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$40,000 instant guarantee - Saturday Pick 5

06:27 AM 21 Apr 2012 NZST
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USTA Strategic Wagering

Balmoral Park will once again offer four guaranteed pools this weekend. A one day Pick 5 carryover of $9,429 will kick off the harness racing action on Saturday night.

The popular 50 cent Pick 5 wager is offered on races 2 thru 6. The USTA and Balmoral Park have created a $40,000 instant guaranteed pool on the Saturday Pick 5. Post time for the second race is 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central and 5:30 Pacific.

Through April 20, the average wagered on 45 guaranteed Pick 5 pools at Balmoral Park is $21.091 a night. The average 50 cent payout is $3,839.17.

The Saturday and Sunday programs are loaded with ten horse fields.221 horses are scheduled to compete in 23 races for an average of over 9.61 horses per race. Two Saturday cards in April have handled $2,718,773 for a nightly average of $1,359,386 and a Saturday average of $104,568 per race.

Sunday Night Racing at Balmoral with two guaranteed pools produced great results for the Illinois track as well. The two Sunday cards in April handled $2,459,218 for only twenty races. The Sunday averages were $1,229,609 per night for a sensational average of $122,960 wagered per race. Two trifecta pools surpassed $50,000 last weekend.

Balmoral will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool on Saturday. The Pick 4 has a one dollar minimum. The Saturday Pick Four pools in April are averaging more than $30,000. Balmoral offers a Guaranteed Pick 4 wager every night with free program pages and a 15% takeout.

Through April 9, the average one dollar payout is $2,883.87. The average Pick Four pool in 2012 was a record $32,276.

Sunday April 15, Balmoral Park raised their two Sunday guarantees by $5,000 each. The Balmoral 50 cent Pick Five now has a guarantee of $15,000 every Sunday. The Sunday Pick Four now offers a low takeout of 15 per cent and a $30,000 guaranteed pool.

Last Sunday the pool was $41,166. The Wednesday and Saturday Pick Four guarantees remain at $20,000 with the same 15% takeout. Balmoral Park currently has the lowest percentage of winning favorites in the country at 34 per cent.

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 on the handicapping section at

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.

By Michael ANTONIADES, Balmoral Park Racing Analyst

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