United Greyhound Racing 2017 Great Eight Sprint Team

United Greyhound Racing 2017 Great Eight Sprint Team

By Michael D. Frino


The best sprinters in the country will now have the opportunity to garner another honor each year as UGR has created a Great Eight Sprint Team. This year’s inaugural team includes many of the greyhounds that would have received invitations to this years canceled Greyhound National Championship.


The team is led by Southland Park’s top sprinter Flying Wolf Pack (Lester Raines Kennel) and Derby Lane’s RT’s Bo Jangles (Cal Holland Kennel) who is the nation’s win champion.  Flying Wolf Pack was named team captain.  Others on the Great Eight Team include Orange Park’s Real Good Feelin (DQ Williams Kennel), 2nd in total wins nationwide, GLS Running Red (JS Kennels) from Tri-State, and the well-traveled, Konomi (SL- A Ray Kennel), who has been successful at four tracks during the 2017 year.


Rounding at the field is the young Palm Beach phenome, Tip Top (Rader Kennel, Southland Park’s Nashapelli (David Blair Kennel), and Wheeling Island’s Barts Outofmyway (Lester Raines Kennel).


The greyhounds were chosen by considering their performance in the UGR Top 25 Polls, and by nomination from our selection committee.



Flying Wolf Pack       68/31-9-7-5             Team Captain            owner- Vince Berland

Rt's Bo Jangles         74/45-10-4-3                                              owner- Cal Holland

GLS Running Red     54/29-4-4-1                                                 owner- Greg Strong or Louise Strong

Real Good Feelin       84/37-18-11-8                                            owner- Tina Williams

Konomi                       47/33-7-1-1                                                owner- Robert Hardison

Tip Top                       28/22-3-1-1                                                owner- Just Win Enterprises

Nashapelli                  65/22-10-6-7                                              owner- Jeff Blair     

Barts Outofmyway    49/21-5-3-0                                                 owner- Lester Raines or Coleen Pace


Flying Wolf Pack-    Winner of Southland Hound Madness and FOS Darby Henry Male Sprint; 2nd in Kings Vs Queens and Two for the Money stakes.  Southland Park win leader and three times No 1 in UGR Top 25 Poll.


RT's Bo Jangles- Nation’s win leader. Won Derby Lane Howl-O-Week Stakes and finalist in three Derby Lane major stake races. One of only three greyhounds to appear in the UGR Top 25 Poll four times in 2017.


Real Good Feelin- 2nd in the Nation in total wins and holds track record at Orange Park (29.95); Winner of Orange Park Sprint Classic and finalist in Patton Silver Cup.


GLS Running Red- Top six nationally in major track wins, and was win leader at TriState.  All but 2 of his wins were in AA.  Finished 3rd in the TriState WVGOBA Stakes after going undefeated in preliminary rounds. One of only three greyhounds to appear in UGR Top 25 Poll four times in 2017.


Konomi- Won top grade at three major tracks and finished fifth nationally in total wins. Won the Wheeling Island National Stakes and was 2nd in the Dubuque IGP Kin and Queens Stake and Dubuque Iowa Breeders Cup.


Tip Top- Won 14 races in-a-row at Palm Beach to close out 2017 season. Has the top win percentage in the nation at 78%.  Was 2nd in the Palm Beach Gallagher/Kinnaird Puppy Stake.


Nashapelli- A consistent AA winner at Southland Park with 20 of his 22 wins being in top grade. Was also a finalist in the FOS Darby Henry Male Sprint.


Barts Outofmyway- One of the top winners at Wheeling Island with all but one of his 21 wins being in AA. Consistent winner throughout the 2017 year.