Lone Star Park is back in business in Grand Prairie, Texas. They had to shut their operation down a few weeks ago following a positive coronavirus test. Lone Star Park started to race that day, but only got one race in before racing was shuttered. At the time, Lone Star Park was racing with fans, and reopened with fan access on Sunday.
That’s good news for the racetrack. They lost out on plenty of revenue with no races offered for the majority of July. Most tracks have been getting by on off-track betting through the pandemic. Lone Star wasn’t able to offer anything for betting after an employee tested positive for the virus.
Additional preventive measures and guidelines were put into place during the closure of the racetrack. Lone Star Park is ready to go on Tuesday with ten races on the schedule. A decent cumulative purse of $233,000 is available today at Lone Star. If you are looking for more horse racing picks today, you can find our Parx selections at the blog as well. Head below for our free Lone Star Park picks for July 21, 2020.
Post Time: 2:07 p.m. CST
Distance: 1 Mile
Race 2 is for a $17,000 purse on the turf over a mile of racing. Nine horses will head to the gate to race on the grass. Fika and Xingfu may get into a duel in the stretch in this one. Xingfu is getting a drop in class following not too much success in his five races. In any case, Xingfu is capable of more and should benefit from an easier race. Xingfu has finished 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 5th in his previous five outings.
She started off well with finishes of 2nd and 3rd on September 26, 2019 and November 1, 2019. Those were for purses of $33,000 each. Her form took a dive after that with 6th, 8th, 5th performances, but now she’s back down in class. It’s important to note that this is going to be one of the easiest races of Xingfu’s career. That should help greatly. Since finishing 5th on May 15, Xingfu looked decent on the morning of July 8, with a posted time of 50.20 seconds over 4 furlongs.
Fika is coming off a 1 ¼ length loss on June 15 in a $17,000 event. She had a 1 length lead at the top of the stretch, but weakened in the stretch. This race is a bit shorter than that race, so that should help. Overall, Fika has gone 9th, 7th, 6th, 3rd, 2nd in her previous outings. After finishing 9th, 7th, 6th, notable improvements have been made in form for Fika.
Both of the last races she was in with 3rd and 2nd place finishes, they were more difficult than this assignment on Fika, even more so than the events Xingfu was running in. Overall, Fika is 0 for 11 in her career, but should run close today. For a $125,000 investment in 2017, Fika has to start winning in a class like this. I believe FIka has a good enough chance of doing it today on Tuesday at Lone Star Park.
Post Time: 2:39 p.m. CST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
You won’t have to wait long for our next selection at Lone Star Park. We move on from Race 2 to Race 3, which is a slight drop in class from $17,000 to $14,000. This event is over on the dirty following the turf race. Nine horses are scheduled to participate in Race 3. T C’s Image and Little Avenger should be the horses of interest.
Little Avenger is 2 for 9 in his career, with his most recent win on August 28, 2019. He recorded back-to-back wins on June 9, 2019 and then in August before going winless in six straight races. Little Avenger finished 9th, 3rd, 9th, 3rd, 6th, 5th. Running for higher purses after a brief stint of success can often be a mistake, and I think that’s what we saw with Little Avenger.
He went way down in class after failing on February 19 in a $14,000 event. Little Avenger finished 6th in that race, and then followed up for 5th in a small $9,350 race. As a heavy favorite in the face, that effort was highly discouraging for Little Avenger. That promoted a layoff, with Little Avenger sitting on the sidelines since March. Little Avenger has been running fine in the morning in July. He completed 4-furlong workouts with recorded times of 49.80 and 50 seconds on July 6 and July 12.
T C’s Image is 2 for 11 in his career with a bit of stakes racing experience on his resume. The colt participated in the EI Joven Stakes (Black Type) at Retama Park for 4th and 5th in the Kip Deville Stakes (Black Type) on January 26. He was racing in much harder races than this before getting dropped in class. T C’s Image went 10th, 6th, 8th, 6th, 6th after the Kip Seville Stakes. All of those races were in a higher class than what T C’s Image will experience today.
He responded with a win in his most recent outing on June 16 in a $18,500 event. T C’s Image cleared Tommytoshort by a half length to get his first win since July 19, 2019. This should be an even easier challenge than that outing for T C’s Image. He looked extremely quick with a time of 47.60 seconds in a 4-furlong morning workout. A win should be within reach for T C’s Image in Race 3.
Post Time: 3:11 p.m. CST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 is the co-feature event of the day with Race 5. Both races are offering purses of $36,000 on Tuesday at Lone Star Park. This event will take place on the dirt over 5 ½ furlongs. True Castle, Rizzi’s Honors, and Wishful Quality are all on my shortlist. Wishful Quality is 6 for 12 in her career, with a win in her most recent outing on June 16. She finished 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st from October 6, 2019 to November 25, 2019. However, after a class hike, the results just weren’t there for Wishful Quality. She finished 8th in an $86,000 race on February 7, and then 3rd at $61,000 and 3rd at $35,000.
Wishful Quality found the winner’s circle on June 16 at Lone Star, with a win over Dulce Ride by 4 lengths. In a recent 4-furlong workout on July 6, Wishful Quality completed the run with a time of 51 seconds. That could have been quicker, but if Wishful Quality is in the same form as last month, then expect her to be close at the wire on Tuesday. She will likely be closely watched by Rizzi’s Honors who has been sharp recently. The Robertino Diodoro trained Rizzi’s Honors will run in this one.
Rizzi’s Honors has been in the top-3 in 10 of her previous 11 outings. That included four wins, most recently in her last outing on June 22. She was in superb form to clear Lookin Sharp by 4 ¼ lengths in a $35,000 race. Leading up to that win, Rizzi’s Honors finished 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 2nd. Her stablemate, True Castle, is likely going to be her biggest threat in Race 4 on Tuesday. Diodoro has True Castle in excellent form and that may continue on Tuesday. She has finished in the top-2 in five straight events for 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 2nd. In her most recent win, True Castle edged out Silver City Trick by a head for a $35,000 win.
True Castle placed 2nd in her most recent performance on June 29 with a 2 ¼ length defeat versus the favorite, Final Form. Final Form is a better horse than any participant in this event today. True Castle won’t have to deal with a horse of that caliber on Tuesday afternoon. With that in mind, her form from June 29 would likely be sufficient for a win here. True Castle should be able to come through for Diodoro on Tuesday. He may have the No. 1 and No. 2 horse in Race 4.