This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
$100,000 Correction Stakes Draws Field of Six
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $100,000 Correction Stakes. A six-furlong contest scheduled to be run on the inner dirt track, the race has drawn a field of six fillies and mares.
Bill Mott will saddle Isabelle as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1. A four-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal, the multiple stakes winner comes into this race off of three consecutive victories and has won five of her eight career starts. She was last seen winning the Broadway Stakes at Aqueduct as the favorite. Junior Alvarado will remain aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position four.
Aireofdistinction trying for third stakes win
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Aireofdistinction, a five-year-old mare owned and trained by David Jacobson. A dark bay daughter of Songandaprayer, she has won five of her fifteen starts and is a two-time stakes winner. She returned off of a four-month freshening in January at Aqueduct and was second in the Interborough Stakes. Fernando Jara has the mount and they will break from post position five.
Mamdooha returning to action off of a layoff
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Mamdooha, a homebred for Shadwell Stable. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the four-year-old daughter of Daaher will be returning off of a year-long layoff and has won four of her five career starts. Last March, she earned the third stakes win of her career in the Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be in the irons and they will break from post position two for her first start of the year.
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