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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (12/29/12)

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

Welcome to the Players Guide

We will give you an informed look at tonight’s 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 Michael’s 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 Michael’s 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, December 29 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 5-9-1-6-2 5 Cage Fighter 6 Downriteroyal
2 8-7-1-6 8 Side Pocket Harry 1 Fox Valley Rainier
3 8-6-3-2 8 Mischievous Jessev 3 Splitter Stock
4 2-5-4-3 2 Sergeant Striker 5 Mile Marker
5 6-7-5-3 6 Zambrano 5 Ducky T Fra
6 7-5-2-6 7 Rio’z Z Tam 6 Ideal Joe
7 3-1-6-7 3 One Last Chance 6 Body Guard
8 5-1-4-3-9 5 Artache Hanover 3 Perrito Caliente
9 7-8-5-3-6 7 Al’s Hammered 5 Power Of Tara N
10 4-5-8-3 4 Elkhorn Damien 8 Justa Cowboy
11 2-4-3-5 2 LC Tiffany 4 Love This Place
12 3-7-9-2 3 Shiswell’s Delight 2 Old Man River
13 1-8-7-5-6 1 Zall Good 5 Gary’s Party

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Driver UDRS Starts Win Place Show
MICHAEL OOSTING .319 63 12 08 11
PAT CURTIN .296 24 04 05 01
DAVE MAGEE .295 29 05 04 04
MARCUS MILLER .275 53 07 10 06
CASEY LEONARD .251 42 07 04 04
SAM WIDGER .249 50 07 05 08
TRACE TETRICK .226 30 04 02 05
TODD WARREN .209 42 05 05 03
JOHN ROBERTS .169 21 03 01 00
KYLE WILFONG .164 21 02 02 01
RYAN ANDERSON .159 23 01 03 03
JOSH SUTTON .132 47 02 04 06
DEAN MAGEE .108 33 02 01 03

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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