- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Lack of interest has caused dog racing in Council Bluffs to come to an end.

The Daily Nonpareil (http://bit.ly/1mcsXrv ) reports that the last race is scheduled for Friday at Bluffs Run by Horseshoe Casino. According to Bo Guidry, Horseshoe’s senior vice president and general manager, interest in dog racing has declined over the years.

Dog racing in Council Bluffs began in 1986 after Bluffs Run was built. Guidry says he and other officials have sought to end dog racing because of declining interest, but casino subsidies kept Bluffs Run in operation.

Guidry estimates that 50 to 100 people would show up to dog races on any given weekday, and slightly more on weekends. He believes that many attendees probably gambled on other races instead of gambling on dog races.

The casino has offered jobs elsewhere to the employees who work full-time at Bluffs Run.

The general manager says that dog owners have a month to wrap things up at Bluffs Run. Horseshoe Casino is considering plans for the grounds.

“We continue to look for a partner to build a hotel there,” Guidry said. “I think that is the best use of that space.”

Under new legislation, Horseshoe Casino owners would have to pay the Iowa Greyhound Association $9.3 million a year for seven years to continue dog racing in Dubuque.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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