Salvador Hernandez' homebred La Tia, winner of the 2014 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT), has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old daughter of City Place will be bred to Candy Ride.
Front-running La Tia, shipping in from Chicago, led all the way to earn her first grade I victory in the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes on the concluding day of the Del Mar fall meet Nov. 30.
Front-running La Tia, under extreme pressure in the final sixteenth from the onrushing Byrama and Overheard, rebuffed her challengers for a neck victory in the $200,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT) on yielding turf at Belmont.
Salvador Hernandez's homebred La Tia made a tour de force of the $144,053 Ontario Matron Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine July 26, leading wire to wire and drawing off at the end to best eight other fillies and mares.
Salvador Hernandez's La Tia displayed her affinity for her home track May 24 in the $150,000 Arlington Matron (gr. III), romping wire-to-wire under E.T. Baird in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack event at Arlington Park.
Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla., announced the addition of Rattlesnake Bridge, Doctor Chit, and Archwarrior, to their stallion roster for 2014.
Seemingly headed for an easy front-running victory in the $157,199 La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine Sept. 23, favored La Tia jumped into the rail at the eighth pole. Amazingly, the filly recovered in time to win anyway.
Hernandez Racing Club's Illinois-bred remained perfect on Polytrack and in her 2012 season when cruising to victory over six rivals in the $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) July 21 at Arlington Park.
A daughter of Closing Argument was among the standouts during the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training.
City Place recorded his first winner when his daughter Glitter City won in track-record time June 15 at Hollywood Park in her second start.
The prominence of the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training has grown in recent years.
Colts by Lion Heart, Cactus Ridge, and City Place, tied for the fastest 1/8-mile work when they stopped the timer in :9 4/5 May 9 during the second session for the under tack show for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.
- By Ron Mitchell
At the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's select yearling sale Monday, Lion Heart emerged as the leading first-crop sire, his second victory in that category at a major yearling sale this year.
Offspring by City Place, Songandaprayer, Lightnin N Thunder, Lion Heart could make a splash Monday during the select session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. yearling auction.
Unbridled Elaine is nearing her 4-year-old debut for trainer Dallas Stewart, who is pointing the daughter of Unbridled's Song to the Feb. 23 Chou Croute Stakes at Fair Grounds.
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