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Dog Racing

Learn the ins and outs of placing a dog racing wager.

Greyhounds aren't the only dogs that race -- a number of breeds are used for dog racing.  [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
Greyhounds aren't the only dogs that race -- a number of breeds are used for dog racing.

Dog racing is a popular sport despite its somewhat controversial nature. The thrill of watching muscular greyhounds race, combined with the chance of winning a bet, draws crowds to the racetrack. While casual betting is a fun endeavor, heading to the racetrack armed with knowledge of dog racing makes the bets more efficient and likely to win.

Form

Betting on greyhounds is similar to betting on racehorses in that both types of bets require some knowledge of the individual racers. The Greyhound Racing Association of America is a useful resource. Bettors should consider the dog's age, form and past performance in the season before placing a bet on a dog. A dog with consistent form -- meaning its record of events including past races -- is a better pick than a dog with inconsistent form. A greyhound that has not recently raced may not be the best selection, as this might indicate an injury or illness. Even factors such as the trap assigned to the greyhound can make a difference. A greyhound may perform better when running from a particular trap (the starting gate). In wet weather, the Greyhound Racing Association of America recommends betting on a greyhound running from an inside trap.

Physical Characteristics

Bettors should consider a dog's physical characteristics when placing a wager. Age is an important factor in dog racing. A greyhound's age influences its performance. Typically, a greyhound reaches its peak at the age of two. The dog's weight may also influence its speed, and lighter dogs may not race as well on a wet track.

Grades

The canine participants in dog racing are divided into grades: A, B, C, D, E and M, or Maiden. Just like grades in high school, A is the top spot. Determined by the racing secretary, each race is assigned a grade. When making selections for a dog racing wager, bettors should analyze grade. Has the dog recently moved up a grade? Has the dog performed poorly and been lowered a grade? Changes in grade can be indicators of a dog's future performance.

Types of Bets

Different types of bets are available in dog racing. According to Gambling il dado, if a bettor combines knowledge of different types of wagers with dog racing tips, he or she may gain an advantage over others.

Win, Place and Show

Win, place and show wagers are common and straightforward options for betting on dog racing. A win wager, also known as a straight bet, is collected if the dog selected comes in first. Place is the name for the dog that finishes second; therefore, a place wager pays if the selected dog comes in first or second. Likewise, the show is the greyhound that crosses the finish line third. A show wager is paid if the selected dog comes in first, second or third.

Quiniela Wagers

A quiniela wager revolves around picking the dogs that come in first and second in a given race. There are different variations of the quiniela wager. In a plain quiniela wager, the two dogs that come in first and second, in either order, must be selected. A perfecta is similar except that the dogs must finish in the exact order selected. A quiniela box allows a bettor to select three or more dogs and pays if any two of the dogs finish first and second. A quiniela double is a wager on two races. The bettor must select the two dogs that win first and second in both races in order to win the quiniela double wager.

Trifecta Wagers

A trifecta wager is similar to a quiniela wager except it involves selecting the top three finishing greyhounds. A plain trifecta allows for the greyhounds selected to finish in any order as long as they finish first, second and third. A trifecta key wager allows a bettor to select one greyhound as the first place winner, along with two other greyhounds to finish second and third. The second- and third-place dogs can finish in either order. A straight trifecta requires the bettor to select the three top finishing dogs in the exact order.

Other Wagers

Still other types of wagers exist in dog racing, including the superfecta and the daily double. A straight superfecta wager means the selection of the top four dogs in the exact order of their finish. A daily double requires the winners of the first two races to be selected.

To place the wager, the amount wagered, the type of wager and the post position of the greyhounds must be selected. For example, a wager may be "$5 quiniela, numbers 3 and 6." This means the bettor is putting $5 on dogs three and six to place in the first and second positions. As long as the two dogs selected finish first and second, it doesn't matter which dog wins.

Bettors should carefully consider the statistics of the greyhounds, as well as the wager options. Doing so increases their chance of winning at dog racing. Bringing home extra money adds to the excitement of watching greyhounds cross the finish line.

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