Updated on 09/16/2011 8:49AM

11 take shot at Plate winner


FORT ERIE, Ontario - No Queen's Plate winner has gone off at more than 2-1 in the modern era of the Prince of Wales Stakes, which began in 1988 when the race was moved from to turf and shortened to 1 3/16 miles.

But that will change at Fort Erie Sunday when T J's Lucky Moon, winner of Woodbine's 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate at 82-1, runs in Sunday's 67th running of the Prince of Wales, which will offer a record purse of $500,000.

A field of 12, the maximum allowed at the distance, was drawn here Wednesday. Barbeau Ruckus, who had been under consideration for the race, was not entered.

T J's Lucky Moon, who benefited from a heady ride from Steven Bahen in the Plate, could put himself in line for a $500,000 bonus for a sweep of the Canadian Triple Crown. But despite his three-quarters of a length victory in the Plate, T J's Lucky Moon hasn't exactly sent the opposition scurrying for cover.

Six horses who finished behind him in the June 23 Plate will be back to try T J's Lucky Moon, and several of those rivals are likely to go at a shorter price than the Plate winner, who drew post 3 but has been pegged as the 6-1 fourth choice on Daily Racing Form's morning line.

Forever Grand, third in the Plate at 5-1, is the lukewarm favorite at 7-2. He will be ridden by Patrick Husbands, Woodbine's leading rider, and is trained by Bob Tiller, who won the 2001 Prince of Wales with Win City.

Anglian Prince, a solid second in the Plate after breaking from post 12, drew the 6-hole here and should be well backed.

Ford Every Stream, fourth as the Plate favorite, again will attract support for high-profile connections Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad but will have to overcome the outside post.

Four Prince of Wales contestants were on the grounds as of Wednesday: Le Cinquieme Essai, who is based here with trainer Paul Nielsen; Shaws Creek and Mister Coop, stablemates who checked in from Woodbine last Sunday; and Bravely, who on Wednesday arrived from Woodbine and breezed three furlongs in 37.40 seconds under jockey Jake Barton.

Phantom Light, who had been in danger of being excluded from the Prince of Wales field, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60 on Woodbine's training track Wednesday.

The Breeders' Stakes, the 1 1/2-mile turf race that is the final leg of the series for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, goes at Woodbine on Aug. 10.