01/29/2011 5:58PM

Kid Kate, sharp off layoff, wins Correction


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The 10-week layoff Kid Kate had entering Saturday’s $65,000 Correction Stakes at Aqueduct was a little disconcerting to her connections. But it obviously did not have any effect on the filly, who rallied strongly in the stretch under Ramon Dominguez and ran down 6-5 favorite Meese Rocks to win the Correction by a neck. It was 2 1/4 lengths back to Purrfect Bluff in third.

The win was the fifth from 10 career starts and third in a listed stakes for Kid Kate, a 4-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid owned by Dell Ridge Farm and trained by Chad Brown. She was making her first start since running second in the Foil Stakes over Aqueduct’s main track on Nov. 20. Her connections had entered her in two spots before this, but neither race filled.

"She’d been training with no problems right along, just trying to keep her sanity in between all of this," said Cherie DeVaux, assistant to Brown.

Under Dominguez, Kid Kate settled into fifth position, about eight lengths behind Heaven’s Voice, who zipped out to an uncontested lead while running an opening quarter in 22.59 seconds while being chased by Honor Hymn and Meese Rocks. Heaven’s Voice was still in front after a half-mile in 45.52 seconds, but Meese Rocks, under Junior Alvarado, went to challenge for the lead, split horses in upper stretch and made the lead outside the eighth pole.

Dominguez, meanwhile, made a four-wide move entering the stretch with Kid Kate, and they rallied powerfully to get by Meese Rocks - who failed to switch leads - three strides from the wire. Kid Kate covered six furlongs in 1:10.30 and returned $4.90 to win.

"The filly felt like she broke pretty sharp and it felt like she was running," Dominguez said. "When I saw them opening up like that in front of me I said 'Man, I hope they’re going fast and they come back to me' and that was the case."

Meese Rocks finished second for the third straight stakes race, having twice run second to Nicole H in the Garland of Roses and Interborough earlier in the meet.

Ed Barker, the trainer of Meese Rocks, said his filly ran "too good to lose."

Kid Kate and Meese Rocks could meet again in the Grade 2, $150,000 Distaff over Aqueduct’s main track on April 9, though Kid Kate could surface in the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 19 beforehand.

Dominguez won three races on the card, including the $60,000 Bald Eagle Stakes aboard Modern Cowboy, who rolled to a four-length score over Goombada Guska. Modern Cowboy, a 4-year-son of Tiznow owned by Green Hills Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher, covered the mile in 1:35.87 and returned $4.10.