06/29/2016 11:50AM

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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David Craighead More than 1 year ago
The up coming Queen's Plate at the historic Woodbine race course has always been a favorite track that I've bet and had many fond memoirs of and since the mighty Secretariat won the Canadian International Stakes G-I back in the 1973 Triple Crown series and was the last time to see a great and freakish runner of his quality and caliber especially in my life time again grace the track, well, the quality of the runners today are faster but the stamina to got staying distance aren't consistent to a point of regularity that one thinks.The the quality of the stock aren't as grand or  suggestive of those who have a vested interest may think . the point I make is that and from the early view I have of  this years Queen Plate field and with the current morning line odds of the field two things come to mind and that is from the perspective of a betting opportunity it's great but I have some questions about the quality of the field or stock if, you will wonder about the continuity of most of the field later in the year after the big races have result in different winners and not a stand out runner. Perhaps I just need to wait and see which that's all I can do. I as a spectator and former participate in the sport of kings look for the super horse again despite the romance of the thinking! I a die hard fan of good racing stock I would like to see another filly beat the boys again and for a change, maybe that'll satisfy some internal etch for victory until another freak champion comes along.
Kenneth R. Wiener More than 1 year ago
First post is noon Sunday, not 1 pm.