11/10/2005 12:00AM

Thinking Out Loud scores upset

Michael Burns
Thinking Out Loud, Todd Kabel up, wins the Coronation Futurity at 10-1.

Thinking Out Loud benefited from a dream trip under jockey Todd Kabel to win the $254,370 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine on Thursday, the most important race of the year for Canadian-foaled 2-year-olds.

The 102nd Coronation Futurity, at 1 1/8 miles, was originally scheduled for Nov. 6 but high winds led to the postponement of the latter part of that afternoon's card.

Owned by D. Morgan Firestone and trained by David Bell, Thinking Out Loud broke sharply and then stalked the speed of longshot Ashlee's Cat through soft fractions of 24.23 seconds, 48.72, and 1:13.69.

Two furlongs from the finish, Thinking Out Loud moved three wide to contest the lead while Cup and Saucer Stakes winner Pyramid Park darted up the rail, and the pair of colts battled to the wire.

Thinking Out Loud, a son of Regal Classic, edged clear to win by a neck in 1:54.84 and pay $23.20.

"I thought there was going to be a bigger pace, but everyone took back," said Kabel. "I had a perfect trip. He gets to loafing, but he's a fighter and won't let anyone pass. He's still going to improve. He doesn't really know what he's doing at the end of the race."

Pyramid Park was just ahead of Shillelagh Slew while heavily favored Edenwold, winner of three consecutive stakes races, rallied too late and finished fourth.

Bred by Bernard and Karen McCormack and purchased by Firestone for $77,690 (U.S.) at the Woodbine yearling sale, Thinking Out Loud won for the second time in five career starts (he was disqualified from an earlier maiden victory).

His earnings rose to $209,382.

Earlier on the card, another re-scheduled stake, the Labeeb, originally card for one mile on the turf last weekend, was run at a mile and 70 yards on the dirt.

Jim and Alice Sapara's 7-1 Estevan won the $115,800 race by 3 1/2 lengths over 13-1 shot Vegas Venture.

Estevan won his first stakes race. He came in off four consecutive grass races, two of which he won. Estevan, 4, is trained by Josie Carroll and was ridden by Patrick Husbands.