Cheveyo “Chevy”


Brianna Burkhart and Carl Doby co-own Cheveyo, whose pet name is Chevy. Since many greyhound lovers haven’t experienced the journey of a racer from the farm to retirement, we thought it would be an exciting opportunity to give you an inside glimpse of some real owners and their stories.

Chevy on the farm

Chevy pictured on Crossland Farm with permission from Crossland Farm.

Chevy will be on his way to Florida in about a week (mid August 2014) to race at the Orange Park track near Jacksonville. He has completed his training (finishing) on the farm and will start schooling (practicing) and getting used to the track before any official races are under his blanket.


Brianna and Carl’s Partnership

Chevy and Brianna“Out of the blue, Carl contacted me to ask if I wanted to partner with him on a pup. He showed me a picture of this tiny newborn puppy and I didn’t even have to think about it. Owning a racer was a dream of mine and it was a perfect situation to get my feet wet and learn about ownership. We picked him out at two weeks old. His breeder, Bob Crossland, will only sell the dogs at tattoo age, so when he got his tattoo at three months old, he was ours.”

Chevy pictured with Brianna on Crossland Farm with permission from Brianna Burkhart.

How His Name Was Chosen and Where He’ll Race

Chevy and Carl

“When I first saw pictures of him, I said it looked like he has a feather on his nose. That lead me to want a Native American race name for him, so that’s how I got his name Cheveyo. When he turned a year old, he went from his rearing farm in Missouri to Kansas for finishing. Several of his litter mates went with him. We received some progress reports along the way, and all were positive. Carl and I agreed we both wanted Chevy to go to Orange Park or Derby Lane because we love both tracks and personally know people there. Comparing Chevy’s running times to his litter mates, we decided to send him to Orange Park where the competition isn’t as tough as Derby Lane.”

Chevy pictured with Carl at the track with permission from Carl Doby.

More About Chevy

Chevy in a pool on the farm“Chevy is a sweet boy who loves people but I’ve been told he was a bit of a troublemaker growing up playing with his brothers. He loved, loved, loved his pool! He was always in it. His breeder said we should have named him Pool Boy. I think he will love the pools waiting for him at the track!”

Chevy pictured in a pool on Crossland Farm with permission from Brianna Burkhart.

Chevy’s breeding is “USS Raceway x Bow Fine Tune. He was one of a litter of 13, the biggest litter Bob has ever had. Since there were so many pups, Bob and his family were up around the clock helping mom feed the pups.”


Chevy’s 2016 Race Recap

On November 2, 2106, Chevy’s racing career ended with a broken leg. Chevy headed to co-owner Carl Doby for rehab at PRO-Greyhound, where he is recovering and enjoying life as a retiree.

According to TrackInfo, Chevy finished the 2016 racing season with 52 races. He had 5 wins, 6 seconds, 8 thirds, 9 fourths, 2 fifths and 7 sixths. He focused on the 503m/550 yard distance, and had an average speed of 31.48, although his fastest was 30.81 seconds!


Chevy’s 2014 Race Recap

Chevy at the track
Chevy pictured at the track with permission from Brianna Burkhart.

According to TrackInfo, Chevy finished the 2014 racing season with 21 races. He had 6 wins, 3 seconds, 6 thirds, 3 fourths and 2 sixths. He focused on the 550 yard distance, and had an average speed of 31.41, although his fastest was 31.09 seconds!

Chevy has made his way up the grades from Maiden to A in 17 races.


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Chevy and Blake (December 2014)

Brianna Burkhart gave us an update on Chevy and Blake after her visit to the track in December 2014.

Chevy and Brianna“Chevy and Blake seem to have very similar personalities. They’re both very people-oriented and fairly well mannered. They also seem to stick together and even cuddle a bit at turnout. What I loved most about them was their confidence!

Chevy pictured at the track with permission from Brianna Burkhart.

The only real big difference between the two is that Chevy is higher energy and sillier while Blake is super laid back. In fact, Blake was so relaxed that he even lay down in the sprint path as if to say “ok, I had fun with my friends but I’m done with that now.

It was so great to spend so much time with them and see what they do day-to-day. Their trainers and helpers are fantastic and so welcoming. We had such a great time I didn’t want to leave!”


Brianna’s Visit With Chevy (February 2015)

Chevy on the farm
“I’ve gone to see Chevy once at the farm and twice at the race kennels.
When I saw him the first time it was amazing to see the difference in his physique. I still remembered that gangly 5 month old dog I met the previous summer. Now he is tall and built like a tank!

Chevy pictured on Crossland Farm with permission from Brianna Burkhart.

His personality is exactly how I remembered it. Super overly friendly, very playful but controlled energy. He loves loves loves to play but is just as happy to stand and be loved on.

Chevy in the sprint pathBoth times I visited him, his “kennel family” allowed me to make multiple visits almost every day. I got to see Chevy play in the sprint paths with his buddies, helped with turnout, helped with cleaning and feeding time.

Chevy pictured at the track with permission from Brianna Burkhart.

I learned about their feed and watched them go over dogs checking for soreness. His trainer also brought us to watch the morning schooling and play with the puppies at his home (he has a couple litters).

I got to learn what Chevy does day-to-day. I know he is in very good hands with Mike Gerard but seeing how happy that dog is and how well taken care of the kennel is, I know I never have to worry about him.”

Brianna made her third trip to visit Chevy in June 2015.


Chevy and Carl (December 2015)

Chevy and CarlChevy had another visit from Carl in early December 2015. They spent time together playing with a tennis ball in the turnout pen and Chevy got his fair share of hugs from his owner. The highlight of Carl’s trip was watching Chevy win his race while he proudly watched from the apron of the track.

Chevy pictured with Carl at the track with permission from Carl Doby.

Chevy and His Brother Blake

Brothers Cheveyo and Social Director taking a nap during turn out. They wore themselves out after using the sprint path that morning.

Chevy and Blake at turn out

Chevy pictured with Blake at the track with permission from Brianna Burkhart.

Cheveyo schooling in the morning with his brother Social Director (in the red collar), September 2014.

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Chevy pictured with Blake at the track with permission from Stacy Heckel.

Chevy with His Trainer

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Chevy pictured with his trainer Mike at the track with permission from Brianna Burkhart.

Chevy’s Maiden (October 2014)

I asked Brianna how she felt about Chevy running his maiden (first official race). She replied, “I’m nervous about him being on the outside. In his schoolings he was in the inside where he likes to be, on the rail. If he breaks well he will be ok. If not, it will be a great learning experience for him. It can’t always be him just against the clock.”
Chevy broke (won) his maiden on the first try on October 10 2014. He ran box to wire for the win by five lengths.
A length is the margin equal to the length of one greyhound. Measuring speed, each length is computed to represent about 7/100ths of a second.
You can watch his race here.

Maiden Alert

Fantastic news for the brothers. Both will run their maidens this weekend, October 10, 2014.

Cheveyo “Chevy” is in race 1 post 7 on Friday.

Social Director “Blake” is in race 3 post 7 on Saturday.

You can watch their races live on www.trackinfo.com.

Good luck boys!


What Changes Lie Ahead For the Brothers

by Mike Gerard ©2014

Sometimes the transition can be hard on young pups. It’s a big change from the farm to a racing kennel. They are such creatures of habit. They do so much better when things are as stress free as possible. The pups have to establish a pecking order in the pack (kennel) and a change in diet. A new environment, new routine, new people, weather, and humidity.

We spend much more time in the kennel when new dogs arrive. Five to six hours every morning, an hour in the after noon, two hours, or close to it, at night.

In between all that, they have to get used to us coming and going, in and out of the kennel. Loading up dogs eight times a week to go to the track. After the races, coming back to the kennel having racers getting turned out twice after returning from the track, both before and after they are fed. Sometimes it’s midnight or 1 am in the morning if races run late.

We will give them a couple of days to get used to the kennel, me and my trainers (my wife and my oldest daughter), the change in their diet, turnouts etc……

We will start sprinting pups this weekend on Saturday, then continue on Monday and Wednesday. If they are in good enough shape, we will start morning schooling on Friday.

We school on the Orange Park official race track, another big change for pups. Odds board, grand stand, trees, water fountains etc. There’s also a busy highway 109 yards away.

The first time we will walk them from the front stretch to the back stretch, between the odds board and the 7/16 box. Then give them a hand slip, depending on how hard they run and where they come off after the race. We run them slowly on each concurrent schooling. Escape (first turn), finish line, and eventually to the box.

Once in the box, I grade pups by order of finish. I never want a pup to get beat more than once or twice in a row.

We run 3 and 4 dog boxes. All winners this time will run against each other next time. 2nd place finishers against each other, 3rd place against 3rd, and 4th against 4th.

I’m a firm believer that a dog’s confidence is as important as its ability. A dog that believes it can win, will try every time. I try to never teach a dog to lose.


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