by Jeremy Plonk
September 16, 2020
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Laurel Park. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Maryland. And be sure to support Laurel Park by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Maryland Jockey Club.
A field of 12-14 is being considered possible for the Oct. 3 Preakness, headlined by Kentucky Derby winner Authentic. A decision on Belmont champ Tiz the Law remains up in the air for another week, according to his connections, though trainer Tom Drury Jr. said Blue Grass victor Art Collector appears to be on track to compete at Old Hilltop … Happy Saver earned a “Win & You’re In” berth to the Preakness with his Labor Day Monday score in the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel Park for trainer Todd Pletcher. Tesio runner-up Monday Morning QB is under consideration for the Preakness as well as the same-day Jimmy Murphy at a mile on grass for 3-year-olds … The jackpot pick 6 pool heading into this week’s racing is $16,669.
The Stronach 5 was cancelled September 11, but will return Friday, September 18, and will be comprised of the following races (all times Eastern):
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 7 with an approximate post time of 3:40
Leg B – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:19
Leg C – Gulfstream Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:27
Leg D – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:58
Leg E – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:25
1/ST BET Top Factors Last Week:
Horseplayers using the 1/ST BET app saw the most success with these 3 of the 52 handicapping filters for Laurel Park, each showing a 28% win rate or higher with its top-rated contender. The factor Earnings at Distance provided a whopping $68.60 profit if you bet a $2 win play on each of its top contenders at Laurel for the week.
Earnings at Distance
In the Money %
Trainer 6 Month Win %
Trends Last Week
--Jockey Trevor McCarthy went 9: 4-1-1 last week as he eases back into his top spot in the colony. He went 3-for-3 on favorites, but also scored a $25 winner for good measure.
--Jockey Jorge Ruiz was a precision 6: 3-1-1 in limited bids. He piloted winners at 4-5, 5-2 and 7-1 odds, while hitting the board for 5 different trainers.
--Trainer Rodolpho Sanchez-Salamon had a big week at 4: 3-1-0, including $13 and $20 winners. That resulted in a $4.65 ROI for every $1 bet.
Trends Last 2 Weeks
--Jockey Katie Davis boasts a 15: 7-0-2 record (47% wins) and a $2.24 ROI for every $1 bet. She’s 4: 3-0-1 with trainer Annette Eubanks.
--Favorites on dirt have won at 47% over the past 2 weeks and are 67% in the exacta.
--Trainer Claudio Gonzalez has a 19: 6-3-3 mark over the past 2 weeks with all 6 winners 3-1 or less. He’s 6: 0-0-0 with horses at 9-2 or more odds during that time.