Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's All On The Internet For Free

Do It Yourself With Help From The Internet
By Eb Netr
Greyhound systems are just another way of organizing as much information as possible and then analyzing it to figure out which dogs have the best chance of winning, placing and showing.  Of course, the more information you have, the better chance you have of picking the contenders. It’s a lot easier and quicker to gather that information now. More important, it’s a lot cheaper – free in many cases.
When I first started going to the dog races, way back in the 70′s, it was a job just to get a program. First of all, there was no internet with free program downloads atTrackinfo like there is now. In those days, I had to buy my program at the track just before the program or go to a local newstand and buy it there. Since I liked to have plenty of time to go over the races, I always tried to get it the day before.
However, program delivery was apparently not a high priority either for the track or for the newstand, because I never knew when the next day’s programs would arrive. Sometimes, they’d be there at 6 in the morning and sometimes they wouldn’t show up until just before the store closed at 9. I’d call several times a day and I’m sure the store’s owner got tired of dealing with me, but it was worth it to get my program in time to go over it without being hurried.
Now, I just click over to Trackinfo, click on the tracks I want and download today’s or tomorrow’s programs for the cost of the paper and ink it takes to print them.  If horse racing had free programs, I’d be much more interested in betting on the ponies, but they don’t. Everything is funneled through one company that has a lock on programs and past performance information and it costs you to find out any more than the entries.
With the internet, there are tip sheets – even free ones from Greyhound Racing News on Twitter. And that brings me to a very important source of free information that didn’t exist a very short time ago. If you think that Twitter and Facebook are just a waste of time like many people do, you might want to rethink that. Sure, you can drivel away your day talking trash with people who are tweeting from the grocery store or a drive-through, but there’s a lot more to social sites than this.
Get yourself a Twitter and Facebook account if you don’t already have one and follow the people who are involved in greyhound racing. I’m on there. So are several other very good handicappers like Gordon Waite and and we share our articles, tips and info with tweets and Wall posts throughout the day and night. You can even find links to handicapping contests and forums where you’ll find even more info.
With all of this available, greyhound racing is regaining some of the excitement it’s lost over the years. There’s a new buzz building around it and new players adding their insights and angles to the mix. So, why not join the growing community that shares a love for greyhound racing? Winning money or even making paper bets with other fans is a great way to spend an afternoon or night online.

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