Victoryland's Chief Operating Officer, Lewis Benefield, announced the upcoming end to regular scheduled live greyhound racing at the Macon County facility. Benefield said the final race would take place Saturday, May 14.
Races will be staged on May 18th, May 21st, May 25th, and May 30th as greyhounds from across the country participate in a Juvenile Futurity, but all live racing at VictoryLand will be suspended as of June 1.
Benefield says Victoryland would continue to provide pari-mutuel wagering on worldwide greyhound and thoroughbred horse racing daily except for Tuesdays. The Kennel Club restaurant and Willie's Cafe will remain open.
Benefield, in a written statement said, "Economic realities make it impossible for us to continue offering live racing after the Juvenile Futurity. Greyhound racing will resume when we can again offer the electronic bingo games which for many years subsidized the cost of live racing."
Victoryland's founder and president, Milton McGregor, remains mired in a federal gambling corruption case that has yet to go to trial. His once thriving gaming center is a shell of its previous self after the state, under former Governor Bob Riley, successfully eradicated all major electronic bingo/slot machines from use.
Benefield said Victoryland's decision to end live greyhound racing will force the loss of 200 jobs.