by Jeremy Plonk
February 16, 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 carryover will be $234,846 heading into Friday’s start to the racing week … Feature races this week include Saturday’s Grade 2 Buena Vista on turf and Sunday’s Spring Fever for Cal-bred distaff sprinters … Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will take over as agent for jockey Drayden Van Dyke later this month … Santa Anita-based Sham Stakes winner Life Is Good closed as the 7-1 individual favorite in last week’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 … Santa Anita’s Grade 1 Malibu winner Charlatan is in Riyadh for Saturday’s $20 million Saudi Cup, which you can wager on the full card with Xpressbet and 1/ST BET.
Last week’s Stronach 5 paid $511 to 354 winning tickets, all winners at 4-1 or less. Stronach 5 races this Friday, February 19, will be:
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:17 pm ET
Leg B – Santa Anita Park Race 3
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 10
Leg D – Gulfstream Park Race 9
Leg E – Golden Gate Fields Race 3
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 32% or greater win rate and a flat-bet profit. Note that Santa Anita was the 1/ST BET app’s strongest track in America last week with 41% winners picked on top by the Handicapping feature.
Avg. Late Pace
% Horses Beaten
Speed Last Race
Trends Last Week
-- Trainer Peter Eurton continued his hot recent ways with a 10: 4-1-0 week. He’s now 7-for-17 over the past 2 weeks.
-- Trainer Bob Baffert had another lively week at 10: 4-3-2, which included $10 and $20 winners, the latter coming in Grade 2 company with Merneith.
-- Trainer Andrew Lerner went 2-for-4 with claiming victories at 9-5 and 6-1 while luring top jockeys Flavien Prat and Joel Rosario.
-- Trainer Paddy Gallagher made the most of limited starts, posting a 3: 2-0-0 mark with $13 and $21 victories both coming in turf miles.
-- Jockey Flavien Prat had his best week of 2021 with a 28: 11-6-2 mark. That’s 39% wins and a 61% in the exacta. Prat was 2-2 with Richard Mandella and Peter Eurton. Prat was 10: 5-2-0 in dirt races.
-- Favorites were 16: 8-5-2 on dirt last week, hitting 50% wins, 81% in the exacta and 94% in the trifecta. Over the past 3 weeks, dirt chalk is now 20-for-41 (49%).