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.