Stay Lucky Guide: Short, Tough Slate Awaits


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.

This week’s schedule features a short, tough slate that could bust a number of streaks.

Friday, April 20

Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (5:30 p.m. ET): With seven runners at 10-1 or less and a tepid 7-2 favorite in Valadorna (#9), this is a tough race for Stay Lucky purposes. Problem is, there is no clear favorite to play this week. I like Well Humored (#11) in this spot, but that’s a rough post position for a 1 1/16-mile race at Keeneland.

Saturday, April 21

Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (5:30 p.m. ET): I guess this is where most players with a nice streak on the line might push their chips in on Itsinthepost (#10), who has won three straight and won this race last year at Keeneland. I’m not going to advise against playing him, but be warned the horse who gave him everything he could handle in his last start, Hayabusa One (#12) is making the trip from Southern California for a rematch, One Go All Go (#7) is dangerous as the lone speed, and Oscar Nominated (#2) put up a 122 Equibase Speed Figure when second in the Grade 1 Canadian International Stakes at this distance last year and owns two wins and two seconds at Keeneland. This is no gimme.

Charles Town Classic Stakes (5:36 p.m. ET): Diversify (#6) was dazzling last year when winning a stakes race at this distance at Saratoga and then winning the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, both when unchallenged on the lead. But this will be his first start at Charles Town, which features a small, three-quarter-mile main track meaning this race will be around three turns, and he will have company up front with confirmed front-runner Afleet Willy (#7) and three or four others who are at their best when racing on or near the lead.

American Stakes (6:30 p.m. ET): This was another tough race with a bunch of runners I like a bit, each capable of a big effort or a dud. I’ll take a shot on Blackjackcat (#5). I think he needed his last race and anything close to the form that led to a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Mile wins this race.

Mike’s Top Stay Lucky Play

(Eleven winners from 33 top plays in 2018)

1. Blackjackcat (American Handicap)

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