06/29/2016 12:50PM

Amis Gizmo draws post 10, made 3-1 favorite for Queen's Plate

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Michael Burns
Amis Gizmo, shown training Wednesday at Woodbine, will face a dozen fellow 3-year-olds in the Queen's Plate on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The once-beaten Plate Trial winner Amis Gizmo drew post 10 and has been made the 3-1 favorite for the 157th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on Sunday.

Along with Gamble’s Ghost, Amis Gizmo is one of two serious contenders in the 13-horse field owned by Ivan Dalos and trained by Josie Carroll. Gamble’s Ghost, the lone filly in the lineup, drew post 13 and is the 6-1 fourth choice under new rider Patrick Husbands. Luis Contreras, who had been riding both, chose Amis Gizmo.

“I think post 10 is fine,” Carroll said. “He’s a very tactical horse. He’s very easy to place. From that vantage point, Luis will be able to do what he wants with him.”

Carroll said she wasn’t concerned with Gamble’s Ghost’s outside draw.

“She’s a filly that doesn’t have a lot of speed anyway,” Carroll said. “She’s a deep closer. There’s a long run into that first turn, and there’s plenty of time to tuck in and get position.”

Leavem in Malibu (post 4) is the 7-2 second choice, with Gary Boulanger riding for Woodbine’s perennial leading trainer, Mark Casse. The late-developing son of Malibu Moon defeated older allowance opposition in his last outing.

Trainer Roger Attfield was content with post 6 for Shakhimat (5-1), who was the Queen’s Plate winterbook favorite. Attfield is seeking a record-breaking ninth Plate victory with last year’s Coronation Futurity winner.

Amazingly, no horse has swept the nine-furlong Coronation and the following year’s Queen’s Plate since the Attfield-trained Norcliffe in 1975-76.

The Maryland-based Esposito is 8-1, with Alan Garcia breaking him from post 11. He won his belated season opener in a seven-furlong allowance here June 5 for trainer Tom Proctor.

All On Red and Scholar Athlete are both 12-1. Rounding out the field are Sir Dudley Digges (15-1), Cheburashka (30-1), Mike (30-1), My Name Is Jim (30-1), Narrow Escape (30-1), and Rocket Plan (30-1).

The Queen’s Plate is race 10 at 5:36 p.m. Eastern on a 13-race card that begins at noon. It will be broadcast in Canada on CTV and TSN2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday’s early weather forecast calls for a sunny, warm day in Toronto, with a high of 79 degrees.

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