Iowa greyhound racing may not last long

Jan 27, 2014 7:01 PM

Greyhound racing, banned in many states during the past decade, still continues in Iowa, but that may not last long.

Not so much because of the sport, say officials, but because of a major lack of interest.

Because of the impact of casino gambling, interest in wagering on dog races has declined substantially in recent years, say officials. They note that total wagering on dog races in 1986 reached $186 million. Last year it was $5.9 million.

Actually, the dog races are conducted by casino operators in Dubuque and Bluffs Run. State officials say they plan to allow both Mystique Casino in Dubuque and Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs to keep their casino licenses without the dog races.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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