On May 13th, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2127 to end live greyhound racing in the state of Arizona by the end of the year. Tucson Greyhound Park, being the only greyhound track in the state, received approval from the Arizona Racing Commission to end live racing by the end of June. Tucson ran its last race on Saturday, June 25th: 72 years after their doors opened in 1944.
Though live racing will no longer be present at Tucson Greyhound Park, the House Bill allows them to remain open as an Off Track Betting facility. This will allow Tucson to continue offering simulcast racing and wagering.
Tucson Greyhound Park raced over 200 greyhounds, so what happened to all these athletes? Some of the greyhounds have headed to other greyhound tracks to continue their racing career, while the rest have been paired with families to find their forever home. Immediately after June 25th, adoption organizations headed to Tucson to rehome these amazing pups. One of the organizations, Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest (GPA Northwest) immediately moved 38 of the pups to their homebase in Oregon to start the adoption process.
We at Greyhound Channel look forward to seeing the pups of Tucson Greyhound Park continuing their racing career at their new greyhound park home and want to wish all the best for the pups finding their ideal family match. We would also like to thank Tucson Greyhound Park for providing 72 years of greyt racing.