Saturday, November 26, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Are you A Real Handicapper?

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Not everyone who goes to the dog track is a handicapper. I've mentioned before that, in my opinion, most people who bet on the dogs are NOT handicappers. They're bettors, but there's a big difference between being a handicapper and betting on the dogs on hunches, with numbers or names or because someone gave you a tip.
If you bet your house number or on dogs named "Ryan" because that's your son's name, you're a bettor, but you're not a handicapper. If you always bet the 1/2 double because the 1 and 2 boxes are the best boxes at the track, you're still not a handicapper. "Best" doesn't mean that the 1 dog or 2 dog will be in the quiniela in this particular race.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Greyhound Handicapping-Past Performance

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Like most serious greyhound handicappers, I'm always going over my old programs to see if I can spot something that will increase my odds of winning. Recently, I noticed something on some programs from the spring races at a New England track. It seemed to me that their M races and A races had dogs who ran much closer to form than the other grade races. I wondered why this was.
Why would M and A dogs at that track be more consistent? Why would they run the way it looked like they'd run, when the dogs in the other grade races didn't? It stumped me and I thought of all kinds of reasons why this would be so, until I suddenly realized that I was looking at this from entirely the wrong angle.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Winning With the Old One-Two Punch

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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.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Speed Handicapping

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Speed comes up almost constantly in greyhound handicapping. Why wouldn't it? Speed is what gets one dog around the track faster than the other 7 dogs. Obviously, if you can figure out which greyhound has the fastest speed, you can pick the winner of any race. But that's easier said than done. Believe me, learning speed handicapping in greyhound racing can take a lifetime.
I think most of us handicappers start out by looking for dogs with the fastest times in their last races. When we realize that doesn't work, we may switch to dogs with the fastest "best time" if the program provides that information. Many of them do. But that's not really a true picture of how fast the dog will run in any race. Even if the conditions and dogs of the "best time" race were exactly the same, there's no way to tell how fast a dog will run.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Who Gets The Money

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At the dog track, there's a winner in every race. There's also a dog who places and one who comes in third for show. Even if there are no exotic bets allowed in a race - and few races don't have some kind of exotic bet - someone wins money on one, two or three dogs.

You might be saying, "Well, duh! That's certainly stating the obvious!", but bear with me. There's a point I'm trying to make here and it may be one that you've never thought of before, even if you've been going to the dog track for years.