Spot Plays – You Have to Know How to Play Them

Spot plays are dogs that are very likely to win because of some special situation or characteristic that’s present in the race they’re in. It might be because of their running style compared to the other dogs.

It might be because something in the set up of this race indicates that they’re ready to win. A good handicapping system will help you find them, but that’s not enough to make money on them. The reason most people don’t make money on these dogs is because they try to handicap them.

That’s right. While handicapping is a good thing, it doesn’t work when you’re just playing dogs because they’re spots. So many bettors make this mistake. They get a spot play method and then try to handicap the dogs it picks.

If they don’t think the dog looks good, they don’t bet it. That’s foolish! The reason these dogs pay so much is exactly because they DON’T look good. If they showed their potential, everyone would bet them and they wouldn’t pay like they do.

So, get yourself a good spot play system. Use it to find them and don’t try to second guess it. If you’re going to handicap, do it with the other dogs. And you can even do it with the other dogs in the race where there’s a spot play, just don’t let that influence you too much.

I’ve seen so many spots come in when I was totally convinced that they didn’t have a shot in Hades of making the board. The thing about these dogs is that they don’t know that they’re up against long odds.

They run their best races, because of the special situation they’re in. They have more pizazz than the other dogs and that gives them an edge. You’ll be surprised at what they can do, and you’ll cash quite a few big tickets if you remember to play them without over-analyzing them.

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Handicapping “All-around” Dogs

Stakes races with the top dogs at the track are great to watch. It’s kind of like the Olympics of the greyhound racing world. But it’s hard to make money on these races, unless there’s a big upset and there usually isn’t.

The everyday races with the everyday dogs are where the money is. True, the better dogs still come in more often and sometimes they’re at shorter odds. If you go over your program, looking for the right kind of dog though, you can make money on dogs that other people pass right over.

These dogs – I call them “all around dogs” – aren’t flashy. They don’t break any track records or stay in the top grade. What they do though is win often enough to make money for the people who are smart enough to bet on them.

These are the dogs that are good enough to beat most of the dogs in Grade C, but can only beat a few of the dogs in Grade B. So, they win in Grade C, move into Grade B and lose and people think they’re not a good bet.

Then they show up in Grade C and win in a couple of races and the smart people who have been following them cash tickets. The punters who lost faith in them when they lost in the higher grade don’t. If they kept track of dogs like this, they’d know that there’s a time to bet them and a time to lay off.

Look in the middle grades for this kind of dog. Find some and they’ll pay you as long as they run – and often they run for a long time. They’re average dogs who are good enough to avoid trouble and stay in the game, but not good enough to be superstars.

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