Correjon Breaks 29-Year-Old Track Record In Super Bowl Starter Handicap

by | 02.03.2019 | 5:24pm
Correjon broke a 29-year-old track record at Laurel Park

FTF Racing's Correjon continued his winter hot streak at Laurel Park, earning his third straight win over its main track with a record-setting half-length triumph in Sunday's featured Super Bowl Starter Handicap.

Ridden by Jorge Ruiz, the gelded 5-year-old son of 2008 Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Cool Coal Man covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.07, breaking the track record of 1:15.40 set by 3-year-old Ebonizer Nov. 23, 1990.

Breaking from the rail, Correjon ($8) raced along the rail as Bobcat, half of the favored 7-5 entry, and Tradfest dueled through a quarter-mile in 23.07 seconds. In tight quarters leaving the backstretch, Ruiz steered Correjon to the outside after a half in 45.80 and was set down for a drive once straightened for home, edging past Tradfest in deep stretch.

It was the third win from four starts for trainer Jose Corrales since early December, including a hard-fought neck victory Jan. 6 in his previous effort. The only loss came in a 6 ½-furlong optional claimer Dec. 22 at Charles Town.

Jockey Jevian Toledo, Maryland's leading rider in 2015 and 2017, visited the winner's circle three times Sunday aboard Pat's No Fool ($23.20) in Race 2, The Great Catsby ($14) in Race 3 and 2018 Maryland Million Classic winner Saratoga Bob ($9.40) in Race 8.

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