09/08/2010 4:29PM

Break over for Wasted Tears

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Wasted Tears, with Rajiv Maragh up, wins the John C. Mabee at Del Mar.

Wasted Tears is settled in back at her Retama Park base after winning last month's Grade 2 John C. Mabee at Del Mar, and will soon begin serious preparations for her next objective, the Grade 1, $400,000 First Lady at Keeneland. Wasted Tears, who has won her last seven starts, was given a little bit of a freshening after the Mabee.

"She'll probably work this week," Bart Evans, who owns and trains Wasted Tears, said Wednesday. "She's been galloping, galloping strongly. We gave her a little mind break, and she's doing real good. We stayed out in California a week after the race, took her home [to the farm] for a week, then brought her back to Retama."

Wasted Tears began her win streak in May 2009 with an allowance score at Lone Star Park. She has since taken two runnings of that track's Grade 3 Oujia Board Distaff, an allowance, the Grade 3 Honey Fox at Gulfstream Park, and the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley this spring at Keeneland. In the Mabee on Aug. 15, she was a nose winner for a Beyer Figure of 95.

"It was a gutty race," Evans said. "She set all the fractions, then held off the closers. It was her first time going a mile and an eighth."

The First Lady, for fillies and mares at a mile on turf, will be run Oct. 9. Rajiv Maragh, who was aboard Wasted Tears for both the Mabee and the Jenny Wiley, has the mount, said Evans.