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 week, we scored at Gulfstream with Askew ($6 win payoff) to get back over .500 at 20-for-39 since taking over this feature. Based on a $2 Win bet on the A.I. Pick of the Week, that’s $78 in wagers and payoffs totaling $80 for an ROI of $2.05 for every $2 wagered (note: last week we mistakenly posted Fearless as an $8.20 winner instead of $3.20 from the Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream back on Dec. 18, but we corrected the error thanks to Aaron, a VSIN subscriber, and these figures are correct and up to date).
This week, I ran the races picked by our stable of handicapping friends at “Tuley’s Thoroughbred Takes” through the 1/ST BET programs and came up with our A.I. Pick of the Week:
Saturday, Jan. 8
Santa Anita Race No. 8 (7:06 p.m. ET/4:06 p.m. PT)
#3 Big Switch (9-5 ML odds)
* Big Switch ranks 1st in 18 of the 52 factors used by 1/ST BET A.I.
* This newly turned 3-year-old also ranks 1st in 8 of the “Top 15 Factors” at betmix.com, including best speed in last race, best speed at the distance, average earnings at the distance and best average late pace.
* Note: #1 Under the Stars, the 8-5 morning-line favorite, also ranks high, but most of those are from trainer Bob Baffert and pedigree ratings while Big Switch’s top categories are earned from on-track performance in just two career races.