Wasted Tears may be a picture of serenity while getting bathed, but she
knows what she wants and what she needs and she's not shy about letting one
know, says her owner-breeder-trainer Bart Evans as she prepares for Sunday's
Grade II, $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante
"You can rub her ears and she's fine with
that," he said, "but if you rub her stomach she'll sort of growl at
you and let you know she doesn't need that. She's always been that way, ever
since she was a baby.
"She's very insistent on what she thinks she
needs and what she thinks she doesn't need."
In other words, it's her way or the highway.
"She's very much a woman," he said.
"You could say she's like a wife." He left it at that.
The well traveled, multiple graded-stakes-winning
daughter of Najran is on a six-race winning streak that has covered Lone Star Park, Gulfstream
Park and Keeneland.
Wasted Tears, who is 10 for 15 in her career, arrived at Del Mar on Sunday and is bedded down in the
Richard Mandella barn.
Evans, a native Texan who has a ranch in Midland, says he and
Mandella go back a long a way. "Before he was famous," Evans quipped.
"In fact, I think I should have some credit for his rise. I remember telling
him that if he doesn't get some better stock he's gonna be stuck with guys like
Wasted Tears is expected to be well-tested in the
Mabee, a "Win and You're In" race, from a couple of other ship-ins --
Gozzip Girl and Speak Easy Gal, both trained by Martin Wolfson -- and local
runners Gotta Have Her, trained by Jenine Sahadi, and Turning Top from the
Simon Callaghan barn.