How To Pick Winning Dogs At Derby Lane

First of all, if you’re a longshot player, don’t expect to get rich at Derby Lane. The ratio of longshots to favorites coming in there is pretty small. However, if you like high grade dogs who run consistently, then Derby Lane is the place for you.

There’s big money at this St. Petersburg Florida track, too. It handles more money than any other greyhound track in the country, although Wheeling is catching up. If you like to bet trifectas, you’ll find some good payouts here. Perfectas are a good bet too, because they pay more than quinielas and are almost as easy to pick.

So, how do you make money if the dogs are so good and so consistent? Well, for one thing, don’t bet against the superstars at Derby Lane, because it’s a losing proposition. If you want to bet the top grade races, bet the favorite with another dog you like in quinielas, perfectas or trifecta key bets.

My favorite grades at Derby Lane are the mid grade and M races. I handicap the mid grade races with my usual approach of Graded Greyhound Handicapping. The secret here is paying attention to early speed. Dogs that can get to the first turn first at Derby Lane very often cross the finish line first, also.

For puppies in M, I use techniques that work on M races at better tracks, which I’ve mentioned before. Look for outstanding puppies here, because trainers from all over the country send the “pick of their litters” here. If you can catch them before the crowd realizes how good they are, you can make a profit.

If you want to see the best dog racing in the country, head for Derby Lane or catch a simulcast of it at your local track.

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How Do I Win At The Dog Track?

When you think about it, it’s amazing that some people take the same information that everyone has – the information in the program – and use it to win when other people lose. It’s the same data. Everyone who goes to the dog track sees the same thing that everyone else in the crowd sees. So how come so many people miss whatever it is that the winners see?

First of all, it’s because not everyone reads the program. Many people just glance at the dog’s names and maybe their kennel. That’s obviously not enough information to handicap anything. Even the people who delve a little deeper and look at the winning percentage of each dog don’t have enough information to figure out which dog with a good winning percentage is going to prevail in this particular race.

Then there are the people – few in number – who pore over the program, taking note of each tiny little detail down to the names of the dogs’ parents and its post positions for its last year’s races. While it’s good to be thorough, there’s such a thing as being TOO thorough and missing the forest for the trees.

The best handicappers know that they should give very little weight to things like the dogs’ weights, their parents, what they did twenty races ago and the kennel’s stats. They concentrate on the most important factors: class, form, post position and the probable interaction of the 8 dogs’ running style in this race.

That’s it. That’s all there is to handicapping. Of course, HOW you analyze this information is the crucial element. Each handicapper has to develop his or her own style and method of picking winners, or find a system or coach to help them.

That most bettors never do is evident by how few cash enough tickets to offset their bets. Most bettors go home poorer than when they went to the track, unfortunately. If they’d realize that they have as good a chance as anyone else at figuring out a winning system, they’d be much better off – financially and emotionally. It’s no fun to lose consistently, as 9 out of 10 people at the greyhound track could tell you.

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