With a carryover of just over $10,000 and more than $80,000 in "new money” put through the betting windows, Wednesday night's 50 cent Pick 5 wager at Balmoral Park gave gamblers a great chance to share in the Holiday cheer. And it did just that for one lucky gambler who toted home a Balmoral Park record payoff of $70,192.20 as the lone winner of wager.
Things started as expected as 8-5 second choice Kitty O'Brien (Pat Curtin) captured the first leg of the Pick 5 which entails races two through six each night. The toteboard lit up like a Christmas tree in leg two though as 32-1 outsider Flirtin With Danger (Lamar Wingard) pulled off a shocking upset from post position 10. That was followed up by another upset as Brilliant Chief (Casey Leonard) parlayed a perfect two-hole trip into a victory at 19-1 in the third leg of the wager. Chalk players were rewarded in the fourth leg of the bet as 6-5 favorite Full Steam Ahead (Kyle Wilfong) made every call a winning one.
The last leg of the wager saw Fox Valley Arrow (Casey Leonard) turn a ground saving journey into a victory at odds of 9-2.
The winning numbers of 2-10-1- (5-9)-1 resulted in a final payout of $70,192.20, easily eclipsing the previous record of $44,675.10 which had been set in Feb of 2012. There was no word as of release time as to where the winning ticket was purchased.
Spurred on by the big Pick 5 pool and a craving for harness action after a two-day hiatus horseplayers wagered $1,197,484 on the special 12-race program on Wednesday night at Balmoral. Wednesday's Pick 4 at Balmoral Park also brought a handsome return as the $1 wager returned a hefty $24,977.30 on the combination of 1-3-7-2. (Balmoral Park)