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Derby Lane

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Address: 10490 Gandy Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2395
Phone Number:
+1 727-812-3339

Historic Derby Lane, the St. Petersburg Kennel Club, is the oldest...

Historic Derby Lane, the St. Petersburg Kennel Club, is the oldest continuously operating greyhound track in the world. We offer year-round greyhound racing with Matinees at 12:30pm and Evening performances at 7:30pm. Visit our website for our current Racing schedule. The Derby Lane Poker Room offers Live Action and Tournament play Monday through Thursday from 9am-3am, and 24 hours on weekends. We have many restaurants for you to enjoy some of the best food in St. Pete, including our famous buffet in Circa 1925. We also offer simulcast racing. Stop by for lunch and catch your favorite Thoroughbred or Harness race. You can even watch and wager on a Jai Alai game.

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great poker room

I have stopped at Derby Lane many times when I'm down here on vacation to play poker. It's a very nice and clean place if you like to play poker. The dealers are very good and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jim M
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have stopped at Derby Lane many times when I'm down here on vacation to play poker. It's a very nice and clean place if you like to play poker. The dealers are very good and the other players seem very friendly. I would recommend going there to play poker if you are in the area.

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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a little chilly today so we thought we would take in the races. Saturday matinee. Matinees are M and Wed-Sat. We were able to get a good table inside by luck only. You can reserve a table online on their website which i will do next time for sure. Buffet was $14.95/ea and very good food and selection.... More 

1 Thank Anne T
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love the buffet the value for what you get is awesome, great service and quality. Its a great place to have a celebrations .

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Stone Mountain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very enjoyable place to watch greyhounds racing. They not only run live dogs and also simulcasts racing from other tracks as well. There is a huge poker room for those that play. The food choices were varied from the concessions options to dining room options. The food upstairs in dining area was very good and also priced right. If you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I did not especially think the place was dirty. It is open and people are constantly eating in the boxes. The bathrooms were not dirty and I have seen way worse than those. There were 11 of us and we sat in boxes next to each other. Had a great time. The betting staff are efficient. A somewhat cloudy day... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

The facilities need a good cleaning. Not a fan of dog racing but found this disappointing too. Needs an updating and a good cleaning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Probably the nicest track we have visited to date, grounds are well kept, lighting is premier, if you haven't visited a dog track & you are in the area, definitely worth a night out, we just sipped beer and wagered, no big winners but enjoyed it regardless, sister-in-law & hubby tried the restaurant on a later visit, said it was... More 

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DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this review

Come on out again sometime soon! You will love the Circa 1925 Buffet, the food in the Gallery Lounge, and even on the 4th Floor! The Concession Stand is always greyt too! I use the program selections at the bottom of each race page that are chosen by our Announcer the Voice of Derby Lane, and he does pretty well... More 

New Port Richey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Best dog track in Florida period. Poker games, buffet, great staff. From great bartender's Larry and Ernie, waiter. Excellent valet service. Always a great time. Not to mention walking out with a couple hundred dollars extra.

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DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Jason D! Please come back and see us soon! More 

Clearwater, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We have been to Derby Lane several times, and always have an enjoyable time. Weather was beautiful, so I decided to bring my camera, which I wore around my neck. Talked to lady at front gate, watched several races, and was having a good time, until a security guard confronted me. He told me I had to leave immediately, since... More 

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DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this review

Flamingo33767, I am sorry for the confusion. The sign at the front gate is a little dated and says "no flash photography." A new sign is being made that states: "Cameras are restricted beyond this point. Cell Phone Cameras and Pocket-Sized Cameras are permitted. Absolutely NO FLASH Photography at any time. Drones are not permitted on Derby Lane property." Any... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

They offer a variety of gambling from card games to dog racing. They also have excellent food in their fine Restaurant and you can also get great meals at the bar from sandwiches to special menus. (excellent cuban sandwiches)

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DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this review

Maria Nancy S, Thank you so much for the lovely review! Come back to see us again soon! Sincerely, Alexis Winning More 

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