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    Greyhound Racing 2005 TRAINER OF THE YEAR: LORI FORTUNE
    Posted byadmin on Friday, December 30 @ 20:16:33 EST
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    Fortune combines a lot of work and a lot of love

    By STEVE SIGAFOOSE, Non Pareil Staff Writer
    12/29/2005

    A lot work and a lot of love is the formula Lori Fortune has used and it has earned her Trainer of the Year honors at Bluffs Run.
    "I'll bet we put in 70 hours a week," said Fortune, who handles the Harlan Brother Kennel, "but I love it."
    Fortune's story started 20 years ago when "my parents (greyhound owners Bev and Arthur Yates) got me interested. I went from managing a grocery story to managing a kennel, but I love the job."
    Managing a kennel means taking care of 70 greyhounds. Currently it's a bit busier than usual as 60 greyhounds are active, eligible to race. Usually 40-45 greyhounds are active.
    While "excited" about the award, Fortune was quick to point out the operation of the kennel "is a great team effort. I have excellent help with Joe Bloom and Darrell Holt. The Harlan Brothers are so good. They give us what we ask for and send us great greyhounds."
    Fortune was also quick to say thank-you to a couple of Bluffs Run's other trainers, Don Conatser of the Rick Bartley Kennel, a two-time Trainer of the Year, and Ray Brownell of the Plum Creek Kennel.
    "I worked with Don," said Fortune, "and I follow what he taught me. My dad has always said that training with Don is like getting a college education.
    "Ray has really helped me a lot the last couple of years. He's just awesome on the subject of injuries and he'll do anything to help."
    Under Fortune's direction, the kennel has moved from last place in the kennel standings to fourth place (out of 15) this year.
    When asked for the keys to being a trainer, Fortune just smiled.
    "We are just very good to our greyhounds."

    Trainers Of The Year

    2005-Lori Fortune

    2004-Linda Willey

    2003-Don Conaster

    2002-Don Conaster

    2001-Joe Osborne

    2000-Jim Lovely

    1999-Jay Rangel and Jim Prescott

    1998-Tracy Nelson and Darlene White

    1997-Louise Strong

    1996-Andy Baker

    r 1995-Randy Montgomery

    1994-Jeff Grubbels

    1993-Mark Arno

    1992-Jeff Wilhite

    1991-Rich Tomlinson

    1990-Ron Mullen

    1989-Bill Henry

    1988-Marvin Anderson


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