10/19/2010 3:30PM

Wasted Tears may return to California for Matriarch

Photos by Z/Keeneland
Wasted Tears, winning the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland in April, may ship to California for next month's Grade 2 Matriarch at Hollywood Park.

Wasted Tears could be heading to Southern California one more time before the year is out. The Texas-based Wasted Tears, who won the Grade 2 John C. Mabee at Del Mar in August, could run next in the Grade 1, $250,000 Matriarch at Hollywood Park on Nov. 26, said her trainer, Bart Evans.

“That’s a possibility, that’s what’s left for the year for us,” said Evans.

Wasted Tears is based at Retama Park and is due to return to the San Antonio-area track in the next week. She last raced on Oct. 9, and was fifth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the Grade 1 First Lady at Keeneland.

“She’s at the farm, chilling out for a while,” Evans said. “She appears to be doing great, and feeling good. She was bouncing all over Keeneland after the race.”

Wasted Tears had won seven straight races heading into the First Lady, including the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland, the Grade 3 Honey Fox at Gulfstream Park, and the Grade 3 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star Park.

The Matriarch will be run at a mile on turf, the distance over which Wasted Tears won the Honey Fox and Ouija Board.

Evans also bred and owns Wasted Tears, a winner of 11 of 17 starts and $720,598. She began her career at Retama in the fall of 2007, and won her debut over the local turf course then ran second in the track’s La Senorita.

This year’s La Senorita and El Joven, which are turf routes for 2-year-olds, will be held Saturday night at Retama.

Jonesboro will stand in Arkansas

Jonesboro, who is the most accomplished offspring of the champion racemare Mom’s Command, is calling it a career. He has been retired and will enter stud next year at Lake Hamilton Equine in Hot Springs, Ark., his owner, Mike Langford, said Monday.

Jonesboro has been a constant in the Midwest stakes ranks since his 2005 win in the Northern Spur at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. He hit a career high last year, when he won the Grade 2 Cornhusker at Prairie Meadows with a Beyer Figure of 109. The horse, who is 8, won 14 of 50 starts and $1,550,685.

“He had so many good races, but the Cornhusker was an awful good race,” said Randy Morse, who trained Jonesboro.

Jonesboro won 10 stakes in all, including the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn in 2008, and the Grade 3 Texas Mile in 2009. He also won stakes at Delta, Ellis, Louisiana Downs, and Remington.

“He never would have been the horse he was without Randy Morse,” Langford said. “Randy did a tremendous job with him. He very much took care of that horse, had his best interest at heart.”

Jonesboro is by the Fappiano stallion Sefapiano. His dam, Mom’s Command, was the champion 3-year-old filly of 1985. Langford purchased Jonesboro as a yearling at Keeneland for $27,000. The horse, who last raced on Sept. 12 and finished sixth in the $100,000 Premiere Cup at Zia, is named for the owner’s hometown in Arkansas. He will stand for a fee of $1,500 as the property of Langford, who plans to buy some broodmares at Keeneland in November to breed to Jonesboro.

“He was a very honest horse and he always tried, and he was very smart,” Langford said. “I hope he passes that on to his progeny.”

Jonesboro for years has been a stable star for Morse, whose other millionaire trainee was Morluc.

“He’s been in that first stall for a long time,” Morse said of Jonesboro.

Pleasant Storm tops Classics card

The fields for the $1 million Oklahoma Classics Night program of eight divisional stakes at Remington were drawn Tuesday morning, with Pleasant Storm heading the $175,000 Classic. The card will be the richest Thoroughbred program ever held in Oklahoma.

The purses for Classics Night, which last year was worth a cumulative $570,000, were boosted due to supplements received from several tribal-owned offtrack betting sites in Oklahoma.

The stakes action Friday night begins with the third race, the $90,000 Lassie. The Classic, for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles, goes as the 10th race. Pleasant Storm, the winner of last year’s Juvenile on Classics Night, drew post 4 in a field of 10. Trainer Joe Petalino has given the mount to Bryan McNeil. Pleasant Storm’s chief rival could be J J’s Indy, a Brent Charlton-trained runner who will be ridden by Dale Cordova.

Other top match-ups on the card include Miranda Diane and Shotgun Gulch in the $130,000 Filly Sprint. Peach Brew, meanwhile, will defend her title in the $145,000 Distaff. All of the races on the card Friday are restricted to horses bred in Oklahoma.

The forecast for Friday is a high of 75 degrees and a low of 58, with a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms, according to weather.com. First post is 6:30 p.m. Central.