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    Wagering Handicapping Help: What Is a Grade?

    Last updated 2 days 8 hours ago

    If you want to win big when wagering on greyhound races, it is important to understand exactly how the games work. Grades give you information about a greyhound’s racing ability so you can make a smart wager. Keep reading to learn more:

    When a greyhound first starts out, it is considered a maiden, which means it has not yet won any races. Once it starts to accumulate wins, it moves up to grade J, then to D, until it potentially reaches the A grade. If the greyhound fails to place after several starts, it will drop in grade. It may seem counterintuitive, but a greyhound that has just dropped in grade often has a higher chance of winning.

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    Basic Racing and Mutuel Terms

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Making a smart wager on a live greyhound race requires knowledge of the racers’ stats, the greyhound grading system, and general racing terms. You’re sure to pick up some insider lingo when you enjoy a day of greyhound racing at Palm Beach Kennel Club, but why not come prepared to discuss the races with fellow enthusiasts? Here are just a few racing terms to get you started.

    All-American Team: Each year since 1963, the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA) selects the top eight racing greyhounds in the U.S. The 2013 team includes SH Avatar, Kiowa Producer, U Too Pure Silk, Smokey Joe, Kiowa Jordan Doc, Venus Espinosa, Flying Lone Wolf, and Rob Gronkowski as team captain. You may have seen “Captain America” Rob Gronkowski break his own track record and win the Rural Rube Award as 2013’s top sprinter right here at Palm Beach Kennel Club!

    Flashy Sir Award: This award is given to the nation’s top distance (660 yards) greyhound, as determined by a vote of National Greyhound Association members. For 2013, Smokey Joe—another member of the All-American Team—was announced the winner of this award. Flashy Sir, the award’s namesake, was a notable distance greyhound of the 1940s and is honored in the Greyhound Hall of Fame.

    In the Money: A first-, second-, or third-place finish is considered “in the money,” which is exactly where you want to be when wagering! If a greyhound fails to finish in the money in three consecutive starts, or if a racer fails to earn more than one third-place finish in four consecutive starts in the same grade, that greyhound will be lowered a grade.

    Lure: The lure is a mechanical device attached to an arm and electrically driven around the racing oval by a lure operator. In 1912, Owen Patrick Smith developed and patented the first mechanical lure to run around a circular track, and he is now considered the "father" of American greyhound racing. Traditionally, most lures were shaped like rabbits to entice the greyhounds, but today’s are often bone-shaped.

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    Last updated 5 days ago

    West Palm Beach, Fl. - After beginning with a field of 56 Greyhounds, two canine athletes will enter Wednesday afternoon’s third-round of qualifying for Palm Beach Kennel Club’s $20,000 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes with a perfect two-for-two record.

            And by the luck of the draw, they both face off in the same race.

            In the final event of the afternoon, Race 15, the outstanding youngster #2 Kiowa Leer Lee (Kelsos Fusileer - Kiowa Kay Tipton, James Douglas Kennel) will face off for the first time against multi-stake race finalist #6 Ghost Buster (Lonesome Cry - Racy Reward, B & B Racing). This is a toughie to handicap as you have a trio of early-speed semifinal hopefuls that could stir things up. One must keep a keen eye on #3 Oaks Charlie O (Switzler Jammin - Gem Brandy, Rader Racing), #4 Kelsos Supercool (Super Lee - Kelsos Chit Chat, Marsella Racing) and #5 Ninis Chipotle (Afleet Alex - Bow Fine Tune, Rader Racing).

            It should be noted that Ghost Buster and Kiowa Leer Lee posses the two fastest 545-Yard Royal Palm Course times of qualifying, 29.27 seconds and 29.52, respectively.

            Third round qualifiers will also be contested in races ten, twelve and fourteen.

            Following Wednesday afternoon’s third round, the field will be halved to sixteen competitors, who will then advance to the fourth and final round Sunday afternoon, April 20, all vying for a slot in the final eight.

            The 48th running of the $20,000 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes will be contested Saturday afternoon, April 26.

            The Puppy Stakes is named in honor of former Palm Beach Post Time sports columnist and great friend to Greyhound racing, Bob Balfe.

    Contact: Jeff Prince (561) 683-2222, Ext. 126 /

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    Last updated 8 days ago

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    West Palm Beach, Fl. - Round two qualifying action for Palm Beach Kennel Club’s $20,000 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes will be contested Saturday afternoon, April 12.

            Round one entries looking to remain undefeated in the second go-around of qualifying include:

            In Race 4, two first-round winners will face off in the sleek forms of #3 Ninis Chipotle (Afleet Alex - Bow Fine Tune, Rader Racing Kennel) and #5 Kiowa Leer Lee (Kelsos Fusileer - Kiowa Kay Tipton, James Douglas Kennel). Another entry to definitely keep an eye on is the well-positioned #7 Submariner (Lonesome Cry - Racy Reward, B & B Racing).

            There are no round-one victors in the Race 6 so one of the seven pups competing will earn the 15-points for a win, and that entry looks to be #2 Juggernaut (Lonesome Cry - Racy Reward, B & B Racing). Also set up nicely for the handicappers is #7 Outlaws Like Me (Gable Oscar - Barts Cranberry, Rader Racing).

            In Race 8, again no first-round winners. This looks to be a wide-open event with perhaps #6 Java Howa (PG Tiger - Java Takata, Rader Racing) being the post time favorite.

            In Race 10, there is no doubt that the wagering public will glean onto first-round victor #5 HS Bobaruskee (Kiowa Sweet Trey - KB’s Turbo Toes, Rader Racing).

            In Race 12, multi-stake finalist and coming off a tremendous round one victory, #3 Ghost Buster (Lonesome Cry - Racy Reward, B & B Racing) will have the fans lining up at the wagering windows with this racing star on top of their tickets.                          

            Race 14 features first-round winner #6 Kiowa Strike Boy (TK Quick Strike - Julia WW Gladys, Marsella Racing). This impressive youngster has a career record of 15-5-2-4-3, having finished off the pay sheet only once. Other entries that will grab the attention of fans is the brother of the previously mentioned Submariner, Juggernaut and Ghost Buster, Storm Control, who will be starting from his favorite box, post position one. However, the big spoiler of the event could be #8 PJ Smoke Em Out (KC And All - UCME Smoke N Ace, Arthur Agganis) who has excellent early speed and absolutely loves the inside...and takes no prisoners when attempting to reach that preferred spot.

            The final qualifier of the afternoon in Race 15 highlights another duo of round-one top point earners, #2 Zonked (Shonn - Ediola, North Shore Kennel) and #5 BL Booster Gold (BL Rounder - BD’s Faye, Rader Racing). Both of these pups are known for their first-turn rush and closing ability. However there are a few pups in this race that could pull off a major upset and add 15 points to their scorecard.         

            Following Saturday afternoon’s second round of qualifying, the field will be trimmed to 32 entries. They will compete in round three on Wednesday afternoon, April 16, with the top 16 point-earners advancing to the semifinals Sunday afternoon, April 20.

            The 48th running of the $20,000 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes will take place Saturday afternoon, April 26.

            The Puppy Stakes is named in honor of former Palm Beach Post Time sports columnist and great friend to Greyhound racing Bob Balfe.

    Contact: Jeff Prince (561) 683-2222, Ext. 126 /


    Understanding What Full Tilt Means in a Poker Game

    Last updated 9 days ago

    If you’ve ever had a killer hand at the poker tables, you know how thrilling it can be to win big. But losing is the other side of the same coin, and a streak of bad luck will lead to more losses if you’re not careful.

    As this video points out, emotions can run high during a poker game—if you let emotions take control instead of playing strategically, you may be going “full tilt.” A player at full tilt is likely to make crazy, unpredictable bets and may throw off the odds. If you see this in an opponent, you may be tempted to take advantage of his erratic playing, but it’s best to stay away. Remember, if you feel yourself going full tilt, take a break and walk away from the table for a few minutes—after all, you should be having fun!

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