09/21/2012 12:30PM

Woodbine: La Tia takes perfect Polytrack mark into La Lorgnette

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La Tia wins the Arlington Oaks to run her Polytrack record to 4 for 4.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – La Tia has been a new filly since being transferred to trainer Brian Williamson and discovering Polytrack at Arlington this year.

On Sunday, La Tia will be looking to run her Polytrack record to 4 for 4 when she faces just five rivals here in the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette, an open race for 3-year-old fillies that offers a purse of $150,000.

La Tia’s last outing came in the $66,000 Hatoof, which was run over 1 1/16 miles of “good” going on the turf at Arlington. With regular rider Constantino Roman in the irons, the Illinois-bred La Tia set the pace into the final furlong before weakening to finish fourth, beaten a touch more than one length.

“She ran okay, but she didn’t run quite as good as she had run on the Poly,” said Williamson, who trains La Tia for her owner and breeder, Salvador Hernandez.

In her three other starts this season, La Tia won a one-mile maiden race, took the restricted $113,800 Purple Violet, and then made a successful jump into Grade 3 company in the 1 1/8-mile Arlington Oaks. All three were on Polytrack, and La Tia led throughout each of them.

In the Arlington Oaks, she was in front by 4 1/2 lengths at the eighth pole and held on to prevail by three-quarters of a length over the closing Woodbine invader Sky Dreamer, who also is in the La Lorgnette lineup.

“She kind of left that horse that was second at the quarter pole pretty easy,” Williamson said. “Right toward the wire, the horse was getting to her a little bit. She could have got a little tired, she could been a little bored being out there. I’m not quite sure. I think the mile and a sixteenth looks more attractive for her.”

Roman will not be making the trip, and Justin Stein has picked up the mount.

“I watched him ride a couple of times, and he looked really good on a horse,” Williamson said.

Among La Tia’s opponents in the La Lorgnette is Nikkis Smartypants, who would seem to be facing a difficult assignment when stretching out and stepping up for the race.

Nikkis Smartypants has raced three times, finishing second in her six-furlong debut before knocking out her maiden and first allowance condition at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Bob Tiller, who trains the Ontario-bred Nikkis Smartypants for owner Ben Hutzel, believes the filly is deserving of the opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to running her longer,” Tiller said. “I think she’ll do the two turns, so we’re going to take a shot. We’ll see how she can do with these horses. I think she’ll run well.”

Luis Contreras, who was in the irons in her previous three races, retains the mount.