Balmoral Park (8/23/11)
Contact: Tom Kelley
$25,000 INSTANT GUARANTEE ON BALMORAL PICK 5 POOL WEDNESDAY
$15,000 PICK 4 GUARANTEE WILL FOLLOW ON FINAL FOUR RACES
By Michael Antoniades, Chicago Racing Analyst
Multi-race mania will be the theme at Balmoral Park on Wednesday. One carryover and two guaranteed pools will bring the national gambling spotlight to the mile track. Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free program pages for races 2 through 10 right now courtesy of the USTA and Track Master on the handicapping section at ustrotting.com.
The 50-cent Pick 5 wager is offered on races 2 thru 6. With a carryover of $7,416, the USTA and Balmoral Park have created a $25,000 INSTANT GUARANTEED POOL on the Wednesday Pick 5. Post time for the second race is 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central and 5:30 Pacific.
Balmoral will also offer a $15,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool on races 7 thru 10. The Pick 4 immediately follows the conclusion of the Pick 5 and has a one-dollar minimum and a low takeout of $15 percent. Through August 21, the average payout on 49 guaranteed pick 4 pools at Balmoral Park is a record $2,708.70 for a buck.
The 49 guaranteed Pick 4 pools have generated $1,395,876 in handle, resulting in a nightly average pool of $28,487. In the absence of The Meadowlands which concluded their meet on Saturday, Balmoral now offers the largest Pick 4 pools in the United States and hopes that Meadowlands Pick 4 players will keep playing until the Big M opens late this year.
Balmoral offers a Guaranteed Pick 4 wager every night with a 15 percent takeout. The guarantees are $15,000 on Wednesdays, $20,000 an Saturdays and $25,000 on Sundays. The Balmoral Pick 4 pools have reached historic levels with the help of Chris Schick at the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and the addition of free program pages that are offered every racing night at ustrotting.com. The nightly averages thru August 21 are $19,127 on Wednesdays, $24,987 on Saturdays and $35,906 on Sundays.
Balmoral Park races every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with a first post of 8:10 Eastern, 7:10 Central and 5:10 Pacific. The only ten-cent High 5 in harness racing is offered on the final race. Balmoral offers Guaranteed Pick Four pools every racing night with a $1 minimum and a 15 percent takeout. Sundays $25,000, Saturdays $20,000 and Wednesdays $15,000. The Balmoral Pick 4 is offered on the final four races.
Free program pages are available at the handicapping section at ustrotting.com.
My selections and harness racing news are available at oddsonracing.com.
For more information visit www.balmoralpark.com or call (708) 672-1414.
About Balmoral Park: Located in Crete, IL just 12 miles south of 80/94; Balmoral Park has been one of the nation's premier horse racing facilities since 1926. Balmoral Park features live racing every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking is always free.