James S. Gartland

James S. Gartland was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He began his career in the racing industry in 1973 at Mile High Greyhound Park where he held various positions there beginning in maintenance and working his way up to Assistant General Manager.

 

He was hired by The Woodlands in October of 1989 as the Director of Racing and later became Assistant General Manager. During this time, he was the implementing force behind “The World’s Richest Greyhound Race”, the Great American Greyhound Futurity.


Jim left The Woodlands in 1995 to become Executive Vice President and General Manager of Shoreline Star Entertainment Complex in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He returned to Colorado in July 1996 where until 2002 was General Manager of Arapahoe Park and Pueblo Greyhound Park. In March of 2002 Jim accepted the position as General Manager and returned to The Woodlands.

 

In 2007 Jim left the Kansas City track to become General Manager at Beaumont Park in St. Kitts, West Indies. After a short stint on the St. Kitts island and a year long legal battle with the State of Kansas, he took a job raising greyhound on the Ken and Janet Allen farm in Abilene, KS.

 

In June of 2008 Jim accepted a position as Director of Racing at VictoryLand in Shorter, Alabama and took on the duties of General Manager as well as Director of Racing 2010.


Jim’s extensive background in the parimutuel industry also includes having raised and trained greyhounds, being the former President of the Greyhound Hall of Fame, and serving on both the American Greyhound Council Board and the American Greyhound Track Operators Board. Jim also assisted in forming the model for the first national greyhound adoption program.


In his personal life, Jim comes from a large family of seven boys and two girls. He enjoys playing golf and traveling when time permits. His children from a previous marriage are Eddie (26) and Jordan (22), who live in Kansas City and Denver, respectively. Jim was married to the former Molli Angelo in 2001and now has a stepson, Dane (26) who resides in Los Angeles. Molli also works at the Alabama track with Jim and they live in Tuskegee, Alabama along with their two Labs, Sadie and Mocha.