03/14/2015 4:09PM

Mamdooha overcomes all to win Correction

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Mamdooha, between horses, outlasts Expression on the outside and Aireofdistintction (red cap) to her inside to win the Correction Stakes.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- She hadn’t raced in a year, missed a workout after arriving from south Florida and had to run over a sloppy, demanding surface.

None of that was a problem for Mamdooha, who ran her winning streak to five straight by outfinishing the in-form Expression by a head to win Saturday’s $100,000 Correction Stakes at Aqueduct. It was a head back to Aireofdistinction in third.

Vicki’s Dancer was fourth, followed by Isabelle, the 4-5 favorite, and the pace-setting Bridgehampton.

Mamdooha was ridden to victory by Irad Ortiz Jr. for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stable.

This was Mamdooha’s fourth stakes victory and third over Aqueduct’s inner track. Last year, as a 3-year-old, she won the Ruthless in January and the Cicada on March 15, 2014.

Mamdooha, a daughter of Daaher, had been sidelined since then owing to an ankle chip, McLaughlin had said during the week.

Mamdooha had shipped up from south Florida on March 3 with horses who were running in last weekend’s Gotham Stakes. Though she had a number of workouts at Palm Meadows in south Florida, inclement weather and poor track conditions in New York forced her to miss a scheduled workout.

In a race not only run in the slop, but in pea-soup thick fog, Mamdooha saved ground along the rail under Ortiz while Bridgehampton ran an opening quarter in 22.87 seconds.

Around the turn, Ortiz guided Mamdooha to the outside paths, getting the jump on Expression who had raced near the pack of the pack along with Mamdooha.

A stalking Aireofidistinction had taken the lead from Bridgehampton inside the sixteenth pole, but she could not hold off Mamdooha and Expression, under Manuel Franco, who were finishing well on the outside with Mamdooha prevailing.

Mamdooha covered the six furlongs in 1:12.67 and returned $12.40 to win.

“If we would have just gotten a piece, it would have been thumbs up and we’re moving forward,” said Art Magnuson, New York-based assistant for McLaughlin. “She’s just a fighter, she knows where the wire is.”

Ortiz said the presence of Expression to her outside, emboldened Mamdooha.

“She feels the other horse and you could feel that she wants to win,” Ortiz said.

Trainer Charlton Baker, who had won with six of his last 18 starters at Aqueduct, said he didn’t think Expression really liked the wet track.

“I don’t think she’s a great slop horse. She tries,” Baker said.

Though Isabelle had won her two previous starts on wet surfaces, she was a no-show on Saturday, and her three-race winning streak came to an end.

“I know she won over the sloppy track a couple of times, but I thought she was better the last couple of times on a dry surface than a wet surface,” jockey Junior Alvarado said. “I don’t want to blame it on the track, but she never was really taking me anywhere.”