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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (9/30/11)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414


An inside look at Chicago harness racing

By Michael Antoniades, Chicago Racing Analyst
Available on the web at

Welcome to the Players Guide

We will give you an informed look at Saturday’s racing program in Chicago. We have tailored the Players Guide for several types of betting style. What is your style? For me personally, it means being a contrarian and taking some chances. I will bet against the favorite whenever possible, if I think there is VALUE in another selection. Sometimes the play is to key a favorite on top of the overvalued horses in exotics. If you are going to show a profit in this game, you must get value when you are investing your money. In the long run, creating this discipline is the difference between winning and losing.

The ratings list our top selections in order of their probability of winning. These ratings give no credence to the odds, although horses with value are included in these selections throughout the evening. It is our opinion of the top contenders, listed in order of their probability of winning. If you are a risk taker or value player, then Michael’s Plays should be of considerable interest to you. I will take calculated chances, selecting horses with more wagering value and higher odds. My plays may select fewer winners than my top-rated selection, but in the long run, I believe Michael’s Plays will give you a higher return on your investment.

In closing, I remind you that the name of the game is not selecting the most winners. The name of the game is making money. Our goal is to have a profitable year. For the serious player, we know that is your goal as well.

Race 8 #2 She’s So Hot
Wednesday’s Pick 4 pool a record

Wednesdays $15,000
Saturdays $20,000
Sundays $25,000

Free program pages at

Saturday, October 1 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 9-5-2-6-8 9 Dontmesswithangel 6 Frustrated Fran
2 4-1-5-3 4 In Mint Condition 5 Hitailit
3 6-8-10-7 6 Freshman Phenonom 10 Jackaneenee
4 5-4-1-10 5 CR Artistic 1 Ifeelthelight
5 8-1-3-7 8 All American Solo 7 Madey Mac
6 2-1-5-4 2 Quality Sport 4 D’s Last Shot
7 1-4-7-2 1 Special Joe 2 Anescape N
8 2-4-6-7 2 He’s So Hot
9 5-6-7-2 5 Fort Silky 2 Perrito Caliente
10 2-8-6-4 2 Delightful Five 6 Unity Road
11 5-10-7-2-6 5 Bobs Minute Maid 2 A Nite To Remember
12 1-10-6-2 1 All American Bomber 2 Shipps Con
13 9-2-5-8 9 Accountable Lady 2 Money Runner

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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