Day At The Track

Balmoral raises Pick 4 & Pick 5 this weekend

11:29 PM 13 Apr 2012 NZST
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A one day Pick 5 carryover of $9,665 will once again bring harness racing players across North America to wager on two guaranteed pools at Balmoral Park on Saturday. The 50 cent Pick 5 wager is offered on races 2 thru 6.

With the large carryover in play, the USTA and Balmoral Park have created a $35,000 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.

One month ago on February 22, a bevy of mid-priced and longshot winners throughout the five-race sequence provided three lucky fans a winning payout of $44,675.10 for a 50 cent wager. That amount was the largest Pick 5 payout in Balmoral Park history. Through April 9, the average wagered on 41 guaranteed pick 4 pools at Balmoral Park is $20,900 a night. The average 50 cent payout is $4,096.68.

Balmoral will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool on races 10 thru 13. The Pick 4 has a one dollar minimum . 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 $3,096.74. The average Pick Four pool in March was a record $40,316.

Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free program pages for the guaranteed pools immediately courtesy of the USTA and Track Master on the handicapping section at

Sunday Night Racing at Balmoral Park has been an enormous success. Four Sunday cards in March produced a handle of $4,841,800. The four ten race cards averaged $121,045 per race. On the heels of those increasing numbers, the USTA and Balmoral Park are raising the bar again.

Starting this Sunday April 15, Balmoral Park will raise their two Sunday guarantees by $5,000 each. The 50 cent Pick Five will now have a guarantee of $15,000 every Sunday. The Sunday Pick Four now offers a $30,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout, 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 33 per cent.

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 past performance program pages .

By Michael Antoniades, Balmoral Park Racing Analyst

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