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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (5/11/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414



By Michael Antoniades, Chicago Racing Analyst
Available on the web at

Balmoral Park will once again offer big betting opportunities for players with four guaranteed pools this weekend. A one-day Pick 5 carryover of $8,967 will kick off the action on Saturday night. The popular 50 cent Pick 5 wager is offered on races 2 through 6. The USTA and Balmoral Park have created a $35,000 INSTANT GUARANTEED POOL on the Saturday Pick 5. Post time for the second race is 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central and 5:30 Pacific. Through May 8, the average wagered on 53 guaranteed Pick 5 pools at Balmoral Park is $20,893 a night. The average 50 cent payout is $3,693.43.

Balmoral will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool on Saturday. The Pick 4 has a one-dollar minimum. Balmoral offers a Guaranteed Pick 4 wager every night with free program pages and a 15 percent takeout. Through May 8, the average one-dollar payout is $2,773.40. The average Pick Four pool in 2012 is $32,410.

The Balmoral 50 cent Pick Five now has a guarantee of $15,000 every Sunday. The Sunday Pick Four offers a low takeout of 15 percent and a $30,000 guaranteed pool. Last Sunday the pool was $44.038. The Wednesday and Saturday Pick Four guarantees are $20,000 with the same 15 percent takeout. Balmoral Park currently has one of the lowest percentage of winning favorites in Thoroughbred or harness racing at 34 percent.


Wager Pool Payout
Pick 4 32,410 $2,773.40 for $1
Pick 5 20,893 $3,696.43 for 50 cents
High 5 20,916 $1,310.85 for 10 cents

Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free 12-line program pages for the guaranteed pools immediately courtesy of the USTA and Track Master on the USTA handicapping section at

My selections and harness racing news are available at

For more information visit 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.

The U.S. Trotting Association, in cooperation with its member tracks, has announced the “USTA Strategic Wagering” program, designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. Balmoral Park thanks TrackMaster for their free 12-line past performance program pages.

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