by Jeremy Plonk
March 16, 2021
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Laurel Park. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Maryland. And be sure to support Laurel Park by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Maryland Jockey Club.
The Rainbow 6 will have a $15,617 carryover heading into the racing week … March 13 Private Terms Stakes 1-2 finishers Shackled Love and Maythehorsebewithu are expected to re-match if all goes well between now and the April 17 $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes … Congrats to 2020 Preakness-winning filly Swiss Skydiver on her successful 4-year-old debut, capturing the March 13 Grade 1 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita with ease … 22-year-old Panamanian native Alexander Chavez won with his first US mount on March 13 at Laurel.
Last week’s Stronach 5 was postponed, resulting in a 2-week-old $154,931 carryover into this week’s offering. Stronach 5 races this Friday, March 19, will be:
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:30 ET
Leg B – Gulfstream Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:48 ET
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 5:03 ET
Leg D – Santa Anita Park Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:08 ET
Leg E – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:25 ET
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 Laurel, each posting at least 38% wins. Trainer Meet was a key factor for the second straight week.
Trends Last Week
-- Jockey Sheldon Russell rolled to an 11: 5-4-0 record during the shortened, 2-day racing week. He’s now 11 for his last 23 over the past 2 weeks.
-- Jockey Victor Carrasco went 9: 3-1-2 with a $53 longshot winner along the way. He won a pair of stakes on Saturday’s Good Samaritan Day card and was 2-for-2 in 7-furlong sprints.
-- Trainer Brittany Russell didn’t miss with a 6: 3-3-0 mark with 4 of those runners bet to favoritism. She did have a 3-1 winner and 5-1 runner-up as well.
-- Trainer Emanuel Geralis went 2-for-3 with limited bids and has 4 wins from his last 5 starters dating back to Feb. 7.
-- Favorites were a strong 18: 8-4-3 on the week (44% win, 67% in exacta) and are 18-for-43 the past 2 weeks (42%).