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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (4/3/12)

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, April 4 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 3-8-5-7 3 Dan Lowe 5 America Portrit
2 4-2-8-6-1 4 Tell All Diamond 6 Gypsy Leather
3 7-5-8-2 7 GLs Fancy Face 8 Glitter Jolt
4 4-7-1-3-2 4 Hong Kong Kwyne 1 JL Jan
5 8-9-2-3 8 Rock Queen 2 Kate The Great
6 5-3-2-1 5 Johnny B Cool N 3 Energy Angle
7 2-4-6-9 2 Makin A Statement 6 Maid Money
8 1-7-10-6 1 Picture Maker 6 Itz Alive
9 6-1-8-4 6 Linda Kay 1 Itzalassi
10 10-9-3-5-2 10 Marantha Hanover 2 Just in It

$20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 starts on Race 7

Percentage of Winning Favorites Through April 3
Minimum of 100 Races

SOURCE† U.S. TROTTING ASSOCIATION

1. SARATOGA 51.54
2. FREEHOLD 48.78
3. NORTHFIELD 47.95
4. MAYWOOD 45.99
5. CAL EXPO 44.74
6. DOVER 44.69
7. YONKERS 43.73
8. NORTHVILLE 43.53
9. CHESTER 42.35
10. MONTICELLO 42.17
11. MEADOWLANDS 41.40
12. LEBANON 40.13
13. BUFFALO 38.63
14. POMPANO 37.86
15. MEADOWS 35.97
16. BALMORAL 33.95

BALMORAL PARK LEADING DRIVERS AVERAGES
COMPETING TONIGHT MINIMUM 40 DRIVES

1. MIKE OOSTING .319
2. ERIC CARLSON .286
3. TODD WARREN .281
4. MARCUS MILLER .276
5. JOHN ROBERTS .263
6. ROBERT SMOLIN .251
7. TRAVIS SEEKMAN .249

MARCH PICK FOUR INFORMATION

AVERAGE POOL $$32,143
AVERAGE $1 PAYOUT $3,070.40
TAKEOUT 15%

MARCH HANDLE
$1,152,290 PER NIGHT
$ 103,308 PER RACE

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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