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1/ST Look GP Stats: Gonzalez's Speedy Start

by Jeremy Plonk

April 7, 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.


Racing returns Thursday through Sunday this week with a $284,967 carryover in the Rainbow 6 jackpot ($500,000-guaranteed pool) … Florida Stallion Series In Reality winner Boca Boy meets Hutcheson Stakes 3-4 finishers Lauda Speed and Real Talk in a Race 7 allowance Friday … Gulfstream alumni aiming for the May 1 Kentucky Derby include Known Agenda (Todd Pletcher), Soup and Sandwich (Mark Casse), Greatest Honour (Bill Mott), and the Apr. 3 Wood Memorial runner-up Dynamic One (Todd Pletcher). Local maiden performer and Jeff Ruby runner-up Sainthood (Todd Pletcher) also is possible … 20-year-old Panamanian jockey Jose Morelos won his first US race April 4 at Gulfstream in his 10th local mount … Gulfstream’s next round of stakes will be May 1 with the Big Drama and Honey Ryder. Nominations close April 18.

Stronach 5

Last week’s Stronach 5 paid $2,752 to 42 winning tickets. Stronach 5 races this Friday, April 9, will be:

Leg A – Laurel Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:45 ET
Leg B – Gulfstream Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:50 ET
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 5:16 ET
Leg D – Gulfstream Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 5:22 ET
Leg E – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:27 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 30% or greater win rate. Speed factors have been among the most impactful over the past 4 weeks.

Avg Best 2 of Last 3 Speed
% Horses Beaten
Avg. Speed Last 3

Trends Last Week

-- To no surprise, trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. started the spring-summer meet with a bang last week, going 7: 3-1-0. He was 2-for-2 with favorites but also added a $15 score. Joseph won with both 6-furlong dirt sprinters he sent out on the week.

-- Trainer Kelsey Danner put together a strong 6: 2-2-0 week. The all-turf battalion included a $12 winner sprinting on grass.

-- Trainer Diane Alvarado was on point with limited starters at 3: 2-0-0. She had $17 and $22 winners when paired with jockey Leonel Reyes.

-- Jockey Edwin Gonzalez topped all riders with a 26: 7-4-2 mark. That’s 27% wins, 42% in the exacta and a $1.44 ROI for every $1 bet. Most impressively, the 7 wins came for 7 different barns. He was 2-for-2 aboard favorites.

-- Jockey Paco Lopez struck with precision at 7: 3-1-1 before heading to Keeneland for weekend stakes mounts. He’s back at Gulfstream this Thursday.