How much do people who race greyhounds usually make?

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crozier1990: how much do people who race greyhounds make?
im just curious, dont worry i dont want to race them, i dont even have one.

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  1. Tobias F says

    They make way more than they should. Racing greyhounds are some of the most abused dogs out there.
    Peope who race them should be punished.

  2. Animaholic says

    I went to a lot of different sites to find your answer. As an advocate of the dogs that race at these tracks, I was drawn to your question. I have volunteered for Greyhound Pets of America in Maryland (GPA) in the past and have owned greyhounds. I found your answer at

    As you will see, greyhound racing was declining in 2000. Today, it is still declining and many tracks are closing down. Due to this, there are quite a few greyhounds that are in desparate need of good homes. They make wonderful companions.

    If anyone reads this and is interested in fostering a greyhound, or giving one a permanent home, search for greyhound organizations in Google. There are so many, I'm sure your chances of finding one close to you is almost assured.

    During the 1990s, the greyhound racing industry's gross betting handle (total amount wagered) declined by a staggering 45%. State revenue from greyhound racing in the 1990s decreased by an even greater percentage. If simulcasting monies were subtracted from the bottom line, declines would have been even greater, showing that on-track betting and live racing are sharply declining sources of income and entertainment. In the past decade, 16 tracks either closed or stopped hosting live racing. While the U.S. economy experienced unprecedented growth and prosperity during that time, greyhound racing took a nosedive. Americans are clearly voting with their wallets and consciences that they do not want any part of this business.

    Gaming industry* statistics paint a bleak picture: Of the entire $ 61.6 billion gambling market, greyhound racing held a 0.7% share in 2000. That's a decline of 6.65%, or $ 32.6 million, from 1999 figures.

  3. Greyt-mom says

    Do you mean racing owners, trainers or kennel people? Generally speaking, an owner invests in either breeding or buying puppies and paying for their initial training on a farm. When a puppy moves to a racing kennel, the kennel owner/trainer takes over the day to day costs of the dog, but they also take a split of the purses. Different kennels charge different rates but it is usually around 60/40. The amount of money a dog wins depends on the class level of both the track they are racing at and the race they are in. A stakes race (generally the highest class race) or AA or A (2nd and 3rd highest class) varies greatly from track to track. Generally speaking most dogs are considered a success if they can pay their own way. High quality feed, vets, etc. can add up awfully fast. Of course the first $ 1million Greyhound Derby was run this past year, and a 'big' dog pays for an awful lot of losers.

  4. m j says

    Most people who race their Hounds do it because the dogs love it and its fun! Costs me about $ 200 to go to a trial and run two Hounds for a weekend.

    If you are talking about commercial racing, I am sure they must make some, IF you are able to WIN. But dog care is expensive and most do take very good care of their Hounds, regardless of what kind of lies the people who know nothing about racing will say.

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