Santa Anita News
SANTA PAULA STAKES QUOTES
ALEX SOLIS, TANDA, WINNER: “The way she won today, against this type of competition is amazing. I know there were only five horses, but they were very good horses. She won very easy and she came back like she didn’t even run. I know she’s been running on the grass, but in my opinion, she would be able to adapt to the surface. She’s a very classy filly.”
DAN HENDRICKS, TANDA, WINNER: Asked about going from turf to synthetic: “I just wasn’t sure, because I always watched her work before she ever ran on turf, so I was just a little worried about switching to another surface. But now all those worries are gone, and I’m just thankful that David Ingordo bought her at the sale (April 2009 OBS sale for $145,000). He did a super job finding her out of a thousand horses. I owe it all to him and the owner, Bob (Hutton). He was very patient. He told me from the beginning, ‘You don’t have to rush her.’ David took her from the sale, let her down and trained her back up lightly, sent her to me, and I got her up to some breezes before I got her to Del Mar, but I told Bob, ‘She’s just not right. She’s just not ready to go on further.’ I didn’t breeze her until the end of Del Mar, and it was the key to her. I think she’ll go on, off of this race, and I’m not worried about surface or distance now.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Robert Hutton of Scottsdale, AZ, who races as Tommy Hutton ‘s Dream Stable, LLC.
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