02/18/2011 5:49PM

Chamberlain Bridge makes plans for Dubai trip

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Chamberlain Bridge wins the Rail Splitter at Sam Houston.

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champ Chamberlain Bridge is tentatively scheduled to leave for Dubai on March 15 after winning his seasonal debut last weekend in the $75,000 Rail Splitter at Sam Houston Race Park. He is to make his next start in the Group 2, $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Racecourse on March 26.

Chamberlain Bridge will ship out of his Fair Grounds base, with complete travel details still coming together, trainer Bret Calhoun said.

Chamberlain Bridge was making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 in the Rail Splitter and tracked the pace in third before going on for a one-length win. He covered five furlongs on firm turf in 56.60 seconds. He earned a 90 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort.

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“I thought it was a very workman-like race, what we needed,” Calhoun said. “He had to bear down and run a little bit, got a little tired. He probably should have gotten what he needed off that race to move forward.”

Jockey Jamie Theriot was aboard for the Rail Splitter and has the mount in the Al Quoz, Calhoun said. The horse will be Calhoun’s first starter in Dubai. Chamberlain Bridge races for Carl Moore. He has won 17 of 32 starts and $1,630,245.

Wasted Tears to resume serious training

Another top turf horse based in the region, Wasted Tears, will soon resume serious training. She has been freshened at the Midland, Texas, farm of her owner and trainer, Bart Evans, since running second in the Grade 1 Matriarch at Hollywood Park on Nov. 26. Wasted Tears is scheduled to rejoin Evans’s racing stable at Retama Park near San Antonio in about a week, he said Thursday.

“She’s at home and she’s been ponying a little bit,” Evans said. “She’ll probably be back here in a week or so. That’s the plan.”

Wasted Tears is one of the nation’s top turf mares. She went 5 for 7 last year, among her wins were the Grade 2 John C. Mabee at Del Mar, the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland, and the Grade 3 Honey Fox at Gulfstream Park. Wasted Tears, an earner of $770,598, is a 6-year-old mare who would seem to be sitting on a big 2011.

“I’d like her to win a Grade 1, and I’d like her to get over $1 million in earnings,” Evans said. “That’s the ideal scenario, if she wants to do that. I don’t know what she’ll want to do when she gets back to the racetrack. She might say that green grass was all right. But she does act like she’s ready to kind of want to do something.”

Wasted Tears is by the Runaway Groom stallion Najran, who was euthanized Feb. 9 as a result of injuries suffered in a paddock accident. Evans also is the breeder of Wasted Tears.

Sunday racing at Delta Downs

Delta Downs in Vinton, La., will launch Sunday racing this week. There will be a special post of 3:05 p.m. Central for the programs. Delta will race Sundays over the next five weeks of its meet, said Chris Warren, the track’s director of racing operations. Delta also will continue to race nights from Wednesday through Saturday. First post for those cards was changed this past week, to 15 minutes earlier than normal, or 5:50 p.m. Central.

In its recent history, Delta has not regularly raced Thoroughbreds on Sundays. At one point, there were some Sunday cards held during the track’s annual meet for Quarter Horses.

“It’s kind of an experiment,” Warren said.

Delta waited until after the Super Bowl to launch the Sunday racing.

Southern Anthem eyes Mervin Muniz

Southern Anthem, runner-up in the Grade 3, $200,000 Connally Cup Turf at Sam Houston on Jan. 29, will probably be pointed to the Grade 2, $300,000 Mervin Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds, trainer Jeff Thornbury said. The race, at about 1 1/8 miles on turf, will be run March 26.

Southern Anthem closed for second to Schramsberg in the Connally Cup, which is also run over 1 1/8 miles. For the effort, he earned a Beyer of 90. Southern Anthem races for Stacey Moak.

Dreaminofthewin waiting for Rebel

Dreaminofthewin, runner-up in the $100,000 Smarty Jones last month at Oaklawn, will pass the track’s Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest at a mile on Monday in favor of next month’s Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel at 1 1/16 miles, trainer C.R. Trout said.

“I think the extra distance will help him,” Trout said. “That’s what we’re going to try.”

Dreaminofthewin won a $100,000 optional claimer at two turns at Remington Park leading up to the Smarty Jones. He worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:02 at Oaklawn on Thursday.