by Jeremy Plonk
January 6, 2021
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Santa Anita Park. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Southern California. And be sure to support “The Great Race Place” by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Santa Anita Park.
The Rainbow 6 comes into the week with a $144,099 carryover for Friday as well as $8,634 in the Super High Five pool … Feature races this weekend are the Saturday’s Grade 3 La Canada and Grade 3 Las Cienegas, the latter expected to attract the talented Jolie Olimpica. Sunday’s feature will be the listed Kalookan Queen Stakes … Last Saturday’s Sham Stakes winner Life Is Good, favorite in the Pool 1 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, is under consideration for March’s San Felipe, though trainer Bob Baffert did not rule out other possibilities … The Xpressbet Beat the Host contest hits Week 2 of 9 this Saturday and features 5 races from Gulfstream and Santa Anita. The host to beat will be XBTV’s Millie Ball. Play online at Xpressbet.com for your share of $60,000 in seasonal prizes.
Last week’s $1 Stronach 5 paid $196.30 on a popular return. Stronach 5 races this Friday, January 8, will be:
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 3:55
Leg B – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:25
Leg C – Santa Anita Race 3 with an approximate post time of 4:32
Leg D – Gulfstream Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:42
Leg E – Gulfstream Park Race 10 with an approximate post time of 5:13
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 Park last week, each winning at a 29% or greater win rate and all the speed category.
Average 2 of 3 Speed
Best Lifetime Speed
Trends Last Week
-- Favorites under-performed at 9-for-36 (25%), similar results on dirt and turf. They went 1-for-8 in allowance races, a condition now just 2-for-12 with favorites at the young meet.
-- Trainer Peter Miller turned it up with a 15: 5-1-2 week that included a $1.78 ROI for every $1 bet. All 5 winners were 2-1 or more, and he won graded stakes with Hembree and Anothertwistafate.
-- Trainer Shelbe Ruis did good things with limited chances, a precision 3: 2-0-1 record that included a 5-1 win and an 11-1 third with turf milers.
-- Trainer Simon Callaghan also was on point with a 3: 2-0-0 mark that featured $17 winner Roman Centurian’s Jan. 3 maiden breaker that could propel him onto the Santa Anita Derby trail.
-- Jockeys Juan Hernandez, Joel Rosario and Umberto Rispoli lit it up, each winning 29-30% and showing significant flat-bet profits. That trio alone accounted for 19 of the 36 winners last week at SA.