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 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.
Friday’s Rainbow 6 carryover will be $181,922 … Stakes features this week are Saturday’s Grade 3 San Luis Rey for turf marathoners and Sunday’s Sensational Star for turf sprinters ... Triple Tap, half-brother to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, debuted a sharp winner March 13 at Santa Anita over 7 furlongs. Bob Baffert provided no firm future plan in the post-race … Congrats to 2020 Preakness-winning filly Swiss Skydiver on her successful 4-year-old debut, capturing the March 13 Grade 1 Beholder Mile with ease … Santa Anita announced last week that racing will be cancelled April 9 and 16, and there will be no turf racing April 10 and 11 to help protect the grass course.
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 Santa Anita Park last week, each winning at a 40% or greater win rate and showing a flat-bet profit. The 1/ST BET app picked a whopping 48% winners on top last week at Santa Anita, the top-performing track for the algorithm during that time.
Avg. Speed Last 3
Avg. Best 2 of 3 Speed
Jockey Current Year
Trends Last Week
-- Favorites dominated the going at 25: 14-3-3, producing 56% wins. Turf favorites were strongest at 13: 8-2-1 (62% wins, 77% in exacta).
-- Jockey Flavien Prat continued his roll at 25: 9-5-3. That’s 45% wins and 70% in the exacta, providing a $1.23 ROI for every $1 bet. Prat won with 8 different trainers, doubling up with Richard Baltas.
-- Apprentice jockey Emily Ellingwood had a strong 5: 2-1-0 record, riding 9-2 and 6-1 winners for trainer Ryan Hanson both at 7 furlongs.
-- Trainer Ryan Hanson was exacta perfection at 5: 2-3-0 on the week. All 5 starters came in dirt sprints, and both winners were over 7 furlongs.
-- Assistant trainer Leandro Moro went 8: 3-3-0 as the program trainer for suspended Doug O’Neill. Winners paid $7, $8 and $21 while the barn added a 9-1 runner-up.