by Jeremy Plonk
January 19, 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.
Santa Anita has a $555,555 Rainbow 6 carryover going into this 3-day racing week, Friday through Sunday ... Feature races this weekend include Saturday’s Grade 3 Palos Verdes for sprinters (including defending champion Captain Scotty) and Sunday’s Clocker’s Corner for turf sprinters ... Jockeys Flavien Prat, Joel Rosario, Mike Smith and Drayden Van Dyke will be out of town Friday and Saturday, riding Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup Day card at Gulfstream Park … Xpressbet Beat the Host this week will feature Jeff Siegel of XBTV as the public’s rival. Beat Jeff in a mix of 10 races from Santa Anita and Gulfstream to take down your share of $60K in seasonal and weekly prizes at Xpressbet.com.
It’s a rare carryover week in the Stronach 5 with more than $97,000 in ‘dead’ money up for grabs. Stronach 5 races this Friday, January 22, will be:
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 3:55
Leg B – Laurel Park Race 9
Leg C – Santa Anita Race 3
Leg D – Golden Gate Fields Race 3
Leg E – Gulfstream Park Race 10
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 24% or greater win rate.
Best Speed Track
Last Race Class
Trends Last Week
-- Trainer Bob Baffert was 5: 3-0-0 on the week, including 3-for-3 with favorites (all at 6-5 or less). All 3 winners came on dirt, including promising debut 3-year-old Concert Tour, a potential Triple Crown trail stakes player.
-- Trainer John Sadler posted an 11: 3-2-1 record following a solid week the previous week. He’s turned the corner from a slot meet start and flashed a 1-2 finish in the Grade 3 Astra on turf.
-- Trainer Jeff Bonde was 2-for-5 with $6 and $17, winning sprints on both dirt and turf.
-- Typically high percentage trainers Peter Miller (1-12) and Phil D’Amato (1-11) were uncharacteristically quiet on the week.
-- Jockey Flavien Prat was 7: 3-3-0 aboard favorites. He’s 20: 8-6-2 on chalk at the meet (40% win, 70% exacta).