In greyhound racing there are approximately 17 handicappingfactors that can be measured and compared; some more, or less, pertinent for various grades, at various tracks, on various course lengths. Generally, one will find that no more than 3 to 5 of these 17 factors will need to be rated. Which 3 to 5 is the question constantly being studied by the “pros”.
The one factor that tends to be most meaningful is SPEED (known as Time, A.R.T., (Average Race Time), Speed Rating, Adjusted Time, etc.)
Some handicappers contend that Speed is not a very viable handicapping factor. I don’t agree at all, but sometimes it is a difficult factor to measure. While there is no one right way to go about this, it is important to track your success. Without knowing how you’re doing, you won’t have a chance of improving your score.
The art of sound Speed handicapping deserves your full effort. Yet, if 10 expert handicappers were to agree that a certain dog in a race was provably “faster” than the others, that dog is not guaranteed to win. Eight dogs racing hell-bent around a circular dirt track will often refute sheer logic. There is no doubt, however, that the fastest dog has a better chance than the second fastest. Over a span of time, speed counts! When you find better ways to compute speed factors you will increase your profits at the track — no doubt about it!
There are various ways to approach calculating Speed differences. You may find that a slightly different approach works best for different grades and course lengths. The key is to experiment, record, and monitor your results, until you have the best possible system worked out. Here are some generalities that I use.
For most grades I average the most recent three clear UFABET races shown in the PPLs (Past Performance Lines). For the top grade (or both AA and A, for those tracks which run AA) I average the three best (fastest) times shown from among all of the PPLs shown.
Do not use those times from any race run …