06/07/2011 3:11PM

Lone Star Park: Wasted Tears may be headed to Arlington for Modesty


Wasted Tears could be taking her show to Chicago.

One of the nation’s top turf mares, she won the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Mile at Lone Star Park for the third straight year on May 30 while making her 2011 debut, and is now being strongly considered for next month’s Grade 3, $150,000 Modesty at Arlington Park.

“It might be a good time to take her to Chicago, maybe go in the Modesty and see if she wants to go a mile and three sixteenths,” said Bart Evans, who trains Wasted Tears. “I don’t think it will be a problem for her, really. But [the race] would answer that question.”

Evans said the July 9 date of the Modesty is a good fit for Wasted Tears, and for plotting a summer campaign. He said if she handles the distance, the Grade 1, $750,000 Beverly D. at Arlington on Aug. 13 would be a “natural transition.” If not, there would be time to shift gears and consider a defense of her title in the Grade 2 John C Mabee at Del Mar on Aug. 14.

Evans said Wasted Tears, who won the Ouija Board by five lengths with a Beyer Figure of 99, bounced out of the race well and could work this weekend at Lone Star.

“She came back really good,” he said. “I was going to walk her three days. I took her out on the second day with the pony, just walked her around with the pony, and she was about in my lap.

“We’ll probably do a little something with her this weekend. Maybe a nice easy half [mile] or something, just to kind of keep her on the ground.”

Statebred awards in Louisiana, Texas

The top Louisiana-bred and Texas-bred runners from 2010 will be recognized during separate awards ceremonies this week. First up is the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association annual membership meeting Friday night at the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Shreveport, La.

The program, which begins at 6 p.m. Central, includes recognition of divisional champs such as Star Guitar, the older male horse for 2010, and the recently-retired Superior Storm, the champ among older fillies and mares. The 2010 Louisiana-bred horse of the year, decided by a vote of the membership, will be announced Friday. Also during the program, Foxwood Plantations will be recognized as the leading breeder for 2010.

Lone Star will be the site of the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s awards luncheon. It will begin at noon in the Champions Room. Taptam will be recognized as the 2010 Texas-bred horse of the year, the winner having been determined by a points system. Some of Texas’s other divisional winners include Aces N Kings, 2-year-old; Coyote Legend, 3-year-old; Tin Top Cat, 3-year-old filly; and Deviously Fast, champion claimer. All will be stabled at Lone Star on Saturday, and are scheduled to be brought to the winner’s circle between races to be recognized, said Dave Hooper, executive director of the TTA.

Clarence Scharbauer Jr., meanwhile, is last year’s leading breeder based on Texas-bred awards. Tickets to the luncheon are $60 if pre-registered, or $70 at the door. The card Saturday features two divisions of the $100,000 TTA Sales Futurity.

New track super at Oaklawn

Jamie Richardson has been hired as Oaklawn’s new track superintendent. He comes to the Hot Springs, Ark., facility from Maryland, where he had worked in a similar capacity. Richardson replaces Steve Breckling, who resigned after the meet ended in April. Richardson will be just the third track superintendent in the last 35 years at Oaklawn, said track official David Longinotti.

The position is year-round, and Richardson starts June 20. Oaklawn does not open its meet until Jan. 13, but horses start arriving in November. Richardson was the track superintendent at Pimlico from 1989 to 2008, and also helped with construction of the racing surfaces at Colonial Downs.

◗ Jockey Bobby Walker Jr., who was sidelined by a broken ankle just before the Lone Star meet opened in April, has his first mounts of the season Thursday night. He was injured when a horse he was guiding off the track during morning training threw him after being spooked. “He’s been working horses now a couple of weeks,” said Walker’s agent, Shawn Bergquist.

◗ Deliverer will seek his fifth straight win in Thursday night’s featured seventh race at Lone Star. In the seventh at Louisiana Downs, Patrykus meets winners in an entry-level allowance for statebreds off a maiden special weight win at Fair Grounds for which he earned a Beyer of 82.