Monday, April 30, 2012

One Change That Can Make You Money

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Greyhound handicapping is based on what you know about 8 dogs who are running a race together. All the information is in the program, except for little things that only the dog owners and trainers know. True, we don't know if Sparky, the 3 dog, was just wormed or whether he's completely recovered from that spill he took the other day.

But we do know what happened in the last six races that each dog ran. We can figure out from their last six lines which post positions they like, which section of the track they prefer and whether they break or close well.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Marathon Championship Goes Tonight at Hollywood

UGR's $10,000 Mardi Gras Floridian Stakes Analysis

By: Clint Locklear

$10,000 Floridian, scheduled as the eighth on a nice race evening card, will go off Friday night at Mardi Gras. Also carded are two grade A sprint races. In the fourth, Smoked Em will try and light it up from the seven hole and in the sixth race, Mo's Real McCoy goes for seven in a row from box three.

Floridian Preview

61 lb. Female (DK's Prime Time - WTD Memphis Beat)
Kennel: Joe Trudden (Brad Holomek, trainer)
Owner: N. Rader & B. Brookman
MG Record: 23/5-3-5-4

This one has the pedigree as her dam is a littermate to WTD Country Gold, a 2005 All-American and dual distance stakes performer. After a brief appearance at Palm Beach, the connections sent Sugarland to Mardi Gras to break her maiden. She showed early on that she appreciated the added distance. Shortly thereafter, she made her 3/8ths debut a winning one by wiring a grade C group easily. After testing the best at that distance in the American Derby (in which she was a semi-finalist) the twenty-four month old took on another challenge going into the Floridian. Sugarland is still young with upside, so the potential to quickly improve with a career best race is possible. She faces a stiff challenge. She put together a decent qualifying record, but her lone win came in a six dog field over a group that failed to make the Final. She has more of a late kick at shorter distances, but can close some at 770. At this distance, she'd rather be on the lead or just off the pace.

Bottom Line: Interesting from the rail. Has speed to make the lead and from that point she could be tough. Needs to step up in a big way, she'll have long odds.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How To Spot This Winner When Others Miss It.

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One of the factors that handicappers look for is running style. Dogs usually prefer to run on a certain part of the track. Inside runners like to run close to the rail. Mid-track runners in the middle part of the track and outside runners way on the outside edge of the track.

Most dogs, if they can't get to where they want to run, will do one of three things. Either they'll drop back, run around the dogs in front of them, or try to run through the dogs that are blocking them.

Two of these things - dropping back and trying to run through the dogs in front - rarely work. Sure, once in awhile a dog manages to drop back and then catch up at the end of the race to finish in the money. Or a dog manages to slither through the dogs in front of it without getting blocked, bumped or knocked down.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The "Wez" Talks Greyhound Handicapping With The "Pup"

Win at the Dog Track by Doing More of This

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Maybe you started going to the dog track for entertainment. Most of us do. But after a few trips, most of us either lose interest or realize that we're going to have to learn to handicap if we want to make money. Even though we may still look at it as entertainment, it's obvious that winning is much more enjoyable than losing.

So, we start actually going over the program, instead of playing numbers. We learn how to bet. We may even buy a greyhound handicapping system to cut down on the time it takes to learn advanced handicapping. Before too long, we're much more knowledgeable about why dogs win and why they lose. We start to cash more tickets and we bet with more confidence.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Don't Bet This Dog in Grade "A" Races

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To pick winning dogs in A and AA races, you have to be pretty good at greyhound handicapping. Even if you are though, they're tough to call, because sometimes the dogs are just too darned good. They may even be dogs who have raced in stakes races.

Of course, dogs who are coming up win top grade races too, which is how the new crop of top dogs come from. It's important though, when you're handicapping these races, to understand exactly how likely it is that a dog who's moving up will be in the money in an A or AA race.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hollywood Dog Track to Test Single Pool Wagering

Concept to Be Tested At Hollywood....

The parimutuel system has undergone several changes in the 84 years since it was adopted at U.S. racetracks, allowing new bet types, accepting wagers from far-flung locations and in different currencies, and calculating prices when takeout rates have differed between jurisdictions. But the basic math has remained the same: Minus the takeout, winning bettors in one bet-type pool get all the money from the losing bettors in the same pool.

Are bettors ready for that system to change?

A Wall Street company hopes so. Longitude, a subsidiary of the options-trading company International Securities Exchange Holdings Inc., lobbied successfully for the passage of a bill in New Jersey last year that legalized a new parimutuel system called single-pool wagering. The new system tweaks the way money is distributed from the pools. In the system, it’s possible – in fact, it’s probable – that a portion of the money bet by players of one bet type will be distributed instead to players of another bet type. In other words, money bet on exactas could be distributed to win bettors, or vice versa.

Longitude officials contend that single-pool wagering will provide a multitude of benefits, including the ability to display real-time odds and an increase in pool liquidity, a term that supporters of the system use to describe the ability of a bettor to place a wager of any size without dramatically changing the odds. That ability would presumably enable bettors to make larger and larger bets.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Win at the Dog Track by Losing the Losers

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No matter how much we like handicapping, the more quickly and easily we can do it, the sooner we can get to the track. Of course, we can't just rush through it. What's the point of doing a sloppy job at handicapping and then putting our money on bets we're not sure of?
So, if you're like most handicappers, you take your time and really look at each race. You want to make sure that it's playable and look for dogs that are likely contenders. What if I told you that you're wasting your time, looking for winners in every race?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Go to Great Lengths to Win at the Dog Track

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Greyhound handicapping is an art, not a science. No matter how much math you apply to greyhounds, they have minds of their own and sometimes defy the odds - literally. Sure, it's possible to narrow down the contenders in a race with a point system, but it still takes some handicapping and good judgment to make money at the dog track.
That said, one of the factors that handicappers often overlook is the importance of lengths in handicapping. For instance, do you look at the position of a greyhound at the 1/8th, Stretch and Finish call? If so, that's good.
But do you also look at the lengths for those calls? That's the small number to the upper right of the position at each call. Most tracks include it, although maybe not for every call.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What's The Best Way To Win Money at The Dog Track

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Success at the dog track is measured by how much money you make. It's as simple as that. If you walk out with less money than you walked in with, you have a problem. Of course, we all have our losing days, but you need more winning days than losing ones.
So, what's the best way to make sure that your bankroll grows rather than shrinks? While there are a lot of different ways to handicap greyhounds, there's really only ONE way to make money at it. You have to start small and build up to making bigger bets.