Maritimer 'Displays' Strong Sovereign Case
Norseman Racing Stable's winning dark bay son of Stormy Atlantic --Highland Mood (by Highland Ruckus) captured the Coronation Futurity in his previous start.
Maritimer, under leading Woodbine rider Luis Contreras, closed four-wide to take the lead at the top of the lane and drove clear to win by 5 1/2 lengths. The final time was 1:43.58 for 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack.
Owner/breeder Howard Walton believes Maritimer's impressive performance puts the colt at the head of the juvenile class.
"This is a special horse," Walton said. "I don't think there are any limitations as far as distance. I think he has erased that. I think we deserve to be 2-year-old of the year, and I also believe we should be the early favorite for the Queen's Plate."
Winning conditioner Sid Attard was pleased with the strong finish from Maritimer.
"This horse is getting better race after race," Attard said. "When (Contreras) asked him today from the three-eighths pole, he really went on; I was really excited."
Bridgeburner led early through an opening quarter in :24.60. Menlo Castle assumed the lead down the backstretch to reach a half in :49.06 as Maritimer rated comfortably from fourth position. Menlo Castle, ridden by Omar Moreno, showed the way through the far turn before Maritmer launched his bid coming into the homestretch.
Menlo Castle stayed on for second, 1 3/4 lengths in front of Patrioticandproud and Patrick Husbands.
With the win, which was the third on the card for Contreras, Maritimer improved his record to three wins and two second-place finishes from six starts.
Maritimer paid $4.70, $2.90, and $2.60, combining with Menlo Castle ($4.10 and $3.20) for a $22.20 exacta. Patrioticandproud ($3.50) completed a $75.20 trifecta.
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