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'Redding' runs away at Lone Star

5/31/2010

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Redding Colliery looks like he might be an up and coming player in the handicap ranks after he put away a nice field of horses by 6 3/4 lengths Monday in the Grade 3, $300,000 .

The 1 1/16-mile race was the richest of seven stakes worth a cumulative $1 million. The program, known as Lone Star Million Day, is annually the most lucrative card of racing in Texas.

Redding Colliery has been stepping up his game with each of his starts over the past several months. He won an allowance at Aqueduct in January and the $55,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Laurel in February before earning a career-high Beyer Figure of 104 for a third-place finish in the $1 million Charles Town Classic in April. Redding Colliery then became a graded stakes winner in the Lone Star.

"He's a neat horse and we hope to keep going with him," said Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains Redding Colliery for Fitriani Hay.

Redding Colliery ($6.20) moved up quickly after the start to stalk Euroears, sitting about 1 1/2 lengths off that one through an opening half-mile in 46.26 seconds. Redding Colliery drew even with the leader after six furlongs in 1:10.66, then opened up through the stretch run to win on a fast track in 1:42.13.

"He just cruised on home," said Rosie Napravnik, who was aboard Redding Colliery and became the first female jockey to win a graded stakes at Lone Star. "He finished well."

McLaughlin said Redding Colliery, a 4-year-old son of Mineshaft, will return to his Belmont Park base later this week and from there plans for him will be determined.

Awesome Gem finished second, 6 1/2 lengths clear Euroears.

Mythical Power, the favorite, was eighth while attempting to complete a sweep of the three richest dirt races at Lone Star. Last year, he won the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Derby and this year he returned to Grand Prairie and won the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile.

Firm turf suits Wise River

Trainer Clark Hanna said Wise River was shipped from Kentucky to Lone Star for the $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup with the hope of getting firm turf for the horse, and Mother Nature cooperated. Wise River did the rest. He was prominent throughout for a1.5- length win over comebacking favorite El Gato Malo in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. It was another head back in third to Glowing Praise.

"Since last July, he's pretty much been plagued by yielding, soft, or good turf," Hanna said. "He likes it hard."

Wise River ($12.60) came into the Dallas Turf Cup off a pacesetting effort in the Grade 1 Turf Classic run on yielding ground at Churchill on May 1. Monday, he won the Dallas Turf Cup in a sharp 1:40.61. Curt Bourque was aboard for Don L. Benge.

Hanna said Wise River could make his next start in the Grade 2, $175,000-added Firecracker Handicap at Churchill on July 4.

Wasted Tears repeats in Ouija Board

Wasted Tears, who upset champion Forever Together last month at Keeneland, won her sixth straight race when she withstood a bid from the promising Fortunia to defend her title in the Grade 3, $200,000 Oujia Board Distaff at Lone Star Park.

The one-mile turf race for fillies and mares was the richest offering for females on the Lone Star Million Day program.

Wasted Tears ($2.60) moved to her usual spot on the front end soon after the start of the Ouija Board, racing just outside of Bubbler. The two carried on through an opening quarter in 22.86 seconds. Wasted Tears continued to throw down fractions of 46.33 seconds for the half-mile and 1:09.71 for six furlongs, and had more when challenged in the stretch. She held off Fortunia by a neck at the wire, covering the distance on firm turf in 1:33.25.

Cliff Berry, who rode Wasted Tears for the first time for owner and trainer Bart Evans, said the front-running mare was deceptive Monday.

"I told Bart I didn't think she was going that fast," Berry said. "It felt like she was going easier than that."

Wasted Tears began her win streak last summer at Lone Star, when she won an allowance prep for the Ouija Board in May. She then set a course record in the 2009 running of the stakes, when she covered the distance in 1:32.80. Wasted Tears was not seen again until this winter at Gulfstream, where she won an allowance and the Grade 3 Honey Fox before taking the Jenny Wiley.

Evans said he would like to get Wasted Tears out of the summer heat now, and as a result she could make her next start out of state. He said he will consider trying her over a longer distance in a race like the Grade 3, $200,000 Modesty at Arlington on July 17, which is a prep for the Grade 1 Beverly D. Other options, he said, are the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana at Saratoga on July 31, or the Grade 2, $250,000 John C. Mabee at Del Mar on Aug. 15.

Wasted Tears earned $122,000 for her win Monday, which pushed her career earnings to $558,598. She is a 5-year-old daughter of Najran. Wasted Tears was bred by Evans.

Baffert, Garcia sweep filly sprints

Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia swept the card's two sprint stakes for females, when Mother Ruth rolled by seven lengths in the $75,000 Valid Expectations for fillies and mares, and Bonnie Blue Flag scored by 6 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Cinemine for 3-year-old fillies.

Earlier this month, Baffert and Garcia teamed win the Preakness with Lookin At Lucky.

In the Valid Expectations at six furlongs, Mother Ruth ($3.80) tracked Favorite Flavor through an opening half-mile in 44.80 seconds, then rushed up the rail to win going away. She covered the distance in 1:08.86. It was the first career stakes win for Mother Ruth, a 4-year-old daughter of Speightstown who races for Zayat Stables.

Bonnie Blue Flag ($4.40) launched a four-wide move into the stretch and drew clear, covering seven furlongs in 1:22.35. It was also the first stakes win for the filly, a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Diamondrella who races for Peachtree Stable.

Baffert has been a dominant force in Lone Star stakes for years, having won 18 of them from 36 stakes starters since the track opened in 1997.

* Golden Euro ($11) broke on top, set a measured pace, then held off Shoot It's War by a neck to win the $100,000 USA for 3-year-olds on turf. Bryan McNeil was aboard the winner for Baccari Racing Stable and trainer Joe Petalino.

* Southern Vintage ($3) and Supreme Secret ($5.80) dead-heated for the win in the $50,000 Carter McGregor Memorial Sprint for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas.

* Handle on the 11-race card from all sources was $1,879,588. Attendance ontrack was 11,631.