Greyhound handicapping is challenging by nature which is why it’s so sweet when you score big with a pup others fail to notice. When you realize there may be other aspects to consider that may be influencing the situation, it can be tough to select your next pick. The next time you’re watching the races, keep an eye open for anything that might give you an advantage over factors out of your control, such as track bias.
Today we will discuss “track bias.” Track bias consists mainly of two factors, both relating to the condition of the race track surface or the configuration of the track itself.
The first bias is whether the track is favoring early speed or finishers. This condition may be a consistent bias or one that fluctuates from day to day. Tracks that have a long stretch or a sprint that is longer than the normal sprint distance of 5/16 of a mile may have a tendency to favor the finishers, whereas a track that has a shorter than normal sprint or has a shorter stretch may favor early speedsters.
The other bias is whether the track favors inside or wide runners. This bias generally fluctuates from day to day and if you can decipher the bias early it can be a big advantage when wagering.
To sum up, when handicapping a race, use the biases to help you gain an advantage over the other players who are not paying attention to this important factor.
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