Welcome to Stay Lucky! If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve downloaded the app and are ready to start picking winners. If you have not yet downloaded Stay Lucky, what are you waiting for?
Stay Lucky offers participants the opportunity to win great prizes by stringing together winners in Thoroughbred races. Unbroken streaks of five, seven, nine, 14, 17 and 20 reward the players with a prize or choice of prizes. Terms and conditions apply.
The object is simple: pick winners from North American graded stakes races that draw at least six entrants. Races will be scored in real time but streaks will be updated only once daily to make sure they are scored in the correct order.
Pick as many races each weekend as you like, but be sure to play at least one race every weekend or your streak will be reset.
With the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” races behind us we turn our attention to the fall meet at Keeneland as well as a terrific Sunday of racing at Woodbine. With only four weeks left in the 2017 Stay Lucky season, time is running out to build your streak and try to win some great prizes.
Friday, Oct. 13
Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes (5:30 p.m. ET): A turf sprint with a full field of 12 (plus four also-eligible runners in case of a scratch) and six horses between 7-2 and 8-1 odds is a pass for me for Stay Lucky.
Saturday, Oct. 14
Futurity Stakes (4:46 p.m. ET): I’ll give a slight nod to Engage (#6) as a promising 2-year-old from the barn of Chad Brown who has shown the ability to rate off the pace in a race where there could be a spirited early duel for the lead.
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes Presented by Lanes End (5:30 p.m. ET): Not only did this race draw the best 3-year-old turf fillies from the East Coast and the West Coast (top four finishers from Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club), it also drew two very nice European shippers in Group 1 winner Wuheida (#7) and German classic winner Unforgetable Filly (#5). Multiple Grade 1 winner New Money Honey (#11) and Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes winner Uni (#10) probably will vie for favoritism, but I really could see any of the 11 fillies entered in the winner’s circle. Great betting race, but stay far, far away for Stay Lucky purposes.
Sunday, Oct. 15
Nearctic Stakes (3:48 p.m. ET): This looks like the place I’ll push half my chips in this week. I like European shipper Cotai Glory (#7) coming in off a Group 3 runner-up finish in England. It’s a tough week, though, as evidenced by the fact that one of my top two plays is winless in his last nine starts. White Flag (#2) has won three straight and looks like the main challenger.
Ontario Derby (4:21 p.m. ET): This race drew a pair of Canadian classic winners in Holy Helena (#8), who defeated males to win the Queen’s Plate, and Prince of Wales Stakes winner Cool Catomine (#9). Grizzel (#2) is 2-for-2 on the Woodbine synthetic main track and Senior Investment (#4) won the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes earlier this year, but I like Holy Helena to rebound from an unplaced finish in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes and get back to the winner’s circle here.
E. P. Taylor Stakes (5:28 p.m. ET): As it usually does, the E. P. Taylor came up strong with Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Nezwaah (#6), Darley Irish Oaks runner-up Rain Goddess (#7), and English Group 2 winner Blond Me (#8) shipping in. They join a strong North American contingent that includes Quidura (#3) and Rainha Da Bateria (#4), both of whom on graded stakes wins this year on the Woodbine grass. I might give a slight edge to Quidura, but the three European invaders all have a big shot. Tough race.
Pattison Canadian International Stakes (6:10 p.m. ET): I’ll go with last year’s winner Erupt (#9) to score a repeat here, but Idaho (#4) comes out of the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for top Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien and fellow European invader Chemical Charge (#10) is in good form with a shot to win. Johnny Bear (#5) turned in a career-best race to win the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at this track and distance on Sept. 16 and that race’s third-place finisher, Messi (#8), was only beaten by three-quarters of a length.
Top 2 Stay Lucky Plays
(Top plays – 33 winners/73 picks)
1. Holy Helena (Ontario Derby)
2. Cotai Glory (Nearctic Stakes)