Continuing to improve the safety of its racing program, the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club (SOKC) has installed the Safety Lure System. The Redhound Safety device adds a secondary escape on the far turn of the racetrack and is designed to remove the lure from the racing surface via remote control from the racing tower in the event a greyhound reverses course during a race.
“We hope we never have to use the safety lure, but it gives us a peace of mind knowing it’s there if we need it,” said Director of Racing, Steve Smith.
Currently, SOKC is one of only two tracks in the United States to have installed the new safety lure system. Over the past year SOKC has also made investments in a new tractor and harrow to better maintain the racing surface along with new fencing along the backstretch. Plans to continue improvements in the future include widening the far turn, replacing both turn walls with safer fencing, reconstruction of the track apron, and complete resurfacing of the track in the fall of 2014.
“Our goal is to provide our racers with the safest environment possible,” said Mike Newlin, General Manager at SOKC.
Contact: Bob Thacker - Racing Secretary/Public Relations
Sanford Orlando Kennel Club
301 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750
P: 407-831-1600 x234
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