Santa Anita hosted the Grade III Santa Paula Stakes yesterday, for the 25th time in the track's history. The stakes race is restricted to 3-year-old filles and had a purse of $100,000.
Tanda, trained by Dan Hendricks, won the race impressively and did so in track record time. Tanda went off as the longest shot in the field of five. Jockey, Alex Solis, rode her just off the pace down the backside. When the horses entered the stretch, Tanda, was sitting last but made a huge run down the final 1/8 of a mile to win going away. The final time of 1:14.36 broke the track record set three years ago by, Magnificence.
Jockey Alex Solis said after the race, "The way she won today, against this type of competition is amazing... She won very easy and she came back like she didn't even run." Tanda has now won on turf and synthetic, all sprinting. Tanda is an improving filly and is showing her ablity to her trainer, Dan Hendricks.
Hendricks has shown despite facing adversity, you can still continue to do what you love. He trains from a wheelchair after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Through it all, he has continued to have a strong stable with quality horses who compete at the top levels.
Tommy Hutton's Dream Stable, LLC were the winning owners and earned $60,000 for the winner's share of the purse.