ARLINGTON OAKS | PURSE: $150,000 | 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES | GRADE 3 | 1 1/8 MILES
La Tia coasted to her third consecutive victory in as many starts this season with a wire-to-wire score in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Oaks.
Under Constantino Roman, La Tia set a controlled pace of :24 4/5, :49 1/5 and 1:14. She spurted clear to lead by 4 1/2 lengths with a furlong remaining, and comfortably held off a late charge from Sky Dreamer to win by three-quarters of a length. La Tia completed nine furlongs on Polytrack in 1:51 3/5 and paid $9.60, $4.20 and $3.80 as the 7-2 third choice.
Sky Dreamer, who tracked in mid-pack to the head of the stretch, had five lengths on Ire at the wire. The latter was followed by Lady Candidate, Ann of the Dance, 7-5 favorite Treasured Up, and Annie Russell. Emona was scratched.
Campaigned by breeder Salvador Hernandez, under the banner of Hernandez Racing Club, La Tia has excelled this season on Polytrack under the tutelage of trainer Brian Williamson. Previously under the care of Moises Yanez, La Tia placed once in three starts on dirt at Hawthorne last fall, all in Illinois-bred maiden company.
In her debut for Williamson, on May 25, La Tia ran off to win a one-mile state-bred maiden by nine lengths on the Arlington Polytrack. She returned on June 16 and posted a 6-1 upset of the Purple Violet for state-bred sophomore fillies over the same distance. The Arlington Oaks, her first race against open company and around two turns, was her third straight wire-to-wire triumph. Her record now stands at 6-3-0-1, $182,640.
La Tia is a daughter of City Place out of the Sky Classic mare La Adelita. Among the prominent members of this female family are Irish highweight Ringmoor Down, Grade/Group 1 winners Dactylographer and Group Plan, and multiple Group 3 winner Tazeez, who ran third in the Grade 1 Arlington Million in 2010.