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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (7/27/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414

$20,000 Instant Pick Five Guarantee Saturday at Balmoral

By Michael Antoniades, Chicago Racing Analyst


The Southland Festival of Racing kicks off a great weekend of racing Saturday night at Balmoral Park. Five stakes finals highlight the program with purses of $367,000. On the gambling side, the Pick Five has a carryover of $5,311 that will give the players an early fifty cent jackpot wager to shoot for.

The USTA and Balmoral Park will offer an instant guarantee of $20,000 on the Saturday Pick Five. The fifty cent wager starts on race two. Post time for the Pick Five opener is 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central and 5:30 Pacific.

Balmoral will also offer a $25,000 guaranteed Pick Four pool on the final four races. The minimum bet is a buck and the takeout is only 15 percent. The average Pick Four pool at Balmoral is over $32,000 in 2012. 42 percent of the Balmoral Pick Fours have paid out more than $1,000.00 on a one dollar ticket. A $30,000 guaranteed Pick Four is offered on Sunday nights.

Courtesy of Track Master, deluxe 12-line program pages are now available for the Pick Five and Pick Four on Saturday at the USTA handicapping section.

ANATOMY OF A BET

BALMORAL PARK PICK 4 HISTORY 2009 TO THE PRESENT

Month 2009 25% Takeout 2010 15% Takeout 2011 15% Takeout 2012 15% Takeout
JAN $8,524 $7,698 $15,163 $28,675
FEB 8,587 10,277 17,490 27,046
MAR 9,739 10,923 15,629 40,316
APR 7,750 11,021 26,584 32,715
MAY 7,907 14,897 24,773 32,345
JUN 9,425 14,109 24,708 31,798
JUL 7,689 16,357 26,191  
AUG 8,160 12,570 23,658  
SEP 11,672 22,467 30,411  
OCT 7,432 15,670 28,016  
NOV 9,641 15,703 25,804  
DEC 10,349 12,584 23,519  
AVG. 8,827 14,211 23,675 32,209

2009 25% takeout
2010 15% takeout
April 2011 15% takeout Guarantees $15,000 on Saturday and $25,000 on Sunday
June 2011 15% takeout Wednesday guarantee $15,000
July 2011 15% takeout Saturday guarantee raised to $20,000
March 2012 15% takeout Wednesday Guarantee raised to $20,000
April 2012 15% takeout Sunday guarantee raised to $30,000
July 2012 15% takeout Saturday guarantee raised to $25,000

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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