On the heels of a record breaking harness racing month, Balmoral Park has extended their pick four guarantees into the month of May. And for the record, what a month it was! I can truthfully say that I am blown away with the success of our guaranteed pick 4 pools. Can you believe these numbers!
With the temporary absence of The Big M in April, Balmoral Pick 4 pools were the highest in the country. $267, 173 was wagered on the eight guaranteed pick 4 pools, generating an average pool of $32,646 .
Through March 31st, the average pick 4 pool in 2011 was $15,629. With the help of the guaranteed pools, the 2011 average now stands at $18,577 with over $900,000 being wagered on the 49 pick fours this year.
Betting on the Balmoral Park product was not limited to the pick 4 pools in April. On the eight nights the guarantee was offered, interest in other pools was increased as well. Betting on those eight nights totaled $8,345,966, an average of $1,043,245 per night. Dividing the total handle by 91 races, the average race on the guarantee nights averaged $91,713.
The first pick 4 in May did gangbuster numbers on Sunday. A Pick 4 pool of $36,860 was a fantastic start to the month. Even the Wednesday, May 4th pool was $17,149, the highest in the country even though the Wednesday Pick 4 has no guarantee. Even with 2-5 favorite Pardon winning the third leg the $1 pick four payout was $1,792.60 .
Balmoral Park will offer $25,000 guaranteed pick 4 pools on Sunday and a $15,000 guarantee on the Saturday pick four. The takeout is just 15% and the minimum wager is a dollar. The Balmoral pick four is always on the final four races on the card. Free past performance program pages are available via the handicapping section at ustrotting.com.