Four winners at Tara Raceway on Thursday for local greyhound trainer Tracie Price – the 13th occasion this year that he has led in three or more winners at a Mount Gambier meeting – has again highlighted his and wife Karen’s commitment to the sport.
As far as the leading trainer award is concerned Price picked up points with 12 of his runners, six of those having been bred within the confines of their Compton complex.
In fact, two of their brood bitches, Headline and Miss Freelove, show the way on the leading dams’ list while Grimsby Girl is also in the top 10.
Headline, a beautifully bred daughter of Barcia Bale and Raya Riot, won 16 races on Victorian tracks for more than $53,000 in stakemoney prior to being mated with Peter Rocket.
The subsequent litter has resulted in six individual Tara Raceway winners – Falcon Heavy, High Fly Dorothy, High Fly Emma, Rouse Rocket, Rocketline and Tandiki, an impressive winner of the Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake (600 metres) for Price at the most recent meeting.
But the litter standout has been Keith Hellmuth’s Victorian-based Burn Time who has won 12 races and $40,000 in stakemoney.
Miss Freelove is also nicely bred, being by Smooth Fancy out of Casey’s Angel. In a career hampered by injuries sustained as a pup, she won four races in WA before finding her way to Compton where she was later mated with Dyna Double One.
This mating has produced 13-race winner Perseverance, currently a narrow leader in this year’s Greyhound of the Year award with nine wins, seven seconds and four thirds. The litter also includes Vossy, a winner of 12 races.
Elle Limes, a daughter of Spring Gun and Grimsby Girl, brought up her eighth win this year for Price when holding out Dyna Carnie to win by a length in a best of day 29.84 seconds in the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (512 m) on Thursday.
Tracie and Karen Price certainly aren’t about to rest on their laurels, though. Headline and Miss Freelove have follow-up litters by My Redeemer and Mepunga Blazer respectively. And Who’s Doing What also has a litter to follow by Mepunga Blazer.