PROFILE: Richard Davis purchased his first greyhound in 1930. He raised and raced many before joining the Army Transport Service in 1942 where he rose to the rank of chief engineer during World War II. After the war he leased his dogs and became a trainer for several well known kennel owners, including George Oswald for whom he worked for 15 years. Davis is now retired in Northern California where he fishes and tends to vegetable and fruit gardens.
HISTORY: He first raced greyhounds under the name of Richard Barron until 1934 when he used the name of Richard Davis. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Golden State Coursing Club from 1933 until it disbanded in 1939.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Davis’s first greyhound, ROSIE O’GRADY, was tops on the coursing park and did well on the racetrack. However, she was most successful as a brood matron, producing such champions as PACIFIC PRINCESS, HARUM-SCARUM and RURAL REBEL. RURAL REBEL, out of ROSIE O’GRADY-TRAFFIC OFFICER, was one of his best greyhounds. Another, CHEERFUL MENACE, won features at St. Petersburg in 1937 at the age of six and became known as the “grandpappy” of racing greyhounds.