Have you ever wondered if a greyhound’s size affects their overall racing performance? Here are some of The Professor’s thoughts on the subject.
Generally speaking, the size or sex of a greyhound is not a factor when handicapping a race.
Unlike thoroughbred racing, the female greyhounds compete on an even footing with the males. There may be times when a smaller greyhound may find their chances compromised by having larger hounds pinning them in or pushing them out but this is not common enough to be a major factor.
It has long been a belief that the top sprinters are generally in the 65-80 pound range and that the top distance greyhounds are smaller. There is some evidence of this in high stakes competition and you see females winning top distance races more frequently than sprints, but using it as a major handicapping factor can be tricky.
One caveat is that some greyhounds are more nervous before the races and can lose considerable weight in the “lockout” kennels where the greyhounds are kept before racing. Sometimes these hounds have a designation of WL (weight loser) after their name. These greyhounds will generally perform better in earlier races on the program, so keep an eye out for that.
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