Angelica Zapata Ready for Wasted Tears
September 25, 2014 10:11am
The first thing trainers with horses entered in turf stakes usually do on race day is run to the window to check the weather.

The meteorological conditions, though, won’t really concern Ron Pellegrini on Saturday. Come rain or come shine, Angelica Zapata will run in the $90,000 Wasted Tears Stakes at Gulfstream Park whether the 1 1/16-mile stakes for fillies and mares is run on turf, as scheduled, or moved to the main track.
The 6-year-old mare’s abundant talents most definitely are not racing-surface specific.

“She’ll run on anything,” said Pellegrini, whose stable star is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 13 (plus two main-track-only entrants) for the Wasted Tears. “I guess, if they put up money, she’d run down Hallandale Beach for them.

It’s a good bet the 6-year-old mare would kick sand in the faces of her rivals – with no malice, of course – just as she has shown her heels to the competition on turf, dirt, synthetics and mud. Angelica Zapata has won 10 stakes from 11 career victories and has earned black type on turf, dirt, synthetics and mud.

“She just understands what it’s about being a racehorse,” said Pellegrini, whose trainee captured the Wasted Tears last year. “The jockeys in the afternoon say, ‘All I have to do is steer her.’ She knows when to make her move. She’s very professional. She’s just a competitive animal. She loves training and she loves racing.”

The daughter of Sharp Humor, who has earned more than $550,000 for Herman Van Den Broeck, has won her two most recent starts impressively, winning the Nancy’s Glitter on dirt by four lengths before capturing the Soaring Softly over the Gulfstream turf by 2 ¼ lengths.

Trainer Marty Wolfson, who saddled the 1-2-3 finishers in last Saturday’s Musical Romance at Gulfstream, has entered six horses, including two main-track-only entrants, in the Wasted Tears. In search of his fifth stakes success during the Summer Meet, Wolfson is expected to saddle four for the turf, including E B Ryder, Magical Steps, Golden Production and Lilbourne Eliza.

E B Ryder, rated second at 4-1 in the morning line, made a sweeping move coming off the turn into the homestretch in the Soaring Softly to finish second behind Angelica Zapata, beaten by 2 ½ lengths. In her previous start the 4-year-old daughter of Bluegrass Cat made a late drive to capture the Anka Germania Stakes by a half-length.

“It’s all about pace,” said Wolfson, “There’ll be pace this time.”

Magical Steps also made a late run in the Anka Germania to finish third, 1 ½ lengths behind E B Ryder. In two subsequent starts, the 4-year-old British import made belated runs after dropping back early to finish third and fourth, respectively.

“She’s had bad trips her last two times,” Wolfson said. “I really do think she has potential.”

Lilbourne Eliza, who won an entry-level allowance in her Santa Anita finale in May, has run twice for Wolfson at Gulfstream, showing early speed before faltering. Golden Production, an overnight stakes winner at Santa Anita last winter, is set to make her debut for Wolfson and her first start since July. Should the race be taken off the turf, Swinger’s Party and Call Pat would be eligible to compete.

Todd Pletcher, the 11-time defending training titlist during Gulfstream’s Championship Meet, is scheduled to be represented by Silsita, rated third at 5-1 in the morning line. The 4-year-old daughter of Macho Uno, who is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Violet (G3) at Monmouth, raced twice at Gulfstream during the winter, finishing second in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Preview and fourth in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf.

Dun Won was entered to seek her fourth straight victory while making her stakes debut in the Wasted Tears. The 3-year-old daughter of Dunkirk was claimed for $12,500 by Kleinubing Racing and trainer Manny Wayar in March.

“The owner liked the pedigree. When we saw her in the paddock, she looked OK. We got lucky to claim a filly that won a maiden race and two allowances,” Wayar said. “She’ll move forward, I believe. I think her best races are ahead of her.”

Dun Won defeated older fillies and mares while breaking her maiden on July 5 and pulling away by five lengths in an entry-level allowance on July 31. Just as she had done in her first two wins, Dun Won surged from off the pace to prevail in an open-allowance on Aug. 17.

“It doesn’t matter if she is off the pace or near the pace; she kicks it in at the end – that’s where you win races,” Wayar said. “She can run anywhere and give you a good last quarter of a mile.”

Bill Kaplan-trained Holiday Magic and Tom Proctor-trained Lori’s Store both won stakes on the same day at the same track last April. Holiday Magic, who won the Brave Raj at 2, captured the Sophomore Fillies on dirt at Tampa Bay Downs before Lori’s Store won the Distaff Turf.

She’s Spooky, a speedy 4-year-old stakes-placed filly, and Golden Finish, nosed out of an entry-allowance win last time out, both merit some consideration in the Wasted Tears. 

Burning Truth and Thunder on Tap round out the field.


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