Day At The Track


06:56 PM 05 Jun 2005 NZST
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While the live race days will be reduced from a four-day week down to two the action at Balmoral Park will still remain hot.

A bevy of stakes action and summer oriented promotions figure to keep things hopping at the Crete oval.

Effective from Tuesday, June 7, Balmoral Park will shift into their summer schedule with live racing being conducted on Tuesday and Saturday evening’s.

First post on both nights will be 7.40 pm. That schedule will remain in effect throughout the months of June, July and August.

State-bred pacers and trotters will garner most of the racing headlines during the month of June as the Armbro Charger, Fox Valley Evita, Kadabra, Rambling Willie, Jimmy Sunshine and Egyptian Grande Stakes will provide fans with plenty of wagering opportunities.

Among the promotions being offered in June are $2 Tuesday’s and Double Point Reward Tuesday’s for Horseplayer Plus Rewards Members.

Every Tuesday will feature $2 Margaritas, $2 Bud & Bud Light Drafts, 2 tacos for $2 and a 2 for 1 entree special in the Balmoral Club Dining Room while Horseplayer Plus Reward Members will earn double points on all their wagers!

There will also be a Balmoral Park Summer Sizzler on Saturday, June 18.

The theme will be Rock, Trot and Roll with live music from the 70’s. 80’s and 90’s on the apron and a special food and drink package being offered.

he $2 Tuesday’s will continue in July and Balmoral will also present another Summer Sizzler on Saturday, July 23.

This time the theme will be Caribbean Soul Night.

Once again there will be live music on the apron along with another special food and drink package for those who wish to dance the night away while watching and wagering on North America’s top harness racing.

The 2005 Hanover Stakes season gets underway in July with a pair of $60,000 3-Year-Old events on July 2.

Local fans will get their first live look at some of the top two-year-olds in the country as they visit Balmoral for a pair of $60,000 + events on July 5 & 9.

The prestigious American National Stakes season also kicks off with 2-Year-Old filly pacers going for $140,000 on July 19 while their male counterparts go for a $150,000 jackpot on July 23.

A pair of $60,000 + Hanover Stakes for 2-Year-Old trotters are scheduled for July 26 and the month ends with one of the top races of the year at Balmoral Park as sophomore pacing colts battle in the $250,000 American National on July 30.

There is plenty of state-bred action as well with the Sorce Ann, Poplar Byrd, Arsenal and Desperate Lady Stakes all on tap for what should be an action packed month.

Balmoral Park will once again play host to the U.S.A. Fest which will take place from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31.

The stakes schedule is light in August because of all the action at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and DuQuoin but fans will still have the chance to see some of the sports stars compete in $60,000 Hanover Stake for 3-Year-Old trotting fillies on August 23.

North America’s top 3-Year-Old trotting colts are also expected to pay the Crete oval a visit on August 27 for the $200,000 American National Stake.

The 4th Annual Celebrity Drivers Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, August 20.

Current and former Chicago sports stars like Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Savard, Chicago Bulls great Norm Van Lier, Major League Baseball veteran Dan Plesac, Chicago Cub pitcher Milt Pappas, and former Chicago Bears players like Thomas Sanders, Wendell Davis and Glen Kozlowski will battle with Chicago Media members in an effort to raise money for their favourite charities.

The $2 Tuesday promotion will continue throughout August and country music fans will get their chance to strut their stuff with the Boot Scootin’ Summer Sizzler Bash on Saturday, August 27.

For more information on upcoming events at Balmoral Park visit our website at

Courtesy Of Tom Kelley, Publicity Director, Balmoral Park

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