October 12, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) La Tia won in a dramatic finish Sunday in the $200,000 Athenia Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.

Three horses hit the wire together, with La Tia a neck better than Byrama. Overheard was a nose behind Byrama.

Joel Rosario and La Tia set the pace over the yielding course, opening almost a three-length lead at the top of the stretch. That margin steadily dwindled as Byrama and Overheard launched their bids.

Trained by Armando De la Cerda, La Tia got her ninth win in 22 starts. The time was 1:43.36 for 1 1/16 miles.

La Tia paid $8.70, $5 and $3.60. Byrama returned $10.20 and $5.90, and Overheard paid $3.50 to show.

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