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    Greyhound Racing 2015 BLUFFS RUN TRAINER OF THE YEAR
    Posted byAdmin on Saturday, December 19 @ 17:38:44 EST
    Contributed by Admin

    Everyday this year at Bluffs Run, in the mornings, the Harlan Brothers Kennel trainer Lori Fortune was out walking the track.

    “It is something I’ve done,” said Fortune, “or my help has done I couldn’t do the walk, for eight years. It is amazing what I have come across. I have picked up rocks as big as my fist, bricks, tractor parts, so many things that would make it dangerous for the greyhounds to run.”

    Ten years (2005) after being named Trainer of the Year at Bluffs Run, Fortune receives the award for the second time.

    “It is exciting to be the final trainer to win the award,” said Fortune, ‘but I feel like this has been one of my worst years.”

    Fortune came to Bluffs Run in 1998 and joined the Harlan Brothers in 2003. “Bobby and Jerry Harlan have treated me really well,” said Fortune. “It’s been a successful operation. I also have good help with the work of my assistant trainers Joe Bloom and Kodi Smith.

    Making the whole operation work is the trainer and Fortune did it this year while dealing with her own battle.

    “I found out on June 29,” said Fortune, “I had Stage 1 breast cancer. “In September I began chemotherapy. I get that every three weeks. The radiation will start in February and will run to September.”

    Fortune doesn’t mince words about the disease.

    “It takes its toll since a trainer works a split shift,” Fortune said. “It wears you down, but, at times, I swear, I think the worst part is it kills your taste buds.”

    Reflecting on the racing season, Fortune felt “our highlight was L Tootie. She won seven straight races early in the year and was ranked nationally. (Now more than four years olds) she is amazing. She will probably finish with 180 career starts.”

    Looming over everything is the closing of Bluffs Run.

    “That fact is depressing,” said Fortune. “I love the greyhounds. I’ve decided that I am going to be done with the business (when the track closes in December 2015) and I am going to be with family.”

    Trainers of the Year

    2015 - Lori Fortune

    2014 – Phil Stapleton

    2013 – Monte Hoopes,p> 2012 – Lori Legg

    2011 – Chuck Sheldon

    2010 – Monte Hoopes

    2009 – Ray Brownlee

    2008 – Ray Brownlee

    2007 – Ray Brownlee

    2006 – Ray Brownlee

    2005 – Lori Fortune>p> 2004 – Linda Willey

    2003 – Don Conatser

    2002 – Don Conatser

    2001 – Joe Osborne

    2000 – Jim Lovely

    1999 – Jay Rangel and Jim Prescott

    1998 – Tracy Nelson and Darlene White

    1997 – Louise Strong

    1996 – Andy Baker

    1995 – Randy Montgomery

    1994 – Jeff Grubbels

    1993 – Mark Arno

    1992 – Jeff Wilhite

    1991 – Rich Tomlinson

    1990 – Ron Mullen

    1989 – Bill Henry

    1988 – Marv Anderson

    story by Steve Sigafoose

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