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What are greyhound racing programs?

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A greyhound racing program is a form that provides information about specific greyhound races and the dogs involved. Programs typically describe the length and surface of the race, as well as information about each dog's record and experience.

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Racing programs are tools used by gamblers to help make informed bets. They list the dog's name and race weight. There is a section that provides general information about the dog's entire racing history, including the total number of starts. Of those starts, it also gives the total wins, places and shows.

The detailed form below that provides better information. The track surface can affect how some dogs run, so the program notes if it was fast or muddy. Some dogs are better at certain distances, so that is noted, as well as the dog's winning time. At the end of this information is a section for comments about the specific race. This can be used to describe the dog's placement in the pack or performance issues such as running wide around a turn, among other things.

Many greyhounds are adopted as pets after they finish their racing careers, and many of these owners also use old racing programs to find out more about their dogs. It can provide information both about the dog's history and about its ownership records and lineage if the papers were lost.

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