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1/ST Look Golden Gate Fields Stats: 'Empire Strikes Back

by Jeremy Plonk

June 1, 2021

We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Golden Gate Fields. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Northern California. And be sure to support GGF by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Golden Gate Fields.


The Rainbow 6 carryover heads into the three-day week, Friday through Sunday, at $16,893 … El Camino Real Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Rombauer is among the 8 horses entered in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes … Navy Armed Guard appropriately won the Memorial Day featured All American Stakes to go 2-for-2 on the local Tapeta. His other victory was a track-record performance over a mile last fall … Nominations close Thursday for the June 12 Albany Stakes, a $50,000 turf sprint … Jockey Erick Lopez has moved his tack to Delaware Park … Golden Gate Fields’ current meet will end June 13 as the Northern California racing schedule hits the fair circuit.

Stronach 5

The Stronach 5 paid $1,297.70 on May 28 to 79 winning tickets. Stronach 5 races this Friday, June 4, will be (all times ET):

Leg A – Pimlico Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:15
Leg B – Gulfstream Park Race 6 with an approximate post time of 4:34
Leg C – Santa Anita Park Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:09
Leg C – Golden Gate Fields Race 3 with an approximate post time of 5:28
Leg E – Gulfstream Park Race 8 with an approximate post time of 5:36

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 Golden Gate Fields, each posting at least 26% winners.

Win %
Trainer Win %
Average Turn Time

Trends Last Week

-- Sire Empire Maker was 2-2 with main track routers ($8, $23) and is a strong 16: 7-0-4 with his main track route runners at GGF the past 3 years.

-- Favorites mustered only 27% on the main track, though Steve Sherman’s Tapeta chalks were a reliable 4: 2-2-0.

-- Jockey Kyle Frey went 31: 9-6-5, including 7: 4-2-0 on favorites. Despite 29% and 48% in the exacta, his hard-backed runners mustered only $0.64 back for every $1 bet. His average winner was 6-5 odds.

-- Trainer Steve Sherman was on point at 7: 3-2-1, but all 5 of his exacta finishers were 2-1 or less. He was 4: 2-2-0 with Kyle Frey in the saddle.

-- Trainer Leanna Ekstrom went 4: 2-0-0, popping $16 and $41 winners with Cristobol Herrera riding both.