Greyhound Jockey

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What is a Greyhound jockey?
Greyhound jockeys are capuchin monkeys that were trained to mount racing dogs in competitions over a 5/16-mile course. These monkeys are deemed the most intelligent of the monkey species.

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Where did these races take place?
The first use of greyhound jockey was recorded in 1927 in Sydney, Australia at the Shepherd’s Bush Racecourse, and they were still being used in Victoria, Australia in 1938. In the United States, Greyhound jockey racing began as a fad in 1930 in Palm Beach, Florida with the idea formulated by Loretta and Charlie David. They obtained 12 female capuchin monkeys and trained them to ride Greyhound racing dogs over a period of two years in uniquely devised saddle harnesses. The craze continued in America until the late 1930s when the public lost interest.

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Are monkeys still used as Greyhound jockeys today?
The idea of mounting monkeys on Greyhound dogs would today be considered politically incorrect. It would never progress past animal rights' groups. The 1930s was an era very different from the current one. However, there are some fairs who have special derbies, such as the Banana Derby that certifies the animals meet or exceed local, state, and USDA requirements. While the days of Greyhound jockeys are unquestionably over, self-contained family shows are available.
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