How To Bet On 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 who 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.

(This is an excerpt from Book 4 of Greyhound Handicapping Book 1-6 available in paperback, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited on Amazon)

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Key on This Dog to Win and Place in Trifectas

Don’t you hate it when your dog gets blocked and can’t get through the pack to win? It’s frustrating for you, but think of how much MORE frustrating it is for the dog. There it is, all hyped up, running great and it runs into the doggie version of a brick wall.

But while you’re complaining and swearing and tearing up your ticket, you might want to look at this as a gift from fate. Losing a bet, you say, is a gift? Sometimes it is, and this is one of those times. When a dog that usually comes in gets blocked, it often goes on to win in its next race.

Next time, also, it will probably go off at longer odds. If it’s a smart dog, it will really try to make sure that the same thing doesn’t happen again. I’m not talking about dogs that get blocked or get into trouble in most of their races. I’m talking about dogs that rarely get into this kind of trouble and that have determination and heart.

So, if this happens to one of the dogs you bet on, make a note of it. Next time the dog runs and you handicap it as one of the dogs to bet, make sure that you key it for 1st and 2nd. Statistics show that dogs that get blocked come back to win or place a large percentage of the time.

You want this dog in your trifecta bet and, preferably, on top and for place. It’s going to be aggressive and it’s going to be determined to win, and there’s a very good chance that it’s not going to let the other dogs get in its way this time.

Like human athletes with superior speed, dogs that get blocked may be even quicker off the mark next time, and they also may not run into the same situation that got them blocked in their last race. Take advantage of this and cash on them the next time they run.

(This is an excerpt from Book 3 in Greyhound Handicapping 1-6 in Kindle, paperback and Amazon Unlimited)

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