The dogs are handicapped by grade, when a greyhound begins a racing career, it is classified as a maiden, which means a non-winner. It advances to grade C on its first win and with further wins advances up the ladder to the top grade of A.
Knowing where a dog likes to run on the track can also be very important.
Early Speed / Front Runners
There are two types of early speed dogs. One type shows a strong break out of the box - the break call is approximately four lengths from the starting box. The other type tends to break moderately and then rush or drive the first turn.
Late Speed / Closers
Late speed dogs generally show a somewhat slow break out of the box. They come to the 8th call following the pack. From here on out is where the closers run their race. Some may show a gradual gain throughout the race, while others wait until late in the race to make their move. This type of a runner pushes hard in the stretch passing many of the dogs and should never be underestimated.
Determining the class of the race can be tough sometimes. This can depend on the stats you have available to you. Look first to find the one showing the most "in the money" finishes at the current grade racing. Next, look for grade drops and how competitive the dog was in the higher grade. Class tends to be a much stronger variable in higher-grade races.
This variable brings many arguments between handicappers. Some tend to place this factor at the top of the list, while others consider this lightly. Some observers have found a strong correlation with the dogs having the fastest times generally will also be the class of the race.
This factor can be gauged as seen in our stats. If a dog exhibits heart, he shows the ability and determination to come back after finding trouble. This type of competitor will either finish in the money or make a strong attempt to do so.
Trouble is the toughest variable to be found in handicapping. Coming into the first turn is where most of the trouble occurs. This is where the early speed/front runners can benefit by being out of harmís way. The positive aspect of trouble is that it produces the higher payoffs. When selecting your key greyhound in a wager, consider his trouble percentage. If he shows a high percentage of trouble and doesn't seem to benefit by his post-position, look to another greyhound as a key.