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1/ST Look: Golden Gate Fields Stats

by Jeremy Plonk

October 6, 2020

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 Golden Gate Fields by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Golden Gate Fields.


Racing dates from the Big Fresno Fair (Oct. 8-18) have been transferred to Golden Gate Fields. The track’s already-scheduled autumn meet will immediately ensue on Oct. 22 … The 20-cent Rainbow Pick 6 carryover will be $233,916 as racing resumes Thursday-Sunday this week … Golden Gate Fields-based Windy City Red, trained by Jonathan Wong, is being considered for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint following his third-place finish in the Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita … Jockey Armando Ayuso, who has ridden sparingly since 2015, has joined the GGF colony. The native of Panama rode more than 1,000 mounts primarily on the east coast in the early part of the decade.

Stronach 5

The Stronach 5 was not offered last week due to Oct. 2 cancellation of racing at Golden Gate Fields. The wager paid $5,248.90 2 weeks ago to 26 winning tickets with no winner over 6-1 odds. The Oct. 9 Stronach 5 will be comprised of the following races (beginning at 3:58 pm Eastern):

Leg A – Gulfstream Park West Race 8
Leg B – Laurel Park Race 7
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 8
Leg D – Santa Anita Race 4
Leg E – Golden Gate Race 3

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 last week, each winning at a 33% or greater win rate. For the fourth straight week, speed or pace-related factors swept the top-3 at Golden Gate.

Avg E1 Pace
Avg Speed Last 3
Avg Speed Best 2 of Last 3

Trends Last Week

--No trainer won more than 3 races on the week, and it took Jonathan Wong 24 starts to win 3.
--Trainer Michael Lenzini was 4: 2-2-0 with $6 and $10 winners sprinting on Tapeta and turf.
--Trainer Greg James went 2-for-2, winning a pair of 2-year-old 5-1/2 furlong maiden special weights with 4-5 and 5-1 shots. The barn was 1-for-11 in the month prior to those Oct. 4 scores.
--Trainer Jesus Ramos was knocking on the door at 4: 1-3-0 with a $10 winner and a 20-1 runner-up. This barn was 0-for-28 dating back to mid-August prior to this week’s perk-up.
--Jockey Frank Alvarado paced the riders at 9: 4-1-2, riding winners between 4-5 and 7-2 prices, but also had a 20-1 runner-up. All 4 wins came in Tapeta sprints.
--Favorites went 10-for-19 on the Tapeta (53% wins, 68% in exacta).

Trends Last 2 Weeks

--Favorites are 22 of 44 on the Tapeta to score at 50%.
--Jockey Frank Alvarado boasts an 18: 7-3-3 mark that includes 39% wins, 56% in the exacta and a $1.53 ROI for every $1 bet.