by Jeremy Plonk
February 23, 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 $424,910 Rainbow 6 carryover heading into this 3-day racing week, Friday-Sunday … Feature races this week will be Saturday’s Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-old turf milers and Sunday’s Tiznow Stakes for Cal-bred dirt milers … Unbeaten Sham winner Life Is Good worked a bullet 5 furlongs Sunday in 59.60 for the March 6 San Felipe Stakes, part of the Santa Anita Handicap Day undercard … 28-year-old Flavien Prat posted his 1,000th career victory last Friday at Santa Anita and leads the current meet standings heading into this week.
Last week’s Stronach 5 was cancelled due to weather issues at Laurel Park. Stronach 5 races this Friday, February 26, will be:
Leg A: Laurel Park Race 9 with a post time of 4:17 pm ET
Leg B: Santa Anita Race 3
Leg C: Gulfstream Race 8
Leg D: Laurel Race 10
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 35% or greater win rate. Note that jockeys Umberto Rispoli and Joel Rosario were out last week with travel, and the riders remaining turned out to be a key factor. The 1/ST BET app tabbed a strong 34% winners on the week and showed a $14.80 flat-bet profit.
Jockey 6 Mo. Win %
Avg. Best 2 of 3 Speed
Trends Last Week
-- Jockey Flavien Prat dominated in the absence of Umberto Rispoli and Joel Rosario, going 20: 9-4-2. He not only won 45% of his mounts, he won 33% of the races offered on the week and was in the exacta in nearly half of the offerings (13-27).
-- Apprentice jockey Emily Ellingwood won with 2 of her 4 mounts, popping with $9 and $24 winners, both coming in dirt miles. She was 1-for-22 at the meet prior, but now has 3 wins in her last 8 mounts.
-- Trainer Richard Baltas was on the money at 9: 4-0-2, all at $9 or less and a trio of winners at 2-1 or less. He used 4 different riders on his 4 winners.
-- Trainer Peter Miller had best week in a month, going 8: 2-2-1 and perhaps turning the corner on his slump. He had a $33 winner among those successes.
-- Trainer Peter Eurton advanced to 8-for-20 (40%) over the past 3 weeks with a $23 upsetter among his 3 limited starts this week.
-- Main track favorites were 12: 7-1-1 last week and now are 27-for-53 over the past 4 weeks.