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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (3/18/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414

Sunday 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 tonight’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.

Sunday, March 18 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 2-6-1-8 2 Game Maggie 1 Maranatha Hanover
2 4-2-8-7 4 Whit 7 St Giannis
3 2-6-4-7 2 Drinkability 7 Scorecard Mike
4 6-7-4-2 6 Majestic Royale 2 Clapifuc Bluegrass
5 8-2-7-6 8 Stylemaster 7 Gimme A Yank
6 7-4-6-5 7 Evil Urges 5 Keepin The Chips
7 6-3-8-1 6 Fox Valley Toccoa 4 Incredible Item
8 7-4-3-8 7 Special Promises 3 Stardom Bound
9 4-7-9-6 4 CD s Ideal 9 Jimenys Star
10 9-4-3-2-8 9 Hickory Hawkeye 3 Alabama Howard

$10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 starts on Race 2

$25,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 starts on Race 7

Percentage of Winning Favorites Through March 14

SOURCE  U.S. TROTTING ASSOCIATION

1. NORTHFIELD 47.74
2. MAYWOOD 45.93
3. YONKERS 45.66
4. NORTHVILLE 44.80
5. DOVER 44.73
6. CAL EXPO 43.60
7. MONTICELLO 42.36
8. MEADOWLANDS 40.55
9. BUFFALO 38.69
10. POMPANO 37.92
11. MEADOWS 35.61
12. BALMORAL 31.74

BALMORAL PARK LEADING DRIVERS AVERAGES

1. TODD WARREN .293
2. ERIC CARLSON .289
2. MIKE OOSTING .289
4. MARCUS MILLER .279
5. ROBERT SMOLIN .251
6. JOHN ROBERTS .235
7. DAVE MAGEE .218
8. DEAN MAGEE .215

Free program pages are available at the USTA handicapping section.

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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