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Greyhound Kennel Tours

We understand transparency is important...

The National Greyhound Association, in conjunction with greyhound racing facilities and volunteers, have developed a series of kennel tour events. 

These tours will provide a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of our professional greyhound athletes.  We encourage the dog loving public, government officials and voters to learn about the excellent care and lifestyle of the racing greyhound. 

Update 8/31/18: The FL State Department of Business and Regulation has insisted we cancel our tour access to the kennels.

 

We have modified our tours to satisfy their new policies.  Tours will be held track side, in public spaces,include a Q&A with racing professionals and a meet the canine athletes. 

Please consider signing up for email notifications.  If new educational opportunities arise or the State reconsiders their position on transparency, we will notify the public via an email.
Currently, all tours are free. For safety reasons, tours are for ages 10 and older.
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Track & KennelTour

Check out the track operations

Free T-Shirt

All attendees receive a free t-shirt souvenir.

Get Greyhound Love

Time for pets, scratches and turnout hugs.

Tours will kick off at the host track where guests will get a chance to see a few greyhound races, walk thru the track, and gain insight into the operational process that culminate in a greyhound race.  

The tour will have a chance to hang out with some greyhounds, have a Q&A with trainers and track professionals and experience a virtual tour.  

A presentation will educate our guests to the daily routine of the racing greyhound, education on crate life, nutrition and handling each greyhound recieves.  

Tour guests will be invited to mingle with the greyhounds during turn out and each participant will receive an emailed photo of themselves with an active greyhound racer and a t-shirt.  Photography and videos are not allowed at the track or kennels.

Photo with a Racer

All guests will receive a digital photo with an active racer.

Currently, all tours are free. For safety reasons, tours are for ages 10 and older.
 

Featured Kennels

 

Lester Raines opened his first kennel at Tri State in Charleston, WV, in 1986.  The kennel has also raced at Wheeling, West Virginia; Palm Beach, St. Petersburg & Jacksonville, Florida; West Memphis, Arkansas, and La Marque, Texas. His operation has won numerous stakes races and kennel championships including 20-consecutive at Tri State. The Kennel’s Eyesappealing won the 2017 $20,000 Dick Andrews Futurity and the 2017/18 Track win championship at PBKC. PBKC trainer, Kurt Trzeciak has trained at 17 tracks across the country since 1991.

Cal Holland has been a greyhound trainer and kennel operator at Derby Lane for  years.  He currently serves as the President of the Derby Lane Kennel Association.

Arthur Agganis has been in the greyhound racing industry since 1976 starting out at Seabrook and Wonderland.  The kennel began racing at Palm Beach Kennel Club in 1990. 

 

“We have a great kennel with five employees and plenty of care and that makes for very happy dogs,” Agganis said.  “The greyhounds love what they do!” he added.

Waverider Kennel always resides at the top of the kennel standings at Daytona Beach Kennel Club.  LaDonna Hampton is a not only a trainer but the President of Box to Wire Greyhound Adoption.  

The Janie Carroll Kennel is among the top kennels at PBKC and has been racing since 2014 in West Palm Beach.  The kennel has raced at tracks all over the country for over 20 years.  Some of the kennels top performers include Ethel is Here, Fraulein Morgan and recent $20,000 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes winner, Flat Chat Cuppa.  Kennel owner, Crystal Carroll and trainer Monica Smith are very involved with greyhound adoption through their Greyhound Support Transport program. GST has adopted out thousands of greyhounds to over 30 adoption groups around the country.  Monica was recently named Greyhound Adoption Volunteer of the Year by the American Track Operators Association.

AJ Grant, of Celtic Hounds Kennel at Sanford Orlando Kennel Club