Rice dominates Correction field with 4 starters
By Bob Ehalt
After the excitement last weekend’s Kentucky Derby prep, the action at Aqueduct returns to a more typical winter fare, with Saturday’s $100,000 Correction Stakes.
The six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted six starters and trainer Linda Rice figures to land in the winner’s circle. Aqueduct’s leading trainer will send out four of the entrants or, in mathematical terms, two-thirds of the field.
Heading the list is Sower, the 8-5 favorite who was second in the Interborough on Jan. 25.
“She’s been training very well coming out of her last race,” Rice said. “We’re looking for her to improve, and her last two breezes coming into this race were very strong.”
Rice will also send out Sounds Delicious (3-1), who will be making her third start after a six-month layoff and was second by a head in an allowance race last time out, and Honor Way (6-1), who was seventh most recently in the Barbara Fritchie Stakes on Feb. 16.
“Both are coming into this race well and we’re looking for each to perform well,” Rice said. “Sounds Delicious worked well in her last breeze in preparation for this, and we’re hoping Honor Way can get some class relief shipping from Laurel (after) a Grade 3 (stakes) in her last start.”
The foursome also includes Startwithsilver (6-1), who was fifth in the Broadway Stakes for state-breds after an eight-month break.
“We’re hoping she can regain the previous form she showed us last year,” Rice said. “Our thinking is to give her one more shot here and depending on how she runs either continue on with her campaign or let her retire and move into the breeding shed.”
The main competition for Rice’s runners will come from Yorkiepoo Princess (2-1), who was fifth in the Interborough after setting the early pace.
“She’s been doing very well,” said trainer Ed Barker. “She’s been training well and she’s starting to look like her old self,” said Barker. “We know she likes the track and she trains here every day, so we think she’ll improve. I like her chances in this field where she can utilize her pace.”
Rounding out the field is Filibustin (15-1).