- General Info
Current Odds: 15-1 Dk. b./br. m. 5, by City Place - La Adelita, by Sky Classic
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
July 26, 2014 - WO
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June 21, 2014 - AP
Lincoln Heritage Handicap
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May 24, 2014 - AP
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Armando De La Cerda was boan Aug.15, 1973, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Though only recently out on his own, Armando is anything but new to racing in general and to racing in Chicago in particular. He has worked on the racetrack for more than two decades including stints under the tutelage of trainers such as Noel Hickey, Mike Stidham and Moises Yanez. For five years prior to going out on his own, Armando was assistant trainer for Brian Williamson.
Son of the late rider Robert L. (Bobby) Baird. His brother Billy, a former rider, is employed as a valet at the Chicago tracks. Eddie made his riding debut at Hawthorne Race Course on November 25, 1985, aboard Navy Gloves. As an apprentice, he won the 1986 Hawthorne riding title with a then-record 103 wins.He was co-winner (with David Nuesch) of the 1986 Eric Beitia Memorial Award, given annually to New York’s top apprentice jockey. Traveled to Hong Kong in Dec.
La Tia is by the unraced Storm Cat stallion City Place, who earned a chance at stud as the son of Grade 1-winning millionaire Glitter Woman. City Place is therefore a half-brother to 2007 Suburban Handicap hero Political Force. Glitter Woman is herself a half-sister to 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff upsetter Unbridled Elaine, the dam of multiple Grade 2 winner Etched and Grade 3 scorer Out of Bounds.
While La Tia is her sire's leading earner, City Place has also sired Grade 3-winning sprinter Wall Street Wonder; stakes winner Central City, second in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint; multiple Grade 2-placed stakes scorer Gato Go Win; and Jamaican champion City Flight.
La Tia's dam, La Adelita, was unplaced in her lone start. But she can claim some stout bloodlines. Her sire is Sky Classic, a three-time Sovereign Award winner in Canada who later earned an Eclipse Award as the U.S. champion turf horse of 1992. The son of Nijinsky II won the 1991 Rothmans International and 1992 Turf Classic Invitational, but he came agonizingly close in two other Grade 1s, the 1992 Arlington Million and Breeders' Cup Turf.
Sky Classic, who hails from the immediate family of Smart Strike and Dance Smartly, is responsible for 1999 Canadian Horse of the Year Thornfield; 2006 Canadian champion turf horse Sky Conqueror; Argentinean champion mare Magnetic Eyes; and U.S. Grade 1 winners Nothing to Lose and Hyperbaric. Sky Classic also factors as the broodmare sire of Irish highweight Speciosa, heroine of the 1,000 Guineas in 2006, and her Grade 3-winning half-brother Major Rhythm, victorious in the 2006 Stars and Stripes over the Arlington turf.
La Adelita was produced by the English stakes-placed Untitled, a daughter of the great 1968 Arc winner and stamina influence *Vaguely Noble. Untitled is also the dam of stakes victor Jungle Pioneer and Group 1-placed Private View, the ancestress of multiple Group 3 scorer Tazeez, who was third in the 2010 Arlington Million.
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Daughter of speedy sire City Place has won two of her five starts on this course and comes off a gate-to-wire win in the Grade Three Ontario Matron Stakes on the main track at Woodbine in late July. Five-year-old set the fractions before fading to finish fifth in this event twelve months ago and is likely to be quickest out of the gate again here but is doubtful to be a factor at the finish.