Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The top five animals you can still race in Colorado, one isn't greyhounds anylonger

Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that officially bans greyhound racing in Colorado. At one time, greyhound racing was a $250 million enterprise here, as fans thrilled to the cry of "Here comes Rusty!" as the dogs took off after a fake bunny. But the sport hasn't actually been practiced here for six years; it's viewed by many as inhumane and has been blamed for creating a glut of injury-riddled or difficult-to-care-for dogs who need homes once their careers are over.

Fortunately, there are plenty of animals you can race.

Greyhound racing has been banned in more than forty states besides Colorado. So this bill seems like a smart move, but it also leaves a hole in the gaming industry here, since there is only one operational horse track in Colorado -- Arapahoe Park -- as well as some rodeo-related horse-race events.

There are a number of other animal-racing options around the state, though. Here are five suggestions for where you can go to get in on the action -- but not necessarily any monetary action.
  1. Llama Racing
  2. Rubber Duckie Racing
  3. Pig Racing
  4. Burro Racing
  5. Wiener Racing
BUT, as far as we know, betting isn't allowed at any of these events.

Now is the time to celebrate. But before you do, please click here take our poll on Grey2K.com and let them know which racing state you would like to see prohibit dog racing next. There are seven states with operational dog tracks and four more where dog racing has been suspended but is still legal. Which state should they focus on now?

We've come so far, but we a little ways to go!!

Still looking for a sister......

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Last lap for Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park

Tom Carney, nephew of the owner of Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park, talks about the proposed slots parlor. Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be

Massachusetts' Statewide ban on greyhound racing brought an era to a close at Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park.

Greyhound muzzles hang in the holding area at Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park.The Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park grandstand area on the second floor has already been closed.Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park is competing with Leominster the state’s only slots-only casino.Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by
Billy Malboeut, an assistant trainer, pets Allston after the race at Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park. Programs for live racing at at Raynham-Taunton Greyhound ParkLosing betting tickets litter a table at Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park.

Visit Rynham Park during the week and there isn’t a line to be found. The once-bustling track used to boast 1,100 dogs and more than 50 kennels. In 1971, it became the first greyhound track in the country to hold races seven days a week.

But now Rynham is seeking a return to its dog racing days.

Freddy Parziale goes to Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park six days a week, where he spends several hours looking over parimutuel racing forms and socializing.

"I used to be a dog man when they had racing, but I've been following the horses since they closed," Parziale said during an interview. Massachusetts voters in a statewide referendum outlawed dog races as of Jan. 1, 2010. Since then the track has been used only for simulcast parimutuel racing. Parziale sat at a table on the edge of the room that overlooks the former dog track.
Tom Carney, nephew of the owner of Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park, talks about the proposed slots parlor. Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be
Tom Carney, nephew of the owner of Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park, talks about the proposed slots parlor
The dirt dog track on the other side of the window from Parziale is tired-looking. A dilapidated scoreboard hangs along one side of the field.
There's a restaurant with rich-looking wood panels overlooking another side of the track that was so popular during the 1980s it took three months to get a reservation, as well as a dance club. But the lights are off and the heat turned down
Carney is teaming with Greenwood Racing of Philadelphia in a proposal to open a slots casino at the track. Greenwood's flagship casino is in Philadelphia. They are proposing a 175,000-square-foot casino on a 100-acre site along Route 138 that's 1.5 miles from Interstate 495.
The proposal is one of three the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will consider when it awards the sole slots-only casino license. The decision is expected in March.
With dog racing now outlawed in Massachusetts, Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park is used for simulcast betting.  Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be
With dog racing now outlawed in Massachusetts,
Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park is used for simulcast betting

The Carney-Greenwood partnership says it can have a temporary slots casino operating in six or seven months by converting the clubhouse, restaurant and dance club. Simulcasting of races would continue.
Then it will tear down the grandstand overlooking the track and build a casino for 1,250 slots machines. The project will take up some of the land on which the former track sits.
They estimate about 1,400 temporary construction jobs and then about 1,778 permanent jobs.
Raynham voters passed the proposal with 86 percent support in a referendum vote on Aug. 13.
Carney and his family's racetrack are institutions in Raynham and southeast Massachusetts.
The 82-year-old patriarch started in the business as a lead-boy when he was 14, making $4 a night and $24 a week when school teachers were only making $18 to $20 a week, he said.
The racetrack opened in the early 1940s with the blessing of the state which, like now, wanted to raise tax revenues and put people to work.
The Wonderland dog track in Revere and another in Taunton were already in operation. The Carney family was a minority partner in the tracks.
"I really believe it's going to be the same infusion of jobs and money for the commonwealth," George Carney said.

Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_24944767/raynham-seeks-return-its-dog-racing-salad-days#ixzz2uru6yW8N

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Not the flashy thingy again!!!

Derby is happy to see me approach

Until he spots the dreaded device that flashes light

So he does his usual, covers his eyes.

Caught him taking a peek, to see if I was done.

So he prepares to make his playful "HOOOWWWLLLL!" because I was laughing at him

So he gets playful too, and smiles.


Moments later, our fast couch potato is knocked out. The thing about greyhounds, anything is a reason for a nap.

When we play, at the most, we can get five minutes out of him before he stops reacting to the two stupid humans squeaking toys, and make weird sounds at him. Can't they take a hint?

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

My Derby

My Derby, adopted one year and two months ago, has been a joy.  I wish more new about the wonders of adopting a retired racing greyhound.  They are like no other dogs, and it gives me a sense of pride and satisfaction to know that we have brought into our family, and lovely dog whose future could have been quite dire, had the Southeastern Greyhound Adoption Association not taken him from the greyhound racing track, and set him up for adoption.  I wish we all could save every greyhound that raced, or fell short of the tracks expectations, and are set for elimination because they can't make money on a greyhound that doesn't win races.  They just don't know what they are missing out on.

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