2017 BetAmerica Daytona550 Participant #8 – Martha Maccallum
Flying Westover – Johara
Kennel: Brindle Kennel
Owner: Anthony Napolitano Jr. or Brindle Kennel
Speed, power, toughness and smarts. The rare combination that few greyhounds are blessed with.
The very special Martha Maccallum has burst onto the scene in a major way; a fleeting 24 victories from just 32 starts while carrying maybe the biggest upside of any BetAmerica Daytona550 invitee.
Last year's South Florida representative for the 550, Red Utopian, retired in the summer. In her absence, Martha Maccallum has taken right where the 2015 All-American left off with the same persistent domination of her rivals.
The daughter of Flying Westover's credentials include a pair of six race win streaks to go along with a pair of three race win streaks. She set the season's best time at Flagler with a clocking of 30.42 in August and it stuck the remainder of the meet. The circuit switched to Naples in November and she started the stand with a small stake victory in the Inaugural which kick started a current seven for eight run. She has enough speed to put herself in the race early by the first turn. Furthermore, she's often seen running away from her challengers at the end, increasing her lead with each stride as she crosses the wire.
She is owned by her breeder Anthony Napolitano, Jr. and campaigned by Richard Brindle's kennel, which handles dogs at Naples, Flagler and Palm Beach. Napolitano and Brindle, now cohorts, were once staples in the New England racing community, even competitors with bookings at the same tracks. Racing in the area once had a rich culture and major following, but sadly come to end when both Lincoln Park (RI) and Raynham Park (MA) would drop the curtain on live racing in 2009. Many dog men and women involved moved on to continue in the business. A victory by Martha Maccallum in the 550 would be the first for connections with not only ties, but roots to the former illustrious and historic New England racing circuit.
Early on Martha Maccallum is showing the signs of being a once in a lifetime greyhound. At this point the sky is the limit, she turned two years of age on the first day of December. While some of the other invitees may simply be trying to hold on to form after a long campaign, she's still progressing with each start. The talent is there but will it be enough to overcome the experience that some of the other greyhounds have? Find on out on January 21, 2017.