02/02/2007 12:00AM

Magnolia Jackson going for repeat


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In last year's Correction Handicap, a 4-year-old New York-bred filly had her coming-out party as Magnolia Jackson upset 3-5 favorite Great Intentions to take the open-company stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

The same scenario could play out this year, as Towering Escape, a 4-year-old New York-bred filly who has won three consecutive allowance races, will meet Magnolia Jackson and three others in the 67th running of the Correction, to be run Sunday over Aqueduct's inner track.

The Correction was originally scheduled for Saturday, but drew only four entries and was not carded. Maryland-based trainer Crystal Pickett decided that a short field was enticing enough to enter La Chica Rica, who finished third in the What a Summer Stakes just 15 days ago.

La Chica Rica adds more speed to a field that already had several front-running types. Towering Escape, a New York-bred daughter of Giant's Causeway, was viewed by her connections as a front-runner until she was forced to come from off the pace in winning a first-level allowance race over the main track last Nov. 22. She was part of an early five-horse speed battle before Kent Desormeaux took her back, let her eat some dirt, and then guided her between rivals in the stretch.

"I didn't know what would happen when she got three horses' worth of dirt sprayed in her face," trainer Richard Schosberg said. "She didn't seem to mind it at all. She split horses and she finished very well."

Towering Escape, whose dam, Rapunzel, is a half-sister to Affirmed Success, did come back to win an allowance race in front-running fashion, but simply took advantage of a scratch-reduced field and a wet track.

Eibar Coa will ride Towering Escape from post 4 under 114 pounds.

Magnolia Jackson won last year's Correction from off the pace. Since returning from an injury she has displayed more early speed winning stakes here and at Monmouth. Trainer Gary Contessa attributes Magnolia Jackson's poor performance in the Interborough Handicap on New Year's Day to an off track.

"She's clearly not herself on a sloppy track," Contessa said.

Norberto Arroyo Jr. will ride Magnolia Jackson, the 120-pound highweight, from post 5. Arroyo rode Magnolia Jackson to win last year's Correction.

A Bit of Pressure could get the perfect pace setup. Though she will be running back just four days after finishing second in an allowance race, she did win two races in four days last December. The speedy Merryland Monroe completes the field.