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 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.
Santa Anita has a $505,627 Rainbow 6 carryover heading into this week’s 3-day racing week, Friday-Sunday … Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby Day card will have a mandatory payout in the Rainbow 6 wager, a pool that could top $5 million … Limited on-track attendance with pre-sale purchased tickets only will be welcomed back to Santa Anita beginning Friday. No walk-up admissions will be permitted … Fields for Saturday’s 6-stakes card, including the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, will be drawn Wednesday. The Derby is expected to be led by Bob Lewis Memorial winner and San Felipe runner-up Medina Spirit.
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 Santa Anita Park last week, each winning at a 33% or greater win rate.
Avg. Turn Time
Trainer 1 Year Win %
Avg. Best 2 of Last 3 Speed
Trends Last Week
-- Trainer Bob Baffert had the dominant hand at 8: 4-0-2, including a 3-for-4 mark with favorites. He went 3-for-3 teamed with jockey Flavien Prat. Since February 14, the duo is 7: 6-1-0 and nearly unbeatable.
-- Trainer Doug O’Neill, back from suspension, continued the hot ways Leandro Mora was credited with in recent weeks, with a 5: 2-2-0 performance. The Mora/O’Neill crew is 19: 7-5-2 the past 3 weeks.
-- Trainer John Shirreffs remained on point with a 4: 2-0-2 week. He’s now 6: 3-1-2 over the past 2 weeks and is 50% in the exacta from his last 14 starters locally.
-- Jockey Flavien Prat continues to ride rings around the competition with a 20: 7-8-2 week. He’s now 16-for-40 (40% wins) the past 2 weeks with 27 exacta finishes (68% top-2).
-- Favorites cooled their jets after a 51% run the previous 2 weeks, going 4-for-13 (31%) on both dirt and turf this past week.