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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (2/24/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414

$40,000 Guaranteed High 5 pool at Balmoral Saturday

$10,148 carryover provides drama on final leg of $20,000 Pick Four pool

The USTA and Balmoral Park have announced an instant guarantee of $40,000 on the Saturday High 5 finale. This carryover comes on the heels of the largest Pick 5 payoff in Balmoral Park history on Wednesday. Three winners in New York, Ohio and Oregon each received $44,675 for their 50-cent winning wager.

Balmoral will offer two guaranteed pools this Saturday. The Pick Four offers a guaranteed pool of $20,000 and starts on race 10. The Pick Four has a takeout of 15 percent with a minimum wager of one dollar. The average payout is $2,676.81 for a buck.

The final leg of the Pick Four is on race 13. This race offers the 10-cent High 5 with a carryover of $10,148. A guaranteed pool of $40,000 will be offered on the High 5 wager on Saturday. The average 10 cent payoff is $1,803.26.

Balmoral Park races Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with a post time of 7:10 central. Guaranteed Pick Four pools are offered every night with a 15 percent takeout. Balmoral offers mile track racing with the lowest percentage of winning favorites in the country at 31.49 percent.

Free program pages are available now at courtesy of Track Master.

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, February 25 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 4-5-3-6 4 Brooklynís Desire 6 Galactic Star
2 5-2-6-3 5 Make It Work 3 Quality Sport
3 1-2-5-4 1 Johnny B Cool N 4 CDís Ideal
4 4-1-7-3 4 Big Gus 3 Jo Jo Spur
5 6-3-9-4 6 LW Jaynie Flyer 4 Easter Teka
6 3-1-6-2 3 Dandyís Conquest 1 Ideal Danny
7 5-2-7-4 5 Bell Valley Zeke 7 Bursting Blaze
8 2-4-8-6 2 Discoverer 6 Lauren
9 1a-6-2-5 1a Bet On Him 5 Dabestleaderever
10 4-6-1-3 4 Cadieís Gotta Gun 3 OGís Marie D
11 3-1-6-4-5 3 Rampage Jackson 4 Tink And Tiger
12 6-7-4-1 6 Star City Hero 1 One Chaser
13 5-7-10-6-1 5 AJís Get The Money 6 Pansaflying

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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