01/01/2010 12:00AM

Mandella maiden debuts on turf


Mandella has the first-time starter Pay for Play in Sunday's ninth and final race, for maiden fillies going 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course. He said Pay for Play has trained "okay" for her debut, but he is hoping the turf will help.

"She's out of Paga, who was a real nice grass mare," Mandella said. "I'm hoping the turf improves my training."

Also in the last race is Tanda, who finished fifth in her debut last month at Hollywood Park after breaking poorly and encountering traffic trouble on the turn. That race was moved from turf to the main track because of inclement weather.

"I feel like the way she moves she'll do better on grass," said her trainer, Dan Hendricks. "The first time, she didn't run half bad with all the trouble."

* Papa Clem, third in the Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, worked a sizzling five furlongs on Friday morning in 57.80 seconds for trainer Gary Stute. The time was the best of 27 at the distance. Papa Clem's next start is expected to be the Grade 2, $150,000 San Fernando Stakes on Jan. 16.