Voters say goodbye to dog racing in Florida

Posted at 9:22 PM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 12:20:55-05

The results are in, and Florida residents voted to ban dog racing.

That means after December 2020 dog racing and betting on dog racing will be no more. That includes greyhounds and other breeds. 

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Greyhound racing is held on 17 tracks in only six states. Eleven of those tracks are currently in Florida. 

Florida made dog racing legal in 1931, and for almost 100 years it has been thriving. 

Racing tracks have until 2020 to phase out commercial dog racing.

On Wednesday, the Palm Beach Kennel Club released the following statement:

While we were hopeful that Amendment 3 and Amendment 13 would fail, Palm Beach Kennel Club planned for both outcomes. PBKC will carry on doing business as usual today and in days to come. Today we race at 1pm, the Poker Room is open 10am to 4am and simulcast racing is available all day and this will continue moving forward. We can assure you that we will do everything in our power to protect all of our employee’s jobs. With regards to the greyhounds, we have almost two years and we plan to proceed with our current racing schedule. We hope our fans will continue to enjoy our sport for the upcoming years.  When greyhound racing winds down, we assure you that will find homes for every greyhound.