04/09/2010 11:00PM

Wasted Tears all the way in Jenny Wiley

Pat Lang
Wasted Tears holds off Forever Together to win the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Champion Forever Together had a near-perfect trip in Saturday's at Keeneland. Front-running Wasted Tears just had a slightly better one, and that proved the difference as Wasted Tears gamely turned back Forever Together, the 2008 champion female turf horse, to win the Jenny Wiley by a half-length.

Although late-running Forever Together was able to save ground and avoid traffic when stalking the pace for much of the race, it didn't prove enough to catch Wasted Tears who established an easy lead with fractions of 23.79 seconds, 47.62, and 1:11.35 over a quick, firm turf course in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

From there, Wasted Tears was able to accelerate in the lane, so much so that when Forever Together came to her inside the sixteenth pole, she had enough to withstand her rally.

The winner, a 5-year-old son of Najran, raced 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.86, approximately a half-second off the course record of 1:40.30 set by Quiet Resolve in 2005. She paid $11.60.

"She cruised on the lead early, and that helped her have a lot left at the end," jockey Rajiv Maragh said.

Wasted Tears, owned, bred, and trained by Bart Evans, won for the third time this year, following victories in an allowance at Gulfstream at January and the Grade 3 Honey Fox there Feb. 20.

Although hampered by layoffs over her career, she was clearly at her best Saturday. A staff infection contributed to her time on the sidelines earlier in her career, Evans said.

Forever Together, the 9-5 favorite making her first start since finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, ran well in defeat, firing under the firm turf conditions but was second best under the slow-paced conditions under which the Jenny Wiley was contested.

The 2009 Queen Elizabeth winner, Hot Cha Cha, another making her first start of the year, rallied to be third, a length behind Forever Together.

Together Indy upsets Commonwealth

Kent Desormeaux put his Hall of Fame talents on full display when guiding Together Indy off the rail and past the leaders in deep stretch to pull a mild upset Saturday in the 24th running of the at Keeneland.

Sent away the longest shot at 5-1 in a field of five older sprinters, Together Indy won by a length after saving ground the whole way and deftly angling out to prevail. Congressional Page was second, followed by Imperial Council, Not for Silver, and the pacesetting 2-1 favorite Ravalo.

A New Jersey-bred by Not for Love, Together Indy had been eligible for first-level open allowance conditions before notching his first stakes score. He had finished eighth in a March 20 Gulfstream Park turf allowance in his first race in more than seven months.

George Weaver, a former Todd Pletcher assistant who grew up in Louisville, trains Together Indy for the R.A. Hill Stable and Vic Fontana. "He needed that last race at Gulfstream," said Weaver. "This race came up to my liking, with a short field and all. I thought it'd be a good spot to take a chance on."

Together Indy paid $13.20 after completing seven furlongs in 1:22.34 over Polytrack. Weaver said he would take the 4-year-old colt "home" to Belmont Park and consider a next start from there.

Ravalo was engaged from the outside by Imperial Council at the start, and they raced ahead of the other three until midway through the turn, where the others began to close in.

Silver Timber sharp in Shakertown

A layoff dating back to November could not stop Silver Timber, nor could his five opponents in the .

Making his first start since a sixth-place finish in the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Stakes, Silver Timber showed no signs of rust, flashing speed early under Julien Leparoux.

Pinned inside of Moralist, the early leader, and perhaps expecting a speed duel that could prove taxing, Leparoux eased Silver Timber back behind Moralist entering the turn of the 5 1/2-furlong turf dash.

From there, it was simply a question of whether he would get the necessary running room to prevail. After falling back to fourth and being blocked behind horses entering the stretch, Leparoux found a seam in the stretch, and Silver Timber responded.

Angled out to the middle of the course, he rallied to win by a neck over Grand Adventure, who had surged to the lead in midstretch. Pacesetting Moralist held third in a blanket photo for third, a length behind the runner-up.

Silver Timber ($5), claimed for $25,000 last April by trainer Chad Brown , won his third graded stakes race since that time for his current owners, High Grade Racing Stable and Michael Dubb. A 7-year-old son of Prime Timber, Silver Timber became the second graded-stakes-winning New York-bred of this short Keeneland meet, following Franny Freud's victory in Wednesday's Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes.

Silver Timber was timed on a firm turf course in 1:01.87.

Chamberlain Bridge, the 9-5 second choice, finished fourth, a head behind Moralist, without an excuse.

- additional reporting by Marty McGee