09/23/2012 5:17PM

Woobine: Despite hitting rail, La Tia takes La Lorgnette

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Michael Burns
Despite losing her composure in the stretch, when she ducked in and brushed the rail, La Tia recovered to win the La Lorgnette undre Justin Stein by three-quarters of a length.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario— The Chicago shipper La Tia made it tougher that it should have been when she won $153,500 La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

La Tia set slow fractions on a clear lead in the 1 1/16-mile  route for 3-year-old fillies, and seemed headed for a comfortable score, until she ducked in and hit the rail inside the eighth pole. She regrouped, however, and went on to score by three-quarters of a length under Justin Stein.

“She probably hasn’t been hit all that much, and ducked from my stick,” said Stein. “She was winning the race, that’s obvious, and it gave the crowd a little excitement. She’s a real athletic horse, and she dug back in. She was really impressive.”

La Tia covered the distance in 1:46.14, and returned $6.50 as the favorite. She banked $90,000 for owner Salvador Hernandez and trainer Brian Williamson.

Sky Dreamer rallied wide and outran her stablemate, Sky High Lady, for second in the six-horse field. Both are trained by Mark Casse.