Greyhound jockey

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Greyhound jockeys or monkey jockeys are capuchin monkeys trained to ride racing dogs for sport over a 5/16 mile course.

Monkey Greyhound racing is claimed to have begun as a fad in Palm Beach, Florida, America in 1930 with the concept originally conceived by Loretta and Charlie David. The couple obtained 12 female capuchin monkeys and over a period of two years trained them to ride Greyhound racing dogs in specially designed saddle harnesses. The craze continued in America until the late 1930s before the public lost interest.[1]

The use of monkeys as jockeys in greyhound races was however already recorded in Sydney at the Shepherd's Bush Race course in Mascot, Sydney, Australia in 1927 [2] and 1928.[3] Monkey jockeys were still being used in greyhound races in Victoria Australia in 1938 [4] .


  1. ^ Joan Dillon, "Racing for Peanuts; Monkey Jockeys of the ’30s"
  2. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 1927, p.11
  3. ^ National Library of Australia
  4. ^ Argus, 11 May 1938, p.3

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