by Jeremy Plonk
March 30, 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.
Turf racing for 2021 returns to GGF on Thursday, kickoff day to a 4-day racing week … Golden Gate Fields has a $37,892 Rainbow 6 carryover heading into Thursday’s card … Nominations close April 15 for GGF’s Gold Rush Day, an April 24 stakes-laden program featuring 6 big-money events, including the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile and the California Oaks and Derby … Stalking Shadow won a March 26 allowance mile for Jonathan Wong that could serve as a springboard to the California Derby. On that same March 26 card, Steve Miyadi-trained Lookin for a Fight announced his candidacy for the Lost in the Fog on Gold Rush Saturday … Grade 1 Gamely winner Keeper Of the Stars is on the local workout tab for Wong with a possible return in the Golden Poppy on Gold Rush Saturday.
Stronach 5 races this Friday, April 2, will be:
Leg A – Gulfstream Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:50
Leg B – Santa Anita Park Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:13
Leg C – Gulfstream Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 5:22
Leg D – Santa Anita Park Race 4 with an approximate post time of 5:44
Leg E – Golden Gate Fields Race 4 with an approximate post time of 5:59
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 28% winners and a flat-bet profit. The factor Speed Last Race won 33% and had a $22.40 profit if you bet $2 to win on every top selection.
Best Speed Distance
Speed Last Race
Last Turn Time
Trends Last Week
-- Trainer Steve Sherman overpowered the competition with a 13: 7-1-0 mark and was 3-for-4 with favorites. Sherman and jockey Kyle Frey were 5-for-7 in tandem. Sherman’s sprinters at 6 furlongs or less when 5-for-8.
-- Trainer Tim McCanna continued his hot run by going 7: 4-1-1 and posted $6, $6, $10 and $16 winners. That was good for a $2.87 ROI for every $1 bet. The barn is 11-for-28 in March and 42% winners since March 5.
-- Trainer Tim Bellasis was on point with a 4: 3-0-0 week that boasted $6, $16 and $18 victories. He used 3 different riders on his winners, including a pair of main track routes.
-- Trainer Reid France hints at a breakout after his 8: 2-4-0 performance, though all 4 runner-ups were 2-1 or less. It’s been an ongoing saga at the meet with 10 wins and 14 second-place finishes from 46 starts (52% in the exacta).
-- Jockey Kyle Frey has been riding a lot of chalk, but his 29: 8-6-8 record outshined the rest. He partnered with the favorite in 13 of those, including 4 of his 8 wins.