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Monday, November 17, 2008


Active Duty salutes in Coronation Futurity


TORONTO, November 16 - Active Duty broke his maiden in style on Sunday, capturing the $250,000 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine.

The son of Deputy Commander took the lead at the top of the stretch from fellow Woodford Racing color-bearer Gallant and held off a mild bid from 1-2 favorite El Brujo, who was 2 1/4 lengths in arrears in the contest for two-year-olds, foaled in Canada.

Khabibulin finished third. Active Duty traveled 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.01.


The two-year-old gelding is trained by Mark Casse and was ridden to victory by Corey Fraser.

"I got the privilege to work both of these horses," said Fraser, making reference to fourth-place finisher Gallant, who set the pace under Patrick Husbands. "It set up pretty nice for me. I was actually wondering if (Gallant) was the only one I had to worry about."

The victory was the first in the Coronation Futurity for Casse, who accomplished the feat with a gelding that had never before raced on Polytrack.

"It just worked out that way. I looked at having him ready for the Cup & Saucer," said Casse, referring to the 1 1/16-mile turf event on October 26 in which Active Duty was sixth. "When I worked him on the Polytrack, he worked quite well. He's a beautiful horse."

The Ontario-bred, who sold for $80,000 last September at Keeneland, is now 1-for-5 with $178,120.

Active Duty returned $25, $7.50 and $4.10, combining with El Brujo ($2.50, $2.10) for a $64.20 exactor. Khabibulin ($3.30) rounded out a triactor worth $222.50.


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