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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.’’
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.
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.