There are great dogs. There are lousy dogs. There are so-so dogs that spend most of their lives bouncing between Grade C and Grade B, never making it into the top grade, but hanging in there with enough wins and seconds to keep them from dropping down into the lower grades. You can make money on dogs like these.
If you follow dogs who never break into A, but hardly ever fall back into D, you can use them in quinielas, trifectas and Pick-3’s, 4’s or whatever your track has for Pick bets. The casual bettors – Friday Night Freddy and Saturday Afternoon Annie, won’t bet on them, because they don’t win that often. They’ll go for the favorite at 8-5 with a win in D and C and wheel it to win in a trifecta or quiniela bet.
While you, the more experienced bettor, will realize that dogs that are coming up don’t win as often as dogs who are moving down or dogs who stay at the same level by making the board in quinielas and trifectas, but not winning that often. I call these dogs “Bread and Butter” or “B&B” dogs. So while Freddie and Annie are up at the window wheeling the “can’t lose” favorite, you quietly bet a quiniela box with the B&B dog, the favorite and another dog that you picked when you handicapped the program earlier that day.
If your other dog runs in the money and the big favorite doesn’t – which happens a lot – the quiniela could be a big one. I’ve hit some quinielas this way that were as big as small trifectas. It’s certainly worth an investment of $6 when you see one of these dogs in a race with a big favorite that’s moving up in class.
And if you have the money, bet the dog to win for $2. Every once in awhile, they do and they pay big. There’s nothing better than having a winning ticket on a dog that most of the bettors overlooked. This is just one way to be a winner at the dog track.