Chicago racing analyst Michael Antoniades informs us that Balmoral Park's pick 4 pools have reached "A" track status in July, with pools in the $30,000 range. Since lowering the takeout from 25% to 15% in 2010, the track has promoted its new pick 4 with verve, showing other tracks what can be done. In early 2010, pools averaged less than $7500 most evenings.
Harness players can get free past performances for the pick 4 at ustrotting.com, and Michael's top-notch analysis can be found at oddsonracing.com.
Big M Press Release on Larry Lederman Benefit
We'll be playing into this race, and we hope you do too!
This Saturday, August 13, harness fans are encouraged to bet an extra $5 on the fifth race at Meadowlands Racetrack to help harness announcer Larry Lederman as he undergoes treatment for a malignant brain tumor.
The Meadowlands Racetrack and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will donate all net profits from both on-track and simulcast wagering on the fifth race to help defray Lederman’s medical expenses.
Lederman’s quick wit and trademark baritone have made him a fan favorite at racetracks such as Garden State Park, Atlantic City and Freehold. He will call the fifth race Saturday night using his famous impersonations of other track announcers. Fans can vote for the race callers they would like to hear him impersonate on Meadowlands Racetrack's Facebook Fan Page or by emailing email@example.com. Lederman will sign autographs and pose for photos at the Kahuna Wedge Deck from 7-8 p.m.
A doo wop concert and classic car show are also on tap for Saturday night. Bill Haley's Comets ("Rock Around The Clock," "Shake Rattle and Roll") and The Rip Chords ("Hey Little Cobra) will perform beginning at 6 p.m. The concert is included in the $1 general admission fee.