11/04/2005 12:00AM

Edenwold in hunt for juvenile prize


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Edenwold will try to lock up this year's Sovereign Award for Canadian champion 2-year-old Sunday at Woodbine in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity.

Edenwold, a $100,000 yearling purchase by owners Jim and Alice Sapara, has won three consecutive sprint stakes since winning his maiden with ease in July. He upset Kentucky shipper Key West Breeze in the open Colin Stakes, and then trounced Ontario-foaled runners in the Vandal, with a good Beyer Speed Figure of 86.

Edenwold has been off since taking the seven-furlong Simcoe Stakes, for graduates of local yearling sales, in workmanlike fashion Sept. 4. Trainer Josie Carroll bypassed the Oct. 16 Cup and Saucer Stakes on the grass after Edenwold worked a slow six furlongs in 1:18 around the dogs on the turf training course Oct. 12.

Edenwold, a son of Southern Halo, has yet to try a route of ground, but is bred to handle the nine-furlong distance of the Coronation.

The 102nd running of the Coronation has lured 11 other Canadian-breds, including Pyramid Park, River Heights, French Beret, Tuftsville, and Shillelagh Slew.

Pyramid Park, River Heights, and French Beret finished one-two-three in the 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer.

Pyramid Park won his maiden convincingly at 53-1 in the Cup and Saucer after stalking a rapid pace. He probably prefers the grass, although he didn't have the best of trips in his last dirt start.

River Heights, a consistent maiden, has handled both surfaces adequately. He lost a two-turn maiden race on the main track Sept. 11 by a neck.

French Beret, who has made each of his four starts on the turf, lost second in the Cup and Saucer by a nose. By Broad Brush and out of Wonder Where Stakes winner Misty Mission, French Beret is bred for dirt on the top and grass on the bottom of his pedigree.

Tuftsville, formerly based at Fort Erie, recorded a 19-1 shocker when he graduated first out going a mile and 70 yards in the slop Oct. 23.

Shillelagh Slew won his maiden second time out at seven furlongs on the main track. After stalking the pace on the outside in the Cup and Saucer, he folded in the stretch as the favorite.

"I don't know what happened on the grass the other day, but I think he'll run a good race," said trainer Mike DePaulo.

* It was announced late Friday afternoon that turf racing, which had been scheduled to continue through Sunday, would be discontinued immediately due to concerns regarding the condition of the grass course. Turf races already carded, including Sunday's $114,000 Labeeb Stakes, have been moved to the main track.