Tuesday, June 28, 2011

When Quitters Are Winners

Handicapping With Eb Netr.....
We've all heard the old saying, "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins." Like many old sayings, there's a grain of truth in it. But there's another old saying, "Never say never." That's true when it comes to a lot of dogs that racing fans call quitters. (Often the bettors call them a lot of other things too, when they're swearing and throwing their programs on the floor.)
Dogs who "quit" don't actually stop running. They just stop trying to get to the lead. There's a reason for this and if you know what it is, you can handicap these dogs and catch them on the occasions when they come in. This can give you some nice payoffs.
Most of them stop trying because of two reasons. One, they can't see the lure. Two, they have to get the lead right out of the box to spark their competitive instinct. If they get the lead, they're alpha dogs and will run their hearts out. If they don't, they slip into beta mode and just run with the pack, probably mumbling under their breath and complaining that everyone jumped out ahead of them.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Winning With Hounds or Horses

Eb Netr on Handicapping ....
Some people love horse races. Some people love dog races. There are people who bet on both, sometimes at the same time, if they're at a track with simulcasts. I think horses are beautiful and graceful and I usually watch the Kentucky Derby. However, when it comes to betting, my money is on the dogs.
For one thing, it's a lot easier to handicap a dog race than it is to handicap a horse race. Horse races have more variables: weight, jockey, equipment, type of race, number of entries etc. You can take hours going over the racing form and still not cover everything. Then there are the last minute scratches and equipment changes that have you scratching out lines and rethinking your whole betting strategy. I just can't handle it.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Open Letter To Kansas Governor

Letter to Gov. Sam Brownback:
   I share and very much appreciate your conservative agenda that will hopefully lead to more business and jobs badly needed in Kansas. Thats one of the main reasons I voted for you both as a U.S. senator and as Kansas governor.
   There is one issue that would have provided 7,000 documented jobs that was left in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee during the 2011 Kansas Legislative session. I dont think, because its your first term, that youre fully aware of the millions of dollars in tax revenue and thousands of jobs that were left in committee. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Winning With the Old One-Two Punch

Eb Netr on Handicapping The Dogs....
Some people live at the track. Some people go once a year. I'd say most people who play the dogs go weekly or a couple of times a month. They don't follow it closely like the guys who hunch over their laptops, punching numbers into a calculator and talking on their cell phones with their eyes glued to the biggest TV in the place. Those guys probably know more about the dogs than the kennel owners do.
If you're like most dog players, you go on a Friday night with your spouse or maybe with a friend or a group of friends. You have a couple of drinks, maybe eat in the restaurant, bet on your kids' names or your favorite numbers or because you overheard someone in the bathroom telling someone on a cell phone that he had it from the dogmen that Junior Java was hot tonight and would definitely win for fun in the third race.
Maybe you make a few bucks, but more likely you lose most of the time. It's no big deal. You could pay more for a night out at the movies and not even HAVE a chance to win anything. But if you want to improve your chances of winning as a casual bettor, there are some things you should know.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Coming at You From Raynham Park

One of the great all time Greyhound Race Tracks in the country
Raynham Park, Raynham,Ma.

Steven Steele Calls a Race From Ebro

The Next Best Thing to a Sure Thing

Handicapping Tips From Eb Netr  

I'll start by saying that there's no such thing as a sure thing at the greyhound track. I don't care how good a dog is, there's always a better dog waiting somewhere down the line. And accidents and mistakes happen to the best dogs. However, there's one kind of dog that is almost certain to make you money, if you can find it.
When I go to the track, I've already done my homework. I don't just go in, grab a program and handicap at the last minute. One reason I download a program the day before I go at the latest, is so that I can check the dogs on the Greyhound Database online. Or so that I can check them in my past programs, which I keep in stacks, by track, near my desk in my computer room. This makes housekeeping a little difficult, but it's worth it to be able to consult them when I need to.
What am I looking for when I go through the old programs or the database? Well, I look at several things, but the most important piece of information is one that you can't always find in the six races on today's program.