Sad – more #WayBackMachine imagery from the dog track

A few days ago I shared a #WayBackMachine image from an abandoned dog track north of Phoenix.  I visited this site with Mike Olbinski and Rick Young and we all had a really good time out there shooting that day.  It seemed that every direction your looked the site had a story to tell.  This scene screamed at me to make an image of it.  This room was at one time the “fine dining” room for the track facility.  I just loved how the spray painted face looked sad to be seeing the room in the condition it was in.  Of all the images from that day this one really shows how something can have a “heyday” and then fall into utter dis-repair.  It truly is sad when you think about it.

For the record, I don’t feel that it is sad that there is no longer dog racing at this track, I think that is a good thing, but I do see a certain sadness when any structure is neglected and falls into disrepair.

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  1. Amy Bates February 25, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Not as sad as thinking about all the dogs that were killed in service to this “entertainment”.

  2. Elizabeth Glazier February 25, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Thank God the so called”hay day” is over. What a sleazy nasty place it must have been. FINE DINING…oh please!

  3. claire collins February 25, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    the only sad thing is the suffering the dogs would be going through whilst you are eating in your ‘fine dining’ room…..sick

  4. ScottWood February 25, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Amy, Elizabeth and Claire – I can’t disagree with anything that you said, and if you look at my post you won’t see me supporting the “sport” of dog racing in any way. I am simply documented a track that has been closed for decades.

  5. Victoria Hood February 25, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Amen to what Amy posted! As greyhound owners, we know the horrors that these dogs endured. We couldn’t be more thrilled that these “entertainment” facilities are shutting down one by one….although not quickly enough!

  6. Chris February 25, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Good! It’s a beautiful sight! I used to be one of those people that would go bet at the tracks. That was back when I didn’t know of the horrors that took place behind closed doors there.. I know have adopted two amazing greys one has recently passed away, but I wouldn’t have traded one second with her or my boy that is still with us for anything in the world. To this day some things that I will never know still haunt my baby boy about his time at the tracks. It has taken about 3 years just to get some of his anxiety and sleep aggression under control. He still has some lil issues but is the most loving boy that anyone could have ever hoped for. I don’t know how anyone could have done harm to these poor dogs for the sake of entertainment. I regret ever patronizing any track in my past!!!

  7. Jenn Blosser February 25, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    I think it’s an excellent photo, and it is an interesting one in the great greyhound debate. I am a rescued greyhound mom, and while I am pleased the track is closed, I can sympathize to the sense that people lost their jobs and something once loved by people is now gone. It is an interesting, and obviously controversial, subject and you’ve captured it well. Those of us against racing can celebrate that it is abandoned :)

  8. micky February 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    is this guy sick ….those dog racing places should all by broken down ..this guy is a complete idiot and kindless SOB in my book

    • ScottWood February 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      I can only assume that this comment was directly at me for having taken the images of a a dog track that was abandoned a couple decades ago. If that is the case, how does this make me an idiot or a kindless SOB?

      I can understand if you don’t care for my images, but you have never seen me support dog racing or the horrible treatment that goes on at these tracks.

  9. Tim February 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    If taking a picture of something means you support it, I suppose that all of you here believe that war correspondents support every war they photograph.

    Learn to read, people.

  10. Bryan Snider February 26, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I agree Tim, so when I go take a picture of Auschwitz does that mean I support genocide or hate Jews? Does that make me a Nazi?

    Was former president General Dwight D. Eisenhower a complete idiot and kindless SOB because he ordered people to photograph the holocaust? He said,

    “The day will come when some ‘son of
    a bitch’ will say this never happened.”

    What about when I went to Rome and visited the Colosseum am I a sick SOB for doing that and taking pictures?

    I think not!

    Finally, Scott responded to you guys stating he AGREE with you! So why do you continue to ignore his comments and do exactly what you are preaching against. Sounds kind of hypocritical in my opinion.
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  11. Monika February 26, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Very good picture Scott. Very thought provoking. I agree with Tim fully, since when did taking a picture of something mean you support it?? Those photographers of animal abuse commercials don’t support animal abuse, they’re trying to exploit it, and bring it to attention. Oh, but then again, all of you who have written threats above probably think they are for animal abuse. Learn to read what is written people. What Scott has done, is take a picture. I read the blog, I didn’t read anything that made me think Scott supported racing places. I love animals too, and I am very against any animal abuse. Obviously his blog was not read by a lot of people who jump to conclusions before they read anything written. If I took a picture of the beaches of Normandy, I bet y’all would think I would be a “sick SOB” and think I approve of men being slaughtered. All of you on here leaving rude, hateful comments. are ignorant fools. I feel sorry for you all. Going on someone’s page just to put someone down? Classy… Great job Scott! Keep up your good work.

  12. Toad Hollow Photo February 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Wow, there’s a ton of hypocrisy in the comments here; for such caring folks who obviously love animals so much you don’t even bother to read the post before you shout at the photographer. Wow.

    This, and all your shots from this facility, are awesome Scott. They do a terrific job of documenting a phase of society that I am personally glad to see long gone now. All animals should be treated with love and kindness, and places like this that once promoted this as a form of entertainment belong in the annals of history. But, I am personally very glad to have had a chance to view your portfolio from this place, all the photos tell a haunting story.
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