The Three Best Tracks for Greyhound Handicapping

I like to handicap tracks that give more information, don’t you? This is why Daytona Beach, Mardi Gras and Tri State are my favorite tracks to handicap now.

They’re the only tracks that actually print First To Turn Time in their programs. It used to be that almost every track reported this in their programs and it was a great handicapping tool. By the way, Daytona Beach is the ONLY track that reports First To Turn Time, CSR and Best Time for each dog.

Tri State gives you First To Turn Time and also Best Time for each dog. Wheeling Downs and Southland give CSR and Best Time for each dog. CSR or Consolidated Speed Rating, can help handicap both speed and class.

When you handicap one of these tracks, try to use First To Turn Times to figure out which dogs are going to be going into the first turn together and where those dogs run on the track. This way, you can get some idea of which dogs might be running into each other or getting in each other’s way.

The first turn is notorious for accidents, bumps and even dogs flying the turn, as they say. Cornering at up to 45 mph with four legs is tricky, even for a greyhound. I pay special attention to dogs that run outside or wide when I look at first turn calls. Dogs that run inside, of course, have an advantage, but only if they’re going to be on the inside at the turn.

If I see that a dog has more than one trouble comment for the first turn, I make sure that I do my best to imagine which other dogs will be affected by this. I’ve saved myself some money by realizing that a dog that looks like a contender probably will be in a pileup on the first turn because of another dog.

Track condition can play a big role in how easily the dogs make it around the first turn, also. In the first few races, the track is liable to have been groomed into good condition. It’s firm and the dogs can get traction as they go around it.

By the later races though, especially if the track isn’t raked or watered down, there can be a lot of loose dirt on the first turn. This can lead to dogs sliding or even stubbing their toes. Sometimes, this actually favors the slower dogs that get to the turn after the leaders.

At a slower speed and without other dogs to bump them, sometimes the closers come out of the first turn in better shape than the breakers. Look at the dogs that run mid track or inside in later races and see how they do on the first turn. Pay particular attention to which dogs run outside and wide, because these dogs often are at a big disadvantage in the later races, if the track hasn’t been groomed.

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How To Bet On Dogs: Just Let It Go

As I write this, it’s December. Soon a new year will be starting. This time of year is a time when a lot of people are thinking about habits and planning to lose some bad ones. I always find it helpful to clear out unnecessary clutter at the end of a year, and greyhound handicapping is no exception.

One of the most important lessons we learn in life is how and when to let go of things that don’t work for us anymore. Unfortunately, human beings have a tendency to hold onto things that don’t work, just because they’re familiar.

I’ve done this with handicapping methods that didn’t work for me, until I smartened up many years ago and found ones that do work. I could have saved myself a lot of aggravation and money if I’d smartened up a little sooner though.

What doesn’t work for you when it comes to greyhound handicapping? Are you still doing things that don’t pay off, just because you’ve “always done it that way?” Do you make the same type of bets because you’ve bet like that forever?

Doing things out of habit can be okay, if it’s a good habit. But if what you’re doing doesn’t accomplish what you want it to anymore – or if it never did – it’s time to lose that losing approach.

Look at your behavior from the time you download or buy a program to the time you leave the track. What is it that you do that isn’t getting you where you want to go?

Do you sit with people who consistently lose and grouse about it so that you’re surrounded by negative vibes? Why not sit somewhere else for a change? Somewhere quiet where you can think and not be affected by all that negative energy.

Do you always bet the double, even though you’re way in the hole over the years? Well, nothing says you can’t stop. Find a better place for the money you used to spend on doubles. Or just save that money instead of betting it on something that doesn’t pay off.

Do you still play the same tracks, even though some of them don’t make you money and never have? All of us have habits and behaviors that we should think about changing or losing, but few of us take the time to really look at what we do. It’s not human nature to let go of things.

I’ll leave you with this interesting fact to mull over though. Put a penny in your right hand and then close your fingers over it, making a fist. Now, with your left  hand, drop a dollar on the floor.

Without opening your right hand – the one with the penny in it – pick up the dollar – using only your RIGHT hand. Doesn’t work, does it? You have to let go of the penny before you can pick up the dollar.

Think about that as you examine your handicapping habits, looking for things that might be keeping you from grabbing more money at the dog track. Are you holding on to pennies and missing out on picking up some real money?

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