Even with a champion breathing down her neck, Wasted Tears never flinched.
After settling the pace on the front end, Wasted Tears still had enough to turn back a challenge from defending race winner Forever Together en route to earning her third career graded stakes victory in the Grade II Jenny Wiley Stakes over the turf at Keeneland on Saturday.
The 11⁄16-mile Jenny Wiley was one of three graded stakes on the undercard of the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes.
While Forever Together was the champion turf female of 2008, Wasted Tears was accomplished in her own right, winning seven of her last eight starts dating to May 2008.
The 5-year-old daughter of Najran kept it up when she opened up by 11/2 lengths in the stretch before holding off a determined rally from Forever Together to win by a half-length in 1:40.86.
"We got her ready for this race," said Bart Evans, owner, trainer and breeder of Wasted Tears. "That's her style is to be on the lead and she impressed me so much. When Forever Together came to her, she wasn't going to let her by."
Forever Together, who was making her first start since finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf last November, was 1 length clear of fellow Grade I winner Hot Cha Cha in third.
Together Indy scores in Commonwealth
The George Weaver-trained Together Indy won in his first try over a synthetic surface, rallying late under jockey Kent Desormeaux to win the Grade II Commonwealth Stakes by 1 length over 7 furlongs.
Together Indy, a 4-year-old son of Not For Love, came into the Commonwealth off an eighth-place finish in the Grade III Appleton Stakes over the turf at Gulfstream on March 20. In his second start this year and seventh of his career, Together Indy made a four-wide move in the lane to edge Congressional Page, who was 13/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Imperial Council.
The final time was 1:22.34.
Owned by Raymond A. Hill and Vic Fontana, Together Indy earned his third career win and first graded stakes victory.
No rust for Silver Timber in Shakertown Stakes
In his first start since running sixth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 7, Silver Timber added another graded stakes to his résumé when he collared Grand Adventure in the final strides to take the Grade III Shakertown Stakes over the turf.
As the six-horse field came off the final turn, Moralist — a winner of three of his last four starts — was hanging strong on the lead under jockey Javier Castellano. The 5-year-old gelding was overtaken in deep stretch by Grand Adventure and Silver Timber came up late under Julien Leparoux to win by a neck in 1:01.87 for the 51/2-furlong race.
Grand Adventure was second with Moralist holding for third.
Trained by Chad Brown, Silver Timber won the Grade III Woodford Stakes over the Keeneland turf last October. The 7-year-old gelding has won 10 of 31 career starts.