What to Know About Dog Racing (part 1)

By | May 17, 2020

Dog racing is a sport that uses speed racing dogs to finish. Today it is considered a competitive industry in which Greyhound dogs are racing around a track that is widely watched. The chasing dogs will chase a false prey until they reach the finish line. Like horse racing, greyhounds usually allow the public to bet on the outcome. Dog racing is part of the gambling industry, similar to horse racing but less profitable.

Modern dog racing originated from the hunt. The first official dog race was held in Norfolk England in 1776. The dog racing is now relatively popular. The greyhound is very well trained and professional. The hound racing industry is particularly appealing to the working-class audience, mainly men.

Dogs will be lined up on the track. The number of racing dogs is usually not fixed but not too much to fit the track, usually about eight dogs. They are arranged behind closed cages. After the Start signal was emitted, the doors opened and there were cotton bunny prey attached to the rails around the course of the race. The dogs rushed after them to chase their prey in the roar of applause and cheers.

Unlike horse racing, racing dogs do not distinguish weight class. They are ranked according to their form and the ones of the same rank will race against each other. From D, C, B and then A rank. If you win 3 rounds in a row, you will be promoted one rank and vice versa, you will be relegated one rank. At each race, eight dogs lined up on the track waiting for a signal to start competing low and high. The winning dog will be led around the track for everyone to see. Firstly, dogs will race in C rank, then B rank, then A rank, then AA, and then AAA. Every time a dog gets up means it will race at a faster course and vice versa, after a few poor achievements it will be relegated, the audience’s cheers for it will be reduced.