Another day of racing at Lone Star Park in Texas on Tuesday following a nice day yesterday. It was a successful afternoon at the Grand Prairie based racetrack. Two horses came through with wins while another came up short. It was a winning day, though it could have been a whole lot better if the sweep was completed. Elle’s Town was our final selection on the day and she had a disappointing appearance.
She had the lead at the 3/16 and ⅜ pole, but just ran out of gas in the stretch and finished 3rd. That was not ideal for a horse fully capable of winning in that class. When you’ve already won two races on the card, it’s not anything to get frustrated over, though. Meme Jo ended up closing at +240 by post-time in the parimutuel pool as a slight underdog behind Frosted Bling, so I will gladly take that.
Lone Star Park has been a great track for the bankroll. I’ve hit a couple of multi-race bets here along with several straight wagers. It’s back on the multi-bet circuit at Lone Star Park for Tuesday. We are in search of three straight winners to complete a Pick 3 and two straight winners for the Daily Double. Head below for our free Lone Star Park Daily Double and Pick 3 selections for June 30, 2020.
Post Time: 2:39 p.m. CST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
The first leg of the multi-bet will begin with Race 3 at Lone Star Park. This race will feature 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $13,000 purse. It’s likely going to come down to Witts Question and Bluegrass Dixie. Witts Question was strong as a first-time runner on May 12 at Fonner Park, but had a rude awakening in her debut at Lone Star on June 8.
She finished 2nd in her debut to place behind Nola’s Sugarplum by 3 lengths. Witts Question was not expected to run that well, but was involved in the stretch anyway. That was for a small purse of $3,600. She moved up to a $34,000 event on June 8 and was severely outclassed. Witts Question finished 8th in a rather forgettable first race in Texas.
Witts Question drops down in class, though this is still significantly higher than the Fonner Park race. Having said that, expect a much better result on paper for Witts Question in this race than her most recent outing. Whether that equates to a win is going to be the big question of Race 3. She will likely find it difficult to navigate past Bluegrass Dixie near the wire here.
Bluegrass Dixie is searching for the first win of her career in six attempts. No win for Bluegrass Dixie yet, but he’s been in the money in three out of five races. Bluegrass Dixie has finished 3rd in back-to-back races on June 9 and June 17. Both were tougher races than Witts Question’s 2nd place finish at Fonner Park. Bluegrass Dixie is far from the top horse in the backstretch at Lone Star Park, but the lack of tough competition in this one should present a winnable situation for her.
Post Time: 3:11 p.m. CST
The second leg of our Pick 3 continues on Tuesday with Race 4. This is the co-feature event of the day and one of two races with a purse of $35,000. The stakes are raised from Race 3 with more than double on the line. Brightest, Whipumnaenae, and Miss Yachty are bound to have good races in this one. Miss Yachty has raced in three events as a youngster and already has a stakes race under her belt.
After winning on August 21, 2019 in her debut, Miss Yachty aimed high in the Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes and came close. Miss Yachty showed that she belonged in the race and placed for a decent payday. She finished 3 ¼ lengths behind It’s My Money in the $65,000 event. It sounds good, but Miss Yachty was heavily favored with a lot of support at the window. With that in mind, it wasn’t what many people expected. Following that race in September, Miss Yachty went on a break and didn’t appear again until May 23.
The same form that we saw from 2019 wasn’t with Miss Yachty in May. She finished 8th with no rally for a $35,000 purse. That event was just 5 ½ furlongs and Miss Yachty already had enough with more than a furlong left in the race. Whipum Naenae was 2nd in that race as an underdog and cleared Miss Yachty by a considerable distance.
Whipum Naenae has 1 win in 17 races in her career. The race I just noted above is the best race she’s had in a long while. It was the first time she placed in a year, which spans across nine events. After finishing 2nd on May 23, Whipum Naenae had nothing to give in the Yellow Rose Stakes and finished 6th on June 14. Brightest has the most experience racing in big races.
Brightest is coming off two $75,000 stakes races where she finished 4th in the Two Altazano Stakes (Black Type) and 7th in the Bara Lass Stakes (Black Type) on June 14. Prior to that race, Brightest was 1st in a Maiden Special Weight event for $36,000. Back down in class for Tuesday, look for Brightest to run a much more comfortable race away from stakes competition.
Post Time: 3:43 p.m. CST
Race 5 is a shorter race for a smaller purse, but this is the money round for our Pick 3. Eight horses will be featured on the grass over 5 furlongs for $16,000. I’m expecting a tightly contested race between On Tilt and Maintainance Matt. Maintainance Matt, yes, that’s the correct spelling, is 1 for 9 in his career, with his win occurring on February 6 at Fair Grounds. He won over 5 ½ lengths over Move It to grab the top prize out of a $15,000 purse. That was the race of his life and won as a sizable underdog in that one. His results before and after, though, suggest that Maintainance Matt was in a groove and isn’t his consistent form.
After the win, Maintainance Matt finished 6th, 8th, 3rd. He lagged behind The Devils Back and Bottle Shock in his most recent appearance on June 9. Maintainance Matt was another big underdog in that one, so that was actually good form for him. In a June 26 3-furlong workout, Maintainance Matt didn’t do anything too exciting, with a time of 39.20 seconds. If he shows up at the gate wanting to race, then Maintainance Matt has a case here, but his issues with finding consistency is something to note.
On Tilt had a rough go of it to open his career. The young colt finished 10th, 5th, 7th, and then dropped in class to find instant results. On Tilt won on May 22 at Lone Start in his debut at the racecourse. It was a wire-to-wire win for On Tilt, with a 4 ¼ length advantage on Bayern to Be Wild for a $13,000 purse. Two workouts in June have been in good form for On Tilt, as he completed 4 furlongs at 49.20 seconds and 3 furlongs at 37.60 seconds. I think the morning-line odds of Maintainance Matt and On Tile should be swapped here. I will side with the No. 7 horse in Race 5.