Very few people go to the greyhound track every day, unless they work there. That would be a pretty unbalanced life. No matter how much we love playing the dogs, we have families, friends, jobs and other activities that need our attention too. But, sometimes, if you’re like me, you find yourself with a day when you’re not going to go to the track and there’s not much going on in the rest of your life either. So, what do you do with a day like that?
Well, one thing you can do is put that day to good use by spending it on research. If, like me, you have a library of old racing programs, with notes and information written on them, you can go over them and refresh your memory of what happened at your favorite tracks, and why. Of course, I’m assuming that you keep notes on your programs so that you’ll know what you bet that day and whether it came in or not.
If not, you might want to start doing that. Unless you have a photographic memory, keeping a written record of your hits and misses and what happened in those races is one of the best handicapping aids. I also note the weather on the programs and whether or not there was a track bias, a hot kennel or anything else out of the ordinary that I can think of that will help me in the future when I’m playing that track.
If you haven’t been keeping your programs and/or making notes, you can still do some research on your day off. Go to www.trackinfo.com and check out the free programs, results and charts. Go to the greyhound track sites and read every bit of information on them. Look at the statistics for each track and for articles about the top dogs and trainers and anything else that’s going on at the tracks.
To become really good at anything, you have to give it a big chunk of your time and attention. If you just go to the track once a week and take a $20 bill and have fun, then it’s a whole different story. But if you go often and want to make some serious money, the more time you can spend immersed in the information connected with greyhound racing, the more likely you are to make a consistent profit from it. Don’t neglect your family or your responsibilities. But when they’re taken care of and you have some free time, use it to improve your handicapping and your bottom line.