GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Wasted Tears, who upset champion Forever Together last month at Keeneland, won her sixth straight race Monday 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 of seven stakes worth more than $1 million.
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.
* 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.