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How to Win at the Dog Track With Late Changes

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 186

I've always stressed the importance of getting your program as early as possible, so that you have plenty of time to go over it before the races. A day ahead is ideal. I like to go over mine in the morning, right after I've had that first coffee of the day, when I'm probably at my sharpest. When there's no one else around and my neighbor hasn't started up his lawnmower yet, I can really concentrate.

When you get to your favorite track or OTB, you know it's going to be noisy and busy and that makes it really hard to concentrate for most of us. There are some people who thrive in that atmosphere, but I'm not one of them. However, no matter how hard it is to concentrate, there's one thing that I always pay attention to as the races go off. Of course, I get the scratches, but I also pay attention to any other changes that I notice.

Unlike at the thoroughbred races, there aren't any jockey changes at the dog track, or weight changes to any significant degree. All greyhounds have to be within two pounds of their set weight. I haven't found that weight is a big issue in greyhound racing, although there are some people who think differently.

What does make a difference is anything out of the ordinary that you notice as the races progress. For instance, if a kennel that's always at the bottom of the kennel roster has a dog win a race with a really fast time, pay attention to their dogs in the rest of the races. Even the low percentage kennels get their low percentage somehow, and they may be having a good day.

Maybe they've switched training methods or improved the food they feed their dogs. Or maybe their dogs just happen to be in good form that day. I'm not saying you should blindly play all their dogs for the rest of the program, but don't overlook any of them that might have an advantage and come in.

Another late change is when the track bias changes. If your track favors the inside dogs, but 6's seem to be in the exacta in every race, you'd better not throw out the 6 in the next race if it has anything going for it. Track bias is a big handicapping factor and when it changes, your handicapping has to change too. That doesn't mean you should throw out the inside dogs. They may come in with a 6 in the next exacta. You have to use your judgment and be willing to be flexible.

So, as you watch the races don't discard your picks from when you handicapped at home. However, as you notice track bias and how certain kennels are doing on that program, and other factors like this, re-evaluate the picks you came up with when you first handicapped the program. See how the late changes affect them and try to blend all of these factors together.

Sticking with your picks, if they're good ones, is important. But being willing to adjust when circumstances call for it is just as important.

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