On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Tucson Greyhound Park held its last official dog race after 72 years of racing. This marked the end of live greyhound racing in the state of Arizona.
In the 1970s, Arizona had more than five greyhound racetracks in what was known as “the racing circuit.” Thousands of people attended the nightly races in Yuma, Black Canyon City, Tucson, Phoenix and Apache Junction. Over the years, interest in greyhound racing waned and one by one the tracks closed. Tucson was the last operating greyhound track west of the Mississippi and its closure brought an end to an era.
For state officials, the biggest hurdle from TGP closing was the oversight and carefully monitored departure of the more than 400 dogs that called the south Tucson track home. This meant state personnel checking that haulers were properly licensed and every dog have a pre-exit vet exam and proper paperwork submitted. As the greyhounds departed, the buildings were inspected and closed off to ensure than no animal was accidently left behind. The difficult orchestration went smoothly, and in just over a week after live racing ended, the last kennel was inspected and closed by state employees on July 5, 2016.
However, the Division of Racing still has regulatory authority and oversight at the track since simulcasts of greyhound racing is still legal, and several Off Track Betting location are located throughout Tucson and Phoenix.
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