Spot Plays in 7 Dog Races

Dogs are scratched or removed from races when they can’t run because they’re sick or hurt or just not up to par. This usually happens right before the race when it’s too late to substitute another dog. This means that there’s a dog missing when the boxes open. Which dog this is can mean a good payoff for those who know how to play these races.

There are two parts to how a missing dog will affect a race. First, which position will be empty? Two, where do the other dogs run in relation to that space? Which dogs will benefit? Which dogs will get out better or not have to contend with another dog on its preferred part of the track?

One very important scenario is when the scratch leaves a gap between two dogs that break. I’ve cashed a lot of tickets on 4/6 quinielas when the 5 dog was scratched or 1/3 quinielas when the 2 dog was scratched. Of course, this is something that a lot of people notice, so you probably won’t get great odds, but it’s surprising to me how often bettors overlook this.

Another common situation with scratches is when the 6 dog is scratched and the 7 and 8 get out well. Maybe because they have more running room, this can result in some nice 7/8 quinielas. I once had a 7/8 quiniela, with the 6 scratched, that paid $84! Why so few other bettors saw this coming is beyond me, but I’m not complaining.

These are just some of the ways that scratches affect the race. If you examine past programs for races with scratches, you can probably come up with some good bets, yourself.

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How To Bet Exotics At the Dog Track

Do you bet trifectas? Superfectas? Pick-fours, pick-sixes and twin trifectas? How often do you bet them and how often have you hit one? Do you think you’re ahead or behind on betting exotics?

It’s good handicapping practice to keep track of how much you win and lose. It’s even more important to write down WHAT you win and lose on. If you’re not keeping track of which bets you make and how they pay off – or don’t pay off – you’re missing a big part of what it takes to be a successful handicapper.

It’s really easy to get sidetracked by these super exotic bets that have payoffs in the thousands. I’m not saying you should never play them, but it’s easy to overextend yourself if you’re not careful, when you start betting on exotics that have much higher odds of coming in.

There’s a reason twin tri’s pay so much more than regular trifectas. It’s much harder to handicap two trifectas than it is to pick three dogs who will win, place and show in one race. It’s also much more expensive to bet wheels, keys and boxes in exotics, but almost impossible to win with straight bets.

Sometimes, people who don’t intend to bet anything but quinielas or trifectas find themselves thinking that they might as well take a chance on a riskier exotic bet like the twin tri or double quiniela or pick-six. After all, if they win, it’ll pay for all their losses for that program and several other future programs too.

Unfortunately, after the race, the bettor realizes that it will also ADD to their losses when they don’t hit that high risk exotic bet. If you’re already down, betting on the hardest to hit exotics will quickly drain the rest of your bank account until you’re a lot farther down than you were.

And if you’re ahead, hard to hit exotics can change that in a flash with just a few bets. They’re just not a good idea, unless you’re way ahead, can control yourself enough so that you don’t bet more than you can afford to, and have a very good bet that doesn’t need wheeling, keying or boxing.

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