10/22/2004 11:00PM

Changing World wires Big M's Violet Handicap

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Pablo Fragoso guides Changing World to the wire to upset Friday night's Grade 2, $200,000 Violet Handicap at The Meadowlands.

Changing World took charge early and dictated the pace to score an upset win Friday night in the Grade 3, $200,000 at The Meadowlands Racetrack.

Pablo Fragoso let the 4-year-old filly open a clear, yet relaxed, lead in the 1 1/16 miles handicap run over the "good" turf course. She was clocked in 1:41.53.

The aggressive tactics paid off as Changing World ($28.80) forced Ocean Drive, the 1-2 favorite, into the position of chasing a free-running leader from her stalking position in second.

"They told me if she broke on top to just let her run," said Fragoso. "She was just galloping along nicely and looking around."

When Changing World, one of the light weights at 113 pounds, opened up a four-length advantage on the backstretch, John Velazquez had to ask Ocean Drive for run just to keep up.

"Every time I asked her, she let it out a little more," said Fragoso.

Ocean Drive, carrying top weight of 121 pounds, picked up the chase on the final turn but could never reel in the frontrunner. The winner of four Grade 3 stakes this year yielded second to the late-running High Court in the final jumps.

Changing World won by 1 1/4 lengths for her fifth win in 12 career starts. It was her first graded stakes victory.

"The filly got in really light in here and she loves soft turf," said trainer Barclay Tagg. "Everything worked out perfectly.

"I'm not sure what's next. She still has a little growing up to do."