06/07/2010 11:00PM

Plenty of spots for Wasted Tears

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Wasted Tears will be going for her seventh straight win when she makes her next start. But where that race will come has yet to be determined. Bart Evans, who owns and trains Wasted Tears, is deliberating among stakes at Arlington, Del Mar, and Saratoga.

"I'd like to give her a chance to run in a Grade 1," he said.

Wasted Tears is based at Lone Star Park, where she won the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at a mile in her last start May 31. It was the sixth consecutive win for the mare, who established herself as one of the nation's top turf females this spring when she upset champion Forever Together in the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland.

Evans said Wasted Tears might get a distance test next in a race like the Grade 3, $200,000 Modesty at 1 3/16 miles at Arlington on July 17. The race is a prep for the Grade 1, $750,000 Beverly D. at the same distance on Aug. 21 at Arlington.

"If we go to Chicago, we would be stretching her out a little bit, seeing what she thinks of a different course," Evans said. "It might open up some options with her."

The ship also would be the easiest of her upcoming stakes options, Evans said. The other races he is looking at require traveling to one of the coasts. The Grade 1, $500,000 Diana is at Saratoga on July 31, while the Grade 2, $250,000 John C. Mabee is to be run at Del Mar on Aug. 15.

Wasted Tears has won her last nine turf starts. Her streak of six straight wins began in an allowance at Lone Star in May 2009. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 99 in this year's Ouija Board Distaff.

Promising turf filly for Hardin

It takes a horse with talent to win over a route of ground in her first start, and that's what the 3-year-old filly Troutline showed last Saturday at Louisiana Downs. She lost her footing at the start of a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight on turf, was hung wide, and then closed from last for a 1 1/2-length win. The race was for fillies and mares bred in Louisiana.

"She did it pretty easy after all the setbacks she had," said Jerry Hardin, who owns and trains Troutline.

Hardin wins at a strong 22 percent rate with first-time starters, but most of his charges debut in sprints. Troutline was a rare two-turn debut prospect for him, and he is excited about her future. But while Hardin is hopeful that Troutline will develop into a stakes performer, he wants to give her time to mature and fill out before tackling those ranks.

"I think she's going to be a pretty nice filly," he said. "I think the way she's bred she's going to be a lot better 4-year-old than 3-year-old. She's going to develop a little later."

Hardin noted that Troutline is out of a Theatrical mare, named Awesome Strike. Awesome Strike, who was a winner in Ireland, is a half-sister to Anguilla, a multiple Grade 2 winner on turf who earned $541,564. Troutline is by the stallion El Corredor.

Hardin, who wins often with 2-year-olds each meet at Louisiana Downs, said his current crop of juveniles is getting a little later start to the races this season. He has 2-year-olds in his barn by such stallions as Even the Score and Yankee Gentleman.

"I'm just kind of taking a little more time with them this year in this old heat," he said. "They'll be ready to run this fall. I'm not in too much of a hurry with them."

Louisiana Downs: Card's best on turf

The best three races on the Louisiana Downs program Thursday will all be run on the grass. The action starts in the third, with a $25,000 optional claimer at 7 1/2 furlongs. It is led by Sligo Joe.

The fifth race, a $12,500 optional claimer at five furlongs, drew leading contender Cajun Persuasion. And in the seventh, a $17,500 optional claimer for fillies and mares at a mile on turf, Wings of Joy could be a slight favorite in the field of 12.

* Kick On, a multiple stakes winner, makes his comeback Thursday night in Lone Star's third race, a $35,000 optional claimer at six furlongs. His task is to catch Southern Vintage, a front-runner who breaks from the rail. In his last start, Southern Vintage won the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial in a dead heat at Lone Star on May 31.

* Jockey Luis Quinonez will not be riding for the remainder of the Lone Star meet after breaking both of his arms in a spill Sunday. He hopes to make his return on Remington's opening-day card Aug. 19, said his agent, Richard McNaughton.