Greyhound racing on its last legs in Texas as Gulf Greyhound Park closes at end of year

The Gulf Greyhound Park is the last dog racing course in Texas and will close at the end of the year.
The Gulf Greyhound Park is the last dog racing course in Texas and will close at the end of the year.

Echoes of barking greyhounds reverberated then died in the nearly empty stadium.

A woman sprawled on her back across a front-row bench at Gulf Greyhound Park, the last site of full-time dog racing in Texas. The gates opened, and the pack burst forward.

A few of about a dozen outdoor spectators at the weekday matinee stood for the finish, holding draft beer and stat sheets; others, such as the reclining woman, did not.

There was more bustle inside the building, which has seating on all four floors. But visitors were limited to the ground level. The other floors are closed. It was a sunny, late autumn afternoon in the waning days of dog racing. click here for complete story