Thursday, November 2, 2017
TORONTO, November 2 – A change of course has led the promising youngster Kitten’s Boy to the 114th running of $225,000 Coronation Futurity, set for Sunday afternoon (November 5) at Woodbine Racetrack.
The 1-1/8 mile stakes event for Canadian-foaled two-year-olds has served as a launching point in the careers of many stars including the Sam-Son Farm homebred Up With the Birds, who won the 2012 edition of the Coronation Futurity and went on to be named 2013 Horse of the Year and earn over $1.8 million.
The winning connections behind that Coronation Futurity champion, including Sam-Son Farm, trainer Malcolm Pierce and jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva, will team up again on Sundayas Kitten’s Boy aims to go undefeated on the Tapeta track.
The Kitten’s Joy-Catch the Ring gelding was an impressive winner at first asking when his October 14 debut was taken off the turf due to weather conditions. Racing from off-the-pace, he took the lead in mid-stretch and won the 1-1/16 mile maiden allowance earning a 74 Beyer’s Speed Figure.
“It kind of was [a surprise] actually, because I think this horse is a much better turf horse,” said Pierce. “A lot of Kitten’s Joy babies, they seem to run a lot better long on the grass. I had a lot of questions going into the race whether he would get it done. I know he’s kind of a nice gelding, but he performed better than I expected for sure.”
A small, rambunctious colt, Kitten’s Boy has progressed over the last three months since he was gelded and his connections are hoping he continues to develop in his transition from two to three.
“He’s not a big horse and I hope he develops into a better three-year-old physically, but he does everything right,” said Pierce. “Since we gelded him, he seems to have turned a corner. He’s always had some talent. I think his best races still are going to be on the turf, but for $225,000 you’ve got to take a shot here once in a while.
“He’s a nice, little handy horse,” added Pierce. “This will be his last race of the season and he’ll have a break and hopefully he matures into a nice three-year-old for us and maybe he’s our Breeders Stakes horse for next year.”
The complete field is listed below for the Coronation Futurity, which is scheduled at race eight on Sunday’s 1 p.m. program.
$225,000 Coronation Futurity
Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1. Kitten's Boy – Eurico Rosa Da Silva – Malcolm Pierce
2. Theregoesjojo – Jesse Campbell – Michael De Paulo
3. Crumlin Night – David Moran – Michael Doyle
4. Aheadbyacentury – Rafael Hernandez – John Ross
5. Neepawa – Gary Boulanger – Mark Casse
6. Bobby's Escape – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Denyse McClachrie
7. Cooler Mike – Luis Contreras – Nicholas Nosowenko
8. Wedgewood – Slade Callaghan – Michael Keogh
9. Flight Deck – Omar Moreno – Michael De Paulo