03/18/2017 6:12PM

Clothes Fall Off repeats pattern by winning Correction for second time

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Clothes Fall Off, under Rajiv Maragh, scores by 4 1/4 lengths in the Correction.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. -  After Clothes Fall Off finished third in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie going seven furlongs last month at Laurel Park, jockey Rajiv Maragh said he thought there was an important race at six furlongs with the filly’s name on it.

The name of that race is the Correction Stakes.

For the second straight year, Clothes Fall Off bounced back from a loss in the Barbara Fritchie with a victory in the $125,000 Correction, this time rallying stoutly in the final furlong to beat Disco Chick by 4 1/4 lengths. It was another three-quarters of a length back to Hot City Girl in third. She was followed, in order, by Kalabaka, Splendid Gold, Jet Majesty, and Ultimate Holiday.

It was the fifth win from 15 starts for Clothes Fall Off, a 5-year-old daughter of Daaher owned by Everett Dobson’s Cheyenne Stables and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. Both of her career stakes wins have come in the Correction.

Maragh rode Clothes Fall Off for the first time in the Barbara Fritchie. While he said the mare “made a good kick, she couldn’t really sustain it.”

Cutting back to six furlongs, Maragh felt the pace would be sharp and he was expecting a stronger late kick.

Maragh had Clothes Fall Off in fifth, about 4 1/2 lengths off the pace established by Disco Chick and prompted by Hot City Girl. Those two went a quarter-mile in 22.83 seconds and a half-mile in 45.77.

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Maragh tipped Clothes Fall Off four-wide turning for home and she streaked by Disco Chick inside the eighth pole and drew clear for the easy score. Clothes Fall Off covered six furlongs over an inner track labeled “good” in 1:11.06 and returned $4.60 as the 6-5 favorite.

“Third start off a layoff, she closed strongly,” Maragh said. “Once I put her in the clear and asked her to go she did the rest.”

For Disco Chick, it was her fourth consecutive second-place finish, three of those coming in stakes over the inner track.

Hot City Girl, the 5-year-old New York-bred half-sister to champion female sprinter La Verdad, had to settle for third. She was impeded somewhat when Kalabaka came out into her at the top of the stretch. There was an inquiry into the incident but there was no need for action since Hot City Girl finished in front of Kalabaka.

Hot City Girl is a Grade 2 winner and is Grade 1 placed and would have value as a broodmare. But her owner, Sheila Rosenblum, said “chances are” Hot City Girl would likely keep racing this year and could show up in the Grade 3, $150,000 Distaff Handicap going seven furlongs over Aqueduct’s main track on April 9.

 

Mark 3 months ago
Kalabaka was easy winner had she not stumbled so badly.  Although she was the cause of her own trouble.