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 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.
A $345,635 Rainbow 6 carryover welcomes horseplayers back Friday for another 3-day racing week … There’s also a Super High Five carryover of $21,055 into Friday … This week’s feature races are the Grade 3 Santa Ana on Saturday in the filly and mare turf ranks, and Sunday’s Santana Mile on the main track … SA-based Spielberg (Bob Baffert) hits the road Saturday for Gulfstream’s Grade 1 Curlin Florida Derby in hopes of advancing to the Triple Crown series. Fellow Californian Hot Rod Charlie shipped to Fair Grounds last week to win the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and punch his ticket to Louisville.
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 Santa Anita Park last week, each winning at a 36% or greater win rate.
Earnings at Track
Best Lifetime Speed
Jockey Current Year
Trends Last Week
-- Trainer Phil D’Amato had the top barn with a 13: 5-3-2 mark that included a 4-for-8 ledger with favorites. His baker’s dozen runners averaged only 5-2 odds and he was 3-for-3 paired with jockey Flavien Prat.
-- Assistant trainer Leandro Moro was 6: 2-0-2 locally as the program trainer for suspended Doug O’Neill (and also won the Louisiana Derby with Hot Rod Charlie). Moro’s 2-week total was 14: 5-3-2 in a pinch-hitting role.
-- Trainer John Shirreffs made the most of limited strikes, going 2: 1-1-0 with a juicy $39 winner and an 8-1 runner-up, both in the maiden ranks. Shirreffs has a win and 4 seconds from his last 10 local starters.
-- Jockey Flavien Prat continued to dominate with a 20: 9-3-3 week, including 12: 7-2-1 aboard favorites. He’s now 18-for-45 (40% wins) over the past 2 weeks.
-- Apprentice Jessica Pyfer posted strong numbers with a 10: 3-2-0 mark and delivered at 3: 2-1-0 when riding the chalk. All 3 wins came over route distances, 2 on dirt and 1 on turf.
-- Favorites were 12-for-26 on the week and now have won 26-for-51 (51%) over the past 2 weeks.