Florida Greyhound Tracks
Murals and paintings of greyhounds from 4,000 years ago are similar to greyhounds today, and were held in high regard by the ancient Egyptians. The pharaohs admired the greyhound’s physical attributes and speed so much that the birth of a greyhound ranked second in importance after the birth of a son. If you haven’t been to a race, you should see why these beautiful animals are so honored.
Daytona Beach Kennel Club offers entertainment throughout the year. Established in the summer of 1948, the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room offers pari-mutuel and poker games seven days a week. Simultaneous betting races for Greyhounds, Thoroughbreds, Harnesses and Jai-Alai are available at the top tracks in the country.
Derby Lane Racing and Poker Club in St. Petersburg opened in 1925 and is the oldest greyhound track in the country. This well-maintained is one of the world’s leading greyhound racecourses and its sand track is one of the fastest in the country. The facility offers greyhound racing action both live and simulcast. Cafeterias, lounges, and concession stands are located throughout the facility. Ebro Greyhound Park in Ebro in the Florida Panhandle has live greyhound racing from March through September. The facilities include two levels with a clubhouse, poker room, restaurant, snack bar, racetrack and adoption center for retired greyhounds.
Flagler Greyhound Track has been Miami’s premier greyhound racing facility for over 50 years. It shows some of the best greyhounds in the world, as well as live simulcast horse and greyhound racing races from around the world. Magic City Casino is the first and only Miami casino to feature Las Vegas-style slot machines with 800 of the most popular machines, as well as 18 poker tables for exciting tournaments and big prizes.
Hollywood Greyhound Track, also known as Mardi Gras Casino, is the premier greyhound racing venue in South Florida. It offers live greyhound racing seven days a week, plus simultaneous greyhound, thoroughbred and harness racing from all major North American tracks. You’ll also find 1,300 Las Vegas-style slot machines and 30 action-packed poker tables.
Jacksonville Kennel Club is made up of two racing facilities, the Orange Park Kennel Club and The Best Bet at St. Johns Greyhound Park. Live greyhound racing is at the Orange Park Kennel Club year-round, offering over 1,100 seats in the clubhouse and there’s room for 4,000 in the comfortable grandstand. The Best Bet does not have live racing, but does host The Poker Room on the second floor.
The Jefferson County Kennel Club, in northern Jefferson County, is close to the Georgia state line and draws fans from all over North Florida and South Georgia. Opened in 1959, it is one of the oldest dog tracks in Florida. The club operates year-round and offers a variety of simulcast events, as well as great dining at the Turf Club. The poker room is open Monday through Saturday from noon to midnight.
Melbourne Greyhound Park has live greyhound racing from January to March, but you can enjoy year-round thoroughbred racing, harness racing and jai-alai at all the popular tracks and racquetball courts across the country. Originally a Jai Alai Fronton in 1971, MGP became a Greyhound Racing facility in 1990. In 2004, the park underwent a $4 million renovation, which included the addition of Club52, an 11,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style poker room. room with 45 tables plus an exclusive VIP room for private parties from 20 to 100.
Naples/ Ft. Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs offers greyhound racing during the winter and spring, plus year-round simulcast racing from other tracks. The casino-style poker room offers a variety of poker games. Players can enjoy tableside massage and drink service, as well as the new Hold’em Grill, conveniently located next to the poker room.
Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach features exciting year-round greyhound racing, simulcast action, a 60-table poker room, plus special events, fine and casual dining and much more. The club opened in 1932 and is one of the oldest and most competitive tracks in the country and has been home to some of the best greyhounds in the history of the sport.
The Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club in Casselberry, Seminole County, opened in 1935 and offers exciting greyhound racing year-round, plus simultaneous greyhound, thoroughbred, Jai Alai and harness racing from around the country, the seven days a week. The Trackside Restaurant has an excellent menu and food stalls with bars located throughout the grandstand.
Pensacola Greyhound Track offers high-speed, action-packed greyhound racing. The track is completely closed and heated. Its Kennel Club, Lounge and Grandstand offers a thrilling view of the races, plus outdoor seating along the tracks to get a closer look at the thrill of the chase. Pensacola Greyhound Track also has live TV and instant replays throughout the complex.
Sarasota Kennel Club is one of the oldest dog tracks in North America. The track opened in 1929 and features live greyhound racing six days a week, plus daily simulcasts. There are two restaurants and two dining rooms in the clubhouse, and various concession stands throughout the facility.
Florida is a great destination for racing fans and has all the excitement you would expect from world class greyhound racing. Plan your visit or move to Florida to be close to all the action.