This Week With The Professor: Over Handicapping

One of the most common and most difficult faults to overcome is over handicapping. There can be a fine line between being thorough in your analysis of a race and being so thorough that you become paralyzed and unable to make a rational decision on what to play. I wish I had a magic pill for this malady, but I don’t. I can think of many times early in my handicapping career where my initial thinking of a race was correct, but I started doubting myself because of the odds or discussions I had with others. Typically, this would end up changing my mind and I would then regret it.

My best advice is to trust your initial thoughts when looking at the program. By saying that, I don’t mean that you should do a quick look and just go with it. You should have a fairly good idea of what you think the race looks like and then expand on that. It is not necessary or wise to try and make a case for every greyhound in the race because if you do that, you will end up confusing yourself and not having confidence in your wagering. The old saying “go with your gut” is a good one.

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Blog Spotlight: Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan, born July 20th, 2015, is out of the ever-popular KC And All and Windy Reba. This 71-pound pup has recently been gaining attention at Wheeling Island. At the NGA Fall Meet, Rex Ryan was purchased by Steve Sarras, starting his racing career at Naples Fort Myers in November of 2016. In April of this year, Rex Ryan made the move to Wheeling Island where the track has been treating him well.

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Rex Ryan photo provided by Steve Sarras

Out of Rex Ryan’s 6 starts, he’s taken home 3 Wins and 1 show. Watching Rex Ryan race, you can see that he loves the inside, hitting the board more times than not from the inside boxes. Rex Ryan has shown this in Wheeling Island’s National Futurity Stakes where he usually gets a kick of late speed in the stretch to pass the competition and take the win. While he didn’t place for round 4 yesterday, May 19th, if Rex Ryan can get an inside box for the semi-finals on Wednesday, May 24th, we can see him hitting the board again.

Revised: As luck would have it, Rex was able to get into the 2nd box in race 13 on Wednesday. We will see if he is able to capitalize on his position!

With Rex Ryan so early into his racing career, we look forward to watching him grow and can’t wait to see what he brings to the track in the future.

 

This Week With The Professor: All About Those Odds

Today, The Professor talks about odds and how you shouldn’t let them scare you, even if the hound you’re betting isn’t getting any action.

I have seen, over the years, friends of mine who may handicap a race well, find a greyhound with high odds that has a great chance, then get scared off wagering on that dog because nobody else is playing them. What? Is that not the whole point – to be able to see something in a longshot that few others see

My theory on why this happens is that this person also plays the horses, where if the horse is not being played as much as they should, it is said they are “dead on the board.” Many believe that this means the smart guys, or stable money, is not being played on the horse because the horse may not be sound. This is not an issue with greyhounds. Greyhounds grade themselves by their performance; whereas, in horse racing, the owner or trainer decides what class the horse runs in. Trust me when I say that the owners or trainers of greyhounds are the worst bettors on the track, so the fact they are not betting on them means nothing.

The point I am trying to make is have confidence in your handicapping and if the odds are high on your selection, all the better, bet more. There are no “wise guys” when it comes to greyhound racing, which is the beauty of it.

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2017 National Greyhound Association’s Spring Meet

Abilene was all the buzz the last week of April as the National Greyhound Association (NGA) held their 2017 Spring Meet from April 24th to the 29th. The NGA is a voluntary non-profit association that acts as the sole registry for racing greyhounds on the North American continent and has been a part of the Abilene community since 1945. They have two auction events every year, The Fall Meet and The Spring Meet to boost the greyhound industry and surrounding economy.

The first-round races ran April 24th and April 25th with the top finishers racing again in the finals on April 27th and 28th. Once again, Greyhound Channel was a proud sponsor of a major stakes race run during the Spring Meet. PEPPERMINT MANDY was the victor in our race that ran on Monday, April 24th, as well as the final champion on Friday, April 28th. Congratulations to her and all connections! View the final race below:

This year’s NGA Spring Meet included over 300 greyhounds and more than 70 races over the course of the event, with over 130 sold from consignment during the auctions. The largest purchase price being $70,000 for the DJAAYS OCTANE-BOC’S SWEENEY pup, PJ HIGHWAYROBERY.

The meet recognized and celebrated William O’Donnell’s achievements within the greyhound community by awarding him the National Greyhound Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the Greyhound Hall of Fame awards ceremony on April 27th. O’Donnell’s interest in greyhound racing started while he was in High School and carried on later throughout his life as he became more involved in the sport through his kennels and even politically to help raise purse prices. He has since passed his love for the industry to his grandson, who manages his farm in Abilene.

Two Greyhound Hall of Fame scholarships are also awarded during the Spring Meet every year. This year’s recipients were Myranda Patrick, a resident of Abilene, and Adam Abrams-Flohr from Colorado. The ceremony also included presenting the prestigious Rural Rube Award to OAKS MADDY and the Flashy Sir Award to SHOW ON THE ROAD, as well as recognizing the 2016 All America Team: Captain – Seldom Told, Oak’s Maddy, Need My Moneynow, Oshkosh Kid, Oya Stan The Man, Husker Magic, Kinda Cruel Red, and Boc’s Tony Romo.

Congratulations to everyone that was awarded during this year’s Spring Meet, as well as everyone involved at the NGA for putting together yet another exciting and successful event! You can view all of the results and race replays from this year’s Spring Meet on the NGA website.