I reluctantly agreed to go to the dog racing track with my uncle, dad, and his wife Nancy. I’d never been and figured it would make for a good story. Usually, we go to see the horses run but this time we decided to mix things up. What’s nice is that the Palm Beach Kennel Club isn’t far from my sister’s house, and it’s right next door to the West Palm Beach Airport (PBI).
The Palm Beach Kennel Club not only offers live racing but they have live simulcast of horse racing from around the country, and a poker room. We weren’t interested in the latter two and we weren’t really too keen on the dog racing. We just wanted to get together and have a relaxing, fun lunch at The Paddock Restaurant. So here are 10 things that I learned about going to the dog races:
1. Parking is free but valet is only $3
2. It costs $1 to get into the General & Poker Room Terrace but the Paddock Restaurant is free.
3. The Paddock has good, inexpensive food ($10 hamburgers) and great service. They have five tiers of white-linen tables with spectacular views of the racetrack. Each table has a small flat screen TV with cable so you can catch sporting events and live horse racing action from tracks all around the country.
4. There are 15 races and they start every 12 or 15 minutes.
5. The greyhounds no longer chase a rabbit image but rather a stuffed bone.
6. You can take photos but not with a flash. I accidentally took one photo with a flash and a waitress scolded me immediately. I guess it distracts the dogs.
7. Most races are 545 yards, but one was 301 yards, and two of them were 660 yards.
8. There’s live racing every day at 1pm and on Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm.
9. You bet just like you do at the horse track but, unfortunately, I lost every race.
10. The dogs have some funky names like Kebo Kool Taboga, O Ya Cherry, O Ya Febreze, and Honey Boo Boo.