Sunday, March 27, 2011

Track Tips From "The Pup"

Playing grade droppers
By "The Pup" 
One of the plays most people learn early on at the greyhound track is grade droppers. Even still, you can sometimes find great value in these greyhounds but you need to know what to look for. You usually get the best price on these dogs when there is another dog with fast times moving up or in the same grade as the race you are playing.

Not all grade droppers are created equal.
When you are looking at one of these hounds and the speed looks competitive with the other runners you should look at the finish positions. I like for the greyhound to have lower finishes in the higher grade rather than 6, 7 or 8's.

Let's say your race is a grade D race and you have a dog dropping down from grade C. Actually lets compare two dogs in this same position.

Dog A finished 3rd, 5th and 4th in it's past 3 races.
Dog B finished 6th, 5th and 8th in it's past 3 races.

I like to use the 'subtract 3' rule. You simply subtract 3 from the finish position of your grade dropper. In our example about it would then look like this:

Dog A finished 1st, 2nd and 1st.
Dog B finished 3rd, 2nd and 5th.

You can see grade droppers are not all created equal. There are other factors you should consider, but try the 'subtract 3' rule and see if it doesn't help you find some juicy payouts on grade droppers.

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