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1/ST BET A.I Pick of the Week (3-20)

By Dave Tuley  ( senior reporter) 

March 20, 2021 07:47 AM

We’ve been tinkering with the Artificial Intelligence programs at 1/ST BET, which gives us more than 50 data points (such as speed, pace, class, jockey, trainer and pedigree stats) for every race based on how you like to handicap.

Last Saturday, we had another winning A.I. Pick of the Week as Carotari won Gulfstream’s 11th race and paid $4.80. That makes our plays 3-for-5 since taking over this feature. So, based on a $2 Win bet on the A.I. Pick of the Week, that’s $10 in wagers and payoffs totalling $17.60 for a healthy ROI of $3.52 for every $2 wagered.

For this weekend’s races, I ran my team’s picks from my Tuley’s Thoroughbred Takes column at through the 1/ST Bet programs and came up with my colleague John Lauro’s pick in Fair Ground’s 12th race on Saturday as the best betting value and our A.I. Pick of the Week:

Saturday, March 20

Fair Grounds Race No. 12 (5:42 p.m. ET)

#5 Colonial Liam (3-1 ML odds)

  • Ranked 1st in 11 of 52 factors used by 1/ST BET A.I.

  • Colonial Liam also ranks 1st in 4 of the “Top 15 Factors” at and is in the Top 5 in 3 others.

  • In this 1 1/8-mile race, Colonial Liam has the top distance pedigree rating.

  • In addition, top trainer Todd Pletcher retains the services of jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who was aboard for Colonial Liam’s last two wins (and is 3-for-3 in Colonial Liam’s career while the horse lost the other three times ridden by other jockeys).

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