Interview with Tanner Dormin

According to the transition agreements with America’s Finest, I am posting this article courtesy of Shin Jut of America’s Finest.

On the first day of our new blog, I am happy to publish an interview I recently had with trainer and owner, Tanner Dormin. Tanner Dormin has grown from the puddles of pig racing to become of the premier dog trainers of the industry. I am proud to have the opportunity to interview such a great trainer as well as an up-and-coming greyhound owner.

DB: Hi Tanner, I have already met SimpleEnuf outside as I walked up to the facilities. Can you tell me a little about him?

Tanner Dormin: Well he’s had 12 races and won 7, finishing second 3 of the other five times. He’s gone into only 4 of those races as the favorite, truly making this an exciting season. As long as he keeps his nose away from the girls, he should be a very strong competitor next year.

DB: So he’s a greyhound equivalent of Tiger Woods?

Tanner Dormin: Well I must say I’d prefer him to be compared to the likes of Wilt Chamberlain but to each his own.

DB: Tell us about his personality – all dogs have them don’t they?

Tanner Dormin: His kennel name is Sammie due to his resemblance to Sammy Sosa. He’s a character in the kennels, an escape artist. If you give him an extra foot of leash, he’ll take it and run with it. He is very independent and has a strong heart. He is extremely friendly but knows when to let the beast out in his races.

DB: So how did you get into greyhound training in the first place?

Tanner Dormin: It is quite an interesting story, actually. I started off training pigs for fairs and festivals and eventually got picked up by some talent scouts. They sold me the big spiel about how I deserve bigger and better things and my true calling in life was in greyhound racing. I bought it and haven’t looked back since. I love my dogs and my place in the industry.

DB: How do you see the future of the sport?

Tanner Dormin: All Greyhound Racing has its pros and cons but it’s important to keep the sport as family friendly as possible. The sport needs to be about quality, quality of the dogs, tracks, trainers, etc., not quantity. Nobody wants to put a bet on a bad dog.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.