The History of Greyhound Racing

Greyhounds were originally hunting dogs because of their speed. Modern greyhound racing traces its origins to coursing. Coursing is the pursuit of game or other animals by dogs that chase their prey with speed, based on sight, not on scent. Coursing was a common practice among nobility and commoners alike going all the way back to the early Greeks.

The earliest attempt at actually racing greyhounds took place in 1876, beside the Welsh Harp reservoir in Hendon, but it did not develop any farther at that time. Greyhounds were imported to America in the late 1800’s in order to help farmers in the Midwest control the jackrabbit population.

In 1912, Owen Patrick Smith invented the artificial, or mechanical, hare. His aim was to stop the killing of jack rabbits and to see greyhound racing in the same way that people see horse racing. The mechanical lure made it possible to race around a circular or oval track. The first of these tracks opened in Emeryville, California in 1919. The track was not very successful, but it did pave the way for the start of the greyhound racing industry in the United States.

In the 1920’s the certificates system led to pari-mutuel betting. Greyhound racing was then introduced to Great Britain in 1926. By 1927, there were forty tracks operating in the UK. This sport was very attractive to working class men as the tracks were mostly in urban locations and the races were in the evenings. Betting has always been an important part of the event, both on course and off track.

The highest attendance levels were just after the Second World War, when there were up to 34 million paying spectators annually. The sport saw a decline in attendance in the early 1960’s due to the 1960 Betting and Gaming Act. However, some television coverage and sponsorship have helped to offset the decline.

Today greyhound racing remains popular in many countries around the world. The main countries are the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Greyhound racing in each country is regulated by an association, such as the Greyhound Racing Association in the US. The racing industry actively works to make sure dogs receive care and to prevent unlawful practices like doping. Violators are subject to penalties and the loss of their licenses. In addition, many organizations now exist to help with finding adoptive homes for retired racing dogs. gambling in casino casino gambling slot casino gambling online casino gambling casino online gambling online gambling casino casino gambling online online gambling games internet casino gambling casino gambling addiction online casino gambling sites casino gambling games free casino gambling gambling online casino gambling news gambling casino in florida best online casino gambling Free Online Poker casino gambling tips adult sex blogs free adult sex tubes Adult Sex Dating Free Adult Webcam Adult Sex Dating male adult sex toys adult sex jobs adult sex toys for women adult sex show adult sex quotes gay adult sex games hot adult sex videos free adult sex chat lines free adult sex movie adult sex shop adult sex site adult sex toy adult sex porn adult sex tapes adult sex cam adult sex tube free adult sex sites adult sex dolls adult sex vacations adult sex jokes cheap adult sex toys adult sex com adult sex chat room adult bookstore sex casino gambling strategy casino gambling taxes casino gambling trends casino gambling california casino gambling movies casino gambling tips Best US Online Gambling Best Online Gambling Gambling Help Online gambling definition gambling addiction gambling commission gambling casinos gambling deals gambling dictionary gambling football online poker Casino, Poker gambling jobs gambling jokes gambling jack gambling jackpot gambling las vegas Las Vegas casino Best Casino Reviews Gambling tips and Casino Gamblers General Store Best Casino Sites Online Casinos Free Online Poker Online gambling free online dating london online dating las vegas online dating canada free online dating london online dating las vegas online dating canada Erotic Adult Toy Adult Sex Toys Shop Erotic Adult Toys Sexy Lingerie Vibrators and Adult Toys Luxury Adult Toys Adult Online Shop Adult Superstore Adult Swim Canada Adult Professionals Young Adult Directory Escorts Massage The Best Australia Adult Elite Escort sexy womens shoes sexy womens costumes halloween costumes insurance company small business insurance insurance jobs best dental insurance federated insurance classic car insurance best auto insurance term life insurance life insurance quotes auto insurance quotes cheap car insurance renters insurance personal finance company personal finance software finance auto sales california auto finance careers in finance finance charge