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Early Whippet racing photos.
Circa aprox. 1930's

In the beginning they used to physically toss the dog's at the start of the race..


The dogs would be tossed at the start and a person would wave a rag for them to race after.

Caption reads:
Whippets making nearly 17 yards a second, streak across the finish line at
Belmont Park, Long Island , New York.