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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (1/15/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414

Balmoral numbers continue to grow

Crete, IL --- After two weeks of racing in 2012, Balmoral Park handle numbers have soared. The combination of full ten-horse fields, guaranteed pools, low takeout, good weather and big payouts have made the pools much larger in 2012.

Through January 14, the 6 cards of 2012 have handled $6,255,768 for an average of $1,042,628 per program. The comparisons versus 2011 are below.

Day 2012 Handle Races Day 2011 Handle Races
Sunday, January 1 $ 1,096,237 12 January 2 $ 892,433 10
January 8 1,177,925 11 January 9 852,822 10
Wednesday, January 4 785,105 10 January 5 642,310 10
January 11 769,957 10 January 6 538,092 10
Saturday, January 7 1,254,455 13 January 8 1,030,315 13
January 14 1,171,989 13 January 15 923,333 13

  2012 Difference 2011
6 day total $6,255,768 plus 1,376,463 $ 4,879,305
Daily average 1,042,628 plus 229,411 813,217
Race average 90,633 plus 16,705 73,928

Multi-race players can double their pleasure on Sunday night at Balmoral Park with two guaranteed pools. The Pick 5 has a carryover of $4,641. The minimum bet is 50 cents and will encompass races two through six. The Pick 5 has a guaranteed pool of $10,000 and an estimated pool of $20,000 because of the rollover. The start of the Pick 5 is scheduled for approximately 7:30 pm central.

The Pick 4 will be conducted on races 7 through 10. Through the first six nights of racing, players have wagered $153,395 on the six guaranteed pick four pools for a nightly average of $25,565. The Balmoral Pick 4 has a $1 minimum and carries a low takeout of 15 percent. The Sunday Pick Four has a guaranteed pool of $25,000.

Balmoral Park offers a guaranteed Pick 4 every night and free program pages are available on every racing night, courtesy of the U.S. Trotting Association and TrackMaster. Free 12-race program pages are now available at Balmoral Park races Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with a first post of 7:10 central.

The guaranteed Pick 4 pools continue to produce at record levels. In 2011, players wagered $3,574,945 on 151 pick 4 pools. The nightly 2011 average was $23,675 and the average $1 payoff on the guaranteed pick 4 pools in 2011 was $2,367.49 for a dollar. The old payoff at a takeout of 25 percent would have been $2,088.96, an additional $278.53 which now goes to the player with the low takeout of 15 percent.

“It’s been very encouraging to see the numbers trending upwards like they have been,” said Balmoral’s Publicity Director Tom Kelley. “It really seems like everybody is working together now and you can certainly see that those efforts are paying off. We need to continue to capitalize on this momentum and continue to give the players new and exciting wagering opportunities.”

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