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1/ST Look Santa Anita Stats: Dirt Favorites Continue to Struggle

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 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.


Historic 2020 Preakness-winning filly Swiss Skydiver comes west for Saturday’s Grade 1 Beholder Mile, highlighting a stakes menu that also includes Saturday’s Grade 3 San Simeon for turf sprinters. The grass dashers also are spotlighted Sunday in the Irish O’Brien for Cal-breds … Santa Anita opens the racing week Friday with a $53,769 one-day carryover in the Rainbow 6 … Saturday’s mandatory Rainbow 6 payout drew $5.13 million in new money … Santa Anita also has a $13,086 carryover in the Super High 5 pool into Friday … Jockey Joel Rosario will be on the road Saturday when he partners with Bob Baffert’s San Vicente winner Concert Tour in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn … Good luck to the Xpressbet Beat the Host contest finalists who are playing Saturday in the Championship Round, which will be comprised of races from Santa Anita and Gulfstream.

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 Santa Anita Park last week, each winning at a 32% or greater win rate and showing a flat-bet profit.

Best Speed Today’s Distance
Win %
Jockey 1 Year Win %

Trends Last Week

-- Main-track favorites were only 2-16 last week, bailed out by 1-2 shot Life is Good in Saturday’s San Felipe, and Sunday claimer Pawnee at even-money. They are now 6-for-31 (19%) over the past 2 weeks.

-- Bob Baffert remained dialed in at 11: 4-1-2 on the week, including a 3-win Saturday with $3, $7 and $19 returns. He’s posting 35% wins and 54% in the exacta locally since Feb. 12.

-- Trainer Richard Baltas posted a 9: 4-1-2 record with winners at $3, $6, $8 and $12. He added 3 turf allowance wins to Idol’s victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. Baltas and jockey Flavien Prat went 5: 2-1-2 in tandem.

-- Trainer Mark Glatt had been nibbling around the edges, but broke through last week with a 4: 2-1-1 mark in limited strikes. He had a $13 winner among the quartet of runners. The barn had 9 runner-up finishes from just 20 starters between Feb. 14 and last week’s breakout.

-- Jockey Tyler Baze had a rock-solid 10: 3-1-1 week, booting home $7, $12 and $13 winners for 3 different barns. Baze boasted a $1.62 ROI for every $1 bet.

-- Jockey Jessica Pyfer was knocking on the door with a 10: 1-4-1 mark. The apprentice had a $32 upset winner as well as 12-1 and 17-1 runner-ups. She had a win and a runner-up in 2 mounts for trainer Phil D’Amato.