New surroundings, a new turf course, and a new distance did nothing to slow down Wasted Tears, as she led wire to wire for the 10th straight time on turf, holding on to win the Grade 2 $250,000 John C. Mabee at Del Mar by a nose as the 6-to-5 favorite.
Under jockey Rajiv Maragh for just the second time, Wasted Tears was pressured much of the way by long shot Spring Style, but dug in to hold off another long shot, Lilly Fa Pootz, in the final strides.
For trainer Bart B. Evans, it was his seventh winner of the year from only 11 starts. He also owns and bred the five-year-old daughter of Najran and has already been inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame.
Although Wasted Tears earned an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf with the victory, Evans said that it was unlikely she would be pointed there because the conditions of this year’s race are not ideal for her.
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