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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Iowa Greyhound Park opened its 33rd season of racing on Saturday, May 13, with lots of folks on board.

“We are happy with our first day,” said General Manager Brian Carpenter. “We had our grandstand full and our outdoor seats full. We are looking forward to a good Mother’s Day (on May 14).”

Opening day was preceded by six weeks of preseason. The track opened April 1 with unofficial schooling beginning April 3. The official schooling started April 30 with the biggest day on Sunday, May 7, when 30 schooling races were put into the books. A couple of weeks before the May 13 opener, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald put on its front page an article on IGP’s grandstand enhancements.

For 2017, the kennel lineup stays the same (T and T; Clayton Black: Xtrem Hess; Copper Kettle; Jackson; Collins-Schmidt; Stidham; four-time defending champion Superior; Boeckenstedt and Wayne R. Ward).

The racing schedule remains the same: Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. matinees; Wednesday and Friday 6:30 p.m. evening performances and Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day performances.

With the opening day crowd “really good,” said Director of Mutuels Jean Hallahan, “the betting was good and steady and the betting was more for the stakes race. We also have more locations online and we are adding more after opening day.”

I'm a native of the Washington, D.C., area and a graduate of the University of Maryland. I'm now retired after a two-decade plus stint as the sports editor of the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Daily Nonpareil.