Jul 13, 2013 12:01 PM by Matthew Schwartz
TUCSON- Long-time Tucson Greyhound Park General Manager Tom Taylor is out. Taylor was let go by TGP's two owners on July 3rd. In an exclusive interview with the News 4 Tucson Investigators, the 61 year-old Marana resident said he planned to retire on January 1, but the owners told him to leave early.
Taylor said, "I'm very hurt by this. I dedicated 12 years of my life."
The News 4 Tucson Investigators has been looking into troubles at the track since April, and presented two reports on trainers with poor records. But Taylor denied that our reporting had anything to do with his dismissal. He claims he was ordered out hours before our July 3rd report.
Taylor said his problems with the owners pertained to internal business involving the track. He told us, "My gut feeling is I disagreed with the owners too often."
The News 4 Tucson Investigators reported in April that four track workers were suspended for using drugs, and one of them drugged a dog, according to records obtained from the Arizona Department of Racing. Taylor banned all four workers from the track for life around the time of our April report.
Meanwhile, Tucson Greyhound Park, which opened in 1944, continues with live racing just four nights a week, and miniscule attendance.
We asked Taylor if he thinks TGP can survive much longer. He answered, "Not to be egotistical, but without me there, I really don't know. I don't know what'll happen." When we asked if he thinks the track will close in the near future, he said, "They could very well do that."
Taylor has a long-time accounting business and says he'll be fine.
TGP'S owners, who live in Florida, could not be reached for comment.
TGP is one of just 22 dog tracks still in business nationwide. Since 2001, 27 dog tracks have closed.
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