Canada Cup Futurity, Derby Trials Set for This Weekend

Western Canada's 2- and 3-year-olds will square off at Rocky Mountain Turf Club.

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Rocky Mountain Turf Club at Lethbridge will host Canada Cup Futurity and Derby trials this weekend.

Western Canada’s most accomplished 2- and 3-year-olds will be in the spotlight at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club this weekend, as the track presents trials for the Canada Cup Futurity (RG3) and Derby (R).

Saturday’s three 400-yard Canada Cup Derby trials have drawn 19 sophomores, topped by Toughie, a graded stakes winning Stel Corona filly trained by William Leech for owner Charles Stojan. A finalist in last year’s Grade 1, $1.04-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos, Toughie has earned $102,468 from eight starts, and his six wins include a one-length victory in last year’s 400-yard, $80,000 Canada Cup Futurity.

Toughie drew post 4 and will be ridden Ricardo Moreno in the third trial.

The eight fastest qualifiers will meet in the September 18 Canada Cup Derby final.

Sunday’s Canada Cup Futurity trials have also drawn 19 entries. The eight fastest qualifiers from the three 400-yard heats will meet in the $75,000-est. final on September 18.

Ivory Lady League, a bay daughter of the Ivory James stallion Ivory League racing for Paige Oberholtzer and trainer Kevin Oberholtzer, will be ridden by Tyler Walker from post 5 in the second trial. Ivory Lady League is coming off of a neck victory in the 330-yard, $54,000 Alberta Stallion Futurity (R) at Northlands Park in Edmonton on July 29.

Three stakes winners -- Cowboy 109, Caraves Waves, and Poutn On The Wagon -- will face off in the third heat. A California-bred colt by Favorite Cartel trained by co-owner Buckey Stockwell, Cowboy 109 scored a neck victory in the August 21, $29,000 John Deere Evergreen Park Juveniles Challenge for owners Bob Perlich, Brian Hinkin, Bob McCutcheon.

Caraves Waves is a gray son of Wave Carver trained by Randy Cunningham for Shady Lanes Stables and Dale Zukowski. The gelding has won three of his four outs, including the 300-yard, $26,000 Jerry Stojan Futurity at Evergreen Park on July 24. Poutn On The Wagon has won both of his starts, including the $59,000 Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3) on June 26, and he has earned $22,098. William Leech trains the homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding for owner Pete Schoeler.

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