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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (9/27/11)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414



By Michael Antoniades, Balmoral Park Racing Analyst

Players across North America will get a big reason to play at Balmoral Park’s one-mile oval on Wednesday. Waiting for them is a record Pick 4 carryover of $20,543 which will be added in to the pool. The Pick 4 pool will be estimated at $75,000 and based on the previous record last year it could go well beyond that.

On September 19, 2010, a then-record carryover total of $19,125 was added to the Pick 4 that evening. When all bets were tabulated, an additional $85,629 was wagered making the final Pick 4 pool $104,754. That established the all-time Pick 4 record at Balmoral Park which still stands today.

First post at Balmoral Park is 7:10 Central. The Pick 4 is always on the final four races and will begin with race 7 on Wednesday. The Pick 4 is guaranteed every racing night and because of the record carryover, the guarantee for this Wednesday has been raised to $50,000. The scheduled post time for the start of the Pick 4 will be 10:15 Eastern, 9:15 Central and 7:15 Pacific.

September has seen the Balmoral Pick 4 again rise to historic levels. The average pool this month will be around $30,000, a level nobody dreamed possible when the takeout was dropped to 15 percent last year following a Pick 4 average of just over $8,800 in 2009 at the old 25 percent rate. It is fairly obvious that Balmoral and the low takeout has gotten some of the Big M Pick 4 players to stick around until the flagship track of harness racing opens and that has helped raise the pools. As always, on behalf of everyone at Balmoral Park, I would like to thank the bettors, the USTA and Track Master for their help in making our Pick 4 so successful.

Free program pages, expert selections and the complete September schedule for the Strategic Wagering program can be found at the USTA’s handicapping page.

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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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