Florida track ends greyhound races ahead of 2021 deadline

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A Florida Panhandle dog track has ended its greyhound racing well ahead of a 2021 deadline.

The Pensacola Greyhound Track and Poker Room's fall greyhound racing season ended Sept. 30, and races were supposed to resume Jan. 18.

But in November, Florida voters approved an amendment that will phase out live greyhound races statewide by 2021.

In a Pensacola News-Journal report , the track's owner said its poker room and simulcast betting will continue operations, but the dog races won't return.

In a statement, PCI Gaming said all the greyhounds that raced at the track have been placed "in good care." Employees affected by the change were offered new jobs within the company.

PCI Gaming will continue its operations at a separate Panhandle facility with live quarter horse racing, poker and simulcast betting.


Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com