Greyhound Racing

The Week in Review: Greyhound Racing Nears Finish Line in Florida

About 50 miles up I-95 from Gulfstream Park, Abbi's Frontman won the $100,000 Legacy Grand Championship Saturday night at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, the richest race in the track's history. But this was not a night to celebrate. With the conclusion of the card, there were only 18 days of racing left until the greyhound track would be forced to close after operating for some 90 years. In 2018, Florida voters approved an amendment that made wagering on dog racing in the state illegal, effectively banning the sport. It...

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Birmingham First Pari-Mutuel Venue to End Live Racing During Pandemic

Birmingham Race Course, a former Thoroughbred track in Alabama that has exclusively run greyhounds since 1995, has announced it will no longer be in the business of live racing, making it the first North American pari-mutuel venue to close in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report by the Associated Press, management wants the track to remain open for simulcasting and historical horse race gaming, which it launched last autumn. Birmingham last raced live Mar. 18, but the facility has been closed since then because of a...

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