Greyhound Handicapping – A Completely Different Approach


This is an article from the Greyhound Handicapping Series Books 1-6 available in paperback or on Kindle. 

Are you like most people who go to the dog track? Do you win a little only to lose it back so that you feel like you’re just winning and losing the same money over and over? It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. Sometimes, to break this cycle, you have to do something really radical. If you’re ready to shake up your handicapping, maybe you’d like to try this approach that I use when I get stale or hit a losing streak.

The first thing I do is look back over my records to make sure that I haven’t missed anything. Am I winning on Win bets and losing on exotics, for instance? If that’s the case, then the first thing I do is switch to ONLY making the bets that I have a positive ROI on. If it’s not true – if I’m winning money, only to lose it on all my bets, then I change my routine completely.

Instead of going over my program and handicapping every race, I download several track programs from and only handicap one grade. For me, Maiden races seem to be the easiest to handicap, so that’s what I play at each track. Of course, I don’t just blindly play every maiden race on every program. I handicap them all and then play the ones where I feel there’s a good dog to play. (For you, route races in the top grade might be better to handicap. Just choose whatever you feel that you can handicap best.)

I play a dog to win, or two dogs to win if the odds are right and I feel like each one has a good shot at winning. For maiden races, I look at speed, the kennel’s record with puppies and, probably most importantly, post position. Older dogs can often overcome poor post position, but with younger dogs, post position can often be the biggest influence on performance. I like to play dogs that break in the 8 box, or dogs that get out early and run the inside in the 1 box.

One way to pick a grade or type of race to play is to look back at how you’ve done in each grade or distance. If you find that you have a positive rate of return in dashes, the 301 yard races, why not just play dashes for a while? If you do better playing quinielas in Grade C, play them for a while and drop the other grades. If you hit the daily double often enough to make a profit on it, just play that, but play it at more than one track.

Focusing  on only one grade and/or distance can sharpen your handicapping skills. There’s something about just concentrating on one thing at a time that helps you see things that you miss when you’re trying to handicap several different grades of races at different distances. After you’ve done this for a few performances, you can go back to your usual method of handicapping, but with a fresh outlook and – we hope – with better success at holding onto the money you win.


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Playing Favorites on Saturday at the Greyhound Track


This is an article from the Greyhound Handicapping Series Books 1-6 available in paperback or on Kindle. You can read all 6 books for free with Kindle Unlimited and each book has 3 bonus mini systems.

Maybe you’ve noticed it or maybe you haven’t, but favorites seem to come in more on the weekend than they do during the week. I’ve always thought that the racing secretaries try to schedule the best dogs and the best races for the weekends, but maybe it’s just a coincidence.

For whatever reason, if you look at the charts for most Saturdays, a lot of low-priced chalk comes in. So, how can a handicapper make any money, if favorites keep hitting the board? If you play favorites, sooner or later, one fails to win and you lose more than you’ve won, in many cases. This is a recipe for disaster and doesn’t make for a fun Saturday afternoon at the races.

To avoid this, there are a couple of things you can do. First of all, you can go to the track on another day, a weekday, when you’re probably more likely to catch a few good longshots. Or, you can play favorites, but not to win. How about a double, some pick 3’s and trifecta keys with the favorite on top?

If you have the money, key the favorite for first and second with other dogs you like in trifectas or ten-cent superfectas. Of course, you should handicap the program, as well, but don’t ignore the crowd’s pick when you put together your bets. Exactas can pay if the favorite comes in second or comes in with a real longshot for second. It happens.

The two grades where you should definitely follow the Saturday crowd’s lead is in Maiden races and the top grade at the track. Very often on weekends, the crowd is good at picking the right dog in these grades. In Maiden races, it’s often the dog with the fastest speed in its last race. In the top grade, it’s often a dog that has a high ratio of wins in A.

One last tip… Just because favorites are favored on the weekend, don’t talk yourself out of playing a dog if you really like it, even if it’s at long odds. Even on Saturday, there are usually a couple of longshots that come in first, just to keep things interesting. If they come in first with a favorite second, and you have the winner and the exacta, you could have a very good Saturday, indeed.

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