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Greyhounds will run 360 races in La Marque between
December 27, 2017 and February 24, 2018
La Marque, Texas, December 20, 2017 — Since
1992, City of La Marque landmark Gulf Greyhound Park
has been the world’s largest greyhound racing operation
and, after a two-year hiatus, live racing will resume
on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, with a series of 36
“Everyone is excited about the return of live racing
and we have a lot of special things planned, said
General Manager Sally Briggs. “There will be six food
trucks for every performance, along with food and drink
specials inside. We are planning special events for
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day. We are
dedicated to creating a true experience for our guests.”
The return of live racing meant a round of renovations
and upgrades for Gulf Greyhound Park. According
to Briggs, park owners made major investment into the
grounds, including interior upgrades, 240 tons of sand
that will ensure the very best racing conditions, pole
sign repairs and major overhaul at the kennels.
A ccording t o L a M arque M ayor B obby H ocking,
the return of live racing is good for the city because it
attracts tourism and creates jobs. City of La Marque
leadership will attend the first race on December 27 to
commemorate and congratulate Gulf Greyhound Park.
“I appreciate Sally Briggs’ steadfast efforts in keeping
the track thriving until live racing returned,” said
Mayor Hocking. “The Park is home to wonderful events
throughout the year and for that, we are thankful. We
are blessed to have Sally’s leadership in our community.”
Along with live racing and simulcasting, Gulf
Greyhound Park is home to several of Galveston
County’s signature events including Magical Winter
Lights, Bigass Crawfish Bash and Texas Classic Rockin
Food Truck Rally. The Park also holds special events,
such as Kentucky Derby Day. Private suites and ample
parking make the Park a prime location for trade shows,
class reunions, holiday parties and private celebrations.
• Live races will be held from December 27, 2017, to
February 24, 2018
• Admission will be $2 and parking is free
• Races held December 27, 28 and 30 will start at
• Matinee races will be held Sundays and Wednesdays
• Evening races on Thursdays and Saturdays start at
6:00 p.m.
• For a complete schedule, visit www.gulfgreyhound.
Race Lingo
• Race days are called performances
• Each performance includes 10 races
• Race start time is called post time
• Gates open one hour before post time
• Simulcasting allows gamblers place bets on dog and
horse races at other tracks
• Gulf Greyhound Park will continue simulcasting
when live racing isn’t occurring
Greyhound Adoption
• Gulf Greyhound Park has an established greyhound
adoption program
• Interested families can fill out an application online
• Kennels decide when a greyhound should be retired
and it is added to the adoption list
• According to Briggs, retired racers do have special
requirements but they are big couch potatoes and great
Kennel Questions
• Six kennels brought dogs to race for this series
• Each kennel holds about 65 greyhounds
• Most greyhound kennels are from Texas, Arkansas,
West Virginia and Florida
• To race in Texas, the racing commission requires 40
percent of the dogs be born in Texas
• Dogs take at least two days off between races
Local Jobs
• Live racing created about 45 high paying temporary
jobs in La Marque
• Gulf Greyhound Park is still hiring lead outs, bartenders,
tellers, receptionists and housekeeping who
are courteous and committed to customer service

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