Stay Lucky Picks: Opening Weekend at Santa Anita Fall Meet

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weekend TV schedule

Thursday, Sept. 24: 12:30-6 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Friday, Sept. 25: 12:30-6 p.m.. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, Sept. 26: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. ET on FS1; 1:30-6 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, Sept.27: 12:30-6 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

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This weekend’s Stay Lucky slate is headlined by the opening of Santa Anita Park's fall meet, which was delayed by a week due to wildfires in the region. The weekend's slate features seven Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” races

Friday, Sept. 25

Eddie D Stakes (6:43 p.m. ET): With four runners between 5-2 and 4-1 on the morning line, this looks like a fairly wide-open race, although I would argue Wildman Jack (#1) deserves to be less than 2-1 and should be pretty tough here. I’m sitting on a streak of zero, so I’ll go ahead and fire away on him here.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Noble Damsel Stakes (4:42 p.m. ET): Chad Brown has four runners entered and its tough to distinguish between the group, but I give a slight edge to Blowout (#4) because of her success on this turf course. I would not feel confident making a Stay Lucky play in this race.

Ack Ack Handicap (4:53 p.m. ET): I view the most likely favorites for this race as vulnerable, so this is not an ideal Stay Lucky spot, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on the odds for American Anthem (#4). If he’s a bit overlooked coming off a poor start on grass and a better-than-it-looked third in the Grade 1 Runhappy Carter Handicap, I’ll play him to win.

Rodeo Drive Stakes (6:30 p.m. ET): There are several strong contenders in here with success on the grass at Santa Anita that are capable of a top-level effort. I give a very slight edge to Bodhicitta (#3), who has won three times and finished second once in four starts this year. The 1 ¼-mile distance is the key question with Bodhicitta, but the talent is there.

American Pharoah Stakes (7 p.m. ET): I expect Bob Baffert’s Runhappy Del Mar Futurity runner-up Spielberg (#5) and John Shirreffs’ regally-bred Waspirant (#8) to take a lot of money here, but I’m looking for a price with Notable Exception (#4) coming off a debut win on the synthetic surface at Arlington. I expect that race to be vastly undervalued because the speed figures came up light, but I think he could take a big step forward making the switch to dirt.

John Henry Turf Championship Stakes (7:30 p.m. ET): This race might be a little tougher than I thought at first glance, but it’s definitely United’s (#3) race to lose. He’s two heads and a neck away from a six-race winning streak and has been exceptionally consistent during that stretch.

Sunday, Sept. 27

Remington Park Oaks (5:24 p.m. ET): Envoutante (#4) got her doors blown off in her last two races, but those races came when facing Grade 1 competition and she gets significant class relief here. You could make a case for her as a Stay Lucky play, but since I plan to bet against what looks to me to be a vulnerable favorite I’ll pass on the race. For betting purposes, I’m going to try Seattle Slang (#2) coming off a nice win for Steve Asmussen, who has won this race four times including the last two years.

Oklahoma Derby (8:12 p.m. ET): I thought Mo Mosa (#8) looked terrific in his return from a layoff of more than 3 ½ months and he has a bit more upside than a few of the others in this race. I wouldn’t make him a top play, but I’ll swing away at the end of the weekend if I have a streak of two or less.

Canadian Derby (11:55 p.m. ET): I’ve said this before and it’s worth repeating, I usually steer clear of circuits that I don’t know very well and Century Mile in Edmonton, Alberta, certainly qualifies. On paper, it looks like a coin-flip race between Maskwecis (#7) and Mongolian Wind (#11). I lean toward the latter but the outside post position really scares me. I’d pass unless I was sitting on a streak of zero or one.

Mike's Top Stay Lucky Pick

(24 winners from 50 top plays in 2020)

1. United (John Henry Turf Championship Stakes)

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