Stay Lucky Guide: Fountain of Youth Headlines Florida Frenzy


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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.

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This week’s schedule features eight graded stakes from a loaded card at Gulfstream Park, headlined by the Fountain of Youth Stakes, a points race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. The race will be televised on FS2 as part of  the "Fox Sports Saturday At the Races" series.

Saturday, March 3

The Very One Stakes (1 p.m. ET): Daring Duchess (#3) looks like the controlling speed in this race and she’s a classy mare who ran her best race on this turf course. My streak is at zero, so I’ll fire away with her early on Saturday and try to get one on the board.

Palm Beach Stakes (2 p.m. ET): This is another case where Grade 3 Dania Beach Stakes winner Speed Franco (#1) appears to be the controlling speed. He probably will be the favorite, but I’ll try to beat him with a gelding I added to my Equibase Virtual Stable in January, Hawkish (#7), who closed with a visually stunning rally to prevail in his debut on this turf course. I’m hoping for a decent price at the betting window, too.

Herecomesthebride Stakes (2:30 p.m. ET): I landed on Thewayiam (#3), who has won two stakes races in a row on this turf course for trainer Graham Motion. I loved what I saw from Amertume (#5) in her career debut, and I think she could take a big step up in her stakes debut.

Davona Dale Stakes (3 p.m. ET): Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey will send out Fly So High (#8) off a pair of victories by a combined margin of 13 ¼ lengths, the most recent of which came on this track and at this distance. The sky is the limit for this filly from the family of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner and 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. I think she coasts here.

Canadian Turf Stakes (4 p.m. ET): The race was an inscrutable mess for me with several nice horses cutting back in distance and a couple of quality sprinters stretching out. I landed on first-time gelding who showed a ton of class at three but subsequently went off form. Highland Sky (#4) looks to be far more focused in the mornings after the significant “equipment” change, and I think we could see a major improvement here at a decent price.

Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes (5:02 p.m. ET): Chad Brown brings back Grade 2 winner Favorable Outcome (#6) off a short layoff. There are four or five runners in with a shot but I like his chances.

Mac Diarmida Stakes (5:34 p.m. ET): This race came up sneakily strong. I think the first-glance instinct is to take Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf fourth-place finisher Sadler’s Joy (#1), but I like a few others in here and he could be vulnerable off the four-month layoff. I’m looking elsewhere.

Santa Ysabel Stakes (6 p.m. ET): This race looks like Dream Tree’s (#6) to lose. She’s the class of the field off back-to-back wins in the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes and Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes Fountain of Youth Stakes (6:09 p.m. ET): Champion Good Magic (#6) has been working lights out for his return, and he drew a solid post position for the Fountain of Youth. He’ll be tough to beat here, but one point of caution: this is not the target race for two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown when it comes to this colt’s 3-year-old campaign. He might simply outclass this field, but there is also a chance he needs a race in his first start off a four-month layoff. He’s my pick, I’m just saying he’s not a slam dunk.

Mike’s Top 5 Stay Lucky Plays

(Three winners from nine top plays in 2018)

1. Dream Tree (Santa Ysabel Stakes)

2. Fly So High (Davona Dale Stakes)

3. Hawkish (Palm Beach Stakes)

4. Daring Duchess (The Very One Stakes)

5. Good Magic ( Fountain of Youth Stakes)

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