Magic City History

This webpage focuses on the fascinating history of Magic City which started as West Flagler Kennel Club and later was referred to as Fabulous Flagler and Flagler as the city of Miami expanded further west. In the early days, West Flagler Kennel Club even had some Hurdle Races for greyhounds which packed the complex when a California couple came into town with their fascinating greyhound racing show which featured small trained monkey jockeys riding on the backs of greyhounds. The crowds were quite entertained by this and came by the thousands to watch these specialized races.

Flagler became known as a Racino (racetrack and casino) when Casino-style gambling was added to the entertainment options, and then in 2018 Flagler converted their greyhound racing license to a Jai-alai fronton within the Magic City Casino and began offering Jai-alai games using Jai-alai players mostly consisting of many former local college athletes including athletes from the University of Miami who were trained by professionals to play the game of Jai-alai. Magic City Jai-alai is an evolving short-court American Jai-alai program conceived by Scott Savin and has rapidly become a highly successful entertainment option at the Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida. A traditional American Jai-alai court is around 180-feet in length while the short-court at Magic City Jai-alai is 120-feet in length to fit an existing footprint at the Magic City Casino. The short-court version of Jai-alai is not new to amateurs and Jai-alai players as North Miami Amateur fronton has a short-court version at that facility. Thanks to Scott Savin for helping to save the sport of Jai-alai from fading away from the American landscape where Jai-alai frontons have been in existence for nearly 100 years. The interesting story behind this concept can be seen by watching the movie “The Magic City Hustle.”

Here is a June 13, 2018 press release on the Magic City Jai-alai Casino opening titled “Magic City Casino Jai-Alai Debuts July 1.”

Magic City is the only greyhound racing track that has ever converted from greyhound racing to offering Jai-alai games as an exciting wagering and entertainment experience. Magic City has a very fascinating history indeed as an entertainment complex over the years! SayHiLi.com will be providing more details of the historical timeline and photos of this 120′ short-court Jai-alai fronton with super hard tempered see-through glass panels for the front and back wall of the playing court. It’s quite a magical place and easily understood why it’s called Magic City! Hundreds of slot machines and Vegas-style games, Big Payoffs for Jai-alai and Slots, Big Money Jai-alai Singles and Doubles Tournaments, and lots of promotions along with big names in music and comedy and great food options make Magic City the place to be! Magic City Jai-alai is the site of the 2020 U.S. National Jai-alai Championship (tourney dates to be announced). The Sports Club at Magic City Casino is an excellent place to watch and wager on Jai-alai, greyhounds, harness and thoroughbred horse racing from across the country. No visit to South Florida is complete without stopping at Magic City Casino and Jai-alai in Miami!

Shown above are photos of greyhound racing programs from the current site of Magic City Casino which cover the span of nearly 60-years of greyhound racing history at this location. The oldest racing program featured above is from the 1937 West Flagler Kennel Club, a near mint condition item of Miami greyhound racing memorabilia from more than 80-years ago.

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