06/22/2012 12:43PM

Lone Star: Que Deseo gets more ground in second start back

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – While his big sister, Wasted Tears, hangs out in Kentucky awaiting the birth of her first foal next January, Que Deseo will keep the family’s racing business going in the featured seventh race at Lone Star Park on Sunday. He will start as one of the top choices in a second-level allowance at a mile on turf, the same Lone Star surface over which Wasted Tears won three consecutive runnings of the Grade 3 Ouija Board Distaff from 2009-11.

Que Deseo will break from post six in the field of eight 3-year-olds and up, among his rivals is Sommer’s Choice, who with the right kind of effort will be pointed to the $100,000 Prelude at Louisiana Downs. As for Que Deseo, he will be making his second start since November. He ran third at this level in his most recent out June 3, in a 7 1/2-furlong turf race at Lone Star.

“For coming back, he ran well,” said Bart Evans, who bred, owns, and trains Que Deseo. “And he’s better at a mile, a mile and a sixteenth.”

Apprentice Gerardo Mora will ride Que Deseo, which, loosely translated, means “what a wish,” Evans said.

Que Deseo and Wasted Tears are both from the stakes-winning mare Wishes and Roses. Wasted Tears is the most accomplished of the three stakes winners Wishes and Roses produced before her death last year, having won a pair of Grade 2 races and $941,463. Evans, who bred, owns, and trained Wasted Tears, retired her last fall, and she was bred this season to Malibu Moon, an A.P. Indy son that was appealing for a couple of different reasons, Evans said.

“He’s a nice-looking horse and has had some really nice horses,” Evans said of the stallion whose offspring include Grade 1 winners Life At Ten, Declan’s Moon, Eden’s Moon, and Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective.

Wasted Tears is by Najran, while Que Deseo is a son of Marquetry. Following the close of the Lone Star meet July 8, Evans will likely be based at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

Sommer’s Choice finished a half-length behind Que Deseo in fourth in the June 3 allowance at Lone Star. Prior to that race, he won a first-level allowance on the local main track May 20 and a $15,000 conditioned claimer at a mile on Lone Star turf April 19. Lindey Wade has the mount for trainer Danny Pish, who said depending on the horse’s performance he could advance to the Prelude on Aug. 4.