11/05/2010 1:50PM

Casse has three lined up for Coronation Futurity


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse has a trio of 2-year-olds for Sunday’s $250,000 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine, Withdrawal, Strike Oil and Enduring Star. The Coronation was once a barometer for success in the prestigious Queen’s Plate, but the race, a nine-furlong route for Canadian-breds has not produced a Plate player since 2004.

Withdrawal is the most accomplished of the Casse runners. He was unplaced in his first two starts in July, which were both in restricted sprints stakes.

Withdrawal added blinkers when he graduated over a mile and 70 yards on the Polytrack in September, and then ran fourth on the grass in the Oct. 17 Cup and Saucer Stakes.

Strike Oil and Enduring Star are both maidens making their third start.

Strike Oil finished a close fifth when he debuted in a turf sprint, and then wound up fifth in the restricted Cup and Saucer.

“Strike Oil ran well first-time out,” said Casse. “He got bothered on the turn, and got shuffled back nine lengths behind.”

Enduring Star finished 3 1/2 lengths back in seventh in the Cup and Saucer, after ending up sixth behind Strike Oil in his debut.

The three worked five-eighths separately on the Polytrack Oct. 30, to Casse’s satisfaction.

“They all worked well,” said Casse. “All three horses ran on the grass last time, and I think none of them really like the grass. I only ran them because that was the race that was there. I think any one of them could win the race.”

Withdrawal will be ridden by Corey Fraser, who teamed up with Casse to take the 2008 Coronation with Active Duty.

Celtic Conviction outran Good Better Best and Say No More to win the $252,000 Cup and Saucer at 43-1. He graduated the race before, in a slow $32,000 claimer going long on the Polytrack.

Good Better Best defeated Strike Oil and Enduring Star when he graduated at first asking in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special Sept. 11. He rallied on the outside in the Cup and Saucer to nail Say No More on the wire for second.

Say No More was favored in the Cup and Saucer off his impressive debut score, but he flattened out in the late stages after dueling up front with Celtic Conviction.

Wonder Phil finished third in each of his five races, including two stakes.