01/31/2007 12:00AM

Small field likely for Correction


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Money makes the mare go, and so only a small handful of them will contest Saturday's $65,000 Correction Handicap at Aqueduct. As of midweek, probable starters for the 67th running of the six-furlong Correction included A Bit of Pressure, Magnolia Jackson, Mint Landing, and Towering Escape. How 'bout No, Merryland Monroe, and Spenny were listed as possible.

A Bit of Pressure was sidelined for two months after being claimed for $45,000, and returned during the final week of 2006 to win twice in four days for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. On Thursday, Dutrow began serving a seven-day suspension for a phenylbutazone positive.

A Bit of Pressure tuned up for the Correction by running second for a $75,000 claiming tag in Wednesday's eighth race. Juan Rodriguez will be the trainer of record should A Bit of Pressure run back in the Correction, and for How 'bout No as well.

Magnolia Jackson won last year's running of the Correction as part of a productive 2006 campaign that included a score in the Grade 2 Bed O'Roses Handicap. Sidelined for five months after having an ankle chip removed, she returned in November to win the Montclair at the Meadowlands, and three weeks later won the Garland of Roses here.

Magnolia Jackson looks to rebound after a third-place finish as the favorite in a sloppy Interborough Handicap on New Year's Day. On Sunday, she breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 flat for Gary Contessa.

"She's doing dynamite and she's ready to rock 'n roll," said Contessa. "She's not a bad horse in the mud, but she's clearly not stakes caliber in the mud, so she'll run on a fast track only."

Mint Landing won or placed in all four of her starts on the inner track last winter. She has finished in the money in 16 of 18 starts for trainer Tony Dutrow.

The New York-bred Towering Escape brings a three-race winning streak into the Correction .

'Pussycat' stays perfect in New York

A True Pussycat ($10.80), who shipped up from Calder to win the Get Lucky Stakes in her first start of the year, made it 2 for 2 in New York for trainer Tom Bush after posting a front-running win in Wednesday's $66,500 Lady on the Run Stakes for older fillies and mares.

A True Pussycat broke from the rail and set comfortable fractions of 25.05 seconds, 50.05, and 1:14.89 under Norberto Arroyo Jr., opened a commanding lead through midstretch and remained clear of 44-1 outsider Freedom Ridge after a mile and 70 yards in 1:44.34. Daytime Promise swung four wide turning for home and settled for third as the even-money choice.

Stablemates prep for Whirlaway

A pair of Paraneck Stable 3-year-olds - Pink Viper, upset winner of last month's Count Fleet Stakes, and last-out maiden winner Helios - worked in tandem at Aqueduct on Wednesday. Each was credited with a six-furlong breeze in 1:14.41. They are prospects for next Saturday's $65,000 Whirlaway Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

At Belmont on Wednesday, Evening Attire geared up for his upcoming 9-year-old debut by breezing five furlongs in 1:02.66.

* Friday's nominal feature is race 8, an optional claimer at one mile that drew a field of six 3-year-old fillies, including the Contessa-trained entry of That Girl is Mine and Bare Dancer.