GREY2K USA: Greyhound Racing in Arkansas

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Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis is the only operational dog track in Arkansas. Races are conducted year-round and in 2013, a total of 5,950 races were held.1 As of June 2012, there were 1,200 greyhounds confined at the track.2



Greyhound racing in Arkansas is regulated by the Arkansas Racing Commission. The Commission enforces the state's racing rules and regulations, which include provisions for racing procedures, licensing and duties of commission veterinarians.3

In 2013, the total amount wagered on live greyhound racing in the state was $18,376,901.10.4 This represents a decline of roughly forty-five percent since 2005, when the handle was $33.5 million.5

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  1. Arkansas State Racing Commission, Southland Greyhound Park Performance/Attendance Summary for Tuesday December 31, 2013 (Little Rock, AR: 2014).
  2. Leslie Newell Peacock, “Greyhounds put in harm's way so racino can prosper,” Arkansas Times, June 20, 2012, arktimes.com (accessed February 14, 2014).  
  3. "Rules and regulations governing greyhound racing in Arkansas,” Arkansas State Racing Commission, 2012, dfa.arkansas.gov (accessed November 15, 2017).
  4. Arkansas State Racing Commission, Southland Greyhound Park Performance/Attendance Summary for Tuesday December 31, 2013 (Little Rock, AR: 2014).
  5. “Southland Greyhound Park,” Arkansasbusiness.com, Arkansas Business, 2015, arkansasbusiness.com (accessed November 15, 2017).

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