07/20/2011 4:20PM

Wasted Tears likely headed back to Del Mar

Benoit & Associates
Wasted Tears could defend her title in the Grade 2, $250,000 John C. Mabee at Del Mar.

Wasted Tears might be heading to the beach a little later this summer, but it will be a working vacation for the turf specialist, who has some upcoming stakes options at Del Mar.

“I’m starting to hear ocean waves,” said Bart Evans, who bred, owns, and trains Wasted Tears.

Wasted Tears returned to her Lone Star Park base following a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Modesty at Arlington Park. Her next start could come in the Grade 2, $250,000 John C. Mabee, a 1 1/8-mile turf race she won in 2010. This year’s running is Aug. 14. Evans said Wasted Tears also will be considered for the Grade 2, $150,000 Palomar Handicap, also at Del Mar, on Sept. 5.

“She could run in one or the other,” he said. “Who knows? Maybe both. I have to look what’s in the fall at Keeneland.”

Evans said plans will be firmed up as he watches Wasted Tears train at Lone Star.

“I’m going to let her tell me as we get closer,” he said.

A year ago, Wasted Tears shipped from Texas and won the Mabee as the favorite. Her other top win in 2010 was the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland. Overall, she is a winner of 12 of 20 starts and $893,963.

Wasted Tears started her season May 30 and won the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star. She then shipped to Chicago for the Modesty on July 9. She set the pace to the late stages of the 1 3/16-mile race and finished 3 1/4 lengths back of winner Fantasia. Wasted Tears earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 91.

She is a 6-year-old mare by the late stallion Najran.

Jake Mo eyeing Del Mar or Saratoga

Jake Mo, the 2-year-old son of Giacomo who backed up an impressive maiden win in June with a stakes score last weekend at Prairie Meadows, will likely run next at either Del Mar or Saratoga, trainer Allen Milligan said.

“We’re just starting to explore our options,” he said Wednesday. “Some of us want to go to California. Some of us want to go to New York.”
The race possibilities include the Grade 2, $150,000 Best Pal at 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 7 and the Grade 2, $150,000 Saratoga Special at the same distance at Saratoga on Aug. 15.

Jake Mo was a 9 1/4-length maiden special weight winner at Prairie Meadows in his second start June 25. He covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in a blazing 1:02.80, earning an 81 Beyer. Jake Mo then stepped up into the stakes ranks for the $75,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile and led throughout for a 2 3/4-length win July 16. He again earned a Beyer of 81.

Jake Mo was a $42,500 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star in April. He races for Stephen Brown. Milligan said earlier this week that plans were to ship Jake Mo back to Lone Star on Thursday. He has a division of horses at the Texas track, which has remained open for training since the meet closed July 10.

Future wager closes Saturday

The All American Future Wager, which is tied to the 2-year-old classic for Quarter Horses each Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs, will close 10 p.m. Mountain on Saturday. There are 23 individual horses and a field bet offered as part of the future wager.

Mighty B Valiant, who was the fastest qualifier for the Grade 1, $700,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso on Sunday, was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the future wager. The other major race this weekend at Ruidoso is the Grade 1, $899,524 Rainbow Derby for Quarter Horses on Saturday.