Owner-trainer-breeder Bart Evans has traveled from coast to coast with his talented mare Wasted Tears,
and last Saturday he brought the 6-year-old at Keeneland for a third
time with a run in this Saturday’s $350,000 First Lady (G1) at a mile on
the turf on the agenda.
perfect Hollywood script would be for her to win here and then take her
back home (to Texas), where she was born, the next day,” Evans said.
Tears’ first Keeneland visit resulted in a Spring 2010 victory in the
Jenny Wiley (G2) over Grade 1 winners Forever Together and Hot Cha Cha.
Last fall, she finished fifth in the First Lady, beaten only 1¼ lengths.
Like last year, Wasted Tears comes to Keeneland off an eight-week layoff following the John C. Mabee (G2) at Del Mar.
likes a mile,” Evans said of the decision to return to Keeneland. “We
have tried to go a little farther, but it didn’t work out for whatever
reason. This seemed like a nice spot.”
Tears has raced only three times this year with her lone victory coming
in the one-mile Ouija Board (G3) at Lone Star in May to begin her
she ran in the Matriarch (G1), I turned her out in a big wheat field at
home,” Evans said. “She is nominated to the Matriarch this year as a
backup, but this will probably be it. She has done enough.”
daughter of Najran, Wasted Tears has compiled a record of 21-12-2-1
with earnings of $923,963. All of her victories have come on the turf,
and her record at a mile is 11-6-2-0.
a good shipper and it doesn’t matter where she goes,” Evans said.
“She’s fun to be around. I’ve enjoyed my time with her at the track and
she tells you what she wants to do.”