Greyhound jockeys or monkey jockeys are capuchin monkeys trained to ride racing dogs for sport over a 5⁄16-mile (500 m) course.
The use of monkeys as jockeys in greyhound races was recorded in Sydney at the Shepherd's Bush Race course in Mascot, in Sydney, Australia, in 1927. and 1928. Monkey jockeys were still being used in greyhound races in Victoria, Australia, in 1938.
In the United States, monkey greyhound racing is claimed to have begun as a fad in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1930, 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.
- MONKEY JOCKEYS. (1927, December 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved June 9, 2018
- National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3308231
- Argus, 11 May 1938, p.3
- Joan Dillon, "Racing for Peanuts; Monkey Jockeys of the ’30s" http://greytarticles.wordpress.com/historical/racing-for-peanuts/