Greyhound Racing.

TheBoxingMadMan

Just here for the chat...
Mar 24, 2018
2,023
In The Shadows...
Will be spending my Sunday afternoon watching a spot of dog racing. 14 races across four hours. Haven't been to a greyhound meet for a long time.

Anyone else a fan?
 

Honeybee

Valid like salad
Oct 27, 2013
955
Boston
Can't say I'm really a "fan" but i've seen a race before. There used to be a Greyhound race track outside of Boston called Wonderland - it had been around since like the 1940s or something. I went shortly before it closed due to my state passing legislation that banned dog racing sometime in the mid 2000's. I went with my dad and older brother.

I remember thinking it was somewhat interesting although I'm not sure I'd like to see it today.
 
Jun 14, 2012
12,587
I use to back them fairly often when I was on the dole. There's a track here in town and I haven't been yet. I understand it's a good night out.
 

Ronsonfly

Toxic White Male
May 8, 2013
6,859
In a deplorable basket
Only been once for somebody's birthday night out. I was told that not only was it a good night out but I was virtually guaranteed to win a few quid doing reverse forecast bets as there was loads of races to get one or two to come in and that would probably leave me at least square.

:nono Didn't fucking happen that way. I won fuck all - although some of the others did - got served up some shitty deep fried crap that was part of the group package and got inebriated on over-priced, over-gassed, under-strength beer amongst hundreds of ugly, coarse, ill-educated people. :lol:

I can't say I ever got much urge to repeat the experience.
 
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Haggis

CHB World Championship People's Champion
May 16, 2013
31,672
I used to work at a racetrack. Mostly horses, but they'd bring out the dogs sometimes. I'd never bet on them, but I love greyhounds. My friends don't understand the appeal of them because they're ugly dogs, but none of them have ever been to a track and stood at the rail and watched a dozen of them fly past at top speed. Those fucking things are fast, like way WAY quicker than any other dogs you see around, and they're not small dogs either. You can see on the TV that they're quick, but the TV doesn't convey how fast they are or how large and muscular they are like being a few feet away from a bunch of them going flat out does.

:hat
 
Oct 27, 2016
1,144
It's a good night out for sure.Been a couple of times and would be one of those just doing a couple of quid each race reverse forecasts.

Went to a meet in Ireland and one race they wouldn't price up as there was rumours that there was a sure fire winner and the tic-tack men were all waiting on each other to price up this race.I was told by my father-in-law who has greyhounds and is very knowledgeable who I went with beforehand there was a race where there would be no bets taken by the bookies on course,thought nothing of it and thought he was joking.

Half way through the card loads of people came in to the stadium maybe a hundred or so,strange I thought.

Ten minutes later the next race was about to start greyhounds being led around and into the traps,no odds on show anywhere.Just as they were going into the traps one decided to start to price up the race it was about half way through the meet with probably 500 or so people in attendance and literally half the punters tried to get a bet on.Literally pushing each other out of the way to get a bet on with the only layer taking bets.

The bookie must of twigged something wasn't right and pulled out of taking any bets and it nearly kicked off.

The race started no on course bets taken I could see from where I was sitting up above the bookies and punters.

No joke this greyhound raced clear and must of won by 20 or so lengths,my father-in-law gave me a poke in the ribs and a knowing look.

Loads of people left the meet it was surreal to see.
 

kf3

Jul 17, 2012
3,663
South London
It's a good night out for sure.Been a couple of times and would be one of those just doing a couple of quid each race reverse forecasts.

Went to a meet in Ireland and one race they wouldn't price up as there was rumours that there was a sure fire winner and the tic-tack men were all waiting on each other to price up this race.I was told by my father-in-law who has greyhounds and is very knowledgeable who I went with beforehand there was a race where there would be no bets taken by the bookies on course,thought nothing of it and thought he was joking.

Half way through the card loads of people came in to the stadium maybe a hundred or so,strange I thought.

Ten minutes later the next race was about to start greyhounds being led around and into the traps,no odds on show anywhere.Just as they were going into the traps one decided to start to price up the race it was about half way through the meet with probably 500 or so people in attendance and literally half the punters tried to get a bet on.Literally pushing each other out of the way to get a bet on with the only layer taking bets.

The bookie must of twigged something wasn't right and pulled out of taking any bets and it nearly kicked off.

The race started no on course bets taken I could see from where I was sitting up above the bookies and punters.

No joke this greyhound raced clear and must of won by 20 or so lengths,my father-in-law gave me a poke in the ribs and a knowing look.

Loads of people left the meet it was surreal to see.
don't dogs have race classes (like horses)? sounds like the one dog was in a race below it's level.
 
May 19, 2013
15,593
Been about half a dozen times. It's pretty popular here in Ireland. Typically it's aimed at nights out, birthday parties, work do's etc.. Get some food, a bar and bet on the dogs..
 
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Oct 27, 2016
1,144
don't dogs have race classes (like horses)? sounds like the one dog was in a race below it's level.
Yes think they do,think they are graded...I honestly know little to nothing about greyhounds or horses but it all looked very suspect talking about something that I saw a good 15 years ago.
 
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