by Jeremy Plonk
October 20, 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.
Closing week of the 2020 autumn meet will run Friday through Sunday … Sunday’s card will have a mandatory payout in the Rainbow 6. There’s an $86,131 carryover into Friday’s return to action … A trio of turf stakes are lined up: Saturday’s Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy for filly/mare sprinters, along with Sunday’s Grade 2 Goldikova for filly/mare milers and Lure for Cal-bred milers … Flavien Prat leads Juan Hernandez 22-19 heading into the final week in the race for leading jockey. Peter Miller holds a 10-9 edge on Bob Baffert for the trainer’s title … Weekend handle on the new Golden Hour Pick Four, matching the final 2 races daily at Golden Gate and Santa Anita, averaged more than $140,000 as interest in the wager grows.
The Stronach 5 paid $7144 last week to 14 tickets even with 3 winners at 5-2 or less. The Oct. 23 Stronach 5 will be comprised of the following races:
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:18 ET
Leg B – Gulfstream Park West Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:32 ET
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:50 ET
Leg D – Santa Anita Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:08 ET
Leg E – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:25 ET
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 21% or more. Last Purse was a top-3 factor for the second straight week.
Best Speed Track
Last Late Pace
Trends Last Week
--Trainer Bob Baffert posted an 8: 4-2-2 week with no misfires, winning 3 maiden special weight races and a stakes. His maidens were 5: 3-2-0.
--Trainer Doug O’Neill continued his perk up with an 8: 2-1-3 record that featured $7 and $11 winners. Both victories came with first-time starters on turf. O’Neill is 9: 3-3-1 with turf sprinters the past 2 weeks.
--Trainer Ryan Hanson won 2 of 4 with limited opportunities, scoring $7 and $13 winners in sprints (1 turf, 1 dirt).
--Trainer Craig Lewis went 5: 2-2-0, scoring a pair of turf winners including a $10 return. He had 1 win and 1 second in 2 team bids with leading jockey Flavien Prat.
--Jockey Abel Cedillo was 17: 4-4-3, thanks in part to a 5: 2-2-1 pairing with trainer Bob Baffert. Another $30 winner help Cedillo to a $1.60 ROI for every $1 bet on the week.
--Dirt favorites didn’t miss an exacta remarkably last week at 14: 6-8-0.