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"...I said "I'll take that pup."  Well, to my surprise, it turned out to be a lot of fun! Nothing about the sport or the people I met was anything like what I had seen on TV or read in the press. I came from the world of celebrities and entertainment and I believed the Betty Whites and Doris Days of this world. I'm sorry to say my belief in them was shaken when I saw for myself racing Greyhounds being cared for better than most pets will ever be...."

- Un-credited

 

"...and I thought my pet whippet could really run! I couldn't believe the excitement I felt when I saw "Magic" race.  It was such a rush to see her run and know that she'd be happy to see me after the race, even if she didn't win...."

-Wendy Hamilton

EIGHT WAYS TO GET A JUMPSTART INTO GREYHOUND RACING

 

 

The Greyhound racing industry is composed of three basic segments:

 

Decisions and Responsibilities of a Greyhound Owner

PURCHASING A PUPPY There are a multitude of breeders who offer their future racers for sale, and many advertise in The Greyhound Review. Prices vary widely from breeder to breeder and increases as the pup reaches maturity. An average price would be $500 to $1,500 per pup at 3 months of age for a well bred individual. It’s up to the buyer to “do his/her homework” to find out all possibilities about the seller and the puppy being sold. Ask for a list of persons the seller has sold Greyhounds to in the past and learn all you can about the quality of the sire and dam of the pup being considered for purchased. Contact these individuals by ordering a NGA Phone Directory from the NGA at (785) 263-4660.

BOARDING, RAISING AND TRAINING GREYHOUNDS ON THE FARM Many individuals who sell the Greyhound puppies will also raise and train them for prospective buyers for a  fee which usually ranges from $80 to $120 per month. If the puppy requires veterinary care other than the usual vaccinations and worming, an additional fee will be charged. If the pup must be sent to another farm to be raised and/or trained, again check for references of others who have dealt with these individuals.

OLDER OR TRACK-READY GREYHOUNDS At 12 to 14 months of age the pup has begun its training and already is beginning to show its future potential, or lack of it, to the breeder. Be very careful! If you are buying one of a litter, be sure that you pick your pup by random draw and do not allow the breeder to select one for you. Another way to purchase a pup at or near racing age is to attend the NGA Meet & Auction, held in the April and October. Here you will see puppies race against others of the same age in actual racing conditions. Again, before bidding, check the background of the breeders of the pups you are interested in buying. Have they sold pups at the auction before? How did they fare once they were sent to the racetrack? You can find past performance data for the majority of racetracks online; this includes Entries & Results.

PLACING THE PUP IN A TRACK RACING KENNEL  If you are to ensure that your pup races at a certain track, perhaps one near your home, talk to kennel owners who are contracted to race there and arrange the placement of your pup in advance. Most tracks require Greyhound owners to sign a lease to the kennel owner. Make sure that the lease provides for prompt payment of commissions (35 percent for regular purses and 50 percent for added money is a common practice, however, actual commission rates are subject to negotiation) and allows you the opportunity to terminate the lease if you are not satisfied. Also, the lease should allow you to participate in decisions about moving the Greyhound or care of the dog if injured or otherwise deemed unfit for competition. If you do not have a specific destination in mind for your racer before he goes to the racetracks, ask the breeder to help you place the pup (after you check their references) or contact the GRA for referrals for racing kennels.

 

GREYHOUND RACING EXPENSES

Price of Greyhound Puppy $500 to $40,000
NGA fees - Registration $30
Boarding $80 to $120 per month until pup is 17 months old (track-ready)
State Racing License $25 to $75

GREYHOUND RACING INCOME

Grade A Purse large track $300 to $4000
Grade A Purse medium track $100 to $300
Owners Commission of Purse 35%

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You can be racing soon if you make the first step to involve yourself in this exciting sport!

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