This year has been flying by on us. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it almost feels like this year is a complete throwaway. With that in mind, fortunately it feels like it’s been going fast, but it still hasn’t brought back sports in North American any faster. Major League Soccer is starting soon, so that’s something to look forward to if you like soccer.
I do like the sport, but would rather follow the elite European football leagues. In other words, the return of MLS doesn’t move the meter for me. Hopefully the major sports leagues plans don’t fall apart. It feels like they are moving ahead with their plans, but I worry about an outbreak on a team forcing them to cancel for two or three weeks.
Horse racing has kept moving forward, though. The only thing that slowed them down is the Health Department in California. Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields both had to pause their meets, and some tracks pushed back their opening dates, but other than that, there were always at least two racecards every single day. Now we’re at a point where some tracks are allowing fan access. The Kentucky Derby is going to be here before you know it. It’s already July on the calendar, so Labor Day Weekend is quickly approaching. There are ten prep races left on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
The Blue Grass at Keeneland, Haskell Invitational at Monmouth, and Travers Stakes at Saratoga are the three biggest races left, with each event offering 100 points to the winner. Tiz the Law is scheduled to race in the Travers, so that’s one to mark on the calendar. All I’m looking for is two consecutive winners at Lone Star Park today, though. There are four stakes races worth $75,000 at Lone Star on Sunday. Head below for our free Lone Star Park Daily Double picks for July 5, 2020.
Race 6 – Texas Stallion Stakes
Post Time: 5:37 p.m. CST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
Race 6 is the Texas Stallion Stakes on Sunday at Lone Star Park. A purse of $75,000 is up for grabs in the event for 2-year-old fillies. It will feature 5 furlongs of racing on the dirt in Texas. Still of the Night and Great Affection are certainly horses to keep on your shortlist. Nobody is experienced in this race, but Still of the Night and Great Affection have shown the most so far in their young careers. Note that there are five horses in this field making their debut on Sunday. Not Enough Bling, Great Affection, and Still of the Night all have at least one start. Not Enough Bling finished 3rd in her debut on June 8. She was a fairly big underdog in that one, so showing was enough of an accomplishment.
That’s the only race on Not Enough Bling’s resume. For her to win here, she would have to find improved form in a month. I don’t think that she is at a point where she’s capable of competing against Still of the Night and Great Affection just yet. Keep in mind that Not Enough Bling finished behind Still of the Night and Great Affection in her debut, so they will all meet again today in the Texas Stallion Stakes. Still of the Night is racing in the third race of her career on Sunday. Both of her first two outings were impressive, though she didn’t have enough kick to win either event.
Still of the Night placed in back-to-back races to get her career underway. She was 2nd on June 8 to finish ¾ lengths ahead of Not Enough Bling, but 2 ¾ lengths behind Great Affection. Still of the Night entered the second race of her career on June 24 and had another good go at the top prize. It was deja vu for Not Enough Bling, though, as she finished 1 ¼ lengths back of a win. She is certainly capable of doing one better on Sunday. However, Still of the Night will have to deal with Great Affection again.
Great Affection is 1 for 1 in her career, with that 2 ¾ length win over Still of the Night on June 8. She was in control of that race, only getting behind by a half length at the top of the stretch before clearing the field with a furlong to go. This race is going to be a little bit further, with 5 furlongs compared to 4 ½ furlongs in their first meeting. Great Affection continued to get stronger, while Still of the Night faded, so I can’t see that hurting her chances any. I’m on board with Great Affection in the Texas Stallion Stakes.
Race 7 – Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes
Post Time: 6:07 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
The running of the Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes will take place in Race 7. $75,000 more will be handed out at Lone Star Park in this race. Only 3-year-old horses and up can compete in this one. Direct Dial and Wonders of Hislove are likely going to run hard on Sunday. Wonders of Hislove is coming off a win in the Groovy Stakes (Black Type) on June 14. The colt notched the win by a length over Gold Pilot.
It was a wire-to-wire victory for Wonders of Hislove, as he was locked in to take the top prize out of a $75,000 purse. It’s the first stakes win of his career after failing in four others. Overall, Wonders of Hislove has 3 wins in 12 career performances. He won as a fairly big underdog in the Groovy Stakes and will be seeking a minor upset on Sunday. It is possible, but Direct Dial stands in his way.
Direct Dial is 6 for 22 in his career and coming off a win as well. He won comfortably over the competition by 5 lengths on June 14 in the Spirit of Texas Stakes. It was his sixth win, and the fourth straight event that Direct Dial finished in the top-3 in. Along with that stakes win a few weeks ago, Direct Dial has also won four other stakes events in his career. He is coming off a blazing hot workout on June 29 with a time of 35.80 seconds over 3 furlongs. The form from his won on June 14 appears to still be present. I’d consider adding Direct Dial to your Daily Double ticket for Sunday at Lone Star Park.