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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (4/6/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414

Saturday 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.

Saturday, April 7 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 6-4-7-2 6 Tone 7 Shiswell’s Delight
2 2-1-3-5 2 China Gal 3 Metis Blue Chip
3 8-6-1-4 8 Frisky Burl 1 Shady Maple Bullet
4 2-7-9-1 2 The Face Of Love 1 Through My Eyes
5 3-9-8-4 3 Four Starz Kid 8 Whit
6 7-1-5-9-2 7 Likeathunderbolt 9 Western Cole
7 1-8-7-4 1 Waiting And Hoping 4 Cole Blue
8 8-4-7-3 8 Odds On Moinet 4 Let’s Talk About Me
9 2-3-6-7 2 Well To Do Guru 3 Special Joe
10 1-4-9-8-5 1 Rucker Place 5 Four Starzzz Z
11 7-5-1-4-3 7 Gibbs 1 Looking For Jack
12 4-8-7-6 4 Dee Dee Sage 6 OG’s Marie D
13 7-2-1-5-3 7 One Last Chance 5 My Dream Mara

$20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 starts on Race 10

Percentage of Winning Favorites Through April 5
Minimum of 80 Races

SOURCE  U.S. TROTTING ASSOCIATION

1. SARATOGA 51.54
2. NORTHFIELD 48.06
3. FREEHOLD 47.70
4. ROSECROFT 46.34
5. MAYWOOD 46.13
6. CAL EXPO 44.74
7. DOVER 44.50
8. HOOSIER PARK 43.75
9. YONKERS 43.72
10. NORTHVILLE 43.53
11. MONTICELLO 42.75
12. CHESTER 41.52
13. MEADOWLANDS 41.40
14. LEBANON 40.13
15. BUFFALO 38.63
16. POMPANO 37.79
17. MEADOWS 35.76
18. BALMORAL 33.41

THROUGHBRED RACING
SOURCE THOROUGHBRED REPORT
Percentage of Winning Favorites
Through April 5, 2012

1. BEULAH 42%
2. AQUEDUCT 40%
3. MOUNTAINEER 40%
4. CHARLES TOWN 38%
5. GOLDEN GATE 38%
6. TURF PARADISE 38%
7. HAWTHORNE 37%
8. TURFWAY 37%
9. SUNLAND 36%
10. FAIRGROUNDS 35%
11. GULFSTREAM 35%
12. SANTA ANITA 35%
13. PENN NATIONAL 34%
14. TAMPA BAY 34%
15. PARX 33%
16. OAKLAWN 33%

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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