06/01/2009 11:00PM

What's next for Wasted Tears?


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Bart Evans is sitting back and debating with himself what the next course of action will be for Wasted Tears, who shattered a Lone Star Park course record last month when she won the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff. Evans bred, owns, and trains the filly, and on Tuesday was considering races for her at Hollywood Park and Arlington.

Options include the Grade 2, $250,000 Royal Heroine for fillies and mares at a mile on turf at Hollywood on July 11. Another is the Grade 3, $200,000 Modesty at 1 3/16 miles on turf the same day at Arlington Park.

"I'm just kind of going to wait and see," Evans said of making plans for Wasted Tears. "If we go somewhere, we'll go early and give her plenty of time to get acclimated and get used to the track. I'm just going to sit back and see what happens for a while."

Wasted Tears covered a mile on turf in 1:32.81 in the Ouija Board, lowering the mark of 1:33.56 set by Kiraday during Lone Star's inaugural season of racing in 1997. Wasted Tears, a 4-year-old by Najran, dueled on the lead and went on to a one-length win over Superior Storm. With the win, she improved her record over the Lone Star course to 4 for 4.

Wasted Tears has actually won her last five turf starts in a streak dating back to May 2008, and her success has been particularly meaningful for Evans, a retired professional polo player who is in that sport's hall of fame. He broke Wasted Tears personally at his Midland, Texas, farm, and she is the latest success story from one of his best producing mares, the stakes winner Wishes and Roses.

Her offspring include Wishingitwas, a three-time stakes winner of $273,870 for Evans who took the $100,000 Metroplex Mile on the Breeders' Cup undercard at Lone Star in 2004. A gelding, he is now foxhunting in Pennsylvania, said Evans.

Wishes and Roses also produced Almost Certain, a stakes winner of $199,945 who has been working at Lone Star for Evans, and Que Deseo, a 3-year-old by Marquetry set to run Thursday night in the featured eighth race at Lone Star.

"He's a May colt and he's just kind of slowly figuring it out," Evans said Que Deseo, who won his maiden in his fourth career start in February at Retama. "He's got some ability."

Wishes and Roses also has a yearling by Thunder Gulch coming up, and this season has been covered by Dehere, said Evans.

Tryouts for West Virginia Derby

Que Deseo's competition in the eighth, a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds at a mile, includes the Brandon Bridges-trained entry of Red Lead and Tamqeen. With the right kind of effort, Bridges said the pair could advance to the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer on Aug. 1.

Red Lead was second to Mythical Power in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Derby in his last start May 9, while Tamqeen was an eight-length debut winner at a mile at Lone Star on April 12.

"We've nominated them both for the West Virginia Derby," said Bridges, who trains the pair for Frontier Stables. "Based on their performance, this race will help make decisions. We'll see how things go."

Red Lead put in a career effort in the Lone Star Derby. Since then, he has thrived, said Bridges.

"He came back sound-minded, comfortable with himself," he said. "He never backed off his feed."

Tamqeen is also returning to the overnight ranks after finishing 10th in the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge on April 25. Bridges said he felt Tamqeen did not handle this course and did not have a comfortable trip. He said he likes how the horse is training up to the allowance. Eddie Martin Jr. has been named on both halves of the entry.