05/09/2010 12:00AM

Tanda rewards Solis's confidence in Railbird

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Tanda picked up where she left off Sunday at Hollywood Park, where she scored her second consecutive sprint stakes victory. With an aggressive ride by Alex Solis, Tanda won the a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

After breaking from the rail in a field of nine, Tanda might have been stuck. But when Solis sensed a slow pace, he cut her loose early. She made the lead nearing the half-mile pole and never looked back. Tanda ($6) won by a half-length over 8-5 favorite Switch.

"The way he rode her, the rail was fine," Tanda's trainer Dan Hendricks said. "He moved her up early on that slow fraction, and that was the winning move."

It was Southern Fireball who went the opening quarter in a tepid 23.08 seconds before Tanda made the lead. Tanda uncorked a sharp middle move, opened up in the lane, and held off Switch, who was compromised by a wide trip and slow pace.

The win by Tanda, her fourth from six starts, earned her a trip to Belmont Park for the Grade 1 Acorn on June 5. "The progression couldn't be better," Hendricks said, referring to the 6 1/2-furlong distance of her last-out Santa Paula win, seven furlongs in the Railbird, and one mile for the Acorn.

Tanda finished the seven-furlong race in a sharp 1:21.93. Owned by Tommy Hutton's Dream Stable, Tanda, sired by Sweetsouthernsaint, was purchased on her owner's behalf by David Ingordo at a 2-year-olds in-training sale last April in Florida.

After Tanda and Switch, it was 2 1/4 lengths back to All Due Respect. The order of finish was completed by Crisis of Spirit, Vision in Gold, Southern Fireball, Seriously, Church Camp and Win for M'lou.

Fifth-place finisher Vision in Gold may be a horse to watch. She bobbled and steadied at the break, trailed the field, and finished well while prepping for two turns.