Since live greyhound racing went on hiatus at Gulf Greyhound Park at the end of 2015, the dog racing fan had to go out of state to find live racing….or be satisfied with simulcasting. The nearest active dog tracks are in Mobile, Alabama, and West Memphis, Arkansas. Fortunately, live racing has been revived here in Texas in a modest way, with Valley Race Park in Harlingen offering 4 racing dates per week from late November 2016 through early February 2017. We had the pleasure of visiting Valley Race Park for two nights in early January 2017 and are happy to report that it’s a fine facility with a good-sized and enthusiastic crowd and eleven exciting races each night.
Valley is located at 2601 S. Ed Carey Dr, just off Highway 77. Admission is only $2 per person, and for an extra $2 you can get a reserved seat down front with a TV monitor. The venue is large, there are a few simulcasting rooms with lots of seating, the beer is inexpensive and the track food is above average. I was particularly impressed with the race calling by announcer Sonny Cuellar. A good announcer can activate a crowd, and that’s exactly what happens at Valley.
This race meet runs through early February. While we can’t make it down there again in the next few weeks, we’ll be watching for future windows of racing at Valley Race Park, a friendly and exciting greyhound racing track that’s worth a visit from dog racing fans in South Texas!
And if that’s not enough, when we arrived on Friday night for the first race, “A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada” by the Texas Tornados was blasting on the sound system! What a great welcome that was–perfect accompaniment to greyhound racing and an ice cold Shiner.