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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (12/26/12)

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.

Wednesday, December 26 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 4-1-7-8-3 4 Look At That Chick 1 Dry Creek Fling
2 2-1-5-3 2 Kitty O Brien 5 Fox Valley Lilac
3 3-6-8-4 3 Juxtamoonlitkiss 8 Miss Pacific
4 7-5-2-6-1 7 Melt In Your Mouth 2 Captain Courageous
5 9-10-8-3-4 9 Full Steam Ahead 3 Ima Fancy King
6 7-1-2-4-3 7 Evil Urges 4 Benns Score Keeper
7 8-6-1-5 8 Boiler Heidi Ho 5 Hazel May
8 6-10-9-1-8 6 Sand Taryn 1 Foxy Three Socks
9 5-10-1-6-2 5 Thrills Sugar Buzz 6 Creditcard Express
10 9-1-4-2-8 9 Welcome To Walmac 2 Lovers Holiday
11 8-7-5-1-2 8 Waiting And Hoping 1 Sheísabadbelle
12 3-9-4-5-10 3 Miss Kelley Lynne 5 LCB Sandy

Race 2 $50,000 Guaranteed Pick 5 pool $10,534 carryover
Race 7 $20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool 15% takeout




Driver UDRS Starts Win Place Show
MICHAEL OOSTING .342 63 14 07 11
SAM WIDGER .269 48 07 07 16
MARCUS MILLER .269 50 07 08 06
CASEY LEONARD .252 06 06 03 02
DAVE MAGEE .241 29 04 03 04
TRACE TETRICK .225 34 04 03 06
KYLE WILFONG .167 24 02 03 01
JOSH SUTTON .160 45 03 04 06
RYAN ANDERSON .159 23 01 03 03
TODD WARREN .156 42 04 04 01
JOHN ROBERTS .139 28 03 01 01

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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