You will notice a decidedly youthful appearance in the teams this year! A number of our experienced dogs are no longer racing for SP which makes the talent pool somewhat younger.
Allen's Black Team is being led out by Quito and Scout with Izzy and Chica in swing, followed by Kodiak and Olivia, Schmoe and Scooter, Willie and Nelson with Sissy and Felix in wheel.
Copper Basin veterans Quito and Scout lead the Black Team
Aliy has Junior and Scruggs leading out her Red Team with Waylon and Boondocks in swing, Clyde and Chemo, the two big lads Mismo and Mac, Outlaw and Dutch with Biscuit and his son Pepe in wheel.
Copper Basin Rookie Junior and her Uncle Scruggs lead the Red Team
Spencer has a very young team. It was very consciously decided he would have a large number of yearlings in the team and race with a very conservative race plan. He has Lester and Viper in lead, Beemer and Commando in swing, Chena and Torch, Tinder and Puppet, Driver and Nomex, and Violet and Sandy in wheel.
Trusty Lester and Viper lead the youngsters in the Red & Black Team
There are some great dogs still at home; many of whom could have very easily made the teams. Some of the decisions were difficult to make, especially for the Red and Black Team.
Some are simply sitting this race out or if someone wasn't 100% fit they weren't picked, keeping in mind we are still early in the season. In some cases the decision was made simply by who looked better in the last week leading up to the race. Had the race been a week earlier or later the teams would likely have looked a little different. We understand the sponsors and fans of the dogs who didn't make the teams will be disappointed but, of course, there are still some races to come this season and, as far as the two year olds and yearlings go, they have a long career ahead of them with plenty more opportunities!
Meghan will care for everyone at home and will be running the trails while the race is on. Thanks Meghan!
Check out the Race Roster page for more information about each dog.