Almost 500 kids packed into Sandown Park on Easter Thursday evening for the chance at an experience that money can’t buy.
The 94 greyhounds that raced on the night were all assigned a child, designated as ‘Owner of the Day’, and they were given special access into the kennels to meet their dog and its trainer (or handler).
“The chance to go into the kennels and meet the greyhounds and walk out with the trainer is special, I reckon. If your dog wins you go up on the dais and you get a prize” – GREG MILLER
“This is a great experience for kids, and the trainers are all fantastic. They make a huge effort to ensure it’s an interactive experience,” said Sandown Racing Manager, Michael Floyd.
Sandown CEO Greg Miller said Easter Thursday presented a rare opportunity for Sandown each year.
“The chance to go into the kennels and meet the greyhounds and walk out with the trainer is special, I reckon. If your dog wins you go up on the dais and you get a prize,” Miller said.
“We have 400 or 500 kids here tonight. We don’t have many nights (of racing) where there’ s no school the next day, or no work the next day, so we take advantage of Easter Thursday.”
“They (the kids) are all on holidays, and it’s a great day to show the younger generation what greyhounds are all about.”
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