By DONNA BALANCIA, Florida Today — When New Yorker Robert Seilowitz used to vacation in Florida, he made it a regular habit to hit the dog track in Miami.
“Going to bet the dogs was something you had to do when you went to Florida,” said Seilowitz, a retired store owner from Manhasset. “Now if I go, there are only a handful of other people there. It’s sad to see what happened to the dogs.”
Greyhound races and the betting that goes with them, long considered a staple in the Sunshine State, are waning as other forms of gambling – particularly virtual and real-life card rooms – grow. Higher fuel prices and the lagging economy also have hit dog racing, and there continues to be a strong undercurrent of people opposed to the idea of racing dogs.