05/30/2011 5:24PM

Lone Star Park: Wasted Tears three-peats off layoff

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Wasted Tears, with Julien Leparoux riding, wins the Ouija Board.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Wasted Tears proved to be the undisputed class of the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star Park on Monday, when she won the race for the third straight year in her first start in six months. She cruised home by five lengths, her largest winning margin in the one-mile turf race that she initially won in 2009.

The Ouija Board Distaff was the first of two graded races on the Lone Star Million Day program of six stakes. The card is the richest day of Thoroughbred racing in Texas, and it is annually led by the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.

Wasted Tears ($2.80), a front-runner, broke alertly on Monday, and immediately locked horns with Sheer Beauty into the first turn. But Wasted Tears then came back to jockey Julien Leparoux, as Sheer Beauty went on to lead the field through an opening quarter in 22.60 seconds and a half-mile in 46.20 seconds.

"That was a pretty hot pace," said Leparoux, aboard Wasted Tears for the first time Monday for trainer Bart Evans. "She settled pretty nicely for me. I didn't have to do anything, really. She just settled for me."

Wasted Tears moved to the lead approaching the final turn, increased her advantage from there, and covered the distance on firm turf in 1:34.06. With the win, she improved her record over the Lone Star turf course to 6 for 6.

Category Seven closed for second in the Ouija Board, 2 1/4 lengths in front of third-place Sheer Beauty.

The Ouija Board was Wasted Tears' first start since Nov. 26, when she finished second in the Grade 1 Matriarch at Hollywood Park. Evans, who also bred and owns Wasted Tears, said he will wait and see how the mare comes back from the Ouija Board before setting next-race plans. Evans and Leparoux were both impressed with Wasted Tears' effort Monday.

"That was her first race this year and she won it very easy," said Leparoux. "She's a very, very nice filly, obviously. She showed that last year. Hopefully, we got her for the whole year this year, and win a lot of races with her."

Wasted Tears, who is 6, won last year's Grade 2 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland and the Grade 2 John C. Mabee at Del Mar.