Greyhound Racing Facts
There are 48 dog racing greyhound race tracks in 15 states (plus one in Mexico). Greyhound racing is enjoyed in many other countries, including Great Britain, Ireland and Australia.
More than 15 million people visit the 48 dog racing greyhound race tracks resulting in more than $100 million in revenue for state and county governments. More than $2 billion will be wagered each year.
Greyhound racing contributes, from the mutuel handle only, over $100 million to state and county governments.
Florida is the leading state for Greyhound racing. Its dog racing greyhound race tracks generate millions in revenue.
A track capable of sustaining a pari-mutuel handle of more than $500,000 will employ a minimum of 600 people. This figure does not include “area” economic impact for restaurants, motels, gasoline sales, etc.
On the average 80 percent of the money wagered (the handle) on a given night is returned to the holders of the winning tickets (percentage varies from state to state).
Dog racing greyhound race tracks contribute to charities in excess of $2 million annually.
The largest purse of $152,800, Bomb Threat, May 27, 1996, The Woodlands, Bernie Collette owner, Clinton Blair Kennel; May 27, 1996 in the Great Greyhound Futurity at The Woodlands in Kansas City, KS.
Most Greyhound programs consist of 13 races, each with eight Greyhounds. However it is not uncommon to see a 14- or 15-race card.
5/16, 3/8, 7/16 and 9/16-mile, are the most frequently run distances in Greyhound racing.
Greyhounds will cover the 5/16-mile course in approximately 31 seconds reaching speeds up to 45 m.p.h.
Greyhounds are bred to run and love to do it. They are muzzled to prevent any chance of over-zealous play in the turnout pens and to assist in determining photo-finishes (a camera technique developed for dog dog racing greyhound race tracks).