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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 Turf Course.


"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 me."

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.




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