INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 9, 2010)-A brief return to California proved profitable for jockey Alex Solis as he directed Tanda to her second graded stakes win in a row in the $100,000 Railbird on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Solis, who recently began riding in Kentucky after spending some 25 years on the local circuit, has been aboard for all of Tanda’s victories for Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stables LLC and trainer Dan Hendricks.
Obviously effective on any surface, the 3-year-old daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint has won twice on turf with two other victories coming on Pro Ride at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track.
After leaving from the rail, as she had in her first Grade III win in the Santa Paula on March 28, Tanda moved inside of early leader Southern Fireball when Solis sensed a slow pace – the first quarter was 23.08 seconds – and took over with more than a half-mile to run. She never relinquished the advantage.
At the finish, Tanda had a half-length on 8-5 favorite Switch, who was ridden by Joel Rosario. She wound up 2 ¼ lengths in front of All Due Respect and jockey Rafael Bejarano. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:21.93.
Bred in Florida by Kristine Mitchell, Tanda, a $145,000 2-year-old purchase, has won four of six and was second in one of her losses. She has earned $187,710.
The 2-1 second choice and 121-pound highweight, Tanda paid $6, $3.40 and $2.40. Switch, who has been worse than third only once in five starts for trainer John Sadler and C R K Stable, returned $2.80 and $2.40. The show price on All Due Respect was $3.20.
“She won today because she is a runner, but I think she’s capable of better,’’ said Solis after the first Railbird victory for both himself and Hendricks. “Her last race was so impressive. Right when I got to the five-eighths pole, I felt we were going kind of slow, so I thought I better get in there and take control and make my own pace.
“It worked out well for us. I’ll fly anywhere to ride her, anytime, any place.’’
Hendricks indicated a road trip could be upcoming for Tanda. Although he may stay at Hollywood Park and stretch her out to 1 1/16 miles in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks, a Grade II, on June 6, Hendricks is also considering New York for the $300,000 Betfair TVG Acorn. A Grade 1 at one mile, the Acorn will be run on June 5, part of the Belmont Stakes undercard.
“It’s going to be an easy flight there and back with the Belmont horses, so it makes it a lot easier to go to New York for a Grade 1,’’ said Hendricks. “What a great progression from 6 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita to seven furlongs here to a one turn mile in New York. That progression couldn’t be any better. I am learning towards the Acorn. I don’t think today gives us any reason not to go.’’
Crisis Of Spirit finished fourth in the Railbird, then came Vision In Gold, who had trouble at the start, Southern Fireball, Seriously, Church Camp and Win For M’lou. Stockings was scratched Saturday morning.
A new week of racing begins on Wednesday.
Post time for the eight race program is 1 p.m. The only change to the schedule this week is an early post time of 11 a.m. on Saturday to accommodate the simulcast of the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. with the first of the imports from Baltimore at 9:57 a.m.
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