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 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 $580,061 Rainbow 6 carryover heading into Friday’s return to action, and a guaranteed payout of that pool is set for Saturday – with an estimated pool of more than $6 million if a single ticket isn’t hit Friday … Saturday’s tradition-rich Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap card includes 5 stakes, including the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile and the Grade 2 San Felipe for Triple Crown hopefuls … Louisiana-based unbeaten Maxfield is among those expected to enter Wednesday for the Big ‘Cap … Bob Baffert’s Life is Good and Medina Spirit are among the leading probables for the San Felipe … Sunday’s main event will be the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel, final local prep for the Santa Anita Oaks ... Good luck to the 870 players who qualified for the 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 Santa Anita Park last week, each winning at a 36% or greater win rate and showing a flat-bet profit.
Trends Last Week
-- Jockey Flavien Prat continued a strong run with a 16: 5-4-5 week that upped his mark to 14-for-36 (39% wins) over the past 2 weeks. Prat’s 5 wins, as well as 12 of his 16 mounts, were with horses 3-1 or less. He was 10: 4-2-3 on turf.
-- Trainer Peter Miller appears beyond his slump, putting up an 11: 3-1-3 week and $1.94 ROI for every $1 bet. Miller flashed $17 and $18 winners and was 6: 3-0-2 on turf (0-5 on dirt). He’s now 5 for his last 19 after a chilly January-February streak, including a $33 score 2 weeks ago.
-- Trainer Phil D’Amato continues his strong ways with a 8: 3-2-1 record last week. He was 3: 2-1-0 with favorites, but did have a 12-1 shot in the money as well.
-- Trainer Richard Mandella quietly has gone about a hot streak with a 5-for-8 mark the past 3 weeks, going 1-for-1 with his only starter last week. He’s 4-for-5 teamed with Flavien Prat over the run. Mandella-Prat have combined for
a rousing 12: 7-0-4 record at the current meet.
-- Main track favorites came back to earth at 4-for-15 last week (27%) after a wild 27-for-53 run over the previous 4 weeks.