11/06/2009 12:00AM

Hollinger can clinch Sovereign


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hollinger will try to lock up the Sovereign Award for Canadian champion 2-year-old when he goes off at what figures to be a short price in Sunday's $250,000 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine.

Trained by Roger Attfield, Hollinger is unbeaten in three starts. He earned an 81 Beyer Figure when he won his six-furlong debut Aug 28. Hollinger showed that routing is his forte when he won a 1 1/16-mile allowance by 2 1/4 lengths Oct. 2, earning a 77 Beyer. Three weeks ago on turf, he closed stoutly from well back to win the 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer Stakes with an 85 Beyer.

Attfield said he wasn't concerned when Hollinger was farther back than usual on the turn in the Cup and Saucer, and was impressed by his accomplishment.

"We learned something," said Attfield. "He was very professional about it. He did everything that you could ask a horse to do."

Attfield said Hollinger has already fulfilled the promise he showed early on when he was training in Florida.

"He came to me with a lot of high regard," Attfield said. "He's been running well from Day 1. He's always gone along with everything I've asked him to do."

Ghost Fleet and Hotep are among the other contenders in the Coronation Futurity, which is run at 1 1/8 miles for Canadian-breds.

Ghost Fleet won his first two starts, including the Vandal Stakes, but then flopped in an allowance on the grass. He rebounded with a hard-fought score in the Swynford Stakes but is coming off a fourth-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Grey Stakes.

Trainer Sid Attard said he was surprised to see Ghost Fleet at the back of the pack in the early stages of the Grade 3 Grey.

"They were walking up front," said Attard. "They went in 25 and 50, and he only had one horse beaten. Then he got into a little trouble. He could have won that race."

Todd Kabel, who has ridden Ghost Fleet in all of his races, has retired for the year. Ghost Fleet's new rider, Patrick Husbands, was aboard for a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.60 last Sunday.

Hotep had an inside stalking trip when he won his only outing, a mile and 70-yard maiden special Oct. 17. A son of A.P. Indy, Hotep is a full brother to this year's Queen's Plate winner, Eye of the Leopard.