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When you handicap your program, what do you do about dogs with lines like this: blocked, early speed blocked on rail, blocked after break, traffic no gain? Those lines are on every program, although some dogs seem to have more of them than other dogs.
Some dogs have almost no lines that say that they were blocked in a race and I call these dogs “eels.” These are the dogs that somehow manage to slither through traffic jams that stop other dogs in their tracks. Many times, it’s the smaller females that do this, maybe because they’re able to fit into tight spots that the larger dogs can’t fit into.
But most dogs get blocked sooner or later and you’ll have to learn to handicap them if you want to go home with more money than you came to the track with. Here’s how I look at these dogs and handicap them. Of course, you have to use your own judgment, but you might want to consider this approach.
First, I look at the class. If the dog has been running in higher grade races than the race its in today, I consider it a contender. Then, I look at the odds it was being bet at in the races it ran before it got blocked. If the bettors thought it was a good bet in the higher grade until it had the race where it got blocked, I do too.
While most people lose at the track, the odds on dogs are usually a pretty good indicator of whether they have a chance of making the board, especially in the higher grades. So, if the bettors thought this dog was a contender but lost faith in it when it got blocked, I figure it has a shot at coming back and surprising everyone.
Also, I believe that some dogs get frustrated when they get blocked in a race and do everything they can to keep it from happening in the next race. Sometimes, this makes dogs that don’t usually break that fast, come out of the box like they were shot from a cannon. I’ve seen this happen many times.
So, if you’re going over your program and spot a dog that was blocked in its last race, check it for class and then for odds. Then figure out if it has an advantage because of its current position or because of the running style of the dogs around it.
If it does, you’ll know that the dog has a better than even odds chance of coming in and making you some money. And, because many other people will be put off by the fact that it “let itself get blocked” in a previous race, you may find that the odds are better than they should be for a dog of this class.
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