in 30.53.
Oct: Ballet Lady went undefeated through the rounds of the Juvenile, getting in trouble early in the final and victory going to Flying Seward. Both Greys Touch Gold and Ebor Hero schooled back well after significant lay-offs. Kinloch Brae continued to rack-off wins.
Sept: The KST litter of Ballet Lady, Echo Summit, Avondale and Heather Glen all started schooling and racing. Ballet Lady showing her stakes potential with a 2nd place finish and then 5 wins in a row to open her career. Dreamy Blossom headed to Lincoln for their Sprint Challenge, gaining 2 wins and a 3rd in the qualifiers before an unfortunate encounter at the pick-up (after winning) forced her withdrawal from the final of the Stake. Castle Princess found her home on the backside and clocked the season’s fastest 3/8ths.
Aug: Greys Nightghost (Nightfever’s brother) broke in, winning his 3 schools by a combined total of 24L.
July: The Craigie Mo Town litter of Kinloch Brae, Castle Princess, Game Spirit, Border Mask and Law Society were getting their foot-hold and climbing the grades nicely. Kinloch Brae, aka Scotty, was showing a patented rush and strong rail drive in sprints, whereas his 3 sisters were showing a penchant for longer distances.
June: The St Petersburg Derby was the stakes highlight this month, with Greys Touch Gold, Greys Big and Beyond Reproach representing us. Greys Touch Gold made the final, but finished out-of-the-money in the final and sustained a career sidelining injury in the race. Greys Nightfever broke in, winning his 3 schools by a combined total of 25L.
May: Dreamy Blossom heads to Palm Beach for the Grand Classic, after Steve Schlacter agreed to nominate her. Blossom went to Mountain Greyhounds, under the care of Ron Lies. Craigie Crimson makes the final of the St Petersburg Juvenile, and led all the way till deep stretch in the final; only to be caught by Hallo Flying Sol. Dreamy Blossom clocks 29.18 in the semi-final of the PB Grand Classic; the fastest time ever for a female around that oval. Blossom went on to win the final in an epic late battle with Switzler Jammin, and ended her career at Palm Beach undefeated.
The Distance Classic was Greys Touch Gold’s first stakes race and she made the final as high-point earner, running third in the final. Dreamy Blossom is back on track after an injury at Mardi Gras sidelined her, and was soon back to winning ways.
Mar: The Derby Lane Million was the highlight of March, followed by the Sprint Classic and Distance Classic for us. Mustang Geordie, Ebor Hero and Godfather represented us in the Sprint.
Feb: The sophomore Derby Lane Million got underway in Feb, and we were honored to be asked to house some very fine dogs for this stakes race, including San Tan Rafe, Mustang Geordie*, Gable Burma, Gable Maldives, Rooftop Bruiser. Both Geordie and Rafe competed fantastically and made the final. A marvelous achievement to both, but competition for the winner’s circle was extreme and Flying Stanley took the spoils! In the same week, both Ebor Hero and Greys Touch Gold clocked season’s fastest times in their respective distances.
Jan: Derby Lane’s meet opened Jan 2nd, both Godfather and Craigie Dodgin were selected for the Derby Lane Puppy Preview. Glengar Calling made the final of the All Star Preview, with ultimate victory going to Flying Stanley. Blossom and Callie head to Mardi Gras.
Dec: Our team of (Derby Lane) maidens are making great progress in their morning work and should be ready for Derby Lane official schooling in the upcoming weeks. Dreamy Blossom has recovered from 2 defeats last month and is back to her winning ways; beating notable stars like Wait Awhile, Brady Thomas, SAS Mason Jar, Dermatophyte and Designer Trophy in the process. Blossom ended the Tampa win leader with 19 victories, and edged out Brady Thomas for track win honors. Going into her last race of the meet she was tied with Floyd kennel's Brady Thomas, but not one to be outdone Blossom broke sharply and cruised to an easy victory in her fastest time of the season 30.31.
Beyond Reproach is proving herself as an adept sprinter; beating 2 tough A-fields so far this month. Her box-break is ultimately where she wins or loses her races; if she can start smartly in her races, she has a nice early rush and exceptional back-stretch pace. So far, these two Rumble girls, Blossom and Pepe, are paving the way for their litter-mates. Greys Big Guns ended his Tampa meet by running third in the Tampa Derby Consolation
Nov: The Maryville Rumble pups hit their stride this month and racked up some very impressive wins! Dreamy Blossom won 13 consecutive races from her maiden debut; including Round 1&2 of the Tampa Juvenile. Blossom went to make it 14 in a row in the Juvenile final, but met a sharper breaker on the night and finished second. Dermatophyte broke well, charged to the first turn and led the field impressively! This was Blossom's race record going into the final of the Tampa Juvenile:
17 SEP 2006 550 M T8 - 1st Impressive Victory 30.98
21 SEP 2006 550 D T6 - 1st Led All The Way-inside 31.16
25 SEP 2006 550 C T5 - 1st Increasing Lead-ins 30.92
29 SEP 2006 550 B T7 - 1st Box To Wire-inside 30.95
04 OCT 2006 550 A T1 - 1st Diminishing Lead-rail 30.64
09 OCT 2006 550 A T7 - 1st Grabbed Lead 1st Trn 30.97
13 OCT 2006 550 A T6 - 1st Kept Lead Thruout-rail 30.61
18 OCT 2006 550 A T5 - 1st Won Without Muzzle 30.69
23 OCT 2006 550 A T6 - 1st Box To Wire-rail 30.94
27 OCT 2006 550 A T3 - 1st Won with ease ins 30.67
01 NOV 2006 550 S T5 - 1st Always On Top-rail 30.55
04 NOV 2006 550 S T1 - 1st Leader Thruout-rail 30.57
08 NOV 2006 550 S T3 - 1st Assumed Lead Early 30.88
Beyond Reproach, Pepe, not to be outdone by her sister, scorched the Tampa oval in 30.17 - the second fastest time of the season - with a winning distance of 9L. Greys Big Guns, Gunner, stored 2 impressive Grade A 3/8ths wins beating both Phenomenal and Extruding Dream.
Oct: We had a large influx of young racers this month; including pups from the Greymeadow farm, Don Burk, Steven & John Boyd, Kristin Block and Jim Fischer. The pups have all settled in well and will be working in the morning in the next few weeks. Some of the old favorites are being prepared for racing action; including Greys Calibrator and Greys Kidnapper. Both stars are working well and delighted to be on track again.
Sept: Very busy month with a lot of pups schooling on, including Gaelic Dream, Beyond Reproach, Dreamy Blossom.
Aug: Business as usual
July: Greys Calibrator wins the Tampa Inaugural, beating Joe Hearns and Champaign Music. Plus, the anxiously awaited Maryville Rumble litter arrive. This litter are mostly named after Irish racehorses; Arctic Mist, Cottage Rake, Dreamy Blossom, and have we high expectations for them.