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Stakes Races Are A Greyhound Handicapper's Best Friend

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 196

Spring starts the stakes season in greyhound racing. From now through Fall, stakes races will be showing up on the program at several tracks. Many people think that it's really hard to make money on days when they have big races, because the dogs are the best at the track, and the favorite usually wins. This may be true, but it doesn't mean that you can't make good money on these days.

I've noticed that the other races on those programs are better than average. I think it's because the racing secretary tries to give the fans a card of higher quality races when there's a big-money race on the program. That just makes sense, doesn't it? Who wants to watch a bunch of cheap races while they wait for the feature race of the day?

So, while it might be true that stakes races, themselves, don't usually provide much value for the crowd, the races before and after them may. Handicap them carefully and you might be able to find some good dogs going off at good odds. People tend to focus on the big race and overlook value in the lower grade races.

For instance, the Maiden races on a stakes race program may have a future stakes race winner, because the puppies in it are all out of very good litters. There may be more high grade races and fewer Grade D races. The races may be easier to handicap, because the dogs are more consistent. For these reasons and more, I find it easier to pick winners when there are big races on a program.

What really surprises me is that some of these winners pay well, both to win and in exotics. Like I said, most of the bettors are focused on the biggest race of the day. Maybe that's why they overlook some very good dogs, going off at good odds. Take advantage of this. Enjoy the stakes race when it runs, but don't forget why you're at the track. Whether you go once a year, once a week or daily, you're there to make money.

Get your program early and really scrutinize the earlier races to see if there are dogs that deserve a win bet or that can figure in exotics. Don't be surprised if the races are easier than usual to handicap. Figure out how much you can afford to spend and head to the track early, so that you can get the scratches and settle in before the first race. While there are no guarantees in dog racing, one of the best times to make money there is on the day of a big race.

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