Thanks to Amazon for Making Handicapping Easier

This will be a short post, because I’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving with my family and spending the time around it on visiting and socializing. I hope your Thanksgiving includes family or friends and good times as well as good food. I have a lot to be thankful for, as do most of us in this country.

One of the things I’m thankful for lately is my Kindle Unlimited monthly subscription. For less than ten bucks a month, I get to read most of the Kindle books on Amazon. What a deal! One of the reasons I got the Unlimited subscription is because of the handicapping books I can read with it.

My books are there, of course, including my newest book, Greyhound Handicapping Series, Book 1. This book includes 20 of my articles, 3 little mini systems and links to handicapping resources on the Net. My first book, Win at the Greyhound Track With Eb, is available in Kindle or paperback also. For those of you who are into trying new approaches to attracting luck, there’s an interesting book I wrote about how to be Luckier by the Numbers.

If, like me, you’re into harness or thoroughbred racing, you might want to check out Bill Peterson’s books or Trotpicks, a harness handicapping book by Bob Pandolfo. Originally $22 and change, with Kindle Unlimited, you can read this book for free. The nice thing about Kindle Unlimited is that you can take as long as you like to read a book and have ten books at a time on loan to you.

Winter is a good time to brush up on your handicapping skills and Kindle Unlimited lets you do that on a budget. It’s also a good source of fiction books, which can be a nice change from watching TV when the snow is falling and the wind is howling around the house. As of today, the first month of Kindle Unlimited is a free trial, so you might want to sign up before that deal goes away.

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Greyhound Racing Tips – The Next Best Thing to a Sure Thing

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. I’m trying to find out if the dog that I like in today’s race has ever won at this grade and distance in the past.

When I find a race with one or more of these dogs, I make a note of it on the program. At the track, I look at the odds and – if they’re favorable – I’ll bet those dogs to win and place or in exotics. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cashed tickets on these “Been There Done That” dogs or BTDT’s as I call them.

They may not look that good in their last six races. They may not have the fastest times compared to the other dogs. They may not look classy, if you can’t see their previous races where they competed at this level. But my philosophy is “if they did it once, they can do it again” and I’m often proven right.

Next time, before you go to the track, download your program early and check out the database or old programs and see if you can find some BTDT’s for yourself. There’s nothing nicer than seeing your longshot cross the finish line first, while the crowd around you tries to figure out why the dog won when it looked lousy in the program. They’d know if they took the time to look back a few races, but very few of them do, which is why those of us who do check past performances walk to the window to cash, while they stand there scratching their heads and wondering what happened.

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