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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (11/18/12)

Contact: Tom Kelley
(708) 672-1414

Sunday 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.

Sunday, November 18 Balmoral Park selections

50 cent trifecta and 10 cent superfecta wagering available
Nightly average handle $1,064,595 - Average race handle $95,524

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 1-7-8-10-4 1 Nitrogen Fuse 10 Slick Torpedo
2 1-8-7-5-6 1 Rendezvous Kid 7 Verlene Mitchell
3 9-6-4-1-5 9 Mary Rita Hanover 1 Justineís Pride
4 3-8-1-2-7 3 Gencorís Z Tam 2 Heís Bucks Best
5 2-5-4-6-8 2 Look Ma No Hands 6 Mighty RPMzzz
6 5-7-2-1 5 Letís Talk About Me 2 Just By Design
7 3-5-1-2-9 3 Incredible Filly 5 Taffy Towne
8 10-3-5-1-2 10 Nash Gram 1 Bell Valley Zeke
9 8-6-9-2-5 8 Big Chocolate 2 GRC Travel King
10 2-3-6-1-10 2 Get A Little Crazy 1 Revy Revrac
11 1-3-6-9-7 1 Rock My Baby 6 Sand Taryn

$30,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 starts on Race 7
Low 15% takeout

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UP $23,437,904 thru Q3 IN 2012

2012 thru 9-30† Handle $120,286,598
1302 races† ††† $ 92,386 per race

2011 thru 9-30† Handle $ †96,848,694
1253 races†† †† $ 77,293 per race

American National Night up $464,313 vs. 2011



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 30,869
AUG 8,160 12,570 23,658 30,822
SEP 11,672 22,467 30,411 33,928
OCT 7,432 15,670 28,016 29,192
NOV 9,641 15,703 25,804  
DEC 10,349 12,584 23,519  
AVG. 8,827 14,211 23,675 32,113

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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