07/14/2010 5:15PM

Camps picking up pieces after Queen's Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – While Big Red Mike will be heading down to Fort Erie for the July 25 Prince of Wales, the second jewel in the Canadian triple crown the post-Queens Plate roll call includes few others planning to take that route.

Sam-Son Farm’s trio of Hotep, Giant’s Tomb, and Dark Cloud Dancer all will be considered for the Prince of Wales, as will Mobthewarrior.

Hotep and Giant’s Tomb, the Queen’s Plate’s second- and fourth-place finishers, both won on the dirt at the Fair Grounds this winter, and the Prince of Wales is run over 1 3/16 miles on that surface.

Mark Frostad, who sent out the three Sam-Son homebreds, thought that the lack of pace affected both Hotep and Giant’s Tomb, and that theme was echoed by the trainers of almost all of the other participants.

Hotep and jockey Patrick Husbands were closest to the front-running Big Red Mike throughout, while Giant’s Tomb and Mike Smith made up some ground late.

“[Hotep] ran a terrific race,” said Frostad. “He was sitting right on that other horse, but it was a pretty slow pace, and they weren’t coming back at all.

“Mike Smith thought he was in a perfect position but, again, they didn’t come back.”

Contributing to a fast pace had been jockey Javier Castellano’s assignment aboard Dark Cloud Dancer, but that plan quickly fell by the wayside.

“He didn’t get the best start,” said Frostad. “His job was to be up there, but once Javier saw where Hotep was he backed off a bit.”

Dark Cloud Dancer was still in contention heading into the stretch but flattened out in the final furlong to finish sixth.

Mobthewarrior was off a step slowly and also was within striking distance until the final stages.

“I thought we were a little unfortunate,” said trainer Greg De Gannes. “He didn’t have a great start.

“But, I thought he gave a worthy enough effort to go on.”

Roan Inish, one of two fillies in the Queen’s Plate, was coming off a game win in the Woodbine Oaks and ran very well to finish third.

“After her performance in the Oaks, to follow up with this effort on this type of track with this heat, I was absolutely thrilled,” said trainer Carolyn Costigan.

Roan Inish’s next major target is Saratoga’s Grade 1 Alabama, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares on Aug. 21.

Moment of Majesty, the Oaks runner-up, finished eighth in the Plate.

“As I’ve said all along, we were expecting of a lot of her to come back in three weeks at the same level,” said trainer Sue Leslie. “She got tired.”

The $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies here Aug. 1, could be on the horizon for Moment of Majesty.

Mobilizer was a major disappointment when hi ran ninth as the slight favorite in the Queen’s Plate

“He bled a little bit, but it was a disappointing race,” said trainer Roger Attfield. “He was in perfect position, but the three-eighths pole I knew we were all done.”

Attfield added that he would like to try Mobilizer on the grass and the horse currently was not a probable candidate for the Prince of Wales.

Smart Sky finished seventh making his stakes debut in the Plate.

“I think his race was better than it looked,” said trainer Mike Doyle. “I’m looking forward to the Breeders’, going long on the turf.”

The $500,000 Breeders’, the third leg of Canada’s triple crown, will be run here Aug. 15.

Who We Gunna Call, also making his first appearance in stakes company, ended eighth in the Plate.

“I thought he ran a good race,” said trainer Tino Attard. “He was boxed in, and came flying. He wants to go far – a mile and a quarter, a mile and a half.”

Trainer Sid Attard was very disappointed with the performance of Ghost Fleet, who finished 11th.

“He didn’t run an inch, and he’d trained so well,” said Attard. “I’ll probably try him on the grass.”

Vicar Street, seeking his first career win, ran 12th.

“He made a little bit of a move, but he leveled off,” said trainer Catherine Day Phillips. “We’ll regroup, and look for a maiden race.

D’s Wando rounded out the Plate’s order of finish.

“At the end of the day, I’m not sure that he wants to go that far,” said trainer Ian Black. “I might try him on the grass, or sprint him again.”