by Jeremy Plonk
December 23, 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.
Racing this week will be Saturday-Sunday only with no racing Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (Thursday-Friday) … Saturday’s spectacular 9-race card is one of the richest in Maryland history with $850,000 in stakes purses, including the rescheduled Grade 3 Allaire du Pont from Preakness Week. The marquee entrants among the 8 stakes include Pimlico Special winner Harpers First Ride, 3-time 2020 juvenile filly stakes winner Street Lute and Aqueduct’s Fall Highweight winner Share the Ride … A $9,551 Rainbow 6 carryover awaits horseplayers this week.
No Stronach 5 this week with Christmas Day falling on a Friday. The wager returns next Friday, January 1.
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 39% winners and a flat-best profit. For the third straight week, Speed factors swept the top 3.
Best Speed Distance
Best Speed Last 3
Avg Best 2 of last 3 Speed
Trends Last Week
-- Trainer Jerry Robb sizzled at 9: 5-2-0. He was 4: 3-1-0 with favorites and 7: 5-2-0 with runners at 7-2 or less. Robb won 3 races Dec. 19. Xavier Perez rode 4 of the Robb winners, Carol Cedeno the other.
-- Trainer Anthony Farrior continued his hot ways with an 8: 3-1-3 week that saw a $2.05 ROI for every $1 bet. Winners paid a solid $8, $10 and $14. Farrior was 4: 2-1-1 with Jevian Toledo aboard his charges.
-- The Samuel Davis barn made the most with limited chances, going 2: 1-0-1. Significant here was the $36 win price and the 30-1 odds on the third-place finisher. Davis had been 0-28 at Laurel since mid-March prior to the sudden success.
-- Jockey Jevian Toledo was on point at 11: 5-1-2, posting a $1.89 ROI for every $1 bet. His 5 wins came for 4 different barns, doubling down with Anthony Farrior. 4 of the 5 wins came in sprints.
-- Jockey Xavier Perez, right-hand man of trainer Jerry Robb, went 10: 4-2-0 with 8 of those mounts for his top barn. All 4 wins were aboard Robb trainees, topping out at a $9 return.
-- Favorites were 13-for-27 in a chalky week at Laurel with 46% wins and 79% in the exacta. They went 8: 5-2-0 in maiden claimers.