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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?
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.
Friday, July 24
Quick Call Stakes (5:46 p.m. ET): I plan to steer far clear of this turf sprint for 3-year-olds for Stay Lucky purposes considering I have a streak of five wins. If I was sitting at zero, I’d try Turned Aside (#8) to turn the tables on Jack and Noah (#2).
Saturday, July 25
Marine Stakes (2:03 p.m. ET): I like Shirl’s Speight (#7) on the far outside coming off a dazzling debut win and making the switch from turf to synthetic for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield. I think he has star potential.
Selene Stakes (4:53 p.m. ET): This race looks like a coin-flip on paper between Owlette (#1) and Merveilleux (#7), but I think there is enough speed that it sets up for a deep closer like Diamond Sparkles (#4) so I’m going to go against the grain here.
San Clemente Stakes (9 p.m. ET): If you decided to wait until the last race on Saturday to try to find a winner, you are in a tough spot with this evenly matched group of 11 3-year-old fillies on the grass at Del Mar. The pace setup looks like it might favor a closer, so I’ll roll the dice with Croughavouke (#5). But at this point you might be better served crossing your fingers and waiting until Sunday, which is what I’ll do.
Sunday, July 26
Seagram Cup Stakes (4:23 p.m. ET): This race features the top-three finishes from the Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes on July 4: winner Skywire (#1), runner-up Avie’s Flatter (#5), and beaten favorite Mr Ritz (#2). The Seagram Cup also drew classy six-time graded stakes winner Tiz a Slam (#6), who is 3-for-7 on the Tapeta Footings all-weather surface with five top-two finishes. I think Mr Ritz will improve significantly in his second start after an eight-month layoff, so I’m going back to the well on the Eclipse favorite.
Eddie Read Stakes (8:30 p.m. ET): After running second in the 2019 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, United (#7) has won both of his starts in 2020 against Grade 2 competition. He faces a solid group here that includes last year’s Eddie Read winner Bowies Hero (#1) and runner-up Sharp Samurai (#3); Originaire (#3), the runner-up to United in a Grade 2 in May; and Neptune’s Storm (#6), runner-up in a Grade 1 on this turf course in November 2019. At his best, I think United is a class above, so I’ll make him a play in a challenging week.
Mike’s Top 2 Stay Lucky Picks
(17 winners from 33 top plays in 2020)
1. Shirl’s Speight (Marine Stakes)
2. United (Eddie Read Stakes)