Stay Lucky Guide: Looking for a Winner with Limited Options


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

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?

Get the iOS version of the app here.

The Android version of the app on Google Play can be downloaded here.

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.

This week’s schedule features only two races, so choose wisely.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Daytona Stakes (5 p.m. ET): Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Stormy Liberal (#7) makes his 2018 debut on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita. He’s 7-for-12 lifetime on this unique turf course and has won his last four races down the hill, so he figures to be very tough here. Graded stakes winner Calculator (#5) is 3-for-3 on this downhill turf course and looks like the main threat, but What a View (#3) cutting back in distance and Florida shipper Tombelaine (#2) with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith merit consideration as well.

Hal's Hope Stakes (5:35 p.m. ET): This race marks the return of 2017 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets runner-up Irish War Cry (#1), who has not raced since an unplaced finish in September in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby. Last year, he won the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes and Grade 2 Wood Memorial Stakes, and I think he’s poised to have a great year. That said, I think this will be a tough test for him. Last year’s Rebel Stakes winner Malagacy (#6) returned from a long layoff with a runner-up finish in a sprint at Gulfstream that should leave him razor sharp on what looks like his favorite racetrack (2-for-3). Send It In (#8) has won three of his last four starts and seven of his last nine. He makes his first start since April 2017 and has historically run very well fresh. Economic Model (#2), Conquest Big E (#3), and Tower of Texas (#4) also warrant consideration in what looks like an evenly matched field. I’ll take a shot with Malagacy, but it’s a tough call.

Mike’s Top Stay Lucky Play

(Three winners from eight top plays in 2018)

1. Stormy Liberal (Daytona Stakes)

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