by Jeremy Plonk
November 24, 2020
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Pimlico Race Course. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Maryland. And be sure to support Pimlico by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Maryland Jockey Club.
Saturday’s Laurel Fall Festival program features 6 stakes races on the main track, each worth $100,000. Among those in action could be Pimlico Special winner Harpers First Ride, Maryland Million Classic winner Monday Morning QB and DeFrancis Dash champ Laki among others. Entries will be taken Wednesday … Live racing returns with a special Thanksgiving Day holiday program Thursday. Post time for the first of eight races is 11:25 a.m. … There will be carryovers of $9,593.05 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 and $5,237.62 in the $1 Super Hi-5 wagers.
A $91,481 Stronach 5 carryover awaits horseplayers this Friday, Nov. 27 on what might be a ‘green’ Friday vs. black. The Nov. 27 Stronach 5 will be comprised of the following races:
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 7 with an approximate post time of 3:20
Leg B – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 3:50
Leg C – Gulfstream Park West Race 8 with an approximate post time of 3:58
Leg D – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:20
Leg E – Gulfstream Park West Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:27
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, each posting at least 24% winners.
Last Turn Time
Avg E1 Pace
Avg E2 Pace
Trends Last Week
--Trainer Hugh McMahon led the way with a 9: 4-1-1 week that included his milestone 1000th career victory on Sunday. His $1.97 ROI for every $1 bet included winners at $5, $7, $8 and $13. McMahon also had a 24-1 shot finish third.
--Veteran trainer Ned Allard was 4: 2-1-0 with limited strikes. All 4 runners were well-backed at 5-2 odds or less, and he went 2-for-2 with his claimers.
--Trainer Kelly Rubley’s 2-for-8 ledger included longshot bombers Champagne Toast ($29) and Full Dinner Jacket ($45). Both pricy winners came in 2-turn maiden claiming races.
--Jockey Sheldon Russell led all riders with a 17: 6-2-2 mark (35%) that included a whopping $2.69 ROI for every $1 bet. Russell mixed in $29 and $35 winners.
--Horses last raced at Delaware Park popped 5 winners last week, winning 17% overall, but posting a strong $1.75 ROI for every $1 bet.