PROFILE: Born October 11, 1902 in St. Louis, MO and died September 6, 1978 in Coral Gables, FL. He was survived by his widow Mrs. Irene Costello of Coral Gables.
HISTORY: Mr. Costello began his career in racing in 1926 as a cashier at the Madison Kennel Club in Collinsville, IL. In 1927 he opened the Jefferson, IN> Kennel Club as a mutual manager. In 1931 he was at Flagler Kennel Club and in February 1933 was named mutual manager at Biscayne. He held that position until his death. Mr. Costello also worked as a calculator on the Ohio horse circuit and at Sportsman’s Park in Chicago and Tropical Park in Coral Gables. He also worked at such other greyhound tracks as Miami Beach, Hollywood, Sanford-Orlando and Culver City, California.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: During his tenure at Biscayne, the track introduced the first quinela machine, the first automatic odds, the first trifecta in south and the first quinela tote.