Best Greyhound News and Info on the Net

Where can you get the best information about greyhound racing in the US? That’s what someone asked me in an email the other day. He said that he could find all kinds of information about horse racing, but very little about dog racing.

“I want to know when there are stakes races, handicapping contests and big carryovers. Picks would be nice too, although I doubt there’s anyone giving out greyhound picks on the net,” he wrote.

Well, as a matter of fact, he – and you – can get all this information, plus links to much more information about greyhound racing at Trackinfo. Trackinfo is the best source of anything to do with greyhound racing.

What I like about it is that it gives daily updates, so I don’t miss things, which I tend to do if there’s too much time between when I read them and when they happen. For instance, there are stakes races coming up this weekend that I don’t want to miss.

At Orange Park, they’ll be running the second leg of the James J. Patton Silver Cup Stakes on Friday night. If you saw the first round, you’ll remember that only one race was won by the favorite, making it a very interesting and contentious contest. At Palm Beach Kennel Club on Saturday, they’ll be holding the final of the $50K James W. Paul Derby.

If you play the dogs, you really should put Trackinfo in your bookmarks and check it daily. I do.

Posted in Greyhound handicapping | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Best Greyhound News and Info on the Net

How to Win With Shippers

Shippers, dogs who go from one track to another, are often mysteries. Sometimes you can see a little of what they did at their former track in the lines from their last races there. But, that was at that track. Now, they’re at your track. They may not like the track, or they may like it even better than their former track and run better. It’s impossible to tell by looking at their past record. So how do you tell if they’re a good bet or not?

Many people wait until the dog has had a few races at the new track. That might seem to make sense, except that by the time the dog shows that it’s a winner, everyone will be betting it down to low odds. You can’t make money on it that way. The way to make money at the dog track, like with almost anything else, is to be first or know something that the rest of the crowd hasn’t figured out yet.

A better way to figure out if a shipper is worth betting on, is by knowing a little about the caliber of the different tracks. This isn’t hard to do. Go online and look at the handle at the different tracks, or look at the times compared to your track. A little research can tell you what you need to know to classify each US track.

Then, when the dog ships in from Wheeling, for instance, one of the best tracks in the country, see what your track’s racing secretary does about grade. That’s right. Grade is the secret to finding good shipper bets before the crowd finds them.

Many times, for reasons I don’t understand, dogs are put into the same grade at a lower class track as they were at a higher class track. While it seems obvious to me that a dog that was running in B at Wheeling should be put into A at a lower grade track, that doesn’t always happen. Maybe it’s because the racing secretary just doesn’t realize that the dog should be moved up a grade at the new track.

Many times, I’ve seen Grade B Wheeling dogs put into Grade B and then win for fun at tracks with slower times and dogs that aren’t as good. Watch for this little glitch at your track and you can make some nice change before the crowd realizes what’s going on.

Posted in Greyhound handicapping | Comments Off on How to Win With Shippers