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1/ST Look Gulfstream Park Stats: Gaffalione Takes Charge

by Jeremy Plonk

March 16, 2021

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


The Rainbow 6 returns Wednesday with a $315,073 carryover ($600,000-guaranteed pool) … Sprinters are in the spotlight this Saturday with the rescheduled Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie as well as the Texas Glitter and Melody of Colors for turf dashers ... In Florida Derby news, impressive maiden winner Collaborate is on course for his stakes debut after Sunday’s bullet workout for Saffie Joseph Jr. Also note Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano will ride Papetu in the Florida Derby … Gulfstream announced its $3.5 million Spring-Summer stakes schedule this week, featuring the Grade 2 Princess Rooney and Grade 3 Smile Sprint on July 3.

Stronach 5
Last week’s Stronach 5 was postponed, resulting in a 2-week-old $154,931 carryover into this week’s offering. Stronach 5 races this Friday, March 19, will be:

Leg A – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:30 ET
Leg B – Gulfstream Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:48 ET
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 5:03 ET
Leg D – Santa Anita Park Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:08 ET
Leg E – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:25 ET

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 Gulfstream Park last week, each winning at a 44% or greater win rate and showing a flat-bet profit. In fact, the 1/ST BET app was on fire at Gulfstream last week with 41% winners overall and a +$24 profit if you bet $2 win on every top choice.

Avg. Speed Last 3
Avg. Best 2 of 3 Speed
Jockey Current Year

Trends Last Week

-- Favorites dominated the action at 52: 26-11-8 overall, boasting 50% wins and 71% in the exacta. Jockey Jose Ortiz was most reliable on the chalk at 5: 4-1-0.

-- Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. was 24: 10-4-5 on the weekdays before sitting out suspension dates Saturday and Sunday. Of those 10 wins, 8 were backed at 5-2 or less and he was 2-for-2 for trainer Armando de la Cerda.

-- Jockey Tyler Gaffalione had perhaps his best week of the meet, going 35: 12-6-5. He went 11: 6-3-1 aboard favorites. He rode winners for 10 different trainers, doubling up with Fernando Abreu and Christophe Clement. Six of those wins came Saturday/Sunday in the absence of Irad Ortiz Jr.

-- Trainer Todd Pletcher was on point at 5: 3-0-0, securing returns of $5, $7 and $10. He was 2-for-3 with maidens on the week and snapped a peculiar 1-for-21 skid with maidens at GP since mid-February.

-- Trainer Kelly Breen went 5: 2-1-0 and popped a $34 winner among those. The barn may be turning a corner from its 2-for-34 performance at the meet since the start of February until last week.

-- Trainer Wesley Ward saw a pre-Keeneland perk up with a 4: 2-0-2 week. He’s been almost unbeatable at 5: 4-1-0 in maiden dashes at 5 furlongs since mid-February.