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History Of Dog Racing
Greyhound racing in England was first established for the English nobility and could not be enjoyed by other citizens. In 1014 King Canute of England enacted the Forest Laws, which stated that only noblemen could own and hunt with greyhounds.
The elegance and beauty of this most noble animal is a sight to behold. Additionally, at the end of their racing career the greyhounds easily adapt to the life of a loving pet and have become the pet of choice among an increasing number of pet lovers.
The Starting Box
Greyhounds are loaded into a starting box, much like a gate used in Horse Racing. This is to insure that they all receive an equal and fair start.
The Greyhounds are enticed to run in the form of a mechanical rabbit. They chase the rabbit around the track and run like the wind!!
Fast, unpredictable action is what awaits you at the dog races. You can rest assured that there is no manipulation of the races, because there is no jockey or pilot.
Some Facts About Greyhound Racing
Greyhounds have an average life expectancy of 12 years. They are extremely fast runners and can reach speeds on average between 42 and 45 mph. This makes them the fastest dogs in the world. Most racing dogs are between 1 1/2 and 5 years old.
Most races are just over a quarter-mile and average 31 seconds. Marathons are just under a half-mile and average 44 seconds, while middle distance races cover 3/8 of a mile and take about 38 seconds. Pari-mutuel betting is similar to horse racing, with the standard bet being $2.
Greyhound Racing has been on the decline in recent years. Ten years ago, there were 50 greyhound tracks in 15 states. Today there are just 25 tracks in seven states, with 13 of them in Florida, once considered the hub of dog racing.