08/30/2011 2:12PM

Retama Park: Wasted Tears to prepare for career's end


Wasted Tears was to ship to Retama Park near San Antonio on Tuesday to begin preparations for what might be the final race of her career. Trainer Bart Evans said she is being pointed for the Grade 1, $350,000 First Lady at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. The one-mile turf race for fillies and mares will be run Oct. 8.

“If I could write a Hollywood script, I’d go to Keeneland, win that, and go back to where she was born in Lexington,” Evans said of an ideal career ending for the Kentucky-bred Wasted Tears.

With success in the First Lady, Wasted Tears would become both a Grade 1 winner and millionaire. She will come into the race off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 John C. Mabee at Del Mar in her last start Aug. 14.

“The First Lady is good timing-wise,” Evans said. “If we have a bump in the road for some reason, we’d go back to Hollywood for the Matriarch.”

Wasted Tears was second in last year’s Grade 1 Matriarch. She returned from her Del Mar trip last week and after being freshened at Evans’s farm in West Texas was heading back to Retama. Wasted Tears got her start at the San Antonio-area track, winning her career debut over the turf course in September 2007. Evans, who bred and owns the 6-year-old Wasted Tears, has since guided her to a career mark of 12 wins from 21 starts for earnings of $923,963.

“She doesn’t have anything to prove, as far as I’m concerned,” Evans said of her potential retirement after the First Lady. “That’s enough. [But] I can’t say she’s lost any of her zeal for racing.”

Wasted Tears set the pace in the Mabee and was just edged at the wire in a determined effort. Wasted Tears earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 92.

“She really dug in and I was proud of her,” said Evans.

Louisiana Downs dates set for 2012

The Louisiana Racing Commission at a meeting on Monday granted Louisiana Downs an 84-date Thoroughbred meet for 2012, according to a spokesperson for the commission. It will run from May 4 through Sept. 23 in a season that mirrors the current meet. The commission also granted Louisiana Downs a 46-date meet for Quarter Horses next year, from Jan. 7 through March 21.

At the same meeting, Evangeline Downs in Opelousas was awarded an 84-date Thoroughbred meet from April 18-Sept. 8.

The commission also awarded Quarter Horse meets to Fair Grounds and Delta Downs, who had their Thoroughbred calendars set at a previous meeting. Delta was awarded a 46-date Quarter Horse season from April 27 to July 14, while an earlier-than-usual Quarter Horse meet will be held at Fair Grounds. It will run 12 days, from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1.

Nakatani named to ride at Remington

Jockey Corey Nakatani has been named to ride Beachcombing, the third-place finisher in the $101,000 Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park in July, in the $100,000 DeBartolo Memorial on Friday night at Remington Park. The 1 1/8-mile turf race drew a field of eight horses when entries were taken Tuesday. Nakatani has the mount for Gary and Mary West Stables and trainer Cody Autrey.

The complete field from the rail with riders is: Skip a Smile, Luis Quinonez; Sunset Rider, Jenna Joubert; Dakota Gyspy, Chris Landeros; Schramsberg, Ken Tohill; Expansion, Gerard Melancon; Little Wagon, Lindey Wade; Beachcombing, Nakatani; and Shoot It’s War, Quincy Hamilton.

The DeBartolo is one of 18 stakes being run on Friday-night programs during the Remington meet. The track will have an extended raceweek, with a card planned for Labor Day, Sept. 4.

◗ Alfredo Contreras, who had been based at Louisiana Downs, has moved his tack to Retama for the Thoroughbred meet that opens Thursday night, said his agent, Richard Ketner.

◗ Retama is again offering 10-cent trifectas and 10-cent superfectas this meet, said its chief executive officer, Bryan Brown. He said the track is also offering free admission every Saturday night as part of a promotion that also includes 50-cent sodas and $1 hot dogs.

◗ The Texas Racing Commission has set Sept. 21 as the date for its next meeting, which is expected to address dates requests for 2012.