Race of the Week 2017
HRN Original Blog:
The Dark Horse

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! 



comments powered by Disqus

Older Comments about Something Special Happening – La Tia Wins Arlington Oaks...

It was a nice ride by Roman to get her to settle on the front without fighting her. It looks like that's the absolute furthest she can go though. She set those soft fractions & if anyone would've breathed on her in any part of the race, I think Sky Dreamer would've blown by her.
You got that right Vic!
Funny thing state breds are not aware of where they were born nor from what stock: they just run
You gotta love when the state-breds win the big races!
Thanks so much Anna! I LOVE racing in Chicago for sure!!
Have turned into such a Illinois racing fan! Love when you get to keep seeing the Light in it's many different forms.
A very nice IL-bred, a poly lover, probably will be OK back at Hawthorne too, there is upside with this one, hope they do a little travelling with her(maybe Woodbine then keeneland in October?) as she has tons of ability and has improved the last 3 starts still.
In consecutive weeks, Ioya Bigtime and La Tia ... way to go Illini Breds!

Related Pages

Connect With

"The Dark Horse"


Me On Facebook
Follow Me On Twitter


 (Whoa - it's me - the DARK HORSE)
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!

Since then, I have become more involved with horse racing each passing year through a variety of different media-based roles. Once deemed the "second best racing ambassador in Chicago" (hey I've been called worse), 
I now reside in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the USA and will be covering many different aspects of racing - in my unpredictable DARK HORSE STYLE!  
My favorite tracks are:
Del Mar
Kentucky Downs

Some of my all-time favorite horses include: 
Feel free to contact me anytime and I will respond! 
Twitter: @GoDarkHorse <---Preferred
Here are some fun things to check out! 
Saturday Morning Radio Program: Click Here
My Main Web Page: Click Here
Speaking on Derek Simon's Show: Click Here
First time hosting radio - Hour 1: Click Here
First time hosting radio - Hour 2: Click Here
Second time hosting - Hour 1: Click Here
Second time hosting - Hour 2: Click Here
With Derek Simon again: Click Here

Here are some of my racing photo albums!

And here are all of the tracks I have visited in person!

This blog is eternally dedicated to the memory of Tim "Tiznow" Reynolds.

Related Stories

Best of the Blogs

Top Stories