Greyhounds don’t have jockeys, so once they get out onto the track, it’s all instinct, speed and running smarts.

Betting without planning is a fool’s game, although even the best handicappers slip into it once in awhile. And if you’re not using a method, then it’s definitely time to think about what you do when you go to the track.

If that sounds like what you’re doing and you’re going home with a fatter wallet than you went with, give yourself a pat on the back and keep doing what you’re doing. But if it’s more than once in awhile for you, it’s pretty certain that you’ll lose more than you win and that’s no fun.

So, if you want to win consistently, you have to handicap consistently. In either case, the system has to be tried and true, not something that your buddy’s brother in law thought up over beers at a backyard BBQ.

There are books on greyhound handicapping. The only way you can consistently pick winners at the dog track is by watching thousands of races, noticing what crucial factors indicate that a dog is ready to perform in THIS particular race, and then betting the race the right way.. There’s just no reason to keep losing with all the information that’s out there. There are all kinds of systems and methods that you can buy that can help you pick winners. So, if you want to win consistently, improve your handicapping skills and put some time and effort into learning the craft of greyhound handicapping.

If you’re losing more than you’re winning at the dog track, maybe it’s time to step back and take a long, hard look at your handicapping method. There are greyhound handicapping forums on the Net. You need a system – either one that you come up with yourself over time – or one that someone else has come up with over time. But if you’re not getting any better at handicapping, even after many trips to the track, consider listening to Albert Einstein.

Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” That’s what you’re doing when you keep making the same mistakes over and over at the track, picking numbers or listening to other people or depending on luck to help you pick dogs.

Greyhound handicapping is a very difficult art