GREY2K USA: Greyhound Racing in Connecticut

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Egypt raced at the now-closed Plainfield track in Connecticut
Egypt raced at the now-closed Plainfield track in Connecticut. (GREY2K USA Worldwide)

There are no operational greyhound tracks in Connecticut. Plainfield Greyhound Park, the state’s first track, opened in 1976,1 and Shoreline Star Greyhound Park, a former jai alai fronton, was converted into a racing facility in 1995.2 However, by 2005, live racing had ended at both facilities after years of declining attendance and wagering.3

Greyhound racing itself remains legal in Connecticut. A bill prohibiting its operation in the state passed the Senate but stalled in the House in 2017.4

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  1. William Yardley, “As Racing Ends, What About the Dogs?” The New York Times, May 5, 2005, nytimes.com (accessed November 15, 2017).
  2. Chris Elsberry, “Autotote takes over Shoreline Star,” Connecticut Post Online, April 6, 2006.
  3. “Attendance and Amounts Wagered at Pari-mutuel Facilities,” Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, 2007, ct.gov (accessed November 15, 2017).
  4. Raised S.B. No. 848, Session Year 2017, Connecticut General Assembly, cga.ct.gov (accessed November 15, 2017).

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