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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (10/2/12)

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 two guaranteed pools on Wednesday. A one day Pick 5 carryover of $8,640 will kick off the action. The popular 50 cent Pick 5 wager is offered on races 2 through 6. The USTA and Balmoral Park have created a $30,000 INSTANT GUARANTEED POOL on the Pick 5. Post time for the second race is 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central and 5:30 Pacific. Through September 30, the average wagered on 116 Pick 5 pools at Balmoral Park is $16,982 per night. The average 50 cent payout is $2,541,37. This year, 43 of 116 fifty cent payouts have exceeded $1,000.00.

Balmoral will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool on races 7 through 10 Wednesday, immediately following the conclusion of the Pick 5. 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 September 30, the average one dollar payout is $2,424.41. The average Pick Four pool in 2012 is $32,113. This year 45 of the 116 one dollar payouts are over $1,000.00.

Balmoral Park comes off a great September which saw handle grow to $14,587,788 for 14 programs. The average nightly handle in September was $1,034,482. This number is significant when you consider that excluding the Little Brown Jug week at Delaware, only nine harness programs in the country handled over a million dollars on a racing program in the month of September. All nine of the programs that handled over $1,000,000 in the United States were at Balmoral Park. For the first nine months of 2012, Balmoral Park has a nightly average handle of $1.037,643. The average race in 2012 has increased in handle to $92,448 per race.


Wager Pool Payout Over $1,000
Pick 4 32,113 $2,424.41 for $1 45 OF 116 for $1
Pick 5 16,982 $2,541.37 for 50 cents 43 OF 116 for 50 cents
High 5 20,232 $923.28 for 10 cents 30 OF 116 for 10 cents

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.

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 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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