On June 21, 2024, Governor Katie Hobbs signed Senate Bill 1260 into law, outlawing remote wagering on dog races in the Grand Canyon State. Arizona has now joined Massachusetts, Kansas, Colorado, New Hampshire and the majority of US states where greyhound simulcast wagering is illegal! Read our fact sheet.
Sponsored greyhounds from Tucson Greyhound Park arrive at Homestretch Greyhound Rescue and Adoption
Sponsored greyhounds from Tucson Greyhound Park arrive in California for adoption. (Homestretch Greyhound Rescue and Adoption)

All the Arizona dog tracks are closed and greyhound racing is illegal in the state.

At one time there were five operational greyhound tracks in the state: Apache Greyhound Park, Black Canyon Greyhound Park, Phoenix Greyhound Park, Tucson Greyhound Park, and Yuma Greyhound Park. The last track to close was Tucson Greyhound Park, which held its last race on June 25, 2016.1 Within days, hundreds of greyhounds were released for adoption.2

In 2016, House Bill 2127 to outlaw live dog racing was brought jointly by GREY2K USA Worldwide and Tucson Greyhound Park. The measure was sponsored by Representative John Kavanagh and passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.3 On May 13, 2016, Governor Doug Ducey signed the prohibition into law.4

In January 2024, Senate Bill 1260 was filed by now-Senator John Kavanagh to prohibit simulcast wagering on dogs as well. The measure passed in the Senate by a vote of 24-2 on Thursday, February 15 and then in the House on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. The bill was reconsidered and passed by both chambers again, in the very last hour of the session on June 15, 2024. Governor Katie Hobbs signed the measure into law on June 21, 2024.

  1. Sean Mooney, “Last live race at Tucson Greyhound Park,” KVOA News, June 26, 2016.
  2. Christina Myers, “Hundreds of greyhounds up for adoption as Tucson track prepares to end racing,” KGUN9-TV, April 29, 2016, (accessed November 15, 2017).
  3. “HB2127: small property tax balance delinquency (NOW: prohibition; live dog racing),” Arizona State Legislature.
  4. “Ducey signs bill ending Arizona’s live dog racing,” Your West Valley, May 13, 2016, (accessed November 15, 2017).

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