Wasted Tears sets Lone Star record
Updated: May 25, 2009, 7:20 PM ETBy Mary Rampellini | Daily Racing Form
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Wasted Tears shattered the Lone Star Park course record for a mile on turf on Monday, when she was prominent throughout to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap in a blazing time of 1:32.81.
The previous mark of 1:33.56 was set in 1997 by Kiraday during the inaugural meet.
The Ouija Board was one of six stakes worth a cumulative $1.1 million on the annual Lone Star Million Day program.
Wasted Tears ($24.80) dueled with Hotlantic through six furlongs in 1:08.18, and kept on rolling to win by a length over Superior Storm. With the win, Wasted Tears improved her record over the Lone Star course to 4 for 4. Love to Tell finished third, a half-length behind Superior Storm.
"It's great, because if you raise them and see them [excel], it's like your kids," said Bart Evans, who bred, owns, and trains Wasted Tears.
Wasted Tears has now won 6 of 11 starts. She is a 4-year-old daughter of Najran, and was ridden by Eguard Tejera.
Flibberjibit, the 8-5 favorite in the Ouija Board, was pulled up in the first turn with an injury to her left hind leg. She was vanned off.
Dallas Turf Cup: All Seaspeak
Seaspeak turned in a breakout performance in the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup, when he rolled to a 4 3/4-length win in the 1 1/8-mile race. It was the most significant victory for the up-and-coming 4-year-old.
"I think he's got a lot of potential," said his jockey, Julien Leparoux, who rode two stakes winners on the card.
Seaspeak ($2.60) broke well and tracked Tricky Causeway through an opening half-mile in 50.41 seconds. Seaspeak took over from there, and proceeded to pull away from his rivals through six furlongs in 1:14.05 and a mile in 1:36.96. Seaspeak, owned by John Chandler and trained by Ralph Nicks, was in hand late, covering the distance on a course rated firm in 1:48.23.
"We got a good start, we got a good position," said Leparoux. "There was really no pace in there so on the backside he just wanted to put me there. He was going strong and relaxed, and obviously he finished very strong, too."
The Dallas Turf Cup was the first graded win for Seaspeak, who finished first in last year's Grade 3 Bryan Station at Keeneland but was disqualified and placed second for interference in the stretch. A son of Mizzen Mast, he has now won 3 of 8 starts.
Ernesto rallied for second, finishing 2 3/4 lengths clear of Red Rock Creek.
USA: Jake Wil Gallop upsets
Jake Wil Gallop just missed setting a course record in the $100,000 USA Stakes when he won the 1 1/16-mile turf race in 1:40.09. The track record is 1:40.
Jake Wil Gallop ($19) moved to the lead in the stretch, and went on to win by a length from Ticfaw.
"When I shook the reins at him at the top of the stretch he really took off," said Tuffy Collier, who rode Jack Wil Gallop for trainer Leroy Hellman.
Cinemine: Sweet Relish sharp
Sweet Relish ($6.80) made a sudden move to the lead and went on to a one-length win over even-money favorite Simplify in the $100,000 Cinemine for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. Sweet Relish stalked in fifth early, then took command into the stretch.
Sweet Relish covered the distance in 1:22.31.
* Pious Ashley ($9.20) rallied for a 1 3/4-length win over P.S.U. Grad in the $100,000 Valid Expectations, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares. She covered the distance in 1:09.43. Leparoux was aboard for trainer Marty Wolfson.