Greyhound racing is a popular sport in several countries around the world and in some parts of the United States. If you engage in greyhound race betting, then you better know how to read a greyhound racing program or you will end up just throwing your money down the drain.

At AmWager, we want everyone to be a winner, which is why we have put together this easy to read guide on how to read a greyhound racing program.

If you know how to read a greyhound racing program, you can increase your chances of a big payout.

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Greyhound Racing: How To Read A Program

A greyhound racing program is broken into two important informational sections:

1. Information about today’s race
2. Details about the greyhounds’ past performance

We took a sample program and labeled each section so you can be ready to cheer on your favorite hound.

If you know how to read a greyhound racing program, you can get details about that day's race.

Information About Today’s Race

ATrack Name
BDistance of the Race
CExotic Wagers
DRace Number
EThe grade for this race. Greyhound’s move up or down in grade based on performance.
FEstimated Odds
GThe greyhound’s post position and blanket number
HThe greyhound’s blanket color
IThe greyhound’s name
JGreyhound’s set racing weight
KThe greyhound’s color, birth date, sire (father) and dam (mother). When an asterisk appears this denotes that the greyhound was imported from another country.
LTrack Abbreviation, Current Year, and Previous Year Track Statistics - Number of Starts, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. If the track abbreviation is the same as the current racing track then the statistics are from the previous racing season. If the track abbreviation is different from the current track then the statistics are based on the runner’s performance at that track.
MKennel Info - Name of the Kennel and Name of the Trainer
NFastest time with highest and lowest rating

Details About The Greyhounds’ Past Performance

You can get helpful information about a greyhound's past performance if you know how to read a greyhound racing program.

1Dates of the greyhound’s last six races. The letter indicates- “a”- afternoon race, “e”- evening race, “s” means schooling race. The last number indicates the number of the race in that day’s performance. For example 11/17/01E10 means the greyhound ran in the tenth race of the evening performance on November 17.
2Track where the greyhound is currently racing
3Distance of the race the greyhound competed in
4Track condition – F- fast, S- slow, M- muddy, L –loose or sloppy (standing water)
5The time of that race’s winning greyhound
6Greyhound’s post weight at race time
7Greyhound's post position and blanket number, position at the break, and position at 1/8 mile pole or around the first turn
8Greyhound’s position entering the far turn
9Greyhound’s finish position. (The second small number next to number in the 1/8, far turn position indicates by how many lengths the greyhound was ahead and at the finishing by how many lengths the greyhound won or lost by.
10This greyhound’s actual running time (ART) in this race
11Speed Figure
12The greyhound’s odds to $ 1
13Grade of that particular race. A number in this column means it was a schooling race and shows the number of greyhounds in the race
14Chart writer’s comments on the greyhound’s racing efforts (winning effort, inside, etc.)
15Order of finish showing first three greyhounds. If this greyhound finishes first, second or third, its name is omitted and the fourth greyhound to finish is shown

Rounding the Turn For The Win

While greyhound racing is not one of the more popular forms of racing, it still offers big payoffs for those who love the sport. Understanding how to read a greyhound racing program is key in maxing out your earning potential.

AmWager wants everyone to walk away a winner, which is why we put this guide together on how to read a greyhound racing program. With a little help, there is no telling what can happen.