11/15/2013 1:58PM

Woodbine: Ami's Holiday puts perfect record on line in Coronation Futurity

Michael Burns
Ami's Holiday (left) wins the Grade 3 Grey to run his record to 2 for 2.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The unbeaten Ami’s Holiday will stake his claim to this year’s Sovereign Award as champion 2-year-old in the 110th running of the $250,000 Coronation Futurity for Canadian-breds on Sunday at Woodbine.

Ami’s Holiday rallied along a live rail to win his six-furlong debut going away Sept. 1. Five weeks later in the Grade 3 Grey, the big bay came from off a quick pace to prevail by a half-length after trying to lug in through the stretch. He earned a respectable 80 Beyer Speed Figure in that 1 1/16-mile stakes.

“He’s shown a lot of immaturity, but he’s been improving steadily,” trainer Josie Carroll said. “He just needed some experience. We always thought two turns was probably what he was going to want to do, which he showed last time. That race will help him a lot. Hopefully, we can progress from there.”

Carroll said Ami’s Holiday could run back in the $125,000 Display Stakes here Dec. 8.

“I don’t know if we’ll come back quickly in the Display or not,” Carroll said. “It depends on how he runs.”

Luis Contreras will ride Ami’s Holiday again. He has won the Coronation twice, on longshot Strike Oil in 2010 and aboard the favored Maritimer in 2011.

Mark Casse, who trained Strike Oil, is running Matador and Majestic Sunset in the nine-furlong Coronation.

Matador also has a chance at the Sovereign Award. He was a better-than-looked fourth first time out in the Aug. 11 Vandal Stakes on the Polytrack. He stuck to the turf in his last two outings, finishing third in the Grade 2 Summer and then first in the restricted Cup and Saucer Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer was run over yielding ground, and Matador fought hard all the way on the lead to win by a nose over the promising filly Cool Faith.

“He’s come back and trained really well,” Casse said. “He’s had a little time between races, four weeks. I think he’s fine.”

Majestic Sunset, a maiden adding blinkers, was a non-threatening fourth in the Oct. 20 Cup and Saucer.

“He’s been a bit disappointing,” Casse said. “He’s trained better than he’s run so far. We’re going to give him one more try and go from there.”

Heart to Heart ships in from Churchill off a third in an allowance route at Keeneland. He lost the six-furlong Vandal by a nose to Go Greeley before ending up fourth here in the Swynford Stakes.