Stay Lucky Guide: Calm Before Belmont Stakes Storm


Welcome to the 2018 Stay Lucky season! You will notice new prizes and smoother performance for the new season, along with presenting sponsor Equestricon!

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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 Belmont Stakes and Justify's Triple Crown bid on the horizon, this week offers a fairly light schedule but there are several very good opportunities to build your streak.

Saturday, June 2

Connaught Cup Stakes (4:57 p.m. ET): Tower of Texas (#3) won this race last year but I prefer Forge (#7) coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes at Keeneland.

Pennine Ridge Stakes (5:50 p.m. ET): Analyze It (#4) looks like a freak with three wins in as many starts, all by at least 4 ¼ lengths. His most recent race was a tour de force in a Grade 3 race at Keeneland in his 3-year-old bow that earned him a career-best 111 Equibase Speed Figure. He’s the top play this week.

Beholder Mile Stakes (7:30 p.m. ET): Even though this race drew some serious talent in Grade 1 winners Paradise Woods (#4) and Vale Dori (#5), but you have to view it as Unique Bella’s (#6) race to lose. Yes, she came up short on a muddy track in her most recent start, but when she is on her game she is probably the fastest filly in training in the U.S.

Penn Mile Stakes (7:45 p.m. ET): Maraud (#3) has a pair of graded stakes wins in his last three starts. If he runs anything close to the race he ran when winning the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes Presented by Ram Trucks, Maraud should be very tough here.

Aristides Stakes (10:42 p.m. ET): This race drew a competitive field and looks pretty wide open. I landed on Wilbo (#3) based on his affinity for the main track at Churchill (four wins and a second in six starts on the main track) and six-furlong distance.

Mike’s Top 3 Stay Lucky Plays

(Sixteen winners from 48 top plays in 2018)

1. Analyze It (Pennine Ridge Stakes)

2. Unique Bella (Beholder Mile Stakes) 

3. Maraud (Penn Mile Stakes)

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