03/12/2015 2:06PM

Ami’s Flatter tops Queen’s Plate winter book

Barbara D. Livingston
Ami's Flatter is the early 5-2 favorite for the 156th running of the Queen's Plate at Woodbine on July 5.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Ami’s Flatter, who finished second to Carpe Diem in last Saturday’s Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, has been installed as the early 5-2 favorite for the 156th running of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on July 5.

The 88th edition of the Queen’s Plate winter book, compiled by Ron Gierkink and Alex Campbell of Daily Racing Form and Woodbine’s Keith McCalmont, offers hypothetical odds on all 125 3-year-olds nominated to the Canadian Triple Crown. The nominees include 83 colts, 27 geldings, and 15 fillies.

Ivan Dalos’s Ami’s Flatter won his career debut at Woodbine on Nov. 9 and has finished second in two stakes over the winter in Florida. Trained by Josie Carroll, Ami’s Flatter earned a career-best 90 Beyer Speed Figure while running second behind Bluegrass Singer in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 3 and finished second in the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs.

“I thought he put in a great performance,” Carroll said. “He showed a lot more maturity than the start before. He’s starting to figure the game out. This is what [Mr. Dalos’s] whole program is about, breeding a classic-distance horse, and he has put several generations of breeding into doing that. It is all starting to come together.”

Unbridled Juan was named the 3-1 second choice after he cruised to a seven-length maiden win at Gulfstream Park last Saturday. Trained by Brian Lynch and owned by Stronach Stables, Unbridled Juan earned a 98 Beyer in the win, his second career start.

Conquest Typhoon, a finalist for the Sovereign Award as Canada’s champion 2-year-old male, was named the 4-1 third choice. Conquest Typhoon won the Grade 2 Summer Stakes and the Grade 3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes for trainer Mark Casse and owner Conquest Stables in 2014, and he finished third in his last start in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 14.

Casse also trains Danzig Moon, the 5-1 fourth choice, for owner John Oxley. Danzig Moon finished fourth in the Tampa Bay Derby and won his maiden two starts back Feb. 7 with an impressive 4 3/4-length score at Gulfstream, earning an 89 Beyer.

Coronation Futurity winner Decision Day gives Carroll two colts in the top five of the Queen’s Plate winter book. Owned by Donver Stable, Decision Day finished a troubled seventh in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes last Saturday at Gulfstream.

Rounding out the top 10 are Danish Dynaformer (7-1), Kingarvie Stakes winner Kingsport (9-1), Nipigon (10-1), Grade 2 Natalma Stakes winner Conquest Harlanate (12-1), and Grand Bili (14-1).

After the $1 million Queen’s Plate on Polytrack, the Canadian Triple Crown continues with the Prince of Wales Stakes on dirt at Fort Erie on July 28 and the Breeders’ Stakes on Woodbine’s turf course Aug. 16. The Prince of Wales and Breeders’ Stakes are worth $500,000 each.

Supplementary Queen’s Plate nominations can be made at a cost of $5,000 by May 6, when the next payment of $1,500 is also due for current nominees. Entry-day supplements also will be accepted for $25,000, which includes the $10,000 entry fee.

The list of Canadian Triple Crown nominees with odds is available at www.queensplate.com.