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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (9/2/11)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414



By Michael Antoniades, Chicago Racing Analyst

September starts with a bang as Balmoral Park counts down to Super Night XXIII with a pair of guaranteed pools on Saturday, September 3. The Pick 5 with a carryover of $3,908 and the Pick 4 will both have a guaranteed pool of $20,000. The complete 12-race program pages for both wagers are now available at courtesy of Track Master.

The 50-cent Pick 5 starts on race 2 and ends on race 6. The opening leg looks like a Super Night preview between Hes So Hot and Dutch Richman. Hes So Hot storms into town after two winning performances at Springfield and DuQuoin. He paced the last quarter in :25.4 to win the Dudley Hanover. Dutch Richman returns to Balmoral where he has won his last three starts including the $61,500 Incredible Finale stake on July 30. Race 2 post time is 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central and 5:30 Pacific.

The Pick Four is on the final four races. The Balmoral Pick Four is guaranteed nightly and currently offers the largest pools in the United States. Through August 31, $1,486,500 has been wagered on 53 guaranteed pools for a nightly average of $28,047.

Here are the nightly pool averages.

Sundays $35,567
Saturdays $24,760
Wednesdays $19,485

The average Pick 4 payout is $2,698 for a dollar. The takeout every night has been reduced by 40 percent down to 15 percent. The low 15 percent takeout means that the average Pick Four winner gets an extra $318. This Saturday the Pick Four is on races 10 thru 13.

Balmoral Park proudly presents Super Night XXIII on September 17. The special event first post has been moved to 6:30 Central. Balmoral will offer three guaranteed pools on the 14-race Super Night program.

Wager Guarantee Minimum bet

Pick Five $15,000 50 cents
Pick Four $25,000 1 dollar
Hi-5 $25,000 10 cents

All guaranteed pools at Balmoral Park offer free 12-race program pages courtesy of Track Master. Anyone who has not seen these versions needs to check them out. The 12-race programs offer an incredible amount of valuable information. They are available the night before all Balmoral programs at the handicapping section of the USTA website.

Free program pages are available at the handicapping section at

My selections and harness racing news are available at

For more information visit 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.

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