by Jeremy Plonk
March 23, 2021
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Golden Gate Fields. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Northern California. And be sure to support GGF by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Golden Gate Fields.
Reminder that first post time has moved to 1:20 pm PT daily … Golden Gate has a $21,929 Rainbow 6 carryover heading into Thursday’s return for a 4-day racing week … The Golden Hour pick 4 had its top handle of the season last Sunday, topping $201K, with the final 2 races daily at GGF and Santa Anita paired in the popular wager … Friday’s Race 7 mile allowance co-feature could be a springboard toward the April 24 California Derby. The field of 7 has 4 last-out winners … Looking ahead: April 24 is San Francisco Mile Day at Golden Gate Fields and features the California Derby and Oaks on the undercard among 6 stakes. Nominations close April 15.
Last week’s Stronach 5 paid $313.30 with 4 winners at 2-1 or less and an $11 topper. Stronach 5 races this Friday, March 26, will be:
Leg A – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:30 ET
Leg B – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 5:03 ET
Leg C – Santa Anita Park Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:08 ET
Leg D – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:29 ET
Leg E – Gulfstream Park Race 10 with an approximate post time of 5:54 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 Golden Gate Fields, each posting at least 29% winners. The factor Win % was a top-3 player for the second straight week.
Trends Last Week
-- It was another big week for leading trainer Jonathan Wong at 14: 6-3-2. That makes his 25: 10-6-3 over the past 2 weeks. Of those 10 winners, however, 9 have been favorites. He was 8: 5-1-1 last week with the chalk.
-- Trainer Michael Lenzini was precise with a 4: 2-1-0 record that boasted a $15 winner and a 5-1 runner-up. His exacta finishes all came with main track dashers at 6 furlongs or shorter. The barn has won with 3 of its last 6 starters.
-- Trainer Cliff Delima was 2-for-6 while most notably lighting up the tote with a $46 winner (and an $8 winner to boot). Jockey Francisco Monroy was 3: 2-0-0 in tandem with both victories.
-- Jockey Catalino Martinez was strong at 13: 4-3-2, popping a $17 winner among a trio of well-backed victories. Martinez was 2-for-3 teamed with trainer Jonathan Wong.
-- Jockey Santos Rivera made the most of the least with a 4: 3-0-0 record and returns of $4, $13 and $14. His 3 wins came for 3 different trainers over 3 different distances, both sprinting and routing.
-- Jockey Evin Roman was 8: 4-3-0 aboard favorites last week and 15: 8-5-1 on chalk the past 2 weeks.