Stonestreet Stables’ homebred 4-year-old filly Tara’s Tango has proven a versatile sort for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The good-looking gray daughter of 1995 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Unbridled’s Song has hit the board in five of six starts in 2016, including a victory over top filly Taris in the Santa Margarita in March over 1 1/8 miles, and a win in the Rancho Bernardino Handicap at Del Mar two races back going 6 1/2 furlongs. Staying short for the Filly & Mare Sprint should suit the Kentucky-bred, who is twice stakes-placed over the seven furlong distance at Santa Anita, including the Santa Monica Stakes in January.
In partnership, Stonestreet has two victories from four Breeders’ Cup attempts, but has not won in six starts as the sole owner of a competitor. A victory by Tara’s Tango would be that much better, as she is also a homebred of the operation headed by Barbara Banke, the chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines.
Jerry Hollendorfer is one of the most respected and applauded trainers in the industry and holds two Breeders’ Cup trophies to his credit from 17 attempts. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011, the native of Akron, OH, and California resident knows his way around top fillies, including Songbird, Lite Light, Pike Place Dancer, Blind Luck and Hystericalady.