Stay Lucky Guide: Kentucky Downs Highlights Limited Schedule


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With only four races on the schedule, this is a challenging week for Stay Lucky players, especially if you don’t like favorite Miss Temple City in the Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes. The Franklin, Ky. track will host three of the four Stay Lucky races this week on its beautiful turf course. Beware though, Kentucky Downs races typically draw deep, evenly matched fields.

Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes (6:22 p.m. ET): I lean toward Miss Temple City (#5) in this race. She’s the class of the field and when she’s on her game, she would be near a slam dunk. The problem is she has hit a bit of a lull with a 13th-place finish in her trip to Royal Ascot followed by a third-place finish in a Grade 3 race in which she was the 9-10 favorite. This is her third start off of a layoff, however, and Miss Temple City returns to her best distance of one mile. Zipessa (#4) looks like the main threat coming out of a ninth-place effort in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes that was better than it appears on paper, but Linda (#2) is 1-for-1 at Kentucky Downs and also very consistent.

Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes (7:27 p.m. ET): Only Dimension (#11) has a win at Kentucky Downs, but I like Hogy (#10) in this spot. The 8-year-old gelding has been a top-class turf sprinter for years and he ran second in this race a year ago and earned a 116 Equibase Speed Figure. He also enters off a runner-up finish at Saratoga that should serve as a nice sharpener for this race.

Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (7:56 p.m. ET): I think you could make a compelling case for five horses in this race: Postulation (#1) off a Grade 3 win in the Anerican St. Leger; Oscar Nominated (#4), who is a stakes winner at Kentucky Downs; Enterprising (#7), who was fourth by less than a length in the Grade 1 Arlington Million in his most recent start; Bullards Alley (#8), who is better than he showed when fifth in the American St. Leger and has run well at Kentucky Downs; and American St. Leger runner-up Taghleeb (#11). I’m inclined to play the hot hand and take Postulation, but this race is wide open.

British Columbia Derby (8:25 p.m. ET): This race drew the top three finishers from the Grade 3 Canadian Derby as well as Emerald Derby winner Riser (#9) and third-place finisher More Power to Him (#2). Chief Know It All (#3) showed guts when he held off a pair of challengers late in the 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby. He likes to be fairly close to the pace, so jockey Rico Walcott, who won this race in 2013 and 2014, should be able to stalk the speedy Riser. No horse has led from start to finish to win this race in the last 10 years, so a nice stalking trip should be ideal for Chief Know It All.

Top 2 Stay Lucky Plays

1. Hogy (Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes)

2. Miss Temple City (Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes)

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