by Jeremy Plonk
December 29, 2020
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Gulfstream Park. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in South Florida. And be sure to support Gulfstream by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Gulfstream Park.
The Rainbow 6 rings in the new week with a $339,222 carryover – creating a $600,000-guaranteed pool when racing resumes Wednesday. The Super High 5 has a $23,107 carryover … Post times this week are 12:35 pm ET on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday as well as 12:05 pm ET on Friday and Saturday … Gulfstream features 8 stakes this weekend, including 3 on New Year’s Day Friday and a 5-pack on Saturday, including the Mucho Macho Man Stakes to kick off the road to the Florida Derby for 3-year-olds … Xpressbet.com’s Beat the Host contest begins this Saturday and each week features 5 races each from Gulfstream and Santa Anita ($5 win bets). Take on this week’s host Jeremy Plonk for your share of $60,000 in prizes.
After a week holiday break for Christmas, the Stronach 5 races this Friday, January 1, will be:
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 3:55
Leg B – Gulfstream Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:11
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:25
Leg D – Santa Anita Race 3 with an approximate post time of 4:32
Leg E – Gulfstream Park Race 10 with an approximate post time of 4:42
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 Gulfstream Park last week, each winning at a 28% or greater win rate.
Avg. Best 2 of 3 Speed
Speed Last Race
Trends Last Week
-- Jockey Edgard Zayas paced the riders with 29% wins, 45% in the exacta and a $1.19 ROI for every $1 bet on his 31 mounts. He won twice each with trainers Juan Carlos Avila and Gustavo Delgado from only 5 combined mounts.
-- Trainer Todd Pletcher remained white-hot with a 13: 6-1-3 week. He’s now 12-for-31 over the past 2 weeks (17-for-47 total 3-week run). He saddled 3 maiden breakers for the second straight week. The barn went 4-for-7 with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons.
-- Trainer Danny Gargan won with his only starter on the week and now has a 5-for-7 record over the past 3 weeks. All of his meet victories have been at a mile or longer.
-- Trainer Shug McGaughey’s limited runners were on point last week at 3: 2-0-1, including promising Florida Derby trail hopeful Greatest Honour in a dirt route maiden special weight graduation.
-- In a week where favorites slightly underperformed overall, maiden claiming chalk continued its meet-long strength. The 10: 4-3-1 weekly mark makes MCL favorites 22-for-49 at the meet (45% wins, 63% in exacta).