Enduring Star Runs Third in Coronation Futurity
Enduring Star notched a stakes placing in only his third career start in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine. The race was Enduring Star's first on the main track and first around two-turns. If the performance was any indication, then we're likely looking at one of the early contenders for the 2011 Queen's Plate.
Enduring Star did not break great and was last through the early stages of the mile and an eighth race. However, he willingly advanced along the inside down the backstretch to reach contention heading into the second turn. He remained down inside and briefly grabbed the lead early in the stretch before finishing third.
Enduring Star is trained by Woodbine's leading trainer Mark Casse. Casse has recorded 25 more wins than the second leader trainer, and he was delighted with the effort. "What a game effort! He certainly appreciated to added distance. I think he'll get even better if we can give him more ground. It's a great thing to be able to run in these restricted races. These are the types of horses we could see in the Canadian Triple Crown races next year. Our colt is still green. If he continues to develop like I hope he will, then we could end up on one heck of a ride."
Jockey Eurico Da Silva said, "My horse was so game. He relaxed early for me, and then I asked him to scoot up there down the backside and he went right up the rail. I thought we had a good shot to win at the top of the stretch. He kept trying for me. He is still really green and learning how to be a racehorse. Once he gets a few races under his belt, he could win this type of race."
West Point Thoroughbreds President Terry Finley said, "Races like this are one of the reasons we bought two Canadian-bred horses. The purses are gigantic in these restricted races, and you are running at one of the premier venues in North America. We hope that this is just the start of our success. Mark also has our other colt Bold Henry, and he's scheduled to debut in a week. After watching this success for Enduring Star, I imagine Bold Henry will be flying off the shelf in the next seven days."
Enduring Star will now head to Florida for the winter where we'll look to get him a couple starts before coming back to Canada for his three-year-old season.