QUEENS, New York, CMC — Jamaican Rajiv Maragh brought favourite Clothes Fall Off from well off the pace to snatch the US $125,000 Correction Stakes in style at Aqueduct here Saturday.
The 31-year-old rider sat the five-year-old bay mare in fifth in the seven-horse field before bringing her with a flying stretch run on the outside, to dominate the final metres and reach the wire 4-1/4 lengths clear in one minute, 11:06 seconds.
It was the fifth win from 15 starts for the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained mare and her second career stakes win, following her first in the same added-money race last year.
“She ran great in the [Grade 2] Barbara Fritchie and it set her up good for [the Correction],” Maragh said afterward.
“The pace developed in front of her, which is something she likes. She’s got one sharp run, so when the pace develops it helps her closing kick.
“My job … was to just give her a clear trip and in the stretch. I felt like I had a lot of horse so I put her in the clear and she did the rest.”
Going six furlongs, Disco Chick and Hot City Girl ripped through the opening quarter in a sharp 22.83 seconds and had covered the half-mile in 45.77.
Ultimate Holiday stalked in third with Kalabaka chasing while Maragh and Clothes Fall Off cruised in fifth.
Once the race turned for home, Maragh roused the mare and she produced a strong turn of pace, getting by Disco Chick and Hot City Girl and rocketing to the wire, easing up only in the final metres when it was clear that no challenge was present.