INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 6, 2010)-Tanda, who demonstrated she was more than a turf specialist in her last start on March 28, will look for her third win in succession in the $100,000 Railbird Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Owned by Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable LLC and trained by Dan Hendricks, Tanda had two wins and a second in three races on grass before switching to the main in her graded stakes debut.
In the Santa Paula, a Grade III at Santa Anita, Tanda, a daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint out of the Dr. Caton mare Doc’s Stormy Girl, saved ground, then burst through a seam early in the stretch and kicked away from her four opponents. At the finish, she had 4 ¼ lengths on La Nez. It was her third win in five tries. She has earned $127,710.
Fifth in her debut on the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park on Dec. 11, Tanda will break from the rail, like she did in the Santa Paula, on Sunday in the Grade III at seven furlongs. Alex Solis, who is now competing regularly in Kentucky, will be in to ride the 121-pound highweight.
The top earner in the field is All Due Respect. Owned by Al and Sandee Kirkwood and trained by Kathy Walsh, the Value Plus filly and the Devil His Due mare Aunt Due has banked $150,032 while winning once in seven races. She was well beaten when last in the Fantasy, a Grade II, taken by Blind Luck on April 2 at Oaklawn Park.
In her last appearance in California, All Due Respect was beaten by a neck by Crisp after setting the pace in the Santa Anita Oaks. She finished a neck in front of Blind Luck in that Grade 1. Rafael Bejarano will ride All Due Respect and she will carry 115 pounds.
Vision In Gold, will be shortening up a bit for trainer Ron Ellis after winning a mile race against maidens on March 11 at Santa Anita. Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and the Corporate Report mare Corporate Vision has trained well at Hollywood Park since her victory. Tyler Baze has the call.
Trainer John Sadler is scheduled to run a pair in the Railbird, a race he won with Melair in 1986 and with Sportfull Snob eight years later.
Switch, a Quiet American filly out of the Nicholas mare Antoniette, is back home after finishing fourth in the Bonnie Miss, a Grade II, on March 20 at Gulfstream Park.
Owned by C R K Stable, Switch is 1-for-1 at Hollywood Park. She defeated maidens in her debut last Dec. 13. Prior to her trip to Florida, Switch finished third in both the Santa Ynez and Las Virgenes, where she was only beaten by a half-length, at Santa Anita. Blind Luck and Evening Jewel finished directly in front of her in the Las Virgenes, a Grade 1, and were the 1-2 finishers in the Kentucky Oaks on April 30.
The other Sadler entrant is Stockings. Owned by Michael Talla, the Hennessy filly and the Jade Hunter mare Chikita, is also 1-for-1 in Inglewood. She won against maidens last Dec. 11. In her most recent start, Stockings won a first level allowance on March 10 at Santa Anita.
Looking for his first victory in the Railbird, Bob Baffert will also have two representatives – Crisis Of Spirit and Seriously.
Owned by breeder Mike Pegram, Crisis Of Spirit, a Vindication filly out of the Storm Cat mare Silverbulletway, disappointed in the Santa Paula, finishing fourth, six lengths behind Tanda. She has won two of five, including the Anoakia last fall.
Seriously, a daughter of Gulch and the Wolf Power mare Mutton Maniac, was a nose loser in a first level allowance here a week ago. She has one win in nine starts for Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable.
Like Tanda and Vision In Gold, Southern Fireball is coming off a win. The Southern Image filly out of the Carson City mare Hot Moon won on the turf at Santa Anita on April 4. It was her first start of 2010 for trainer Doug O’Neill. She won over this surface by 4 ½ lengths in her second career race last May 14.
From the rail out, here is the complete field for the 48th running of the Railbird Stakes: Tanda, Alex Solis rides, 121 pounds; Vision In Gold, Tyler Baze, 115; Seriously; Martin Pedroza, 115; All Due Respect, Rafael Bejarano; 115; Crisis Of Spirit, Martin Garcia, 117; Southern Fireball, Victor Espinoza, 117; Church Camp, Joe Talamo, 117; Win For M’lou, David Flores, 115; Stockings, Mike Smith, 117 and Switch, Joel Rosario 115.
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