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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (5/11/12)

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

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.

Saturday, May 12 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 2-3-4-7 2 Whistle Pig 4 Helenís Place Girl
2 2-8-1-3 2 Heath 8 CDís Ideal
3 6-5-9-1-7 6 Western Cole 1 Zambrano
4 2-1-6-5 2 Morgan Shark 5 NJĒs Big Deal
5 5-2-9-1 5 Kingís Legend 1 Elusive Rainbow
6 4-3-9-5 4 Tink And Tiger 9 Lee Ave
7 1-5-2-4 1 Best Man Hanover 4 Kaydon Begone
8 7-9-5-1 7 Brooklynís Desire 9 Old Man River
9 3-1-7-4 3 Park Lane Deputy 4 Bet On Him
10 4-8-5-2 4 Private Jet 2 Bring It On Kaajay
11 8-1-2-3 8 Mystical Victress 3 Edita Hanover
12 1-4-3-7 1 Ideal Nectarine 3 Pretty Place
13 5-9-6-4-1 5 Dandyís Conquest 6 Galactic Star

Pick 5 carryover $8,967 Guaranteed pool $35,000 starts on Race 2
$20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 starts on Race 10
Low 15% takeout - One dollar minimum

$15,000 Guaranteed Pick 5 pool and $30,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool on Sunday


Date Handle Races Average
Saturday, May 6 1,324,014 13 101,847
Sunday, May 7 1,093,788 10 109,378

Percentage of Winning Favorites
Through May 11, 2012


Rank Driver UDRS Last 7 programs
1. MIKE OOSTING .316 16 FOR 65
2. MARCUS MILLER .306 15 FOR 67
3. TODD WARREN .286 6 FOR 46
4. JOHN ROBERTS .254 5 FOR 53
6. ROBERT SMOLIN .229 2 FOR 43


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

Free program pages are available at the USTA handicapping section.

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.

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