When I finally had time to sit down last night after a busy weekend, I did a little checking up on the local greyhound scene. I saw there were 57 - yes 57 - schoolers Sunday at Dubuque Greyhound Park. At first I was kind of sad I missed that many races. Then I realized that the season opener is rushing toward us. That got me thinking of some things that might help someone's visit to the track. * Do some prep work. Don't wait before checking out the past performances. Start well before the first race and take your time. Make an informed decision. * You don't HAVE to bet every race. If you can't figure it out, hold off until the next one. * Watch the races. Is late speed winning? Early leaders holding on? Keep track. * Watch if certain kennels or trainers are "hot" that day. * Are dogs from inside boxes doing well? Outside? Are you aware of it? Watch and note it. * Bring a pen and paper along. There's room in the program to write notes, but having it all in front of you is much more helpful. * Finally, enjoy it. It's a great time to socialize, something that just doesn't happen at the slot machines too often. Laugh, cry, wonder why - but just have some fun. This is just one person's view. There are a lot of other things out there, and you'll learn them as you go. Remember, 1 p.m. Saturday is the season opener. Shouldn't there be a countdown clock somewhere? Note: * Iowa's Prairie Meadows opens its thoroughbred season Wednesday. Stakes: * Southland hosts the second round of the Spring Futurity Wednesday. Carryovers: * Keeneland's Pick 6 is $54,589. * Woodbine's Pick 6 is $10,025.
Bio: Gary works in the features department, and enjoys time with his family, fishing, coaching and an occasional visit to the track to watch and bet on the races.
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