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1/ST Look MJC Stats: Russell Rolls into Stakes Weekend

by Jeremy Plonk

March 9, 2021

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.


Saturday’s 5-stakes program on Good Samaritan Day boasts $450,000 in purses for the quintet of main events, including the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes on Maryland’s path to the Preakness. Miracle Wood Stakes winner Maythehorsebewithu is among the expected Private Terms entries when fields for those races are drawn Wednesday … Laurel has a $10,762 carryover in the Rainbow 6 jackpot heading into Friday’s week opener … MJC announced last week a 7-race stakes schedule for Laurel’s 2021 Spring Meet, which runs April 1-May 2. Features include April 17 Win & You’re In races for the Preakness (Federico Tesio Stakes) and Black-Eyed Susan (Weber City Miss Stakes).

Stronach 5

Friday’s national wager the Stronach 5, which was to feature two races from Laurel and a carryover of $154,931, has been postponed to March 19.

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, each posting at least 32% wins. Speed and pace factors continued their dominance at Laurel.

Last E2 (Early Pace)

Trainer Meet

Avg. Speed Last 3

Trends Last Week

-- Leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez poured it on with a 12: 5-2-2 record and dominated at 5: 4-0-1 with Angel Cruz in the saddle. Gonzalez had a $1.63 ROI for every $1 bet, including an $18 winner and 2 winning favorites. Gonzalez was 5: 4-0-1 in maiden claiming races.

-- Trainer Mike Gorham was 2-for-4 with limited shots, teaming with Sheldon Russell on both wins. Winners paid $6 and $9.

-- Trainer Jerry Robb only had a couple starters, but his 2: 1-1-0 record advanced him to 25: 10-4-2 since Jan. 30 at Laurel.

-- Jockey Sheldon Russell was dialed in at 12: 6-1-1, including 7: 4-1-1 aboard favorites. He posted a $1.83 ROI for every $1 bet while riding winners for 5 different trainers.

-- Jockey Angel Cruz struck at 9: 4-0-2. He was 2-for-2 with favorites, while all 4 winners came in tandem with trainer Claudio Gonzalez.

-- Favorites were a rock-solid 25: 10-5-5 last week (40% win, 60% exacta, 80% trifecta).