5 Tips I Wish I'd Known A Long Time Ago
By Eb Netr
After almost 40 years of watching dogs race, I've learned a thing or two about winning at the dog track. Unfortunately, some of them took a long time and a lot of money to figure out. I'm still learning every time I watch a race or handicap a program, but here's a list of the most important things I've learned to date.
- Never bet unless you have a really good idea of what you'll get back if you win. Betting with only a vague idea of what the dog will pay is as bad as betting the wrong dog.
- Never bet favorites unless they're your favorites. Don't just bet with the crowd. No one makes money on favorites except the favorite's connections.
- Never bet a dog because of one factor like speed or early speed. Look at all the factors for every dog in every race.
- Never underestimate class, no matter how bad a dog looks in its last races. Class can overcome anything including poor post position, trouble and lack of early speed.
- Never forget that playing the dogs isn't your life; it's just a part of your life. If it stops being fun, stop doing it. And if you're not making money, you're not having fun. Don't kid yourself.
And here's a bonus tip that I'll add to the first five. Never say never at the dog track. Just because something hasn't happened, doesn't mean it's not going to happen. Keep your eyes open for changes in track bias, the development of dogs and the cycles that racers go through as they move up and down the grades ladder. The people who make the most money at the dog track are the ones who are the first to spot a change that indicates that a dog is ready to win. And that's probably the best tip I can give you.