In the late 1800s, the greyhound was imported to America to help Midwestern farmers control the jackrabbit, a noted crop destroyer. With the advent of the greyhound in America, coursing events soon followed.
Greyhound track racing, as we know it today, began with Owen Patrick Smith's invention of a mechanical lure around 1912, which made racing around a circular track possible. The first circular track opened in 1919 in Emeryville, California. Although this track was not very successful, it paved the way for the development of the greyhound racing industry in America.
National Greyhound Association
P.O. Box 543, Abilene, Ks. 67410
American Greyhound Track Operators Association
Melbourne Greyhound Park
1100 Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935