Wasted Tears is a "refuse to lose", gutsy mare. who proved her gameness once again, in the Gr.II ( formerly Gr.I) John C. Mabee at Del Mar yesterday.It was her first time at the distance of 1 mile & 1/8, and the first time over the Del Mar turf course. Her owner-breeder-trainer, Bart Evans, trucked her in himself, from their home base in Texas, more on him, here.
It was 76 days since her last start, and she proceeded to go wire-to-wire , as is her custom, holding off the fast closing Lilly Fa Pootz, and the good mare Gotta Have Her. The latter, was full of run, but according to pilot Mike Smith, she refused to go down inside between the rail and the winner.Would it have mattered? According to a very happy Rajiv Maragh, " She got tested, truly tested. She'll do whatever it takes to win"
Wasted Tears is now 11 for 16, with 10 of those on turf, and earnings of $ 706,598. She had already defeated the 2008 Filly and Mare Turf queen, Forever Together in the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland this spring. In winning the Mabee, she has an automatic entry to the Breeder's Cup F & M Turf, but according to her owner, that's not in the plan. Wasted Tears is by Najran, out of theGreinton (GB) mare, Wishes and Roses.
In Saturday's La Jolla, Sidney's Candy broke the Jimmy Durante turf course record in his turf debut. His winning margin was 5 &1/2 lengths, and while I'm not sure why the jock was so aggressive down the lane, Sidney's Candy ran like a horse with his tail on fire. This is the second track record for Sidney's Candy. And if I counted right, between Saturday and Sunday there were 4 winners by the sire Candy Ride at Del Mar, - Clubhouse Ride and Sugarinthemorning, both 2 year old winners and Spaniard, an allowance winner.The stallion, who stands at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky, for $25,000, is an extremely versatile stallion, throwing horses that win going short and long and on any kind of surface.