by Jeremy Plonk
March 2, 2021
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Gulfstream Park. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in South Florida. And be sure to support Gulfstream by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Gulfstream Park.
There’s a $562,217 Rainbow 6 carryover ($950,000-guaranteed pool) heading into Wednesday’s weekly kickoff card … Sprinters take center stage this week with a trio of Saturday dash stakes – the Hutcheson and Amy Limit on dirt, and the Captiva Island on turf … Trainer Shug McGaughey told the Gulfstream notes team that last Saturday’s Fountain of Youth winner Greatest Honour would be pointed next to the Grade 1 Curlin Florida Derby, presented by Hill ‘n Dale Farm, at Gulfstream on March 27 … Good luck to the 870 players who qualified for March 13 Xpressbet Beat the Host Championship Round, which will be comprised of 5 contest races from Santa Anita and Gulfstream.
Last week’s Stronach 5 paid $1,156.90. Stronach 5 races this Friday, March 5, will be:
Leg A: Laurel Park Race 8 with a post time of 3:55 pm ET
Leg B: Gulfstream Race 7
Leg C: Santa Anita Race 3
Leg D: Golden Gate Fields Race 3
Leg E: Gulfstream 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 Gulfstream Park last week, each winning at a 24% or greater win rate and flat-bet profit.
Speed Last Race
Last Late Pace
Last Turn Time
Trends Last Week
-- Jockey Jose Ortiz had one of his best weeks of the meet, hitting 22% (8-37) with a $1.62 ROI for every $1 bet. He was 6: 4-0-2 on favorites, including back-to-back graded stakes Saturday with Antoinette and Fountain of Youth winner Greatest Honour. He had 4 winners at $15 plus, including 10-1 and 20-1 shots.
-- Jockey Luis Saez was on point locally at 18: 6-5-0 ($1.73 ROI for every $1 bet) to start the week, and then added a road trip to Oaklawn to win Saturday’s Southwest Stakes with champion Essential Quality.
-- Trainer Todd Pletcher was an all-or-nothing 22: 7-0-0 on the week and posted a 6: 4-0-0 mark with favorites. He won graded stakes Saturday with Fearless and Con Lima, the latter via DQ. Pletcher was 4-for-11 with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the saddle.
-- Trainer Ralph Nicks had a sharp 8: 4-0-0 record that included $9, $13 and $28 winners. His impressive 3-year-old American Prince turned heads in a Sunday maiden special weight sprint. Nicks and Tyler Gaffalione were 3-for-3 in tandem.
-- Trainer David Fawkes was 5: 2-1-0 with a massive $7.66 ROI for every $1 bet. He did most of his damage on turf, including a $70 winner Sunday.
-- Trainer Peter Walder came back to earth some at 5: 1-2-0 on the week. He won his seventh straight race to open the week on Wednesday and was 0-for-3 thereafter. He’s still a remarkable 11: 7-2-0 since Feb. 18.