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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (1/13/13)

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.

I am extremely proud of the 2012 racing season which saw Balmoral handle increase more than $26,000,000. This will be the final Players Guide for a while. I know this and other factors I canít control will have a negative effect on the Balmoral Park handle in 2013 but I really have no other choice. I apologize to our fans and horsemen and will hopefully resume the Players Guide well rested after the February break, our first in three years. Please continue to support Illinois racing.

Sunday, January 13 Balmoral Park selections

No. Michael's Ratings Top Rated Horse (Conservative Choice) Michael's Play (Speculative Opinion)
1 9-8-7-5 9 Action Jackson 8 KKís Bandit
2 2-3-1-4-9 2 Holdie L 4 Ronan
3 2-6-4-3 2 Gencorís Z Tam 3 Richard Traci
4 4-5-1-10-3 4 Money Runner 1 Rush Of Emotion
5 10-3-5-9 10 The Padre 9 JS Miss Linda
6 5-7-2-3-4 5 Full Steam Ahead 3 From The North
7 7-6-1-3 7 Casino Comp 3 West Coast Wanita
8 6-4-5-3-10 6 Park Lane Sue 5 The Bubbler
9 4-7-8-6-9 4 Big Cookie 6 Wen Marís Chip
10 3-7-10-1-4 3 Whirlwind Diplomacy 1 Tymeto B Bluegrass
11 5-8-4-7-9 5 Western Deal 4 Jimenys Star

Trying to jump start Balmoral handle after a very rainy and dismal Saturday. Many of our best players will return to play Balmoral this evening so come prepared because the pool sizes will be much larger tonight. Balmoral percentage of winning favorites in 2013 is currently 26 percent.

Congratulations to The Meadowlands on their handle numbers in 2013!

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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