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Field Set For the 2015 BetAmerica Daytona 550 National Championship

Plano, TX – The field has been set for the Inaugural BetAmerica Daytona 550 National Championship. The selections will represent 8 different tracks throughout the United States. In 2014, these greyhound athletes have won more than 200 races and have 10 stake victories combined. Fans and industry representatives will witness the crowning of a National Champion on January 24, 2015 at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room. Along with the National Championship, the evening activities will include live music, Daytona 550 t-shirt giveaway, a chance to win a racing greyhound, appearances by The Pick Ladies and host of other fun activities.


The field for the 2015 BetAmerica Daytona 550 National Championship:

Atascocita Act – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX – Young pup sensation Boc’s John Luke – Bluffs Run Casino, Council Bluffs, IA – Bluffs Run Open and Secretary’s Choice Champion Husker Magic - Derby Lane, St. Petersburg, FL – Major track win leader with 45 wins in 2014 Lee Opera – Jacksonville Greyhound Park, Jacksonville, FL – 5th in the Nation in wins and four time stake’s Champion Mac’s Bonita – Mardi Gras West Virginia, Cross Lanes, WV – WVGOBA Sprint Classic Champion Penrose Lobo – Derby Lane, St. Petersburg, FL –Derby Lane Fall Juvenile Runner-up and stakes competitor Js Speedypebbles – Palm Beach Kennel Club, West Palm Beach, FL – “The Queen of Palm Beach” Storm Control- Palm Beach Kennel Club, West Palm Beach, FL – Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes Champion “This is truly an exciting time for our sport,” stated United Greyhound Racing member and Event Organizer Michael Frino. “The BetAmerica Daytona 550 affords the greyhound industry the opportunity to showcase their top athletes in a National Championship race. Most importantly, the greyhound community and track management have joined together to create the race, which I anticipate will soon become the sport's main event”

Brad Boeckenstedt, owner and breeder of Boc’s John Luke, is looking forward to seeing how his greyhound will compete against the nation’s best travelling all the way from Iowa. “It was an honor to get an invitation. It is awesome to see people getting excited and the promotion of greyhound racing in a positive way."

Owner and breeder of one of the best at Palm Beach Kennel Club, Storm Control, Steve Schlachter expresses a similar viewpoint with Boeckenstedt. “Having been in the business for a long time, it will be nice to see greyhound friends gather for the challenge of winning and being a part of the first event. Thank you for your efforts United Greyhound Racing.”

To kick-off the weekend, United Greyhound Racing and Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room will host their Paws for a Cause dinner and silent auction fundraiser Friday, January 23, 2014. The event is vital to the greyhound industry as it supports local greyhound adoption agencies that home our retired athletes. For more information concerning the Paws for a Cause event, please contact Darlene Izzo at

Many thanks to the following event sponsors: BetAmerica,, The Pick Ladies, Florida Greyhound Association, Arkansas Greyhound Kennel Association, TrackData Systems, Red Wing Shoes – Toledo, Ohio, Brett Goucher, Steve Schlachter, Frino Racing, David Peck, Julia Ward, Smith Greyhounds Inc., Kenneth Biehle, and Norm Radar.


About United Greyhound Racing 

United Greyhound Racing is a 501(c) 4 non-profit organization who seeks to re-energize the sport of greyhound racing by leveraging technology, promoting safety and adoption awareness and organize all facets of the industry to support our livelihood while preserving the greyhound breed, the greyhound industry and to further its growth in the United States through its membership. You can learn more about United Greyhound Racing at


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About Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room

Pairing world-class facilities built in 2008 with a wide variety of high stakes poker games and “live” Greyhound racing action, Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room is your odds-on-favorite for an exhilarating gambling and entertainment experience. Centrally located in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida at the intersection of I-4 and I-95, our modern, award-winning complex features a luxurious 55-table card room, electrifying Greyhound races, private betting carrels, and over 300 HD TVs displaying simulcast Thoroughbred racing, Harness racing, Greyhound racing and Jai-Alai, from premier tracks across the country. More information is available at