06/29/2010 11:00PM

Saratoga's Diana top option for Wasted Tears


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Wasted Tears, one of the top turf mares in the country, could be headed to Saratoga. Her trainer, Bart Evans, said he is leaning toward running Wasted Tears at Saratoga later this month in the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana. He also is debating whether to start her in a stakes at either Arlington Park or Del Mar.

"I'd like to run her in a Grade 1," Evans said Wednesday. "If I can make the right kind of connections, Saratoga will probably be where we go."

Evans said taking the Lone Star-based Wasted Tears back East would also open up other race choices for the mare in the event inclement weather were to force the Diana to the main track.

"If we get up there and it doesn't work out," he said, "there are other options, at Woodbine, and possibly Monmouth or Delaware Park. But we'll see whatever makes sense transportation-wise."

The Diana, a handicap for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on turf, is July 31.

Wasted Tears's other next-race options are the Grade 3, $200,000 Modesty at Arlington on July 17 or the Grade 2, $250,000 John C. Mabee at Del Mar on Aug. 15.

Wasted Tears has won her last six starts, her most recent the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star on May 31. Earlier in the year, she upset champion Forever Together in the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland and won the Grade 3 Honey Fox at Gulfstream Park.

Evans bred and owns the 5-year-old Wasted Tears, who has won 10 of 15 starts and $558,598.