Balmoral Park (3/29/12)
Contact: Tom Kelley
$101,367 BALMORAL PICK 5 POOL KEY TO $1,005,526 WEDNESDAY
AVERAGE HANDLE PER RACE $102,354 IN MARCH
By Michael Antoniades, Chicago Racing Analyst
A six-digit Pick 5 pool brought harness and Thoroughbred players to wager on Balmoral Park Wednesday night. When the ten-race card was finished, $1,005,526 had been wagered on the program. The Wednesday numbers moved the March handle at Balmoral to $13,510,847 for 12 programs, a nightly average of $1,125,903. 132 races were contested for an average race handle of $102,354.
A Wednesday Pick 5 carryover of $13,722 helped bring $87,645 in new Pick 5 money, making the final pool $101,367. Three favorites in the opening three legs helped to produce a lot of winning tickets. The win prices of $3.80, $2.60, $3.00, $7.80 and $11.00 resulted in a 50-cent payout of $131.75, three times the win parlay.
The Balmoral Pick 4 immediately followed with a takeout of 15 percent. A healthy pool of $39,653 was in play on the Final Four races. The four winning horses paid $14.40, $7.00, $10.80 and $10.00. The Pick 4 payout was a very generous $1,042.20 for a buck. The $1 win parlay would have been $680.40. The Balmoral Pick 4 pools have averaged $41,467 in March with an average $1 payout of $4,271.05.
Balmoral Park offers a Guaranteed Pick 4 wager every night with a low 15 percent takeout. The guarantees are $20,000 on Wednesdays and Saturdays in addition to the $25,000 guaranteed pool on Sundays.
Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free program pages for races 2 through 10 immediately courtesy of the USTA and Track Master on the USTA handicapping section. My complimentary Players Guide selections for Balmoral Park as well as racing and gambling news from around the world are available at www.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.