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 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 leading jockey Alexander Crispin was named a finalist for the 2020 Eclipse Award as the nation’s top apprentice jockey. The award winners will be announced Jan. 28, and Crispin will try to become the 12th Maryland-based rider to take leading apprentice in the honor’s 47-year history … The Rainbow 6 has a $8,916 carryover heading into this racing week, Friday through Sunday ... Laurel Park fans will have a vested home interest in Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park as locally based Pimlico Special winner Harpers First Ride takes the national stage … Nominations for Laurel’s next big stakes weekend, Feb. 13, will close a week from Saturday on Jan. 30.
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 Laurel, each posting at least 23% winners and a flat-bet profit. Speed factors weren’t as dominant last week as recent weeks, perhaps due to the quality stakes program offered Saturday.
Last Race Class
Trends Last Week
-- Top trainer Claudio Gonzalez was strong again at 13: 4-2-5, posting 85% in the money with an ROI of $2.02 for every $1 bet. His winners included $14, $16 and $16 scores with jockey Alex Cintron piloting home a pair of those.
-- Trainer Cal Lynch went 2-for-2 in limited bids, smashing the tote with $54 and $10 winners. Both came Jan. 15 in the claiming ranks.
-- Trainer Keiron Magee was 5: 2-0-2, including 2-for-2 in 2-turn route races. Those winners featured a $29 bopper, while Magee also had a 31-1 shot light the trifecta.
-- Trainer Robbie Bailes posted a sharp 4: 2-2-0 mark with a pair of $13 winners, as well as 5-1 and 9-1 runner-up finishes. All 4 runners came in 1-turn affairs for a claiming tag.
-- Hot jockey Alexander Crispin hit is first protracted cold streak of the fall-winter at Laurel, going 0-for-21 last week after a smashing 41% run the previous 2 weeks.
-- Jockey Sheldon Russell was a razor-sharp 17: 6-5-2 on the week. That’s 35% wins, 65% in the exacta and a $1.62 ROI for every $1 bet.