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Greyhound Pets of America / Tampa Bay extends our thanks to the kennels and trainers at Derby Lane Greyhound Track for all of their assistance. Derby Lane has supported our adoption efforts for many years, and for that, we are grateful.
Attending Derby Lane With Your Greyhound
If you have a greyhound from Greyhound Pets of America / Tampa Bay and would like to visit Derby Lane with your dog, there are very specific guidelines that have to followed. Before attending with your hound, you MUST call GPA/Tampa Bay at 727-595-7852 to obtain permission, get instructions, and be given proper GPA/Tampa Bay identification. If you do not follow this procedure you may be turned away.
Derby Lane began in 1925 and is family owned and operated since its inception. In the racing circuit, Derby is known as the world’s oldest, continuously operated greyhound track in the world.
Derby Lane is regulated by The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, a program area of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation within the Executive Branch of Florida’s Government. It regulates all pari-mutuels including, harness racing, thoroughbred, quarter horses, greyhounds and jai-alai, all card rooms, slot machines. The gaming industry as authorized by Florida Statues. Pari-mutuel wagering was authorized by the legislature in 1931.
Hurricane Irma Hit Tampa Bay on Sept. 2017. Derby Lane stepped in and allowed 1st Responders to use their property. On the average 400 trucks and 850 personnel used the facility as Ground Zero. At the highest numbers 850 trucks with 1900 personnel were fed 3 meals a day. For the first 4 to 5 days Derby Lane was the default location, until other staging sites were set. Derby Lane was the first to open and the last to close.
450 = Derby Lane employees.
On track, there are 15 different racing kennels; each kennel is privately owned and hires their own personnel. Derby Lane is prohibited by law to own racing greyhounds. Derby Lane donates one of the kennels to Greyhound Pets of America for adoptions. If Amendment 13 passes, the estimated loss would equate to more than 50% of Derby Lane employees employees.
For over 93 years, Derby Lane financially contributed to the local community; the amounts distributed are significant - millions, approximates could be into the billions over such a long period of time. Benefactors of Derby Lane's generosity include: Bayfront Hospital, Alpha House, All Children’s, Boys and Girls Club, Eckerd College, Abilities, Florida Orchestra, Pinellas County Education Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Pinellas County Sheriffs Association, Police Athletic League, Ronald McDonald House, Junior League of St. Petersburg, Angels Against Abuse, Combat Wounded Veterans, USF, and Greyhound Pets of America, among others.
Analysis from 2005 to 2018, only 13 years, determined Derby Lane distributed $2,075,185 to various organizations.