06/19/2009 12:00AM

Red Lead heading to Iowa Derby


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Red Lead, who was the runner-up to Mythical Power in last month's Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Derby, is headed to the $250,000 Iowa Derby, said his trainer, Brandon Bridges. The horse is scheduled to ship from his Lone Star Park base to Prairie Meadows on Sunday.

The Iowa Derby, at 1 1/16 miles, will be run on Friday. Red Lead will be ridden by Cliff Berry, the leading rider at Lone Star. The race will be the horse's first since the Lone Star Derby on May 9.

"He's fresh and doing well, and has put in some pretty nice works since his last race," said Bridges.

Red Lead worked five furlongs in a bullet 59.80 seconds on June 13. The time was the fastest of 48 at the distance. Bridges said the timing of the Iowa Derby was a nice fit.

Red Lead ran a bold race in the Lone Star Derby. He dueled on the lead, then held well for second behind sweeping, seven-length winner Mythical Power, whom he could meet again in the Iowa Derby.

Frontier Stables owns Red Lead, who is a son of Red Bullet. He won his maiden in his debut in March, then one start later was second by a neck in the allowance prep for the Lone Star Derby.

Wasted Tears eyes Royal Heroine

Wasted Tears could be headed to Southern California. Her trainer, Bart Evans, on Friday said she was under consideration for a start in the Grade 2, $250,000 Royal Heroine Mile for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park on July 11. He has been working on lining up satisfactory flight arrangements for the filly, who shattered the course record for a mile on turf last month at Lone Star in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff. Wasted Tears had also been under consideration for a turf stakes at Arlington Park.

"She's leaning toward getting a little sun on the West Coast," said Evans.

Evans feels Hollywood Park would offer Wasted Tears the opportunity to run over a course that is similar to the one at Lone Star. Wasted Tears won the Ouija Board by a length in 1:32.80, and was flattered last week when the fourth-place finisher from that race, Hotlantic, came back to win the $50,000 Top Corsage at Louisiana Downs. Wasted Tears has won her last five turf starts, in a streak dating back to May 2008.

Evans also bred and owns Wasted Tears, who is a 4-year-old by Najran.

Red Rock Creek drops in class

Red Rock Creek will drop from Grade 3 company for the fourth race Sunday at Lone Star, a $40,000 optional claimer at a mile on turf. The horse was third last out in the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup in what was his first start since February.

Red Rock Creek will face seven others, including Precious Colony, who was fifth in the Dallas Turf Cup, and Prospective Kiss, the runner-up in the $75,000 Bosselman at Fonner Park on April 25. Active Treasure, a winner of his last three starts, owns the best last-out Beyer Figure in the field, a 91.

The race will be the first start of the year for Almost Certain, a stakes-winning half-brother to Wasted Tears.

New steroid tests in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Racing Commission on Thursday approved enhanced anabolic steroid testing at the state's four tracks in a policy that will go into place in 60 days, said Tino Rieger, executive director of the commission. The updated rule mirrors the model rule on steroids set forth by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, except Oklahoma will use blood test results to confirm a steroid violation versus a urine sample.

The commission on Thursday adopted threshold levels based on blood samples. With the enhanced testing, the commission also upgraded the penalties for steroids. It is now a Category 3 medication violation, with possible penalties being a suspension and/or fine, as well as loss of purse.

Also during the commission meeting, representatives from Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla., informed the panel it has entered into a contract to sell the track to Furlong Perfecta, LLC.

* Miranda Diane, a multiple stakes winner this spring at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., is set to make her next start in the $100,000 Saylorville at Prairie Meadows on Friday, said her trainer, Shane Seaton. Nena Matz, who rode the filly to a perfect 4-for-4 meet at Will Rogers, has the mount.