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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (4/24/12)

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 25 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 4-1-7-5 4 Powerful Rosie 5 Mighty And Fierce
2 5-6-4-1 5 Rock Queen 6 Always A Cheater
3 6-7-5-3 6 Hong Kong Kwyne 3 Riccolo
4 4-1-7-3 4 Gentle Shark 3 Stephanie Ann
5 6-7-2-8 6 Dan Lowe 7 Limiere
6 7-8-4-6 7 Frontier Joe 8 Silky Salt Shaker
7 5-1-4-2-3 5 Slickety Split 2 Lima Daydream
8 8-3-1-7 8 Elusive Rainbow 7 Mighty Oak Perfect
9 8-2-5-9 8 Sassy Chassee 9 Maranatha Hanover
10 3-8-4-6-1 3 Itzalassi 4 Linda Ka

Percentage of Winning Favorites 34.29%

$20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 starts on Race 7 - 15% Takeout

BALMORAL APRIL HANDLE SHINES BRIGHT

Date 2012 Handle 2011 Handle Increase
April 1 1,281,703 1,235,293 46,410
4 968,765 601,546 367,219
7 1,370,521 1,103,538 266,983
11 927,490 479,979 447,511
14 1,348,252 1,112,561 235,691
15 1,177,515 811,718 365,797
18 876,491 647,999 228,492
21 1,255,427 963,472 291,955
22 1,076,562 NO RACING  

TOP BALMORAL DRIVERS
UDRS AVERAGES THRU APRIL 20

1. MIKE OOSTING .304
2. MARCUS MILLER .299
3. TODD WARREN .285
4. JOHN ROBERTS .261
5. ROBERT SMOLIN .241

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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