Whoosh!...and They're Off!
Racing is the ultimate test of speed for whippets. Six whippets barrel out of the starting boxes in pursuit of a bouncing, fur-covered lure, pulled by a motor down the straight or oval track. Top racing whippets can achieve speeds of up to almost 40 MPH over the 200 yard distance, with the weekend warriors and couch potato hounds not that far behind them. Whippet racing is always done for fun, never for money or for gambling. Top speedsters compete for points towards their racing championships, while the rest of the hounds run for grade awards and the coveted "Turtle Award", which is given for the last place racer in the meet. A, B, C, or D dogs, all enjoy doing what whippets were originally bred for.
Several national organizations sponsor straight-track and oval-track racing, and the NCWFA is proud to offer several racing events every year. If you are interested in racing your whippet, contact Jean Balint to find out about upcoming events, practices, or racing rules.
There are three organizations that sanction whippet racing in California:
NAWRA: The North American Whippet Racing Association sponsors straight-track racing for whippets. NAWRA events are often held in conjunction with LGRA (Large Gazehound Race Association) events for non-whippet sighthounds. Whippets can earn the NAWRA titles RCh (Race Champion), SRCh (Supreme Race Champion), SRE (Show and Race Excellence), JrRD (Junior Racing Dog), and SrRD (Senior Racing Dog). For more information on NAWRA racing, visit the NAWRA home page.
NOTRA: The National Oval Track Racing Association sponsors oval-track racing for all sighthounds. Hounds can earn the ORC (Oval Race Champion) and SORC (Supreme Oval Race Champion) titles through NOTRA. Visit the NOTRA home page for more information about NOTRA Racing.
CWA: The Continental Whippet Alliance emphasizes both speed and structure through combined straight-track race meets and conformation matches. For more information on CWA racing and to download eligibility documents, visit the CWA home page.
Upcoming Racing Event sponsored by the NCWFA:
June 2 - 3rd, 2018
CWA Racing at Solano Community College
(Online Entry Form & Payment Buttons Below Race Info)
NCWFA invites everyone to join us for some joyous days of racing our wonderful whippets.
Solano Community College
4000 Suisun Valley Rd
Fairfield, CA 94534
All hounds must be registered with the appropriate organizations prior to the race meet. To register your hound, submit the registration form along with a copy of the AKC/CKC registration papers and $3.00 registration fee to the appropriate organization. The registration form can be found at http://www.continentalwhippetalliance.com/CWAregistration.pdf or attached below.
Mail CWA application and fee to: Mary Beth Arthur, CWA Registrar
12035 West Brown Deer Road , Milwaukee, WI 53224-1417
Saturday: Beth Levine
Sunday: Che Lopez
Racing: Saturday June 2nd & Sunday June 3rd
CWA: 4 programs, 175 yds. Puppies: 3 programs 150 yds. Sprinter: 3 programs 175 yds. (Sprinter entries limited to 8 dogs per day; first come first served)
Inspection and Measuring:
All dogs will be inspected for lameness; additionally, all bitches will be inspected for “in season”. All CWA whippets will be measured, as well as teeth, eyes and testes will be checked.
Check In (both days): 8:00am, no check-ins after 8:30
Draw: At the conclusion of check in.
Racing will begin thereafter.
$12 for first entry, $10 for the second entry same owner, and $8.00 for each entry thereafter same owner to a maximum of $45. Veterans and Puppies: $6 each entry, Sprinters: $6 each entry. Pre-entries close on Wednesday, May 30th at Midnight.
Late and Day-of-Meet Entries:
$25 each with no discount available.
Please use the entry form available at the following website:
Scroll down to the bottom for the entry form. Race Secretary, Bonnie Moore will receive your completed entry form. If you have questions, please email Bonnie at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org Payment can also be made using this same webpage.
If you enter and are unable to make it, day of, call me on my cell phone # (707) 685-1800.
Local Competitors, please bring a potluck dish for the lunch table.
Lunch Saturday: Mexican
Lunch Sunday: Sandwiches and Salads
Please notify Jean Balint of what you plan to bring for the potluck table. Jean’s email is: Jean_Vince@att.net
Practice runs are limited to time available; priority will be given to puppies and dogs needing qualifying. Sign up at the scoreboard. Meet workers will have priority for practice runs.
NCWFA Members: No charge.
Non-members: $2.00 per dog per run.
Directions to Solano Collage
Take 80 West to Exit Suisun Valley Road. Veer Right on to Suisun Valley Road
The college is on the right approximately one mile . Go right at the far entrance.
From San Francisco
Take 80 East to Exit Suisun Valley Road. Go Left on to Suisun Valley Road
The college is on the right approximately one and a half miles
Go right at the far entrance.