Greyhound Racing Basics
Basically, greyhound racing is the sport of racing greyhounds. The competing dogs chase a lure (an artificial hare or rabbit) that moves on a track until they arrive to the finish line. The dog to arrive first is the winner.
In many countries, greyhound racing is purely amateur and directed to recreational purposes. In some countries like the US, UK, and Australia, greyhound racing is a popular form of gambling, similar to horse racing. A greyhound adoption movement has arisen to assist retired racing dogs in finding homes as pets due to a popular concern regarding the well-being of the dogs.
The first recorded attempt at racing greyhounds on a straight track was made next to the Welsh Harp reservoir, Hendon in the year 1876, although this experiment didnít have any results. Greyhounds racing appeared in its modern form, featuring circular or oval tracks, with the invention of the artificial hare in 1912 by Owen Patrick Smith. His creation was intended to stop the killing of the jack rabbits.
The sport was successful throughout the United Kingdom and by the end of 1927, there were forty tracks operating. Greyhound racing was especially appealing to male working-class audiences. For them the urban location of the tracks and the evening times of the meetings were accessible, and also to patrons and owners from different social backgrounds.
Currently the breeding of greyhounds is a refined and studious task, breeders are aware that only the best-bred animals are likely to achieve success on the track. The vast majority of stud dogs used are past champions that have won the sportís Classic races.
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