by Jeremy Plonk
March 9, 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.
Promising debut winner Prevalence returns Thursday in a Race 8 allowance that could springboard him toward one of April’s final round of Triple Crown prep races … Sprinters are co-featured this week in Saturday’s Hurricane Bertie Stakes and Silks Run Stakes, the latter on turf … Gulfstream Park starts anew Wednesday in the Rainbow 6 jackpot bet after Sunday’s mandatory payout lured $5.47 million in new wagers … Jockey Luis Saez will be on the road Saturday when he partners with champion 2-year-old and leading Triple Crown hopeful Essential Quality in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn … Good luck to the Xpressbet Beat the Host contest finalists who are playing Saturday in the Championship Round, which will be comprised of races from Santa Anita and Gulfstream.
Friday’s national wager the Stronach 5, which was to feature two races from Laurel and a carryover of $154,931, has been postponed to March 19.
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 33% or greater win rate.
Avg. Speed Last 3
Avg. Best 2 of 3 Speed
Jockey Current Year
Trends Last Week
-- Jockey Irad Ortiz had a 5-win Friday card and followed up with 4 on Sunday, producing a whopping 14 winners on the week. His nearly 26% win rate towered over the competition as only 2 other pilots topped 15%. Nine of his winners were favorites
-- Jockey Paco Lopez was 11: 5-3-0 aboard favorites last week, including 2-for-2 teamed with Kent Sweezey-trained chalks.
-- Trainer Gilberto Zerpa was on the money at 5: 3-0-0, posting all 3 wins in dirt sprints ($3, $6, $14 returns). All 3 winners were first time off the claim, a move that’s a Zerpa stats staple.
-- Trainer Anthony Quartarolo went 2-for-2 with limited strikes, snapping an 0-18 GP record in 2021 prior. Jose Ortiz rode both well-backed winners.
-- Since winning 7 straight races in late February, trainer Peter Walder has gone 0-7 (including 0-4 last week), which includes defeats at even-money and 6-5 odds.