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2021 Correction Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

Amuse will ship in from California looking to finally break through against stakes company after a slew of close efforts when she competes as part of a seven-horse field in the $100,000 Correction Stakes for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, March 13.

The 81st running of the Correction Stakes, contested at six furlongs, will see Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella send the 6-year-old to the East Coast for the first time in potentially her last start before retirement. The Medaglia d’Oro mare started the current campaign with a runner-up finish by one length to Qahira in the Kalookan Queen on January 10 at Santa Anita.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Kansas Kis 8-1 Dylan Davis
118 Lbs
Raymond Handal
2 Sadie Lady 6-1 Manuel Franco
118 Lbs
Rob Atras
3 Amuse 8-5 Kendrick Carmouche
118 Lbs
Richard Mandella
4 Call On Mischief 15-1 Nik Juarez
118 Lbs
Kelly Breen
5 Jump for Joy 5-1 Trevor McCarthy
118 Lbs
Mertkan Kantarmaci
6 Awesome Debate 7-2 Jorge Vargas, Jr.
118 Lbs
Charlton Baker
7 Prairie Fire 9-2 Eric Cancel
118 Lbs
Linda Rice

That marked the fourth time Amuse ran second or third in a stakes since 2020; a run that started with the Grade 2 Great Lady M [third], the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap [second] and the Grade 3 Chillingworth [third], with all races coming in the Golden State.

A Raydelz Stable homebred, Amuse was bumped slightly leaving the gate and finished fifth after a wide trip last out in the Grade 2 Santa Monica going seven furlongs on February 13 at Santa Anita.

“She’s doing very well. We’re excited for the opportunity,” Mandella said.

Mandella said the Correction could be Amuse’s last start before starting her career as a broodmare. Through a racing career that started in 2018, she carries a 2-3-3 lifetime record in 12 starts with earnings of $161,291.

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“She’s being retired to be bred this year,” Mandella said. “She’ll run and then go to Claiborne farm, and we’re just trying to win a stake on the way out. She’s been knocking on the door; hopefully that door will open.”

Amuse, ridden primarily by Drayden Van Dyke and previously by Hall of Famer Mike Smith on the West Coast, will team with meet-leading jockey Kendrick Carmouche, drawing post 3.

“She’s got a great temperament and I expect her to run as good as she can,” Mandella said. “I don’t see any reason to be concerned over the travel. She’s got a great personality.”

Sadie Lady will return to stakes company after a 2 1/2-length win against optional claimers on December 18 at the Big A. The Rob Atras trainee will enter off a nearly three-month layoff looking to start her 5-year-old year with momentum after a 2020 in which she won four times in seven starts.

“She’s been doing really good and she’s had a bit of a break from her last race but hasn’t missed a beat,” said Atras, who is tied for third among trainers at the Aqueduct winter meet with 14 victories. “She’s been training really well. She got good last winter and had a couple of races at Belmont that weren’t her best. We sent her down to Florida to Rudy Delguidice and when she came back her, she was up to her old self. She’s doing really good right now and she likes Aqueduct, so we’re hoping for another big effort from her.”

Bred in New York by JMJ Racing Stables, Sadie Lady made her first stakes appearance in 13 starts when running fifth in the New York Stallion Stakes Series Staten Island in November. The daughter of Freud will be making just her fourth stakes start in 18 races and the second since 2018. Manny Franco will ride from post 2.

“It’s exciting; I think she deserves a shot and she’s in really good form right now,” Atras said. “I think she’ll do well on Saturday.”

Kansas Kis (Perrine Time Thoroughbreds), who ran second in the 2020 Busher Invitational, will enter off respective second and third-place finishes in optional claimers to start her 4-year-old year, for trainer Ray Handal.

Dylan Davis will be in the irons from the inside post.

Down Neck Stables’ Call On Mischief, fifth in the Interborough going seven furlongs last out on January 18 at the Big A in her first start as a 4-year-old, will cut back to six furlongs for the first time since running for trainer Kelly Breen on December 18 after being claimed for $62,500. Nik Juarez will ride from post 4.

Robert Amendola’s Jump for Joy will finally get her first chance at a stakes in her 33rd career start. Trained by Mertkan Kantarmaci, Jump for Joy has finished in the money in her last eight starts against allowance and claiming company, respectively, and the 8-year-old Jump Start mare will pick up Trevor McCarthy’s services, drawing post 5.

Awesome Debate, bred, owned, and trained by Charlton Baker, enters off back-to-back wins at Aqueduct in which she posted Beyer Speed Figures of 84 and 85 and will return to a track in which she is 3-1-1 in five starts. Jorge Vargas, Jr. has the assignment from post 6 on the New York-bred daughter of Honorable Dillon.

McCourt Racing’s Prairie Fire, who ran sixth in the La Verdad in her 5-year-old bow on January 3 for trainer Linda Rice, twice was the runner-up in stakes company last year and will seek her first stakes win, breaking from the outermost post 7 in tandem with Eric Cancel.

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Saturday’s Cross Country Pick 5 features racing action from Aqueduct and Oaklawn Park

The New York Racing Association [NYRA] will host a Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, March 13 featuring racing action from Aqueduct Racetrack and Oaklawn Park.

The sequence will commence at Oaklawn with the $500,000 Essex [Race 7, 4:08 p.m. Eastern], a 1 1/16-mile test for older horses. Multiple graded stakes winner Tax [14-4-3-1, $982,060] will look to secure millionaire status, seeking his fourth career stakes win for trainer Danny Gargan. The 5-year-old son of Arch, owned by R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Hugh Lynch, arrives off an unplaced effort in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on January 23. Two starts back, Tax earned a career-best 105 Beyer Speed Figure for a gate-to-wire score in the 1 1/16-mile Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday on December 12 at the South Florida oval.

Silver State provides steep opposition as the consistent son of Hard Spun seeks his fourth consecutive triumph for Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Last out, Silver State captured the Fifth Season at Oaklawn, a one-mile test for older horses on January 23.

Action shifts to the Big A for the second leg of the sequence when a field of eight older horses assemble for a 6 ½-furlong optional-claiming event in Race 8 with a 4:24 p.m. post. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott will send out the consistent Secret Rules, who has never finished off the board in eight lifetime starts. The son of Secret Circle arrives off a third-place finish going six furlongs as the beaten favorite on February 15 at Aqueduct. McCourt Racing’s Big Engine faces open company after finishing second in the Hollie Hughes against his New York-bred counterparts. Trained by Linda Rice, the son of Not For Love boasts a consistent 19-7-6-2 lifetime record, having never finished worse than second at Aqueduct.

The third leg will switch back to Hot Springs, Arkansas for Oaklawn’s Race 8 [4:41 p.m.] – a six-furlong optional claiming event for older horses. Breaking from the rail for trainer Cipriano Contreras, One for Richie seeks a third straight win after previously racing for a $10,000 tag and tackling starter allowance company. Doubledown Stables’ Royal Daaher will attempt to keep his consistent ways afloat for trainer Jimmy DiVito. The son of Daaher has finished in the money in his last four starts, including the last two at Oaklawn over off tracks.

The penultimate leg will be Saturday’s featured event at Aqueduct – the $100,000 Correction for fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Hall of Famer Richard Mandella shipped in Amuse from southern California for her last start before retirement and a broodmare career. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro has garnered stakes black type on four occasions but looks to become a stakes winner in her final career finale. Awesome Debate, bred, owned and trained by Charlton Baker, seeks her third triumph in a row in her stakes debut. The Correction is carded as Race 9 with a 4:55 p.m. post.

The $150,000 Temperence Hill going 12 furlongs at Oaklawn Park will conclude the sequence. A 10-horse field was drawn for the dirt marathon event, which attracted graded stakes winners Tenfold and Campaign. Trained by Asmussen and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, Tenfold, a son of Curlin, seeks his first win since taking the Grade 3 Pimlico Special in 2019. Woodford Racing’s Campaign was a late-closing second in last year’s Temperence Hill over a sloppy and sealed track. The Temperence Hill, carded as Oaklawn’s ninth race, has a scheduled post of 5:13 p.m.

Cross Country Pick 5 – Saturday, March 13:

Leg A: Oaklawn Park – Race 7, $500,000 Essex (4:08 p.m.)

Leg B: Aqueduct – Race 8 (4:24 p.m.)

Leg C: Oaklawn Park – Race 8 (4:41 p.m.)

Leg D: Aqueduct – Race 9, $100,000 Correction (4:55 p.m.)

Leg E: Oaklawn Park – Race 9, $150,000 Temperence Hill (5:13 p.m.)

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