Sport: A Night at the Dogs

Question: With the Miami Dolphins playing in the Orange Bowl, the world's best thoroughbreds running at Hialeah, and big-time college sports crowding the calendar, what is Florida's biggest spectator sport? Answer: Dog racing. The turnstiles spin merrily year-round at one or more of the state's 17 tracks (there are only 23 others in the rest of the U.S.). Despite the dearth of glamour and the shortage of champions that stand out from the pack, huge numbers of gamblers want to wager on the greyhounds that futilely chase an ersatz rabbit around an oval...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!