Key on This Dog to Win and Place in Trifectas

Don’t you hate it when your dog gets blocked and can’t get through the pack to win? It’s frustrating for you, but think of how much MORE frustrating it is for the dog. There it is, all hyped up, running great and it runs into the doggie version of a brick wall.

But while you’re complaining and swearing and tearing up your ticket, you might want to look at this as a gift from fate. Losing a bet, you say, is a gift? Sometimes it is, and this is one of those times. When a dog that usually comes in gets blocked, it often goes on to win in its next race.

Next time, also, it will probably go off at longer odds. If it’s a smart dog, it will really try to make sure that the same thing doesn’t happen again. I’m not talking about dogs that get blocked or get into trouble in most of their races. I’m talking about dogs that rarely get into this kind of trouble and that have determination and heart.

So, if this happens to one of the dogs you bet on, make a note of it. Next time the dog runs and you handicap it as one of the dogs to bet, make sure that you key it for 1st and 2nd. Statistics show that dogs that get blocked come back to win or place a large percentage of the time.

You want this dog in your trifecta bet and, preferably, on top and for place. It’s going to be aggressive and it’s going to be determined to win, and there’s a very good chance that it’s not going to let the other dogs get in its way this time.

Like human athletes with superior speed, dogs that get blocked may be even quicker off the mark next time, and they also may not run into the same situation that got them blocked in their last race. Take advantage of this and cash on them the next time they run.

(This is an excerpt from Book 3 in Greyhound Handicapping 1-6 in Kindle, paperback and Amazon Unlimited)

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Winning at the Dog Track With Spring Fever

Warning! This is one of the Oddball Methods I’ve found that works once in awhile in special circumstances. Don’t depend on it to work every time, but then what does at the track? Or in life for that matter…

Ah spring! When a young man’s fancy and a greyhound’s instincts are focused on pretty much the same thing. Call it love, if you like, but we’d have to admit that it’s pretty powerful stuff. Male racing greyhounds are just as likely to want to chase a likely-looking female as young men are likely to follow that pretty girl who just walked by and gave them the eye. But how can we use this to win money at the track?

I’ve used this method several times at every track I’ve been to in the spring. I look for a race with only one female in it. They happen. Not often, but every once in awhile, the “luck of the draw” sets one up. Then I look to see if there’s a young male dog in the same race. If there is, I look at the oldest male in the race and see if I think he has a shot at keeping up with the other two dogs.

What usually happens is the female leads the pack, followed by the young male, who’s trying like crazy to catch her, followed by the oldest male who sometimes passes one of both of them right near the wire, if he has the late kick to do it. Of course, it doesn’t always work out this way. Sometimes the female stays second all the way around the track and gets passed by two male dogs at the end.

Sometimes, the young male manages to pass the female – maybe trying to impress her, I don’t know – and he wins for fun. Sometimes, unfortunately, the young male just about attacks the female and knocks her and himself (and maybe a few other dogs) out of the race. Usually though, older females won’t put up with a young male getting in her way. They’ll do whatever they have to do to avoid them.

So, if you like oddball bets – I do once in awhile – and you see this scenario, play it. I like a quiniela with the female and the youngest male and the oldest dog, but you can play several different bets with this setup. Just playing the female to Win and Place might be a good bet.

Like I always say, Sometimes you have to make an Odd bet to Beat the Odds.

(This is an excerpt from Book 2 of my Greyhound Handicapping Series which is available in paperback or Kindle on Amazon. The complete series – Books 1-6 – has 18 mini systems, 120 articles and links to greyhound handicapping resources. Read the complete series for free with Kindle Unlimited.)

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