09/23/2012 6:17PM

Woobine: Despite hitting rail, La Tia takes La Lorgnette

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.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
La Tia won! Fabulous, good for her! She's a very good horse, she wins consistently at Arlington Park. I've been fortunate to have her a couple of times. It's great to see a Chicago-based horse win outside of Illinois. She was impressive in the race, too. Watching her run into the fence made me hold my breath, but she overcame that obstacle and ran one heck of a race! Poor baby, I don't blame her from shying away from the stick. If I were a horse, I wouldn't want to see or feel that coming near me, either. Now the jockeys know try their hardest not to use the stick on La Tia. Maybe her connections should let that be known from now on. She usually does just fine without that kind of prompting. Congratulations to La Tia and her connections in winning and running a very fine race. Hopefully, there are even more good things to come for La Tia.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
That was scary. Great skill shown by rider and horse. This could be one filly to watch. She's probably a little sore today.
Ange More than 1 year ago
That was amazing!! A rider with less skill than Justin would have wound up in the infield! But to then get her straightened away and still win the dang thing! Wow!! Way to go Justin!
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Wow an arlington based horse ships an wins impressively !