Stay Lucky Picks: Calm Before Breeders’ Cup

Fans enjoy the races at Keeneland Race Course in this file photo. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Welcome to the 2019 Stay Lucky season with new presenting sponsor Breeders' Cup! We have several exciting new prizes plus a smoother, faster app for the new season!

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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 weekend’s Stay Lucky slate is highlighted by four graded stakes at four different racetracks on a weekend that essentially is the calm before the storm that is the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Bold Ruler Stakes (4:40 p.m. ET): I thought Maximum Security (#1) deserved a shot in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, specifically given the lack of early speed in the race, so I think he should handle a solid but unspectacular group in this race. There will be competition for the early lead and I’m not sure this is his ideal distance, but on a weekend with a limited slate, Maximum Security is the play.

Hagyard Fayette Stakes (5:30 p.m. ET): I’ve picked Tom’s d’Etat (#3) several times over the past few seasons and he’s still in search of his first graded stakes win. While I do think he will get it here, The Great Day (#1), Mr Freeze (#2), Mocito Rojo (#5), and Bal Harbour (#8) are quality racehorses in good form. I think it’s a challenge for Tom’s d’ Etat and I wouldn’t risk a big streak on him.

Autumn Miss Stakes (6:30 p.m. ET): Hidden Message (#3) ran second to Cambier Parc in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club in her U.S. debut after winning two of her first five races in Europe. I think this one-mile distance might turn out to be the ideal trip for Hidden Message and if she runs back to her Del Mar Oaks second, she should win this race.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Grey Stakes (5:02 p.m. ET): I really like Chapalu (#7) coming off an impressive 3 ¾-length romp going a mile at Keeneland Oct. 6, and trainer Arnaud Delacour and jockey Patrick Husbands have won twice in three starts when teaming up. He’s making his first start on a synthetic track, but it’s the same surface Chapalu trains on at his Fair Hill base, so you have to assume Delacour is confident making the switch.

Mike’s Top Stay Lucky Play

(26 winners from 43 top plays in 2019)

1. Hidden Message (Autumn Miss Stakes)

1. Maximum Security (Bold Ruler Stakes)

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