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 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.
Local star and 2020 Pimlico Special winner Harpers First Ride was among the invitees announced Sunday for Gulfstream Park’s Pegasus World Cup on January 23 … Jockey Carol Cedeno, 6-time leading rider at Delaware Park, notched career win No. 1000 on Saturday at Laurel Park ... Jockey Sheldon Russell wrapped up the 2020 Fall Meet riding title after a pair of winners New Year’s Eve. It marks the eighth career leading jockey crown in Maryland for Russell, and his first since 2015 … The Rainbow 6 was hit Sunday and starts anew when live racing resumes this week Friday through Sunday.
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 Laurel, each posting at least 27% winners. For the first time in 5 weeks, the speed factors were not dominant at Laurel.
Jockey 1 Year Win %
In The Money (ITM) %
Trends Last Week
-- Apprentice jockey Alexander Crispin had one of his best week’s in Maryland, boasting a 26: 10-1-6 record. That’s 39% wins and a $2.18 ROI for every $1 bet. He was a trustworthy 8: 4-1-2 aboard favorites. Crispin’s 10 wins were for 8 different trainers, doubling with Mary Eppler and Mike Trombetta.
-- Jockey Johan Rosado went 11: 5-1-3 in a big week. His $2.95 ROI for every $1 bet was a result of all 5 winners paying between $9-$23. He also bottomed the trifecta with a 44-1 shot.
-- Trainer Hugh McMahon had a solid 6: 2-1-1 week, featuring a juicy pair of $12 winners and 9-1 and 11-1 shots in the superfecta.
-- Trainer Mary Eppler went 2-for-3 with limited chances, including a $44 winner. She was 2-for-2 when employing apprentice Alexander Crispin in the saddle.
-- Favorites were just 4-for-19 (21%) in claiming races last week.