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1/ST Look SA Stats: Speed Factors Dominate Dirt

by Jeremy Plonk

April 13, 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.


Racing this week resumes Saturday and Sunday … Saturday’s feature is the Grade 2 Californian, local prep for the Santa Anita Gold Cup, while the Sunday main events are the Grade 3 Kona Gold for sprinters and the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup for dirt marathon runners … The 2021 1/ST and Xpressbet Kentucky Derby Wager Guide, featuring Santa Anita Park handicappers, will be available for free download beginning April 23 … Santa Anita Derby 1-2 finishers Rock Your World and Medina Spirit remain on target for the May 1 Kentucky Derby, as does Lewis Memorial runner-up Hot Rod Charlie and last year’s American Pharoah runner-up Rombauer. San Vicente winner Concert Tour is undecided after his Arkansas Derby third-place finish. On the overflow list for the Derby at this stage are local sophomores Dream Shake and Get Her Number.

Stronach 5

Last week’s Stronach 5 paid $717.70 to 144 winning tickets. Stronach 5 races this Friday, April 16, will be:

Leg A – Gulfstream Park Race 7 with an approximate post time of 4:18
Leg B – Gulfstream Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:50
Leg C – Gulfstream Park Race 9 with an approximate post time of 5:22
Leg D – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:27
Leg E – Golden Gate Fields Race 4 with an approximate post time of 6:00

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 28% or greater win rate. Speed factors ran the table as most effective on the week as all races were conducted on the main track.

Best Lifetime Speed
Best Speed Track
Speed Last Race

Trends Last Week

-- Trainer Steve Miyadi put up a 4: 2-1-0 performance on the 2-day racing week. He’s now 8: 4-1-1 over the past 3 weeks at SA and has won both pairings with leading jockey Flavien Prat.

-- Jockey Abel Cedillo had a strong 12: 4-3-2 record and $1.53 ROI for every $1 bet. He piloted $12 and $15 winners along the way, winning races for 4 different trainers.

-- Jockey Edwin Maldonado was money with a 6: 3-0-1 mark. His $9, $10 and $35 winners created a massive $4.57 ROI for every $1 bet.