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1/ST Look: Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Stats

by Jeremy Plonk

August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020

We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Laurel Park. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Maryland. And be sure to support Laurel Park by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Maryland Jockey Club.


Add jockey Feargal Lynch to the injured list that already included leading jockey Sheldon Russell. Lynch will be out 4-6 weeks with neck/back fractures. A carryover just under $7,000 welcomes horseplayers back in the Rainbow 6 jackpot this week. Potential Preakness contenders could be in action this week in Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga and Sunday’s Ellis Park Derby.

Stronach 5

The Stronach 5 paid $5565.30 on July 31 despite no winners over 4-1 odds in the sequence. The Stronach 5 for August 7 will be comprised of the following races (all times Eastern):

Leg A – Laurel Park Race 6 with an approximate post time of 3:21
Leg B – Gulfstream Park Race 8 with and approximate post time of 3:40
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 7 with an approximate post time of 3:59
Leg D – Gulfstream Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 4:14
Leg E – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:32

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 Laurel Park, each showing at least 38% wins with its top-rated contender. It was all about speed last week.

Speed Last Race
Average Speed Last 2 of 3 Races
Average Speed Last 3 Races

Trends Last Week:

--Favorites were a strong 27: 13-7-0 on the week, marking 48% wins and 74% in the exacta.
--Three jockeys accounted for more than half (14 of 27) of the victories last week. Horacio Karamanos (5-16), Angel Cruz (5-17) and Jevian Toledo (4-16) all hit at 25% or more.
--Trainer Brittany Russell posted a 4: 3-0-0 record on the week, all 3 wins with Jevian Toledo aboard, who has replaced the stable’s go-to rider Sheldon Russell during his injury.
--Trainer Tim Keefe had a good week at 3: 2-0-0, including wins with 4-1 and 5-1 shots in limited chances. Kevin Gomez was aboard both winners.

Trends Last 2 Weeks:

--Favorites have been strong with a 54: 25-14-6 record, resulting in 46% wins and 72% in the exacta.
--Jockey Horacio Karamanos has been on point with 30% wins and 47% in the exacta from his last 30 mounts. Those have produced a $1.21 ROI for every $1 bet. He’s 7-for-12 aboard favorites during that time (58% wins, 75% exacta).
--Trainer Jose Corrales is 3: 2-1-0 in dirt races around 1 turn (1 mile or less) with $3 and $6 payouts and 9-1 on the runner-up.

Trends Last 3 Weeks:

--Favorites have sustained strength at 74: 33-16-10, resulting in 45% wins and 66% in the exacta.
--The Mary Eppler barn is 8: 3-0-1 with limited attempts. Winners returned $4, $8 and $15, including horses returning from 62 and 190-day layoffs.