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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (5/25/12)

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 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 26 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 9-5-7-3 9 Linda Kay 3 Justafrendlygestur
2 4-6-5-3 4 Lumiere 5 Rollnlikeabigshot
3 5-8-7-10 5 One Last Chance 10 My Boy Cal
4 5-7-6-2 5 Rehab Mountain 2 Easter Teka
5 2-4-8-5 2 Private Jet 5 All American Solo
6 8-5-10-9 8 Mystical Victress 10 Aqua Artist
7 4-5-7-3 4 Zall Good 3 Ice Scraper
8 2-6-1-7 2 Kingís Legend 7 Fox Valley Mahalo
9 8-7-6-4 8 Firstclassalltheway 4 Best Man Hanover
10 5-1-9-4-6 5 In Over My Head 4 St David Hanover
11 2-6-3-5 2 Lauren 5 Slippin Away
12 3-6-7-8-1 3 Lucky Jet 6 Richess Hanover
13 9-10-1-4-5 9 Old Man River 4 Jo Jo Spur

FREE HANDICAPPING CONTEST AT BALMORAL SATURDAY - $500 CASH PRIZES

$20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 starts on Race 10
Low 15% takeout - One dollar minimum
$30,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool on Sunday
FREE PROGRAM PAGES NOW AVAILABLE AT WWW.USTROTTING.COM

BALMORAL PARK LEADING DRIVERS AVERAGES
MINIMUM 100 DRIVES THROUGH MAY 23

Rank Driver UDRS Last 7 programs
1. MIKE OOSTING .323 16 FOR 63
2. MARCUS MILLER .304 12 FOR 65
3. TODD WARREN .281 7 FOR 55
4. JOHN ROBERTS .248 3 FOR 34
5. TRAVIS SEEKMAN .243 1 FOR 18
6. ROBERT SMOLIN .221 1 FOR 41
7. DAVE MAGEE .213 9 FOR 29

SIGNATURE BET AVERAGES

Wager Pool Payout
Saturday, May 19, 2012 1,247,008 13
Sunday, May 20, 2012 1,092,433 10
2012 TOTAL 2,339,441 23
LAST YEAR    
Saturday, May 21, 2011 1,143,233 13
Sunday, May 22, 2011 947,005 10
2011 TOTAL 2,090,238 23

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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