08/31/2013 5:24PM

Gulfstream Park: Angelica Zapata strong in Wasted Tears win

Coglianese/Kenny Martin
Angelica Zapata, with Juan Leyva riding, wins the Wasted Tears for her eighth victory from 23 starts.

Angelica Zapata picked up the seventh stakes win of her career Saturday at Gulfstream Park, when she finished with authority in the $100,000 Wasted Tears. She won by 1 1/4 lengths over Ann of the Dance, while it was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third to Team.

Angelica Zapata ($7.40) stalked the pace in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, as Miss Montreal set fractions of 25.24 seconds for the opening quarter, 49.34 for the half-mile, and 1:12.51 for six furlongs. Angelica Zapata advanced three wide into the stretch and took command through the final furlong. She covered the distance on firm turf in 1:42.57.

Juan Leyva rode Angelica Zapata for trainer Ron Pellegrini.

Herman Van den Broeck owns Angelica Zapata and co-bred her with Buck Pond Farm. She is a Kentucky-bred mare by Sharp Humor. Angelica Zapata earned $60,000 for her win in the Wasted Tears, which was her eighth career victory from 23 starts. Her earnings now stand at $398,070.