Derby Lane Greyhound Track
and Poker Room
Derby Lane Greyhound Track, which opened in 1925, is the oldest continuously operated greyhound track in the world.
Other track features include Closed Circuit color TV, Internet Presence, Slow motion replays and instant replays, Individual carrels in Plaza Building, Plasma Screen TV's throughout.
Dining Options include the Derby Club Dining Room and Lounge, Gallery Lounge and the Plaza Sports Bar.
The Poker Room
The Derby Lane Main Poker Room is located on the third floor of the Plaza Building and is open Seven days a week - Sunday through Thursday 1pm to 1am; Friday and Saturday: 2pm to 2am. Meanwhile, the Poker Room on the fourth floor of the Derby Club is open Friday evenings and all day Saturday.
The Poker Rooms has a total of 50 poker tables and the following poker games are available - Texas Holdem, Omaha Hi, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo (8s or Better).
Poker players can enjoy the ability to wager on live and simulcast races from the comfort of their poker table. Newbies can also enjoy the instructional seminars on poker play.
The Greyhound Track
Derby Lane Greyhound Track has a seating capacity of 8,300 and can accommodate up to 15,000 guests. Live greyhound racing is conducted year round with matinees every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Meanwhile, evening races are conducted Monday through Saturday.
- Track Length: 1,320 ft.
- Track Width: 21 ft.
- Stretch Distance: 458 ft
- Straightaways Distance: 243 ft.
- Track Composition: Sand
- Equipment: Amtote International, Inside single lure, Knights single door flip top boxes, American Teletimer Photo Finish
History of Derby Lane Greyhound Track and Poker Room
Derby Lane Greyhound Track started when T. L. Weaver, a lumber entrepreneur, expanded his timberland assets and lumber operations to St. Petersburg, Florida during the land boom of the 1920s. Weaver sold one pine tract to a group of local businessmen who constructed a greyhound track.
Unable to pay their outstanding balance, the businessmen gave the track back to Weaver's lumber company. Since then, Derby Lane Greyhound Track has been with the Weaver family.
The season was short in the first years of greyhound racing, so Weaver booked other entertainment events including stock car races and even an exhibition football game with the legendary Jim Thorpe.
Since then golf stars, tennis celebrities and baseball hall-of-famers such as Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Walter Hagan have watched greyhound luminaries including Racing Ramp, Lucky Pilot and Keefer race at Derby Lane Greyhound Racetrack.
In 1949, Derby Lane's original wooden structure was replaced with a concrete and structure. In 1965, fine dining was introduced in a six-story enclosed clubhouse. And in 1977 a veranda clubhouse gave way to an additional enclosed grandstand.
In 1990, a new greyhound kennel compound was built. It is surrounded by native plants and ponds, serving as a preserve for many varieties of birds.
In 2007, the Poker Room was launched.
Derby Lane Greyhound Track and Poker Room
|Address:||Derby Lane Greyhound Track and Poker Room
10490 Gandy Boulevard
St Petersburg, Florida 33702-2395
|Phone:||+1 (727) 812-3339|
|Fax:||+1 (727) 579-4362, 812-3233|