by Jeremy Plonk
December 1, 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.
Jaxon Traveler, impressive in 2 victories in 2 starts, headlines Saturday’s probables for the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship. Entries will be drawn Wednesday, as well as for the same-day Maryland Juvenile Fillies Championship … 2020 Pimlico Special winner Harper’s First Ride topped the $500,000 mark in career earnings with his Nov. 28 victory in the Richard Small Stakes … Nominations close Dec. 17 for the Dec. 26 Christmastide Stakes card that boasts $850,000 in purses over 8 races … Maryland-breds won 4 of the 6 open-company stakes on the Nov. 28 Fall Festival.
Last week’s carryover Stronach 5 paid $68,683 to 7 winning tickets. The Dec. 4 Stronach 5 will be comprised of the following races:
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 3:49
Leg B – Gulfstream Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:00
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:18
Leg D – Gulfstream Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:30
Leg E – Gulfstream Park Race 10 with an approximate post time of 5:00
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 31% winners.
Best Lifetime Speed
Best Speed Last 3
Best Speed Today’s Track
Trends Last Week
-- Trainer Claudio Gonzalez had the only barn with more than 2 wins on the week, posting a solid 20: 5-4-1 mark. But all 5 winners were 6-5 or less odds, going 4-for-7 with favorites. Even at 25% wins, Gonzalez trainees only return $0.48 for every $1 bet.
-- Trainer Lacey Gaudet made the most of limited tries with a 3: 2-0-1 record. Her winners returned $10 and $42 for a crazy $8.77 ROI for every $1 bet. Gaudet hit 25% during November with a $2.36 ROI.
-- Trainer Gary Capuano won with both of his starters, scoring a $3 chalk and a $44 whopper in the process. His barn hit 24% in November with a $2.21 ROI for every $1 bet on the month.
-- Apprentice jockey Crispin Alexander continued his ascension since the end of the Delaware Park season, going 14: 4-2-1 and posting a sharp $2.13 ROI for every $1 bet. His 4 victories were for 4 different trainers.
-- Jockey Weston Hamilton had a huge week by his standards, 7: 3-2-2 overall with $22 and $48 winners (the riding hat trick coming Nov. 29). Hamilton pocketed a $5.29 ROI for every $1 bet on the week, and added a 10-1 runner-up – while riding for 7 different trainers.