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Greyhound Terms


Across the Board: A win, place and show wager on a particular greyhound.
AGC: American Greyhound Council, Inc., a non-profit group jointly supported by American Greyhound Track Operators Association members and National Greyhound Association members, the purpose of which is to provide for the betterment of the welfare of racing greyhounds and the greyhound industry.
AGTOA: American Greyhound Track Operators Association, a non-profit corporation comprised of owners and operators of greyhound racetracks.
All-America Team: The eight top racing greyhounds selected each year by American Greyhound Track Operators Association.
Backstretch: A straightaway on the far side of the racetrack.
Bertillon Card: A greyhound's identification card that lists 56 physical identifying points for every registered racing greyhound. No two greyhounds are alike.
Blanket: A covering for a greyhound bearing a number and color corresponding to its post position. Could also be called a Racing Silk or Speedo.
Box: The post position the greyhound will be racing from or the starting box itself. Also describes a wager involving the inclusion of a combination of greyhounds in a race. May also hear this referred to as a hole.
Breeder: The individual who is the owner or lessee of his or her dam at the time of whelping.
Brindle: A streaky combination of colors, usually including a predominance of brown or tan.
Calls: The position of each greyhound at specific points around the track during a race.
Career record: A series of five numbers indicating, in order, a greyhound's total number of starts, followed by first place, second place, third place and fourth-place finishes. Often preceded by an abbreviation showing the track at which the starts were recorded.
Chart: A record of each race showing finish, calls, odds and comments describing each racer's performance.
Class: The grade of a race or a greyhound.
Dam: The mother of a greyhound.
Dead heat: An exact tie between two or more greyhounds in a single race.
Draw: A random process by which each greyhound's starting position is determined.
Fast track: A firm track on which the greyhound can achieve its best speed.
Flashy Sir Award: Given each year to the nation's top distance (3-8 mile) greyhound by the Greyhound Review; named for an outstanding distance greyhound of the mid-1940s, now a Hall of Fame member.
Grading system: Method of assuring greyhounds compete against racers of similar caliber; grades are assigned according to performance, with the top grade being “A”. Some tracks use a grade AA.
Greyhound Hall of Fame: A museum and shrine to the greats of the sport. Located in Abilene, Kan.
Judge: A racing official responsible for making decisions concerning photo finish results, eligibility and other racing matters.
Kennel: A business that cares for and races greyhounds under contract with one or more tracks.
Leadout: A handler, employed by the track, whose job includes parading racers in front of the public and placing them in the starting box before a race.
Length: The margin equal to the length of one greyhound. Used to denote how far ahead or behind each greyhound is during or after a race. Measuring speed, each length is computed to represent about 7/lOOths of a second.

Lure: A mechanical device attached to an arm and electrically driven around the racing oval.
Lure operator: The person responsible for keeping the lure a uniform distance ahead of the greyhounds during a race.
Maiden: Any greyhound that has not won an official race and is less than 2 years old, a graded maiden.
Matinee: A program of racing held during the afternoon hours.
Muzzle: A wire, leather or plastic device, with a white tip, which is fitted over the greyhound's mouth and jaws and used to aid in photo finishes.
NGA: National Greyhound Association made up of greyhound owners, breeders and trainers; recognized as a registry for racing greyhounds in the United States.
Nose: The slimmest margin of victory.
O.P. Smith: Owen Patrick Smith, inventor of a revolutionary mechanical lure, circa 1912, that could travel around a circular track; considered the “Father” of American greyhound racing.
Pari-Mutuel: Means “betting among ourselves.” Type of wagering system at greyhound, thoroughbred, harness and jai alai facilities.
Place: A wagering term describing the greyhound finishing second in a race.
Post: A greyhound's post position or starting box number.
Post parade: The parading of the greyhounds before the race after they leave the paddock area. It includes he blanket and muzzle inspection.
Post time: The starting time of the race.
Program: A printed guide to the day's races, including details such as the specifications and grades of individual races, post positions, past performances, charts, handicapper's selections, overnight entries, track records and other racing statistics.
Racing Commission: A state or county regulatory agency that oversees all aspects of greyhound racing.
Racing Secretary: The track official whose major functions include determining how many races of each grade are to be run over each distance for any given performance and conducting the random draw for post position.
Rural Rube Award: Given each year to the nation's top sprint (5/l6ths mile) greyhound by the Greyhound Review; named for an outstanding sprinter of the late 1930s, now in the Hall of Fame.
Schooling race: An unofficial training or qualifying race with no wagering allowed.
Scratch: Withdrawal of a greyhound from a race.
Show: A wagering term describing the greyhound finishing third in a race.
Sire: The father of a greyhound.
Sprint: A race run over five-sixteenths of a mile or shorter.
Stakes Race: A championship race or one for a purse larger than those offered for other feature races.
Starter: A greyhound becomes a starter for the race when the doors of the starting box open.
Tattoos: An identification number placed inside the ear of a registered racing greyhound.
Trainer: A kennel employee whose responsibility is preparing greyhounds for racing and caring for them at all times.
WGRF: World Greyhound Racing Federation, the worldwide promotion association for the sport.
Whelping: The act of birth.
Win: A wagering term describing the first greyhound across the finish line.
Winner's Circle: Where the winning greyhound proceeds following the race, often to participate in a ceremonial presentation.
Wire: The finish line for the race.