Celebrate the Whippet Breed

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Program owned by David Howton and Peppi Greco

Clippings from scrapbook of Mrs. G. Rockefeller Dodge



Manager and Referee

Clerk of the Course
HARRY E. DAMON, JR., Short Hills, N. J.
Secretary, Whippet Club of America

EMORY A. STONE, Baltimore, Md.



CHRIS. O'LEARY, Boston, Mass.
Secretary-Treasurer, Boston Whippet Association
ALLAN HOFFAR, Washington, D. C.
T. DUDLEY RIGGS, JR., Baltimore, Md.

Honorary Judges
MRS. JAMES F. CURTIS, Washington, D. C.
JOSHUA EVANS, Washington, D. C.
GEORGE GARRETT, Washington, D. C.
NEWBOLD NOYES, Washington, D. C.




The Ambassador of Great Britain and Lady Isabella Howard

The Ambassador of Italy and Nobil Donna Antoinette de Martino

The Minister of the Irish Free State and Mrs. Timothy Smiddy

The Minister of Austria and Mme. Prochnik

The Minister of Sweden and Mme. Bostrom

The Minister of Rumania and Mlle. Cretziano

The Speaker of the House, Mr. Nicholas Longworth

The Secretary of War, Mr. Dwight Davis

The Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. William Jardine

Mr. Joseph Grew

Senator Frederick H. Gillett
The Assistant to the Attorney General, Mr. William J. Donovan

Rear Admiral Cary T. Grayson

General Colden L'H. Ruggles

Mr. Wallace Chiswell

Mr. Alvin Dodd

Mr. William Doeller

Mr. John F. Dryden

Mr. George Garrett

Mr. Melvin Hazen

Mr. Frank Hight

Mr. John Philip Hill

Mr. Joseph Himes

Mr. Walter Bruce Howe

Major Harry Leonard

Mr. Demarest Lloyd

Mr. Frank Lord

Mr. Fleming Newbold

Mr. Newbold Noyes

Mr. Cleveland Perkins

Mr. C. I. Putnam

Mr. Donald Rodgers

Mr. Cuno H. Rudolph

Mr. Walter Tuckerman

Mr. Richard H. Wilmer

Mr. Donald Woodward

Mrs. William Jardine

Mrs. Joseph Grew

Mrs. Ogden Mills

Mrs. William E. Borah

Mrs. Frederick H. Gillett

Mrs. Cary T. Grayson

Mrs. Colden L'H. Ruggles

Mrs. Richard Aldrich

Mrs. Robert Bacon

Mrs. Frederick H. Brooke

Mrs. Wallace Chiswell

Mrs. James F. Curtis

Mrs. Alvin Dodd

Mrs. William Doeller

Mrs. John F. Dryden

Mrs. Kenna Elkins

Mrs. C. C. Glover, Jr.

Mrs. Randall Hagner

Mrs. Frank Hight

Mrs. John Philip Hill

Mrs. Joseph Himes

Mrs. Walter Bruce Howe

Mrs. Eldridge Jordan

Mrs. Harry Kerr

Mrs. Louis Lehr

Mrs. Harry Leonard

Mrs. Demarest Lloyd

Mrs. Breckinridge Long

Mrs. Ormsby McGammon

Mrs. James F. Mitchell

Mrs. Joseph Noe11

Mrs. Frank Noyes

Mrs. Stanley Rinehart

Mrs. Cuno H. Rudolph

Mrs. Henry Spencer

Mrs. Thomas Bell Sweeney

Mrs. Walter Tuckerman

Mrs. John F. Wilkins

Mrs. John R. Williams

Mrs. Richard H. Wilmer




Owned by Harry E. Damon, Jr., of Short Hills, N. J. Nancy is acclaimed as one of the greatest whippets ever shown in this country.
In the exhibition race, for the Noyes trophy, she will race against her six sons and daughters. They are-

Ch. Nomad Sister Sue, owned by Mrs. H. E. Damon, New Jersey.
Ch. Nomad Sammy, owned by Mrs. H. E. Damon, New Jersey.
Ch. Nomad Zev, owned by Mrs. Sydney Beggs, Massachusetts.
Ch. Nomad Epinard, owned by Miss Laura Day, New Jersey.
Ch. Nomad My Own, owned by Miss Thyrza Steers, Washington, D. C.
Ch. Nomad Papyrus, owned by Arthur Rankin, California.



(150-yard Handicap for Dogs and Bitches)

First Prize—$250 Second Prize—$100 Third Prize—$50

Presented by the Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives—MR. NICHOLAS LONGWORTH


(150-yard Handicap for Novice Dogs and Bitches)

First Prize—$200 Second Prize—$60 Third Prize—$40



(150-yard Handicap for American and Canadian Bred Dogs and Bitches)

First Prize—$100 Second Prize—$75 Third. Prize—$25



(150-yard Handicap for Non-Winners)

First Prize—$150 Second Prize—$75 Third Prize—$50 Fourth Prize—$25

Presented by MRS. JAMES F. CURTIS

(Exhibition Race between International Champion Nomad Nancy
of Oxon and her Seven Champion Progeny)

Presented by MR. NEWBOLD NOYES


Presented by MR. JOSEPH H. HIMES, President


The races will be run under the rules of
The Whippet Club of America.




May 20-21, 1927

Races Begin Promptly at 2.30 O'Clock


Parade of famous British, Canadian and American Champions.

Debutante Handicap (for novice dogs and bitches). First, second, third and fourth heats.

American-bred Handicap.
First, second, third and fourth heats.

Feature race
Sprinter versus whippet.
The sprinters to receive seventy-yard handicap.

First, second, third and fourth heats.


Debutante Handicap. Semi-finals.

Special contest between bench champions.
Nomad Nancy of Oxon and her six progeny.

American-bred handicap. Semi-finals.

Feature race.
Sprinters versus whippets.
The sprinters to receive seventy-yard handicap.


Consolation handicap.


Competition for most typical whippet in show. Presentation of trophies and purses.



Sloe Eyes—Dunlap Castle

Arroyo Benjarry—Freeman A. Ford

Arroyo What Not—Freeman A. Ford

Polly—William Yates, Arlington, N.J.

Tanguay — Glenn O'Roak, Boston, Mass.

Sarah Porter—Dunlap Castle, Hollywood, Cal.

Nylgha—Stuart Edington, Keyser, W. Va.

Ghurka—F. R. Edington, Boston, Mass.

Coomassie—James Gilligan, Lawrence, Mass.

Orphan Girl—Sidney R. Rollins, Mattapan, Mass.

Barberryhill Margaret—Bayard Warren, Prides Crossing, Mass.

Lion—P. A. and J. B. Draper, Boston, Mass.

Cinders—P. A. and J. B. Draper, Boston, Mass.

Blue Smoke—P. A. and J. B. Draper, Boston, Mass.

Tellem—Joseph Draper, Boston, Mass.

Red Rose—G. A. Porter, Bentonville, Ark.

Dew Drop—A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio

Wild Rose—A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio

On Time—A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio



Sarah Porter—Dunlap Castle, Hollywood, Cal.

Flying Scotchman—Mary Pool, Abington, Mass.

Freemanor Galloping Ghost—Mrs. B. H. Haring, Sparrows Point, Md.

Atalanta—Mrs. Richard Goodwin, Garden City, N. Y.

Dew Drop, A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio

Wild Rose—A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio

On Time—A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio

Fargo Sam—A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio

Blue Boy—A. M. Wills, N. J.

Mischievous—W. Coombs, N. J.

Cyclone—Harry Lindsay,

N. J. Little Lida—Harry Lindsay,

N. J. Darkie—R. MacLusky, East Orange, N. J.

Nomad Black Jack—Jack Davies, Linden, N. J.

To Go—R. MacLusky, East Orange, N. J.

Full Speed—Dorothy E. Greene, Washington, D. C.

Free Silver, Elizabeth Engle, Washington, D. C.

First Say—Jack Davies, Linden, N. J.



Dew Drop—A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio

Bobbie Ann—Mrs. E. J. Whitall, Washington, D. C.

Fargo Sam—A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio

Step Lively—A. E. Bland, Columbus, Ohio

June—Joseph P. Draper, Boston, Mass.

Maggie—William Yates, Arlington, N. J.

Freemanor Dazzle—Mrs. B. H. Haring, Sparrows Point, Md.

To Go—Rupert H. MacLusky, East Orange, N. J.

Flying Scotchman—Mary Pool, Abington, Mass.

Abington Futurity—Mrs. James Pool, Abington, Mass.

Pretty Polly—M. Dunleavy, New York City.

Northern Light — Bayard Warren, Prides Crossing, Mass.

Wriggles—J. Moffet, N. J.

Film Star—Jack Davies, Linden, N. J.

Five Spot—P. Summerfield, N. J.

Nomad Nancy of Oxon—Harry E. Damon, Jr., Short Hills, N. Y.

Nomad Zev—Mrs. Sydney A. Beggs, Short Hills, N. J.

Nomad Sammy—Mrs. Sydney A. Beggs, Short Hills, N. J.

Nomad My Own—Thyrza Steers, Washington, D. C.

Nomad Epinard—Laura Day, Short Hills, N. J.

Nomad Sister Sue—Harry E. Damon, Jr., Short Hills, N. J.











THEY'RE OFF! cries the crowd at the racetrack at the start of one of the turf classics of the year as the thoroughbreds fly from the barrier. Everyone tingles with excitement, men and women alike are on their toes as they watch the course of the race.

This same excitement exists at the start of a whippet race, but, before you can utter the three words that signify that the start has taken place, the little flying dogs are so far under way that you instinctively change the cry of "They're off!" while the words are still on your lips to "Gee, but those little fellows certainly can travel."

There is a tremendous thrill in the pace that these little dogs make as they go racing down the track to complete the distance of 200 yards in less than 12 seconds. That's speed for you, especially when you recall that the best that man has ever done 100 yards in (just half the distance that the dogs travel), is just a shade under 10 seconds.

To see these dogs compete and note the eagerness each displays to show its heels to its racing rivals will set you to thinking how it is all brought about. Does it take years of experience and training? Or, whether their speed and desire to race is brought about by hardships and cruel training to make them run as they do.

But the fact of the matter is that whippets are born runners, their natural instinct is to race and they love it, for it is their fun. They inherit the spirit of competition and when they are defeated in a match they experience the same chagrin as if they were human and had lost in competition.

Whippets existed as a separate breed long before dog shows were ever heard of and before pedigrees were officially kept. But they were always dogs of the nobility and the landed gentry, who kept them first for the sport of coursing and later for racing purposes. For elegance of style and gracefulness there are few dogs that can equal the whippet. They are clean of habit and affectionate, yet these little fellows possess all the determination and pluck of the biggest terrier and they defend themselves in a manner all their own. They are not a fighting dog in the ordinary sense of the word, yet when attacked will snap at an opponent with such speed and celerity as to take even the most watchful by surprise. They are not as delicate as one would be led to believe by their outline and construction. They do not particularly like wet weather, but they are not a delicate dog and seldom suffer illness.

From puppyhood they like to romp and play about the house with a rag. As soon as they get their teeth they like to tuck and pull at any rag or cloth that may come within their reach. This is another inherited trait, for all their forebears have been taught to "run to the rag" as the racing expression goes. When they display this fondness and determination to seize a rag while they are still only three or four weeks old, it means that half the battle is won to make them run true to the rag later when their racing days begin.

Puppies are easily trained, but before taking part in an actual race should be taken to the track as a spectator. They should become acquainted with the "runners-up" who wave the rags for the dogs to run to; accustomed to the firing of the starting pistol and the running of the dogs in a race. This should be done before they become four months of age.

They have all the instinct to run and when they see an actual race they almost immediately grasp the idea of what it is all about.. Being a racing dog, and being bred for generations for the sport, bloodlines will tell, therefore, the breeding of whippets for racing is really as scientific a study as that of breeding thoroughbred horses for the turf.


When the puppies get to the age of about two months they should be taken for short walks. Always use a broad collar and a leash, from which they never should be released while outdoors unless on a spacious ground where they may romp for a few moments.

From the time that they are from three to four months old they should be given a short run daily to the rag. The training should begin at approximately 20 yards at first, the distance being increased to 75 yards by easy stages by the time that they are five months old and 100 yards by the time they are six months. As the puppy grows he develops a fondness for his master and the master is the one who should act as "runner-up" with the rag so that the puppy will run to him, and if the training described is faithfully followed the puppy when reaching nine months should be in readiness to show his heels to any dog in his class at 100 yards.

Naturally regular exercise is necessary in addition to the actual running that the dog does. Walks on hard roads (not stone pavements, as the latter are apt to split the nails which would prevent the dog from running altogether), the distance being from one to two miles daily from six months until the dog is a year old. Begin at one mile and gradually increase the distance day by day. Once the dog has his muscles hardened, preparation for with a ball in an apartment or in a backyard, with a certain amount of daily walking which will not inconvenience the average dog owner and racing lover.

They are inclined to pull on the leash while walking, this being a natural habit, but should the dog begin to pull the trainer off his feet it is time to walk him with a short leash. At no time should the dog be given opportunity to pull too hard as this often results in the dog not actually realizing his pulling strength and might lead to his not running straight and true in the tapes, which would naturally lead to his disqualification as outlined in the Racing Rules of the Whippet Club of America.

While in training, the feeding of the dog should also be considered. If you will study the likes and dislikes of your dog in the master of food you will soon find out what he fancies most, and this should be his regular feed.

In the matter of puppies, they should be weaned at from five to six weeks after birth. Thereafter they should be fed three times a day until they are six months old, after which twice daily feeding (morning and evening) is sufficient. The morning meal should be just enough to take the edge off their appetite while the evening meal should be the heavy one. They love chopped beef and mutton, and also boiled fish. The latter especially during the week prior to the race meet is held to be particularly good for the dog as it is strengthening without adding weight to the animal.

Both sexes in whippets are equally strong in a racing sense, as a matter of fact a great many whippeters prefer the female, believing that the gentler sex lends itself better to training and the actual racing. Both sexes, however, are just as affectionate and just as sharp as watch dogs about the home.

Whippets as puppies can be bought most cheaply. As a matter of fact they are as inexpensive when young as the ordinary pedigreed puppy would be, although when they are developed and show their speed on the tracks, very often tremendous sums are paid for the developed dog. Their keep is no more costly than it would be for an ordinary "mutt," and there is no dog in the world at present that would give youngsters a better sense of fairness in sportsmanship than this little dog who can be made the pal of the kiddies, and once they have started training and developing their own racers they will develop as the dogs themselves do, into stronger beings better equipped for life's battle.

Like in any other recognized sport, there are certain rules that have been evolved that the owner of the dog must obey. These rules have been laid down by sportsmen and whippet fanciers with years of experience in the game, so that the newcomer to the fancy can rest assured that he will have equal opportunity with the older members of the fancy providing he has a dog that is better than the other fellows. The rules are laid down by the Whippet Club of America and set forth in their annual booklet on the whippet.

As the heavier dog, because he is usually the larger animal, can cover the ground faster than the lighter ones, a scale of handicapping has been worked out. According to this the heaviest dog entered in a race is placed at the scratch with the lighter ones given a yard the best of it for each pound that they weigh less than the scratch dog.

The "slipper" holds the dog at the mark alloted to him according to the weight, and at the firing of the pistol the dog is released to run its race. The starter stands behind the line-up of contestants and after giving a warning such as "get ready" he fires the starting shot, whereupon the slipper releases the dog. It takes a little practice to become proficient in the art of "slipping" to get the dog away at the precise second that the shot is fired. At the beginning the average person holds on to the dog for possibly a fraction of a second after the shot, which causes the dog to lose a few feet at the start, and this may cost him the race.

To excite the dog to do his best the owner or trainer who is acting as the runner-up for the dog and who is standing about 10 yards back of the finishing mark, waves the "rag" continually and calls to the dog, and in less time than it takes to tell it the little flyers come galloping down the track passing the 200-yard finish line and as they finish take a flying leap at the rag which the trainer or owner is waving at them and hang on with such tenacity that one can swing them about their heads.

The distance of 200 yards has been covered in 11 1/2 seconds and the time of about 12 seconds is not at all unusual for the distance, the catching of the dog with the rag at the finish, and swinging the animal off the ground is a great aid in preventing accidents to the dog, for flying along at the speed that they do any other method of halting them abruptly might result in injury to their limbs, for the speed at which they travel is really faster than the fastest race horse and is double the speed at which a trained athlete might cover the same distance.


A Sextet of Champion "Long Tails"




1. Dogs weighing more than twenty-eight pounds or less than ten pounds shall not be eligible to compete.

2. All dogs shall be handicapped on the above scale:—(as at present, running from 28 lbs. to 10 lbs.)

3. All entries must specify name, weight, color, sex, name of sire, name of dam, breeder, and if puppy, exact age.

4. In any case of running up for a wrong dog, the owner, the runner-up and the dog will be disqualified, and shall be excluded from the Association's Handicaps for such time as the Committee shall decide. Any owner attempting to weigh or sending any other person to weigh a wrong dog, both owner and dog shall be similarly dealt with.

5. Races shall start by report of pistol. Should the dogs go when the hammer goes and not the powder, they shall run again, unless all the dogs go, then it shall be a race. Any dog slipped before shall be immediately disqualified. Starter's decision as to points in this rule to be final.

6. There must be one runner-up for each dog, runners to be over the 10-yard or 20-yard mark (whichever is decided by the Race Committee) before the dogs finish, or the dogs they represent will be disqualified. In all heats the back dog will start from scratch. The scratch dog on the right, the others next in accordance to their mark. Every slipper may claim a clear course. Slippers must keep their front foot behind the mark; should they disobey the marksman or starter, they will be disqualified and suspended from slipping in these Handicaps for such time as the committee shall decide.

7. If there are two scratch dogs or two dogs on the same mark, their slippers must toss for choice of position. In each heat dogs shall wear the colors assigned to their position on the program, but no dog will be disqualified should the color be omitted unavoidably.

8. Owners or handlers must have their dogs on hand to be weighed in at the time and place specified or they will forfeit the right to start. Under no circumstances will bitches in season be permitted to compete.
9. In drawing for heats officials will avoid, where practicable, having more than one dog the property of one owner in the same heat. To accomplish this they will draw another slip from the box and return the last one previously drawn. This rule is to apply only in so far as circumstances will permit.

10. If the handicapper or handicappers make a mistake in the dog's start, and not detecting it, allow the dog to run in the first heat, it shall not be disqualified through the handicapper's error.

11. If two or more dogs run a dead heat, affecting the result, the dogs to run off, at least ten minutes' rest to be allowed. If an owner refuses to run, his dog will be placed after the other or others.

12. For weighing the dogs will be allowed 4 (four) ounces (i. e., a dog weighing 18 pounds, 4 ounces, will be handicapped as an 18-pound dog, whilst a dog weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces, must be handicapped as an 18%-pound dog).

13. Dogs will be run in tapes where possible (to be determined by the Race Committee) . Tapes shall extend the full length of the course in alleys or lanes four feet wide, and be supported approximately ten inches from the ground. Every dog shall be run in an individual lane, any dog leaving lane or alley to be disqualified.

14. Fouling and interfering dogs are liable to be disqualified. The officials in coming to a decision in regard to this will take into consideration the effect the interference caused as to the final result. Thus a dog fouling early in a race may have spoiled the chances of the dog that otherwise should have won. The likelihood is that this offender would be disqualified, while in the case of a dog in the lead being overtaken by another dog and preventing in some way that dog from passing him, himself comes in first; the officials might decide to place the dog he interfered with first and the offender second on the grounds that his interference did not in any way affect the others. In other words, every case must be decided on its merits.

15. Notes shall be kept of all cases of dogs not running true and confirmed offenders may be barred from the Association's competitions by the committee, until such time as they are convinced that the fault has been overcome.

16. In these rules, unless specifically stated, the word dogs shall be applicable to both sexes.

17. These rules will be strictly adhered to and all disputes settled by the committee or the referee appointed by them, which shall be final and subject to no appeal in Court of Law.

18. The committee reserves to themselves the right to refuse any entry that they think fit to exclude.


Ask Him, Owned by E. D. Morgan, Jr.



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