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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (1/27/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414



Pick Four players get a dream opportunity Saturday at Balmoral Park. The combination of a healthy carryover and a low takeout of 15% creates the rarest of plays with a great investment opportunity.

A carryover of $11,662 will be added into the Saturday Pick Four pool. The USTA and Balmoral Park have created an instant guarantee of $40,000. The final Pick Four pool is estimated at $61,662, which gives the players an 8 percent house advantage.

Wagered tonight Returned to winners Players' edge Gross Pool
$ 30,000 $ 37,162 23% $ 41,662
40,000 45,662 14% 51,662
50,000 54,162 8% 61,662
60,000 62,662 4% 71,662
70,000 71,662 2% 81,662

The Saturday Pick 4 is a complex puzzle with one nine-horse field and three ten-horse fields. The Saturday Pick Four is on the Final Four races and will start on race 10, immediately following The Meadowlands.

Through January 27, Balmoral Park sports one of the lowest percentage of winning favorites in recent memory. The combination of large fields and competitive racing in the 123 races offered in 2012 have resulted in 38 winning favorites for 30.89 percent. This has resulted in the Balmoral Park handle soaring to an average of over $1,000,000 per night in 2012.

Balmoral Park races Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on the mile track with a first post of 7:10 central. Guaranteed Pick Fours are offered every racing night with guarantees of $15,000 on Wednesdays, $20,000 on Saturdays and $25,000 on Sundays. The Pick Four takeout is only 15 percent. Free 12-line program pages, expert selections and the complete January schedule for the Strategic Wagering program can be found at the USTAís handicapping page.




Saturday Players Guide

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 tonightís 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 Michaelís 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 Michaelís 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.

Saturday, January 28 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 5-9-3-6 5 LTís Big Jake 9 Classified Info
2 3-6-4-2 3 Power Of Tara N 6 Dabestleaderever
3 2-3-4-10 2 Sherwood Secret 10 Mad Cow Lisa
4 1-8-4-7 1 AJís Delight 4 Pure Addiction
5 2-6-7-5 2 Get Er Done 5 Once A Cheater
6 6-9-4-3-2 6 Oh Poncho 4 Blueridgevalentino
7 5-1-6-7 5 Executive Force  
8 4-8-7-1 4 Dee Dee Sage 1 Slippin Away
9 1-4-9-5 1 Best Man Hanover 4 Special Joe
10 8-3-7-2 8 Just By Design 2 Windsun Montecarlo
11 7-9-4-5 7 Bonn Scott 4 Camgrandest
12 2-8-4-10 2 Dislocated 4 OGís Marie D
13 6-8-7-4-1 6 Life Is Good Today 4 Alabama Howard

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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