by Jeremy Plonk
February 2, 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.
A special 4-day racing week looms Thursday-Sunday, the kickoff day rescheduled from a weather cancellation last Sunday … The Rainbow 6 carryover will be $19,640 going into Thursday’s racing ... Congratulations to Laurel-based rider Alexander Crispin, honored last Thursday with the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top apprentice jockey … Nominations have closed for the Feb. 13 $900,000 Winter Sprintfest 6-stakes program at Laurel. Among those stakes stars on the various lists include Eres Tu, Sharp Star, Hello Beautiful, Majestic Dunhill, Mischievous Alex, Kenny Had a Notion and Street Lute.
Last week’s Stronach 5 paid $1,053 despite no winners above 4-1 odds. Stronach 5 races this Friday, February 5, will be:
Leg A – Gulfstream Park Race 7 with an approximate post time of 4:15
Leg B – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:29
Leg C – Santa Anita Park Race 3 with an approximate post time of 4:35
Leg D – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 4:53
Leg E – Gulfstream Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 5:17
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% wins and a flat-bet profit. Speed factors remained at the head of the list again this past week as they have for much of the past few months.
ITM (In the Money) %
Best Speed Track
Best Lifetime Speed
Trends Last Week
-- Trainer Kelly Rubley was 2: 2-0-0 on the shortened 2-day race week, scoring $6 and $16 victories in claiming routes at 1 mile and 1-1/16 miles. The barn had been 0-31 since Nov. 28 at Laurel.
-- Trainer Jerry Robb went 4: 2-0-0 as the only other barn to double up wins, posting both victories ($6, $14) with jockey Xavier Perez.
-- Trainer Anthony Aguirre showed signs of a possible break-out to come with a 4: 0-0-3 mark, including 9-1 and 10-1 shots on the board. The barn is 8-11 in the money at Laurel since the start of December without a victory.
-- Jockey Julien Pimentel made the most of limited mounts, going 2-2, with $7 and $16 winners, both in routes.
-- Favorites are 20: 9-3-2 in claiming races over the past 2 weeks (45% wins).