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GREYHOUND GLOSSARYGeneral Glossary

  • Adoption – there are many non-profit greyhound adoption groups/ organisations across the world which are committed to finding family homes for retired greyhounds.
  • Bloat – serious stomach condition which is common concern for large dog breeds such as greyhounds.
  • Blue slip – a document which you can send to your greyhound's original owner in which you request that the ownership be transferred to you (more details available by contacting National Greyhound Association).
  • Chattering – it refers to greyhounds' teeth chattering; although it looks like symptom of cold, it indicates their excitement and happiness
  • Cockroach – greyhounds' favourite sleeping position in which the dog's legs are in the air while he is lying on his back
  • Dam – greyhound's mother
  • ETS (Escaped Tongue Syndrome) – greyhound tongue very often is hanging out of their mouth , usually when he is sleeping or during afternoon nap; it indicates that the dog is very happy.
  • Helicoptering – when a greyhound moves his tail in a circular motion similarly to a helicopter, thus informing everyone that he is really happy
  • Muzzle – covering put over dog's mouth and nose usually to prevent the animal from biting
  • Roman nose – one of greyhounds' unique characteristics; greyhound's nose looks as if it was slightly bent because of high bridge.
  • Routine – greyhounds are one of those animals that simply love repeatedness: regular same meals, walks at the same time in the same place etc.
  • Separation anxiety – though greyhounds are very optimistic animals, they are really attached to their owners and can become very sad when you leave them for a few days
  • Sire – greyhound's father
  • Sphinx – greyhounds' favourite sitting position in which they very much resemble the ancient Egyptian Sphinx.

GH Racing & Betting glossary

  • Apron – at a greyhound track, an area in the immediate proximity of the track where clients may watch greyhound racing at close range; there is only a fence line between the track and the apron.
  • Artificial lure – in greyhound racing, modern, more civilised successor of a live lure (e.g. hare or rabbit); the artificial lure can be either mechanical (mostly), or non-mechanical (rarely)
  • Backstretch – at a greyhound track, the area next to the finish line
  • Banker – a dog which is expected to win a race
  • B.A.G.S. (Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service) – greyhound races that take place in the afternoon
  • B.E.G.S. (Bookmakers Evening Greyhound Service) – greyhound races that place in the evening
  • Belle Vue – a dog racing track located in Manchester; in 1926 it hosted the first British greyhound race on an oval track; in French, belle vue means "beautiful view."
  • Best Odds Guaranteed – a popular racing promotion in which the punter can expect to be given Starting Prize (final odds, before the start of the race) when his Early Prize (earlier version of the odds which is subject of fluctuations) was lower.
  • Calls - during a race, greyhound's position at specific points of the track.
  • Coursing – the activity of hunting with sighthounds, that is dogs which utilise their sight and speed to catch a prey (e.g. hares, rabbits, foxes, antelope, gazelle, deer, wolves, jackals, jack-rabbits, coyotes).
  • Crate – a box in which a greyhound is housed at a race track, usually for 20 hours a day; because of crating retired adopted greyhounds have no problem being kept in small rooms indoors
  • Dead Heat – in a race, situation of a tie between two or more greyhounds; in such a case photo finish is required to establish the placings.
  • Derby – the most important greyhound racing event in England run annually since 1927; originally the event was held at the White City Stadium in London until the venue was demolished in 1985; since then the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium is hosting the derby; sponsorship: before 2007 sponsored by William Hill, in 2008 and 2009 by Blue SQ, and since 2010 once more by William Hill.
  • Early price – bookmaker's odds on a given dog which are subject to fluctuations, before the final Starting prize is set
  • Escape Turn – following the front stretch, the 1st turn of the racing track
  • Far Turn – the 3rd turn of the racing track
  • Forest Laws – introduced by the king William the Conqueror in 11th century made it illegal for commoners hunt
  • Form – detailed account of dogs' past results that is analysed to produce estimate of their winning chances.
  • Futures / Ante Post – bets which you can place far in advance of future events.
  • GRA (Greyhound Racing Association) – since its foundation in 1926, this private organisation has been heavily involved in greyhound racing setting up greyhound stadiums such notably Belle Vue or White City Stadium; currently it operates six venues: Birmingham, Belle Vue, Hall Green, Oxford, Perry Barr, Portsmouth and Wimbledon.
  • Hall of Fame, Abilene, Kansas – sponsored by NGA is devoted to famous American racing greyhounds
  • Handicapper – on the race track, the person responsible for deciding what weights are to be carried by greyhounds
  • Hare – historically and traditionally, the most popular animal used as a prey in greyhound coursing; these quickly reproducing animals are alert, fast and can reach the speed of 72 km/h.
  • Hound – type of dog which is used for hunting; hounds are divided into sighthounds (hunting by speed and sight) and scent hounds (hunting by scent)
  • Kennel – the building in which dogs are kept, maintained and bred
  • Maiden - a greyhound without an official win race
  • Night at the dogs – a popular form of evening entertainment in Britain in which apart from watching greyhound races the guests engage in such activities as eating, drinking (e.g. restaurants, bars), betting, and other attractions that vary according to the venue.
  • Nose – denotes the smallest margin of a greyhound's win, followed by Head and Neck
  • Owen Patrick Smith (1866-1927) – "Father of Modern Greyhound Racing," the greatest promoter of greyhound racing in the US, inventor of the artificial lure who helped establish many greyhound tracks across the country.
  • Photo Finish – the end of a race when the two or more dogs are so close to each other that a photograph has to be examined in order to determine who has won
  • Program – a guide in a printed form of all the day's greyhound races, additionally with useful details about the race and participating dogs
  • Rail - the strip of a racing track where the artificial lure runs around the track.
  • Scratch – a situation in which a greyhound is withdrawn from a race.
  • Starting Price (aka SP) / Close (in the US) – the bookmakers final odds on a dog.
  • Tote Board – at a race track, a large display with such information as the odds, pools, results, and payoffs for each greyhound race.
  • Trainer – the person responsible for preparing greyhounds for racing
  • Trap – small box which is place on the starting line and from which a greyhound is released when the race starts
  • Virtual Greyhounds – an online game of greyhound racing, offered by a few online bookmakers, in which the race results are based on a random number draw.
  • Winner's Circle – the spot where the ceremony for winning greyhounds takes place
  • Wire – the finish line on a track
  • WGRF (World Greyhound Racing Federation) – formed in 1969, it aims to elevate greyhound racing globally