The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 40
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DB SUNDAY. MAY 31, 1998 LIFESPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAl TOM DORSEYmie Salina Journal Wayne Ward of Abilene plays with his 5-week-old greyhound puppies. Ward has more than 200 greyhound puppies at his Abilene kennel. Dynamite Dogs Wayne Ward's greyhounds gave him a Memorial Day gift of $160,000 with victories in Kansas City, Wichita By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal .For Wayne Ward, it doesn't get any. better than this. /The 59-year-old greyhound owner from Abilene watched two of h^s-dogs finish first and third in th,a world's richest greyhound race last week at The Woodlands in Kansas City and later learned another had won a stakes race at Wichita's Greyhound Park. • The winnings for those two races on Memorial Day was nearly $160,000. "I never had one this big," said Ward, who owns a greyhound farm three miles west of Abilene near the site of the National Greyhound Association. "A few years ago I had two dogs that were brothers — a dog named Windfall and a dog named Banker's Express — and they ran 1-2 in the Autumn Gold Cup at Wichita, which was a $100,000 stake. They won $70,000 — 50 for first and 20 for second." But that performance in 1993 pales in comparison to what happened six days ago when WW Time Warp and WW Time Traveler took to the track at The Woodlands in the $278,730 Great American Greyhound Futurity. WW Time Warp easily won the race in 29.98 seconds, the fastest time this season at The Woodlands and in the five-year history T ON THE OUTSIDE of the race. He missed the record by .17 of a second in winning by 4Vi lengths. The victory was the seventh straight and the 17th in 28 races for WW Time Warp and earned him a first prize of $125,428.50. WW Time Traveler earned $27,873 for third place and has nine wins in 24 starts. Ward, who entered the Futurity for the first time, paid $8,080 apiece to supplement his greyhounds and enter them in the race. "It was a big gamble ... the biggest one I've had," Ward said. "But it worked out, so it's fun to talk about." But Ward was confident his two dogs would be successful. "I knew the dogs could run and they had the right style," he said. "They had early speed and a lot of speed. That's why I paid them in. "They're incredible dogs. This was a great field of dogs we ran against and they'll be heard from in the future around the country." Ward, a Wichita native, got started in the greyhound business in 1984. He now owns around 700 dogs, with 400 of them at his seven kennels around the country and 207 of them puppies at his Abilene farm. In addition to the two tracks in Kansas, Ward's dogs also race in Florida at St. Petersburg, Tampa and Jacksonville, as well as in Colorado and Oregon. He has eight people working for him in Abilene and another 23 at the seven kennels around the country. "My success is based on my efforts and definitely the people who work for me, the people who raise the dogs here on the farm," Ward said. "I race dogs at seven race tracks around the country and have very good trainers there. People make you successful, the dogs are the product and we try to raise the best dogs we can. "We just raise good dogs because we take good care of them. We breed to the best." Ward said the historical aspect of the greyhound makes them a very special dog to breed, raise and race. "They go clear back to the (Egyptian) Pharaohs," he said. "They're one of the oldest, pure- line breeds in history, maybe the oldest." And, obviously, one of the fastest. Ward plans to race WW Time Warp and WW Time Traveler in an upcoming match race between the dogs at Wichita's Greyhound Park and The Woodlands in Kansas City. He also plans to have Time Warp compete in the revived Race of Champions in Wichita later this season. Fishing success continues TOMMIE BERGER fisheries biologist, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks V^armer weather was big reason why May produced good reports We are marching into June and the spring fishing is holding up well. The fishing success started early in February with largemouth bass in some . ponds and with ~ " the crappie fishing on some of the reservoirs. Even though our water temperatures didn't warm up quickly in March and April, the fishing remained fairly good. In May, the warm weather has really turned the fishing success up several notches and some of the spawning seasons have been stretched out some. I'm still getting a few reports of white bass in the rivers above Wilson, Kanopolis and Glen El- d§r. .Those fish have been in the rivers for more than a month and usually they are done spawning and back into the lakes by now. .Several of the white bass an- gjers have tied into some bigger fish in the Saline River above Wilson — probably stripers with the white bass. The crappie have been biting well for several weeks and most of the fish being caught from the reservoirs are still spawning. /The males are jet black and the females are still .carrying eggs. Usually the crappie spawn is well over by now but not this year. It is rare to be able to catch lots of crappie on Memorial Weekend but H happened this past week- end. I think that the crappie fishing will continue to be good maybe for another week or two. You'd better take advantage of it while you can because when it's over they will move to deeper water and be tougher to catch. I keep getting better and better reports of catfishing success. Of course, they like warmer water and become more active when the water temperatures get up close to the 70s. Lots of anglers started thinking about catfish when the news broke about the possible state and world record flathead catfish several weeks ago. That 121-pound fish taken at Elk City Reservoir was a huge critter. There have been some good reports of flatheads being taken on set lines in the rivers above some of our reservoirs. June is the spawning month for these big fellows and anglers will catch some along the rock riprap areas of the reservoirs — dams, causeways, and rocky shorelines. ^ Channel catfish have been biting well in smaller state lakes and farm ponds all spring and are really starting to wake up in the bigger reservoirs. Stream fishing is getting better and better too. It's time to get out that shrimp, that stinky sponge bait, and the prepared dough type baits and head to your favorite catfishing spot. Lots of the streams and rivers are flowing well now and the catfish have plenty of room to roam. June is the month when some like to set banklines for catfish in the rivers, baited with live minnows or sunfish. Remember, those set lines have to have a name and address on them. The wiper fishing has been good at Cedar Bluff and Webster and the striper fishing at Wilson has been good too. These two species seem to like the month of May when they go on their first feeding binge of the season. There has been some terrific topwater action at Webster and the stripers have been both shallow and deep at Wilson. It won't be too long until both these species will be heading to deeper water for the summer and be harder to find. We stocked wipers at Kanopolis last year and they will be in the 8- to 10-inch range this summer. Be sure to be able to distinguish these from white bass. This past weekend also started the boating season in full force. There were lots of water skiing and jet skiing going on. I just want to remind you that there is room on the water for everyone, if everyone shows a bit of courtesy toward other users. We get a lot of grumbling about recreational boaters interfering with anglers trying to fish. Just be respectful of the other guy and try to give him enough space to enjoy his time on the water too. As we move closer to the heat of summer, the fishing success is bound to drop off some. The summer doldrums are likely to set in any time so be thinking about some of the summer techniques now. Fishing under lights can be very productive, as can early morning and late evening angling. Plan to fish a bit deeper and a bit slower during the heat of the summer. But right now, the fishing is still good and there is still time to take advantage of it. 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