Samuel H. Rogers Jr.'s Changing World took charge at the break and was never headed in winning the $200,000 Violet Handicap (gr. IIIT) at the Meadowlands on Friday night.
Ridden by Pablo Fragoso, Changing World carved out fractions of :24 3/5, :48 2/5 and 1:11 3/5 before coming home in 1:41 2/5 for the 1 1/16-mile event on a turf course rated "good." The 4-year-old filly by Breeders' Cup Mile winner Spinning World won by 1 1/4 lengths and returned $28.80, $11.40 and $2.20 and topped a $188 exacta.
High Court returned $6.60 and $2.10 after besting odds-on favorite Ocean Drive by a head, who was worth $2.10 to show.
"I originally told (Fragoso) to cover her up and sit in second or third," said winning trainer Barclay Tagg. "But I also told him that if she broke sharply she would be tough to hold. Everything worked out perfectly. I'm not sure what's next for her. She still has a little growing up to do."
"Every time I asked her she just let it out a little more," Fragoso said. "Turning for home I really asked her and she responded."
The Violet win was the fifth in 12 career starts for Changing World. She has now earned $281,189 for her connections.