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Wasted Tears and Turning Top, who between them have 10 straight victories, lead a field of eight entered this morning in Sunday's 53rd running of the Grade II, $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

 

The winner gets an automatic bid to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf as part of the "Win and You're In program.

 

Wasted Tears, trained by breeder-owner Bart Evans, is on a six-race win streak that includes three graded races in her most recent starts. The victories by the well-traveled 5-year-old mare range from Texas to Florida to Kentucky. And now Evans hopes to add California to that itinerary.

 

Turning Top, on the other hand, has put her streak together on Southern California turf beginning with a Santa Anita allowance score April 10. The 4-year-old filly trained by Simon Callaghan made her graded stakes debut in her most recent outing, the Grade III Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park.

 

Another well-traveled entrant, 4-year-old filly Gozzip Girl, trained by Martin Wolfson and based in Florida, arrived this morning after a flight from her home base. She's 5 for 12 lifetime but winless in two 2010 outings.

 

Top money winner in the field is the Jenine Sahadi-trained Gotta Have Her, who comes to the race from a victory in Hollywood Park's Grade II Royal Heroine Mile. With a record of nine wins, seven seconds and four thirds, she has compiled earnings of $972,608, meaning a win would put her over the million-dollar mark. Mike Smith replaces Gotta Have Her's regular rider, the injured Tyler Baze.

 

The Mabee also drew a supplementary entry in Spring Style, who is wheeling back in a week, following her fourth-place finish in Saturday's  Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, won by unbeaten Zenyatta. The supplementary entry fee is $2,500.

 

Here's how the field will line up from the rail, with weights and riders: Wasted Tears, 121, Rajiv Maragh, a Top Ten rider at Saratoga and making his Del Mar debut; Lilly Fa Pootz, 119, Joel Rosario; Spring Style, 119, Patrick Valenzuela; Gotta Have Her, 121, Smith; Turning Top, 119, Brice Blanc; Princess Haya, 121, Rafael Bejarano; Gozzip Girl, 121, Julien Leparoux, and Oui Say Oui, 119, Victor Espinoza. 

 

 

 

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