Stay Lucky Guide: Pair of Key Plays on Light Weekend


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This weekend features a light schedule with two races each at Delaware Park and Indiana Grand, plus one on Sunday at Woodbine.

Saturday, July 14

Kent Stakes (4:45 p.m. ET): My instinct is to lock in Untamed Domain (#5) as a key play and move on. He’s the best horse in the field at his best, but the problem is he’s been pretty inconsistent. Carrick (#1), Hot Springs (#2), Duc de Calas (#3), and Gunnison (#4) all enter look promising off consecutive victories and West Coast invader Blame the Rider (#8) has been very good since switching to the grass. Add in Archaggelos (#7), a half-brother to dual classic winner Big Brown from the barn of the “mad genius” Michael Dickinson and you have the makings of a great betting race … but a pass for me for Stay Lucky.

Delaware Handicap (5:15 p.m. ET): The most important element for the Del ’Cap is the 1 ¼-mile distance. It’s a taxing distance for female racehorses and for that reason I landed on Elate (#6), who was a dominant winner in her only race at this distance and boasts a terrific pedigree. In fact, she is the only one with a win at 1 ¼ miles. She has not raced since finishing fourth in last year’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, which is a significant concern, but she is good enough to win even if she falls just shy of an “A” effort here.

Indiana Oaks (9:01 p.m. ET): Although she has won only once in four career starts, Talk Veuve to Me (#5) figures to be the favorite off a runner-up finish to 3-year-old filly division leader Monomoy Girl in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes on June 9. Prior to that, she ran second in a Grade 2 at Churchill Downs. That said, she faces several formidable challengers here and the 1 1/16 miles might be stretching her distance limitations. She’s the pick but I don’t think she’s a lock by any stretch.

Indiana Derby (9:48 p.m. ET): I loved what I saw from King Zachary (#8) in his 4 ¾-length runaway in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes on June 16. He has the look of a late-developing 3-year-old on the rise and this looks like a perfect spot for him.

Sunday, July 15

Ontario Matron Stakes (5 p.m. ET): Gamble’s Ghost (#7) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite and it’s tough to knock her credentials — she has won eight of 12 starts on synthetic surfaces and five of six at this 1 1/16-mile distance. I think second choice Let It Ride Mom (#9) and third choice Moonlit Promise (#2), a pair of top synthetic sprinters stretching out with a win at this distance, both have a big shot in here. Unless I go into Sunday with my streak at zero, I’ll pass on this race.

Mike’s Top 2 Stay Lucky Plays

(24 winners from 64 top plays in 2018)

1. King Zachary (Indiana Derby)

2. Elate (Delaware Handicap)

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