So you've bought a greyhound handicapping system or are thinking of doing so. That's good, because trying to reinvent the wheel by handicapping from square one every time you go to the dog track is not usually successful. It's a lot easier to use a system that already does part of the work for you.
But before you pick some dogs and bet on them, why not take the most important step toward making money with the system? Why not use it first on old programs and then check the results to see how it does at picking winners?
This isn't just so you can see if the system works, although that's part of it. It's also a good idea to do this so that you can work out any quirks in the way the system works at YOUR track. Every track is different. There's always track bias and differences in length and width.
Some tracks favor early speed. Some favor closers or inside dogs or dogs who like hard tracks. These factors can all have an effect on the system you use. Believe me, I know from experience how important it is to get familiar with these things so that you can adjust the system before you put down any real money.
After all, if you're going to spend half a hundred bucks on a system, don't you want to make sure that you know how to use it to your best advantage before you start putting money on it? It only makes sense to try it without taking a risk, so that you'll be able to use it with confidence to pick winners later.
Your patience will be rewarded. Getting a good system and learning how to use it is probably the best way to win at the dog track. And once you've learned it, that knowledge is yours forever.