This week, I will answer a question submitted by Craig R. Craig asked, “Why are the times so much different for Tri-State dogs and Jax dogs when both are 550 yrds.”
There are a few reasons for time discrepencies between tracks that are racing the same distances. There are some tracks that prefer to keep the track surface deeper, believing that this is safer for the greyhounds. That may or not be true, as I have experienced that a softer surface can actually lead to more soreness, but people may differ on that opinion.
Another possible reason is the actual makeup of the surface. Some locations may experience more inclement weather and therefore may add sand to the track to keep it from getting muddy. In this case, the track may actually be faster wet than dry. An example of this is if you have ever run on the sand at the beach, it is easier to run on wet sand than dry. The bottom line is if you are going to use time in your handicapping, be aware that a fast time at one track may be a slow time on another, even though they are running the same distance.
Thanks for the question, Craig!
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