Arlington Park news release
Contact: David Zenner
LA TIA WIRES GRADE III ARLINGTON OAKS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 21, 2012) – Hernandez Racing Club’s Illinois-bred filly La Tia remained perfect in three starts as a 3-year-old and in three starts racing on Polytrack by wiring six open company rivals in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Oaks.
The daughter of City Place set a leisurely pace of 24.81 seconds, 49.37 seconds, 1:14.07 and 1:38.43 but had to hold off a strong late rally from Sky Dreamer to preserve a three-quarter length victory. She covered the mile and an eighth over Polytrack in 1:51.46 to give winning jockey Constantino Roman his first graded stakes victory.
“She got out on the lead and ran great,” said winning trainer Brian Williamson. “Constantino rode her great. She was two for two on the Polytrack (here) and won both races easily. So I thought we’d keep her on the Poly and give her a shot.”
After finishing no better than third in three starts on dirt as a 2-year-old, La Tia was given the winter and spring off. She broke her maiden by nine lengths in her first start as a 3-year-old May 25 and the came back three weeks later to win the $113,125 Purple Violet Stakes against Illinois-breds by nearly the same margin on June 16.
The homebred filly now sports a record of three wins from six starts. With the winner’s share of $88,200 she nearly doubled her earnings to $182,640.
Canadian invader Sky Dreamer, who made a three-wide move at the top of the stretch, closed sharply in the final furlong but fell short of catching the winner.
“She ran well,” said Sky Dreamer’s jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan. “She needs a bit more pace to run at.”
It was five lengths back to third-place finisher Ire who was followed by Lady Candidate, Ann of the Dance, favored Treasured Up and Annie Russell to complete the order of finish.
“I had a good trip, but my filly never fired,” said Miguel Mena of his trip aboard the beaten favorite. “Earlier in the race, she was never really on the bit.”
La Tia paid $9.60, $4.20 and $3.80. Sky Dreamer paid $5.20 and $3.60. Ire paid $4.80.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 90-day meet in 2012 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 30. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 12 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities – Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Tavern on North featuring Trackside Villa Park, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, TADS Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins and Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.