Stay Lucky Picks: Alabama Stakes Headlines Light Weekend
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This weekend’s Stay Lucky slate is headlined by Saturday's 140thAlabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga. The Alabama will be shown on both NBC during a 5-6 p.m. broadcast as part of their Road to the Breeders’ Cup series, and also on “Saratoga Live” on FS1. "Saratoga Live" will also air on FS1 and FS2 during its usual Wednesday through Sunday schedule. For a TV/radio schedule, click here.
Bold Venture Stakes (4:14 p.m. ET): The 8-year-old veteran Pink Lloyd (#4) has been winning races at Woodbine for about as long as the instrumental break in “Echoes,” but oddly enough, two of his six career losses in 30 starts have come in the last two editions of this race as he finished fifth in 2018 and fourth last year (he was declared a non-starter last year after stewards deemed he broke out of the gate early). There’s not a lot of speed lined up in this Saturday’s renewal, and that should benefit his pace-pressing style, plus he’s two-for-two this year. White Flag (#8) stands a chance but has never run on a synthetic surface.
King Edward Stakes (5:22 p.m. ET): The top two finishers from the July 11 Connaught Cup Stakes return here in Silent Poet (#5) and Admiralty Pier (#7) and all-weather specialist Mr. Ritz (#3) is back for another try in this one-mile turf event after finishing fifth last year and then winning three of five stakes races since on synthetic. There are also three horses shipping to Woodbine from the U.S. that all could win, including Delaware (#9), who is making his third start in North America for turf maestro Chad Brown after racing competitively in France where he won two stakes. I’ll play Delaware if the odds are 3-1 or above but am passing on this race for Stay Lucky.
Alabama Stakes (5:43 p.m. ET): Swiss Skydiver (#5) towers over this field in terms of accomplishments, having won three graded stakes this year and most recently finishing second in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes against males. But I have big questions about her pedigree and whether it will hinder her as she tries the classic mile and a quarter Alabama distance. Spice Is Nice (#2) may finally be on the right track to justify her $1 million-plus sales price as a yearling after winning a Belmont Park allowance, and Crystal Ball (#3) and Harvey’s Lil Goil (#6) are also threats. I would not be surprised to see an upset here.
Patrick’s Top Stay Lucky Play (2 winners from 2 top plays in 2020):
1. Pink Lloyd (Bold Venture Stakes)
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