by Jeremy Plonk
September 29, 2020
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Santa Anita. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Southern California. And be sure to support Santa Anita by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Santa Anita.
Week 2 of the Santa Anita autumn meet continues the Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule … Santa Anita’s Jackpot Pick 6 carryover into the week stands at $128,195 … Turf milers are in the spotlight this week with Saturday’s Grade 2 City of Hope Mile, as well as Sunday’s co-features for the 2-year-olds, the Surfer Girl and Zuma Beach … Last week’s launch of the daily Golden Hour Pick 4, matching the final 2 races daily at SA and Golden Gate, saw $1 returns of $4606, $187 and $2066 (average pool approximately $60,000) …. Santa Anita Derby runner-up and Kentucky Derby hero Authentic headlines Saturday’s Preakness at Pimlico, where he’ll meet Santa Anita Oaks heroine Swiss Skydiver in a unique clash.
The Stronach 5 paid $5,248.90 last week to 26 winning tickets with no winner over 6-1 odds. The Oct. 2 Stronach 5 will be comprised of the following races (all times Eastern):
Leg A – Pimlico Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:40
Leg B – Santa Anita Race 4 with an approximate post time of 5:10
Leg C – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:30
Leg D – Santa Anita Race 5 with an approximate post time of 5:44
Leg E – Pimlico Race 10 with an approximate post time of 5:51
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 Santa Anita last week, each winning 30% of more with a flat-bet profit.
In-The-Money (ITM) %
Best Speed Distance
Best Speed Last 3
Trends Last Week
--As expected in last week’s 5 Keys to Watch blog, trainer Peter Miller got off to a fast start at the meet. He went 15: 4-1-1, going 3-for-4 with favorites and adding $18 winner Get Her Number in the Grade 1 American Pharoah.
--Bob Baffert, no stranger to SA success, got off to a 13: 4-4-2 start. But he was only 1-for-6 with favorites, owing to 3 seconds and 2 third-place finishes. All 4 of his winners were 2-1 or less.
--Surprising slow starts to the meet for John Sadler (0-10), Doug O’Neill (1-16) and Richard Baltas (1-15) are of note.
--Jockey Flavien Prat had the best opening week with a 24: 7-7-1 mark, winning 29% and 58% in the exacta. He was 6: 3-2-0 aboard favorites, and 2-for-2 riding for trainer Leonard Powell.
--Jockey Juan Hernandez scored 25% wins and a $1.49 ROI for every $1 bet. He won for 5 different barns and boasted $15 and $22 winners.
--Favorites dominated turf races at 8-for-15 (53%), particularly strong in grass routes at 4-for-6.