As part of
Balmoral’s Saturday card fans will get the chance to play into a pair of
guaranteed pools before heading into the break. The 50 cent Pick 5 (races 2-6)
has a carryover of $6,098 and will be guaranteed at $30,000 while the $1 Pick 4
(races 10-13) will have a $20,000 guaranteed pool.
Saturday card at Balmoral came up very strong with a trio of top class events
sharing top billing. A $12,500 “Winners Over” for trotters has drawn a field of
eight in race seven and will kick off a very attractive Pick 3. A pair of
$300,000 plus career winners in Evil Urges (3-1) and newcomer Celebrity
Hercules (4-1) figure to lead the way among this group.
A field of
10 distaffers will slug it out in race eight which is a $16,000 Filly &
Mare Open-Handicap. Among those going postward in here are Betterluvnextime
(3-1), a winner in this event back on Jan. 19th in 1:53.2 and Aqua
Artist (7-2), who captured her last start in a blistering 152.2.
St. Elmo Hero (2-1) will lead a field of nine postward in race nine which is a
$17,000 Invitational-Handicap. The 33-time career winner who boasts lifetime
earnings of more than $663,000 for John Barnard will be looking for his third
straight win over these rivals. Among those expected to challenge are Al’s Hammered
(9-2), an 11-time winner in 2012 and the veteran Fort Silky (4-1), who boasts
lifetime earnings of nearly $310,000. Eight of the nine participants in the
race have career bankrolls of more than $100,000.