In honor of the Belmont Stakes running today, June 10th, I thought it might be a good time to discuss the differences between greyhound and thoroughbred handicapping. Let’s look at several factors and see how they are different. Class: In greyhound
Class: In greyhound racing, the greyhounds grade themselves by their performance. In thoroughbred racing, the owners and trainers decide what class to run their horses in.
Speed: In greyhound racing, you can evaluate speed by knowing that the greyhound will always run as hard as they can at the start, so their performance will be more consistent. In thoroughbreds, the jockey will rate the horse, so they may show more speed in some races than others.
Post position: In greyhound racing, post postion is very important, as some dogs like to run on the inside and others the outside. In thoroughbred racing, while post is somehwat important depending on the size of the field, it’s not nearly as critical as with greyhounds.
Human factor: In greyhound racing, the greyhound will run with the same style in every race, and therefore can be counted on to run more as predicted. With thoroughbred racing, the human has much more control of how the horse runs, as the trainer or jockey may decide to change the running style of that horse from race to race. In addition, when a trainer drops a horse in class, you have to be suspect of the horse’s condition.
Trouble: In greyhound racing, there is more bumping, and collisions are commonplace, whereas in thoroughbred racing, bumping is not allowed and may result in disqualification.
In conclusion, it may appear that thoroughbred handicapaping is more difficult than greyhound racing, but that is in the eye of the beholder.
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