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OZONE PARK, NY – Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s Amuse invades The Big A from southern California as she makes her final career start in Saturday’s $100,000 Correction Stakes at Aqueduct.
The Correction is a 6-furlong dirt sprint open to fillies and mares ages 4 and up. This year’s edition is the penultimate event on a 10-race card and has a local post time of 4:55 PM.
Here’s a look at the full field for the Correction:
1. Kansas Kis 8/1 – She steps back up to the stakes ranks after hitting the board in her past 3 starts, all over this course and including a game head victory going 6 1/2 furlongs against first-level allowance rivals. She missed winning last year’s Busher Invitational Stakes by a nose and should be sharp after running in one-turn mile events in her last 2 tries.
2. Sadie Lady 6/1 – She makes her first start of the year after most recently wiring optional claimers over this course and distance last December. Of the Rob Atras trainee’s 6 career wins, 4 came over this course, but she failed to hit the board in 3 prior stakes tries, all against New York-breds. Expect to see her up front early.
“She’s had a bit of a break from her last race but hasn’t missed a beat,” said Atras, tied for third at the meet with 14 victories. “When she came back here, 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.”
3. Amuse 8/5 – She makes her first start outside the state of California in this spot after putting together a 12-2-3-3 record out west. Though winless since December 2018, this multiple graded stakes-placed mare could fire a big effort in her third start of the form cycle and go out on top. The meet’s leading rider Kendrick Carmouche has the mount.
“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.”
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4. Call On Mischief 15/1 – She cuts back a furlong after finishing fifth in January’s Interborough Stakes over this course, continuing her trend of missing the board in stakes tries. Will her sixth attempt at this level prove any better? The Interborough was her first start for Kelly Breen, who claimed the Into Mischief filly for $62.5k last December and wins at 14% in stakes.
5. Jump for Joy 5/1 – The battle-tested 8-year-old mare’s 33rd start marks her stakes debut; she steps up after putting together an 8-3-3-2 record since June, all against allowance and claiming dirt sprinters. She exits a muddy gate-to-wire score over this course and distance against allowance rivals and has an 11-4-4-0 overall record at Aqueduct.
6. Awesome Debate 7/2 – Trainer/owner/breeder Charlie Baker supplemented her into the field after she won her second straight over this course and distance, both times on the front end. Though the first was against fellow New York-breds, the latter came facing open company females. In a race with plenty of speed on paper, this outside draw should be to her advantage.
7. Prairie Fire 9/2 – She makes her first start back after finishing fourth in January’s muddy 7-furlong La Verdad Stakes against New York-breds; that effort was flattered when the third-place runner won last weekend’s Biogio’s Rose Stakes. Trainer Linda Rice hits at 25% in non-graded dirt sprint stakes at Aqueduct and won this race in 2018 and 2019.
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