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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (2/7/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414

Wednesday Players Guide

An inside look at Chicago harness racing

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


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.

Wednesday, February 8 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 3-2-1-7 3 Muscling On 2 Lima Rocks
2 8-3-4-5 8 Boiler Heidi Ho 5 Mackenzieís Power
3 3-5-1-8 3 Twenty One Below 1 Crime Doesnít Pay
4 6-5-4-1-2 6 Celtic Manor 1 Prime Escape
5 1-10-2-8 1 Obermeierzilla 8 Tone
6 7-10-6-9 7 Sue From Peru 6 Hoosier Evangelism
7 1-5-7-9 1 Forcryingoutloud 9 Itzalassi
8 2-8-9-1 2 Maximus Meridius N 9 Energy Angle
9 8-1-2-7 8 Linda Kay 7 Justafrendlygestur
10 1-3-4-6-2 1 Lucky To Live 6 Fox Valley Isis

BALMORAL DRIVERS BY UDRS AVERAGE

Thru February 5, 2012

1. DAVE MAGEE .345
2. MIKE OOSTING .295
3. ERIC CARLSON .279
4. ROBERT SMOLIN .247
5. TODD WARREN .243
6. MARCUS MILLER .237
7. JOHN ROBERTS .226

BALMORAL RED HOT JANUARY TOTALS

13 DAY TOTAL VERSUS SAME DAYS IN 2011

Year Handle Races Race Ave. Nightly Ave.
2012 13,622,835 146 93,307 1,047,910
2011 10,536,187 142 74,198 810,475

2012 TOTAL HANDLE PLUS 3,086,648

2012 NIGHTLY HANDLE PLUS 237,435

2012 AVERAGE RACE PLUS 19,109

Free program pages are available at the handicapping section at ustrotting.com.

My selections and harness racing news are available at oddsonracing.com.

For more information visit www.balmoralpark.com 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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