Photos: Last Day of Greyhound Racing at Palm Beach Kennel Club (2024)

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Greyhounds charge out of the starting box at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 31, 2020 on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida.

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Handlers run down the track after loading the greyhounds into the starting box at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 31, 2020 on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida.

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Brielle Miranda, 4, cheers with her dad, Jordan Miranda as the dogs head for the finish line at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020.

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Bugler Richard Garrick plays at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 31, 2020.

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Geyhounds are walked in front of the crowd as the head to the starting box to race at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020.

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People watch the parade of dogs before the start of the race at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

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Rodney Stone puffs on his cigar while waiting for the next at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

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Greyhounds charge out of the starting box at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 31, 2020 on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida.

Greg Lovett
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Greyhound racing legends adorn t-shirts for sale at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

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Alex Meixner and his band entertains guests at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

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Trainer Dog Arthur Agganis, pets, Boise, with Vanessa Moran, center, and Migdali Martinez as the greyhound was named 2020 summer/winter track champion at the Palm Beach Kennel Club on December 31, 2020, on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida.

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The dogs chase "Rusty," a mechanical lure that leads them around the track at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020.

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A better scans his program during greyhound racing the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Amy Vater, left, and Jeff Boyer, pet retired racing dogs, MJ Cabreras and I Mark Azalia beside Crystal and Julian Freshwater who adopted the dogs from at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

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Patrons wait for the next greyhound race at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020.

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Greyhound Pat C Rendezvous set a world record with her 33rd consecutive win in 1994 setting a world record. Her name is a star on the walk at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 31, 2020.

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Handlers wait to take the dogs to the track at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

Greg Lovett
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Patrons watch the dogs sprint to the finish line at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

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Sean Rooney, right, celebrates his birthday by congratulating feature race winner, Fortune and Fun at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

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Dog masks hang on nails at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

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The Palm Beach Kennel Club on the last day of legal dog racing in Florida on December 31, 2020. The club has been racing greyhounds for 88 years.

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FAQs

Why is greyhound racing ending? ›

While there are trainers and owners who do care for and love their dogs, there are too many recorded instances of greyhounds' basic welfare needs not being met. These include little, if any, enrichment, poor diet and uncomfortable conditions including lack of space and access to light.

Does the Palm Beach Kennel Club still race dogs? ›

Palm Beach Kennel Club no longer hosts live greyhound racing, despite its name. The practice ended in late 2020 after a 2018 statewide voter referendum to ban live dog racing.

How much does it cost to keep a racing greyhound? ›

With modest registration and set up fees, you can get a racing greyhound for anywhere between £1,000 and £50,000. You should consider not only upfront costs but also any ongoing costs to support your greyhound's welfare and care. This includes their training, food and board.

Why did they stop greyhound racing in Florida? ›

Over the decades that greyhound racing flourished in the United States, it came at a terrible cost to the animals who were its supposed stars. Just since 2013, when Florida began tracking greyhound deaths, 493 dogs have died on its tracks. Ninety-four percent of these dogs were three years old or younger.

How many dog tracks are still open in Florida? ›

On November 6, 2018 Florida citizens voted 2-1 to prohibit dog racing and thousands of greyhounds got the second chance they deserved! GREY2K USA Worldwide was the chief sponsor of Amendment 13, a constitutional amendment to prohibit dog racing and close down the twelve tracks of Florida.

What happens to greyhounds after they stop racing? ›

Following the end of their racing careers, ex-racing greyhounds typically enter a period of transition, the exact nature of which varies depending on various factors, but often lead to adoption, rehabilitation or early retirement homes.

Who bought the Palm Beach Kennel Club? ›

1970's-Present. The Rooney Family has owned and operated the Club since this time and has introduced many new entertainment options and received numerous community awards and honors.

What states still allow greyhound racing? ›

Today, the only states that still allow greyhound racing and have active tracks are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia. There are four states that do not have active racetracks, but still have laws legalizing greyhound racing. Those states are Wisconsin, Connecticut, Kansas, and Oregon.

What is the most popular breed of dog according to the American Kennel Club? ›

French Bulldogs

Where are greyhounds kept when not racing? ›

Due to the stress of racing, many are retired by the age of two, while some last until they are five [5]. A greyhound can be kept in a tiny kennel, 3.5 metres squared (1.2m wide by 1.8m tall). The typical greyhound is 68cm to 76cm tall, meaning the cages barely offer room for movement.

What are the cons of greyhound racing? ›

Poorly maintained tracks and racing frequency can cause painful and often lethal injuries, such as broken backs and limbs. The industry is not required to declare greyhound injuries.

How long do racing greyhounds live? ›

How old are retired racers? How long do they live? Greyhounds are usually 2-5 years old when they are retired, though sometimes we have older dogs available for adoption. The typical life expectancy of a greyhound is 12-14 years.

What is the biggest issue with greyhound racing currently? ›

There are numerous animal welfare issues inherent to greyhound racing. Overbreeding of dogs, problematic training methods, injuries and deaths during training and races, continuing instances of live-baiting, and the fate of unwanted greyhounds all remain significant concerns.

Will dog racing come back to Florida? ›

The amendment officially brought dog racing to an end almost three years ago, on Dec. 31, 2020. What will happen to the properties that were home to dog-racing facilities across the state remains to be seen.

Is greyhound racing in decline? ›

Many are familiar with the sport where greyhounds race around a track, chasing a mechanical hare to the finish line. Once a sport deeply ingrained in British culture, greyhound racing's popularity is thankfully declining.

Why is greyhound racing being banned? ›

The Greyhound racing industry is rife with animal welfare issues. In some jurisdictions, there is a concerning lack of transparency on euthanasia, breeding, and how Greyhounds are disposed of when their keepers decide that the dogs can no longer race competitively.

What is the issue with greyhound racing? ›

There are numerous animal welfare issues inherent to greyhound racing. Overbreeding of dogs, problematic training methods, injuries and deaths during training and races, continuing instances of live-baiting, and the fate of unwanted greyhounds all remain significant concerns.

Is the dog track closing down? ›

The iconic Henlow Stadium has shut it's doors for the final time, with the Bedfordshire dog track now set to be demolished. The track, which has been in operation since 1927, held its final race on Sunday. It comes after attempts to renew the lease of the race track with the site's landowner of had failed.

Is greyhound losing money? ›

Greyhound reported $766 million in revenue in FY 2020, and $422.5 million in FY 2021. A $343.5 million drop. The company also reported an operating loss during those years: $15 million in 2020 and $12 million in 2021.

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