11/25/2011 12:47PM

Woodbine: Maritimer sharp for Display Stakes

Michael Burns
Maritimer wins the Coronation Futurity at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Coronation Futurity winner Maritimer will meet open company Sunday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Display Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile test that drew eight other 2-year-olds.

Maritimer notched his first stakes Nov. 6 in the $250,000 Coronation for Canadian-breds. He rallied wide from midpack under Luis Contreras to win the nine-furlong stakes going away, in 1:50.91, which translated into a 79 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Sid Attard said Maritimer put it all together in the Coronation.

“He’s such a big horse,” Attard said. “You have to hold him together and make him run at the end. He showed that in his last race. I told [Contreras] to ride him with patience and then take him out, and he did. It was a very good ride.”

Attard’s first inclination after the Coronation was to put the horse away for the year, but he said Maritimer exited the race in fine fettle as evidenced by his five-furlong work in 1:01.20 last Sunday.

“He worked very good,” Attard said. “I told Luis that I didn’t want to see a 59. I said to give me three 1s, and that’s what he worked in. I like the way that he galloped out [three-quarters] in 1:14 and change.”

Menlo Castle served notice that he was a 2-year-old with potential when he blew away the field in the restricted Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 5, earning an 87 Beyer in the seven-furlong event.

Menlo Castle tried a route of ground for the first time in the Coronation and finished a clear second under Patrick Husbands, much to the delight of trainer Ralph Biamonte.

“Patrick said he went right off the bridle around the three-eighths pole,” Biamonte recalled. “But when Maritimer went by him, he picked up the bit and took off after him again. It was his first time going long, and maybe he learned something from it.”

Omar Moreno inherits the mount on Menlo Castle from Patrick Husbands, who is sticking with the Mark Casse-trained Patrioticandproud.

Patrioticandproud is coming off a third-out maiden victory traveling 1 1/16 miles, for which he got a 72 Beyer.

The lone shipper in the lineup is Splendiferous, who is making his first non-turf start. After notching his debut over $75,000 maidens at Saratoga, he finished a troubled fifth there in the Grade 2 With Anticipation and was fourth in the Grade 3 Bourbon at Keeneland.

Bridgeburner and Runaway Lion ran one-two in a fast seven-furlong allowance here Nov. 5.