08/21/2011 5:57PM

Del Mar: New-look Tanda ends long drought in Racho Bernardo

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Tanda, ridden for the first time by Joe Talamo, wins for the first time in 15 months in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap.

DEL MAR, Calif. -- A new trainer, new jockey, and new racetrack proved a winning trifecta on Sunday at Del Mar for Tanda, who scored her first win in 15 months in the Grade 3, $147,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for older female sprinters.

Tanda ($4.80), the favorite in the four-horse field, ranged up three paths wide on the turn and powered past her rivals to win by 1 1/4 lengths over She’s Cheeky, who closed from last to finish second. Irish Gypsy, wheeling back just 14 days after running at Saratoga, finished 2 1/2 lengths farther back in third while nosing out Mildly Offensive.

California Nectar, Saanneen, and Jet Blue Girl all were scratched off the program.

Tanda completed 6 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack in 1:15.34. She was making her first start at this track and for Mike Mitchell, who took over from Dan Hendricks as Tanda’s trainer at the end of July after she finished third to Irish Gypsy and Ultra Blend in the A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park. Mitchell gave the mount to Joe Talamo.

“She came to me in great shape,” Mitchell said. “Did I do anything different than Danny? I don’t know. We used a rubber figure-eight bit, because she’s a little funny with her mouth. It lets her have a little freedom. We tried a bunch of things, and this seemed to work.”

Tanda, 4, is owned by Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable Inc, for whom she has now won five times in 12 starts. Last year, she won the Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park before finishing a troubled third in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park. This year, Tanda was winless in four starts before Sunday.

Mitchell said his long-range goal with Tanda is the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

“Hopefully we can build on this,” Mitchell said.