Something Special Happening – La Tia Wins Arlington Oaks

Perhaps the Illinois breeding program isn’t quite dead yet. You see, we had a local champion in La Tia defeat horses with graded stakes experience to win the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks this last Saturday. Let’s take an in-depth look at this future superstar.


 (La Tia hangs on to win! - Photo by Four Footed Fotos)

Even though La Tia was born and raised in Illinois, her interesting pedigree suggests she might be destined for something greater, but you have to dig a little to discover that. Her father, City Place, though he was unraced, came from quite a strong line of stallions including Storm Cat, Storm Bird, Northern Dancer, and Secretariat. The mother of City Place has had much more success on the race track. Glitter Woman earned over $1.2 million including the Sixty Sails Handicap. La Tia’s mother, La Adelita, didn’t have much to show for a racing career, but her broodmare sire, Sky Classic, is a name that all of us know.

La Tia’s first three races were at Hawthorne as a two year old under trainer Moises Yanez. She must not have liked the dirt…or something. Starting in 2012 for her three year old campaign, Salvador Hernandez and the Hernandez Racing Club turned the horse over to Brian Williamson. He must have found something she liked (e.g. Polytrack) or just found the way to get the most out of the filly. Since May 25, she has been on an absolute tear at Arlington. She broke her maiden on a one-turn mile by 9 lengths, then immediately turned it around and scored huge in the Purple Violet Stakes by just over 8 lengths; both of these races she won on the lead and never looked back. Williamson must have known he had something special and entered her in the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks.
(La Tia - great photo by Four Footed Fotos)
If you caught my race preview, you would know that I thought La Tia was facing some very stiff competition. Lady Candidate won a minor stakes last time out on June 30, Ire also had some minor stakes experience, Ann of the Dance had graded stakes and even Breeders’ Cup experience, Treasured Up had a good run in the Grade 3 Regret, and Sky Dreamer was a very good horse coming from Woodbine.

There was no surprise that La Tia took the lead in the Arlington Oaks, setting fractions of :24.4, :49.1, and 1:14.0. The question I was asking myself was whether or not she had the class to stave off the competition. Sky Dreamer was tracking the leaders throughout the race then swung three wide at the top of the lane to attempt to catch La Tia. Perhaps La Tia had enough of a lead, or perhaps she had the class to beat this field. Either way, she and jockey Constantino Roman got the job done, and for that I am proud. I am very much looking to the bright future of La Tia!
(Jockey Constantino Roman celebrates - by Four Footed Fotos) 

Here’s the latest in the awesome Behind the Silks series from Arlington Park! 


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Greetings and welcome to my "dark" blog!  I have been a fan of horse racing since I was about 12 years old.  Growing up in Minnesota, my dad would take me and my brothers to Canterbury Downs and I would practically beg to go every weekend!!  I made my first "big" score there hitting the win, place, and exacta in the same race at age 14 (pulled in $84 with horses named Railroad Red and Racers Dream!).  I even had a poster in my bedroom of Lost Code winning the 1987 St. Paul Derby!
While finishing school in Chicago, I spent every possible moment at Arlington Park with my dad.  We took the time to develop computer programs (on the ever popular Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS) to try to find patterns and handicap races more accurately.  My dad taught me a lot about handicapping races, paying particular attention to class moves!

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