: I never saw Guard Rail's name as winning the
: National, or even running there, but my
: memory fades. He didn't win the
: Continental, the Free for All, the Southern,
: etc,, either I don't think. Maybe he won
: some pheasant championship up in
: Pennsylvania or Ohio.
IMHO Killdeer was the best grounds in the east for a running dog. I have been west training and honestly Killdeer can't compare with the great western grounds but it's still pretty decent. I saw some pretty good dogs, dogs that won a few major circuit trials running there, running in the strings of Arant, Grubb, F Miller, Rayl etc. Yes, Guard Rail was campaigned as a shooting dog in the string of George Tracy but there is no doubt in my mind that if Arant or Rayl had him, he would have won on the big circuit. He ran bigger than the Miller dogs that Ferrel ran, and more like his maternal grandsire A Rambling Rebel than his sire Smart (who was a pretty good running dog, after all, he had Warhoop Jake and Fast Delivery up close in his pedigree.). But it doesn't matter (as in that movie, "It *really* doesn't matter!") because all of them are dead and all we have left are opinions. Of course, mine are better than yours because I'm older, smarter and I've seen and done it all. lol Or something like that.