Del Mar Racecourse was buzzing with excitement as the running of the John C. Mabee Stakes got under way. An extremely talented field of competitors entered the starting gates of this magnificent Grade II event, with their eyes on the prize of $250 000. Fortunately for everyone involved in the racing career of Wasted Tears, she had the tenacity to continue fighting for her victory amidst the high pressure of contenders chasing her down, completing the race with a nail-biting finish.
Wasted Tears is known to be a horse that prefers running on grass. Her best performances have been on the grass, winning ten of her career starts. Going into the John C. Mabee Stakes, she had six consecutive victories behind her, and her victory on Sunday, 15 August 2010, gave her seven wins in a row. In total Wasted Tears has now earned over $708 000 and her trainer, breeders and owner, Bart Evans, could not be prouder. It was the longest distance that Wasted Tears had ever raced, and Bart admitted that there were a few nervous moments as no-one can ever predict how the added distance could influence the performance of a horse. But Wasted Tears proved that she wanted the victory and gave it her all to achieve her goal.
Jockey, Rajiv Maragh, managed to coax Wasted Tears into an early lead, but holding onto her winning position proved to be more difficult than anticipated. It was not due to Wasted Tears not performing well, but because of the determination and heart of her competitors. At no time, was Wasted Tears able to extend a huge lead, as Lilly Fa Pootz was also eager for the win. Together with Gotta Have Her, the three fillies battled it out until the very end. The victory was so close that the finish line photo was referred to so as to confirm the victory. Lilly Fa Pootz ended her race in second position, with Gotta Have Her in third. All the competitors in the 2010 John C. Mabee at Del Mar ran an extraordinary race and proved to the horse racing industry that there are many horses with a lot of heart and determination.