Coronation Futurity (Woodbine) Predictions, Odds & Picks

Coronation Futurity 2020

If you're playing only to win, go with my longshot pick Master Spy (8/5)

Post Position and Odds – Coronation Futurity

Check out our predictions and odds for the 2020 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine!

PPHorseOddsJockeyTrainer
1MASTER SPY8/5
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P HusbandsM Casse
2TIO MAGICO6/1
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L ContrerasG Cox
3ONE FLINT8/1
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E J WilsonJ P LeBlanc Jr.
4GIANT WATERS10/1
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R HernandezD Vella
5BRITISH ROYALTY4/1
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J LermyteB Minshall
6THREEFIFTYSEVEN6/1
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D MoranB Minshall
7FLEX30/1
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S CallaghanM De Paulo
8STEPHEN10/1
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J SteinK Attard

Best Bets for the Coronation Futurity

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$30 Exacta – Master Spy over British Royalty = $30

$20 Exacta – British Royalty over Master Spy = $20

Top Pick:

Master Spy 8/5

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The road to the 2021 edition of the Queen’s Plate begins on Sunday as eight Canadian bred juveniles square off in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity. The 9-furlong test will be contested over Woodbine’s Tapeta racing surface.

Fresh off an impressive victory in the Cup & Saucer Stakes, over the Woodbine turf course, Master Spy looks to be the one to beat in the 117th running of the prestigious race for 2-year-olds. The son of Silent Name has kept very good company in his first four starts and comes in on a two-race winning streak, both won on the early lead. This will be his second start on Tapeta, having finished a good second in the Victoria Stakes three starts back.

Chief among his rivals will be a pair from the barn on Barbara Minshall,  British Royalty, and Threefiftyseven.

British Royalty, an English Channel gelding, has only run once, but, impressed in that debut just three weeks ago. After a poor break, he was able to come from well back to win a maiden race going away at Woodbine.

Threefiftyseven, meanwhile, exits the Cup & Saucer, where he chased Master Spy for much of the race before proving second best. Before that the son of Run Away and Hide won a sharp maiden over Woodbine’s Tapeta course going 6 ½ furlongs.

How to Watch the Coronation Futurity

Coronation Futurity Information
WhatCoronation Futurity
WhereWoodbine
WhenSunday, November 1 — 4:48 pm Eastern time
How to WatchTVG
Purse$250,000

Race Analysis

Master Spy

Trained by Mark Casse, this one ran into some of the most talented juveniles to run in Canada in his first two starts. He wasn’t able to beat Ready to Repeat or Gretzky the Great in those sprints but beat everyone else in those two fast races, one on the turf and one on the Tapeta. Stretched out since, he easily handled his competition in his next two, which were both on the turf. With controlling speed, and proven class, he figures to be a handful breaking from the rail. He should go right to the front early again, and it will take a big effort to run him down. He is the top pick.

British Royalty

Pinched in his career debut, this son of English Channel turned some heads while coming from last to blow by his competition in a 1 mile and 70-yard maiden race on October 11. Things will certainly get tougher for the gelding, but it was an impressive enough debut to think that he can handle the jump up in class. His first performance, as well as his pedigree, gives every indication that he will appreciate the added distance of the Coronation Futurity, as well. If anyone can beat the favorite, this looks to be the one.

Threefiftyseven

Owned and trained by Barbara Minshall, this one is more experienced than his stablemate, having already made four starts. He’s only won once but has made steady progress in each start to win his third career race, before chasing home Master Spy in the Cup & Saucer last time. I’m not keen on his chances to turn the tables in this one, but perhaps he can soften up the favorite early, which would certainly benefit the chances of British Royalty.

Tio Magico

This Sam-Son Farm owned and bred son of Uncle Mo looks to have some talent. After a green debut performance, he came right back to win second time out in a 1 1/16-mile race that was originally scheduled for the turf. Despite ducking in twice, he was still able to hold off fellow Coronation Futurity contender Stephen. If he can display a little more maturity in his third start on Sunday, he might be one to watch.

One Flint

After showing very little in his career debut, this son of turf champion Flintshire rebounded with an eye-catching score going 1 mile and 70 yards in his second career start. The rallying win came in a maiden optional claimer on the same afternoon that British Royalty won his debut, and the two races came back with nearly identical times. He’ll need to prove that he can do against this class of horse, but the last one puts him in with a shot on Sunday.

Giant Waters

The third horse to exit the Cup & Saucer, this Giant Gizmo colt overcame some trouble to rally for third in his stakes debut. Having said that, he never threatened the top two. Before that, he had come from well back to just miss in his first two starts, which came in maiden optional claiming ranks. This will be his first start on Tapeta, but his consistent rally makes him a horse to consider, although more likely on the bottom of the exotics.

Stephen

Still, a maiden, this well-bred son of the Constitution showed serious improvement last time in his second career start. The winner of that maiden race was running inconsistently, but still, this one was the only horse to come running. That fast-closing second could promise better things to come. It would be a feat to win this as still a maiden, but he does look like a horse with a future. He’s certainly worth consideration as a longshot.

Flex

Unlike the other maiden in the field, this one has not shown too much in any of his four starts. Yet to hit the board in any of those tries against the maiden company, it’s hard to see the son of Tiznow jumping up with a big one in the Coronation Futurity.

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