This Week with The Professor: Q and A

This week, The Professor answers the questions asked by David L. from The Professor’s last post: “What tracks have the highest handles and which ones are the lowest? Which tracks have the highest take outs and which have the lowest? Sometimes the odds and payouts at low handle tracks defy logic, while at higher handle tracks, they are more realistic. Do higher handle tracks attract more highly skilled handicappers? Another question. Why do some chart writers post the time and lengths behind the winner at some tracks for dogs who fall and finish 50 lengths behind? Why not just put OOP? For stat compilers, it seems to distort the dog’s form as being worse than reality.”

The tracks with the highest handle are (not in order): Derby Lane, Palm Beach, Orange Park, Southland, and Wheeling. The other tracks vary in handle from $20,000 per program to $100,000 per program, respectively. Take outs vary from track to track and depending on the bet type. Generally speaking, the takeout for WPS, Quinella, and Exacta bets range from 18% to 22%, and take out for the more exotic wager types, Trifectas, Superfectas and Pick bets, range from 22% to 25%. You would have to check the individual track websites to get those exact figures.

Take outs vary from track to track and depending on the bet type. Generally speaking, the takeout for WPS, Quinella, and Exacta bets range from 18% to 22%, and take out for the more exotic wager types, Trifectas, Superfectas and Pick bets, range from 22% to 25%. You would have to check the individual track websites to get those exact figures.dog_questionThe main reason that the odds and payouts at smaller handle tracks can seem to be unusual and vary so much is because it only takes a larger bet from a player, or several players to drastically affect the odds and payouts. This is the reason that the more skilled players tend to play at the larger handle tracks. These players are aware that if they make a larger than normal wager, they are in essence trying to win their own money back, as there is no money in the pools for them to win even if their handicapping is superior to the normal player.To answer the question about why some chart writers put the lengths behind, instead of the standard OOP, this is a practice the director of racing prefers.

To answer the question about why some chart writers put the lengths behind, instead of the standard OOP, this is a practice the director of racing prefers. As you may know, the OOP, stands for out of picture. There is a device on the finish line that spins while the race is running, and takes each dog’s picture when they cross the finish line. This results in a long picture with all of the dogs on it, as well as the running time of each greyhound. If a dog falls and is so far back that they are not on the picture, the chart reads OOP.

Thank you, David L., for the questions and feedback!

 

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3 thoughts on “This Week with The Professor: Q and A

  1. My question is when a greyhound is switched from 5/16 to a longer distance. Or deciding to move a greyhound to another track. Or retiring a greyhound that is still in the money now and then, etc, how many people are involved in the decision? Who gets the final say? The owner, trainer, or kennel owner?

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  2. I have another question for the professor. Regarding the Ireland tracks. Do our stateside wagers go into the pools in Ireland and affect the odds? When I was in Ireland I saw bookmakers all over, even in small towns. The USA has a population at least 60 times that of Ireland yet they have almost as many tracks as us. Whats up with that? Another note regarding betting pools, are wagers made at Las Vegas sport books included in the pari-mutual pools at the tracks? I’m sure if there was something to be gamed, smarter people than me would have already figured it out.

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