It’s time for the NGA’s Pup Giveaway

By The Greyhound Review

National Greyhound Association

Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on October 6, 2017. It was updated October 20, 2017 to reflect the results of the auction.

This was the 44th straight year the NGA put on their annual Pup Giveaway. It is a fundraiser to benefit the Greyhound Hall of Fame. All proceeds from the event go toward the Hall, which was built in 1973. The annual Pup Giveaway campaign began just one year later.

NGA members and Review readers participated in the campaign by purchasing tickets for the drawing. The giveaway took place at the Fall Meet Banquet on October 11, 2017 in Abilene.

The three pup prizes for the 2017 campaign all came from successful owners and breeding programs. This years contributors were Steve Sarras of Wheeling, WV; David Strong of Solomon, KS and Mike Harris of Booneville, AR.

May 2016 pup out of Djays Octane-Yahoo Bonita

Wes and Leslie Parvin’s daughter Britney and grandson, Blake, hold the female pup offered by Steve Sarras and one by Joie Gates. The pup is a May 2016 female out of Djays Octane-Yahoo Bonita.

Pup Prize One

This youngster is a May 2016 female out of Djays Octane-Yahoo Bonita, donated by Steve Sarras. The pup was being raised on the farm of Wes and Leslie Parvin in Keota, OK. Joie Gates of Durango, Colorado won the pup.

The pup’s sire Djays Octane is the nation’s current top sire and needs no introduction. He has two Hall of Famers in the generations behind him: Flying Penske and Oshkosh Racey and has produced winners all over the country.

The pup’s mother, Yahoo Bonita, is out of Switzler Jammin-Flying Exorcist. She had 125 starts between Palm Beach and Wheeling running in the money over 55% of the time. Her first litter was by Gable Sour Cream and has been lightly raced to date.

Pup Prize Two

The second pup prize came from the Mike Harris farm. This pup prize is male, whelped in December of 2016, out of SE’s Charlie-RCK Midnight and will come with 100% of the Arkansas Bred purse monies as a bonus to the winner. Alan Harrell, W. Memphis, Arkansas, won this pup.

SE’s Charlie is relatively new on the stud scene but was a 21 race winner in his career at Southland. He managed to hit the pay sheet 61 times in 86 starts there. His sire, Red Ranger, was an explosive, stake winning finisher at the Woodlands in the mid 2000’s. His dam, SE’s Racen Rainy was a top grade raer at numerous tracks, including Valley, Dubuque, and Jacksonville. Rainy produced Grade A pups in each of her other four litters.

The pup’s dam, RCK Midnight (Swahili Eile*-RCK Fancy Nancy) had a short racing career at Derby Land and Southland and has had just one other litter by Djays Octane.

December 2016 son of SE's Charlie-RCK Midnight

Mike Harris’ son, Grant, holds the male pup offered by his dad for the annual pup giveaway. The pup is a December 2016 son of SE’s Charlie-RCK Midnight. Alan Harrell won the pup.

April 2017 daughter of Flying Fired Up-Windy Reba

David Strong holds the young pup he offered as part of the annual pup giveaway. The pup is an April 2017 daughter of Flying Fired Up-Windy Reba. Julia Ward won the pup. 

Pup Prize Three

The third donation this year came from David Strong and is the youngest of the three giveaways. She’s an April 2017 female out of Flying Fired Up-Windy Reba. Julia Ward of Abilene, KS won this pup.

Flying Fired up (Rhythmless-Flying Ablaze) was a multiple stake winner at Southland who hit the pay sheet 59 out of 68 times at Memphis, winning 25 races. His stud career is just beginning but we’re hearing great things so far.

The pup’s dam is Windy Reba. If her first litter is any indication, this pup should be a good one. That litter, out of KC And All, produced last fall’s “football coaches” litter that included Rex Ryan, Pete Carroll, Mike Tomblin, and Gary Kubiak who bought nearly $25,000 in the auction. Reba is out of Hi Noon Hereo-RK’s Jeopardy and raced at Southland and Derby Lane.

Who wouldn’t want to win any of these three promising youngsters? But to have any chance, you must get  your tickets in soon for the October 11th drawing. With some early bird tickets in the summer 2017 issue of the Review, there’s no better time to do that than now.

The NGA and the Hall of FAme would like to say a special thank you to Steve, Mike, and David for their contributions to this year’s fundraiser.

This article first appeared in the summer 2017 issue of The Greyhound Review

The Greyhound Review is a publication of the National Greyhound Association. It is published quarterly and contains racetrack features, stake race results, articles from the farm, items of veterinary interest, plus, and entire section devoted to pups and brood stock for sale. To subscribe, contact the National Greyhound Association at 785.263.4660

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