By Emily Shields
The premier event for juveniles at Woodbine Racetrack each year is the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a race that often produces the winter book favorite for the Queen’s Plate. This year’s edition of the 1 1/8-mile contest drew eight runners, with Master Spy on the rail leading the way.
#1 Master Spy (2-1) is Mark Casse’s entrant in the race. He won the Cup and Saucer on the grass last out, his second win in a row. Both wins have come on the grass but he is stakes placed on this synthetic main track. Patrick Husbands will ride the son of Silent Name.
#2 Tio Magico (3-1) is one of the final stakes runners from the Sam-Son Farm colors; the son of Uncle Mo hails from the Gail Cox barn and is coming off a maiden win here around two turns October 4. Luis Contreras will ride.
#3 One Flint (20-1) is a longshot but switches to the barn of J P LeBlanc Jr after a win in maiden claiming $25,000 company last out by over six lengths. That was on the main track after losing his debut on the grass. Emma Jayne Wilson has the mount on this son of Flintshirt.
#4 Giant Waters (10-1) was third in the Cup and Saucer. Rafael Hernandez will ride the son of Giant Gizmo, who is still a maiden in three starts.
#5 British Royalty (6-1) was a first out maiden winner for Barbara Minshall. The son of English Channel will have Jerome Lermyte back aboard, and has already earned back more than his $30,000 purchase price in just one start. He is an interesting play if he stays at this price as he has done nothing wrong, but he needs the race to set up in front of him.
#6 Threefiftyseven (8-1) is Minshall’s second runner. Second in the Cup and Saucer, the son of Run Away and Hide is a gelding who will be making his fifth start. He broke his maiden on the main track here sprinting, but did well enough on the stretch out last time on the turf, hanging for second after stalking the pace. David Moran will ride.
#7 Flex (20-1) is still a maiden after four starts for trainer Michael DePaulo. The son of Tiznow has already lost to two of today’s runners.
#8 Stephen (7-2) could surprise. A $170,000 juvenile by hot sire Constitution, the Kevin Attard trainee is also a maiden. He debuted in stakes company and then was second last out, narrowly beaten after a bad start, and if you like Tio Magico you have to like this guy, who will be ridden by Justin Stein.
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