Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
Balmoral Park’s business surge continues as wagering increases as spring ensues. The exotic combos, like the 50-cent Pick 5 and the weekend Pick 4s (which you can follow with our picks at the USTA site) continue to attract lots of play.
On Saturdays the 50 cent Pick-5 wager is offered on races two through six. It has offered a few delicious carryovers. On Feb. 22, five mid-priced and longshot winners in the mix awarded three fans $44,675.10. It was the largest Pick-5 payout in Balmoral history.
Balmoral also offers a $20,000-guaranteed Pick-4 pool on races 10 through 13. The Pick-4 has a one-dollar minimum and a 15-percent takeout. Through April 9, the average one-dollar payout has been $3,096.74. The average Pick-4 pool in March was a record $40,316.
Sunday night racing has also been an enormous success. Four Sunday cards in March produced a handle of $4,841,800. Starting Sunday, April 15, Balmoral will raise the two Sunday guarantees pools by $5,000 each. The 50-cent Pick-5 will have a guarantee of $15,000 every Sunday. The Sunday Pick-4 goes to a $30,000-guaranteed pool with a 15- percent takeout. The Wednesday and Saturday Pick-4 guarantees remain at $20,000 with the same 15-percent takeout.
Balmoral currently has the lowest percentage of winning favorites in the country at 33 percent. You read correctly, the lowest is 33 percent. Wow.