Wagering is down sharply at Dubuque’s greyhound track compared with last year, but there’s disagreement whether that's a bad sign for Iowa’s dwindling dog racing industry.
Under a $92 million agreement with the greyhound industry approved by the Iowa Legislature in 2014, Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs is permitted to close its money-losing Bluffs Run dog track on Jan. 1 while Mystique Casino in Dubuque was allowed to get out of dog racing late last year.
But the Iowa Greyhound Association, an industry group, is keeping the Dubuque track open with a slimmed-down racing schedule. Between May and July, the track now known as Iowa Greyhound Park reported wagering of $642,909 on live dog races, which is down 25 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
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