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Vote Could Impact Greyhound Racing In Dubuque

It’s still a bit too early to say how a vote down south will impact greyhound racing in Dubuque. On Tuesday, voters in Florida approved a measure that would phase out greyhound racing in that state by 2020. Florida is home to 11 of the 17 greyhound tracks across the country. Iowa Greyhound Park general manager Brian Carpenter says while the Dubuque operation will surely be impacted, it’s too early to say to what extent. Even when greyhound racing goes away in Florida, residents there will still have a way of betting on the races in Dubuque by going online. The Iowa Greyhound Park operates from May through the beginning of November and Carpenter says during the winter months trainers have to go to tracks in states like Alabama, Texas and West Virginia to run their dogs. The Dubuque park runs on a subsidy from Q Casino, but that only last for another three years. After that the track has to be self-sustaining. Carpenter says this season the track brought in more than two million dollars, based mostly on their live simulcasting.

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