La Tia, Matriarch S, Del Mar, November 30th 2014
Trained by Armando de la Cerda, Sire: City Place. Dam: La Adelita
A chance meeting connected La Tia’s owner and breeder, Chicago restaurateur Salvador Hernandez, the owner and breeder of La Tia, with the filly’s original trainer, Brian Williamson before Williamson’s assistant, Armando Delacerda opened his own stable. Williamson fancies tacos and De la Cerda told him about Hernandez’s Mexican restaurant in 2012. Williamson checked out the restaurant, went back many times and became friends with Hernandez, who has owned Thoroughbreds for 25 years. Before the start of the Arlington meet that year, Hernandez gave Williamson four horses to train including his homebred, Illinois-bred La Tia.
Hernandez also raced stakes winners Voy Por Uno Mas and Diablos First Lady in partnership with trainer Moises Yanez and Del Sol Farm.