06/24/2001 12:00AM

Dancethruthedawn takes Queen's Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dancethruthedawn parlayed a perfect stalking trip into a determined victory over 4-5 favorite Win City in the 142nd running of the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine Sunday.

Dancethruthedawn was made-to-order to win the Plate, since she's a daughter of Dance Smartly, the 1991 Plate winner and Canadian Horse of the Year. Her full brother, Scatter the Gold, captured the 2000 Plate for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad, who also campaign Dancethruthedawn.

Gary Boulanger had Dancethruthedawn tracking the frontrunners in a three-wide position on the first turn of the mile and a quarter event for 3-year-olds. Brushing Bully and Sik dueled through fractions of :23.45 and :47.32, before the former took control after three-quarters in 1:12.37.

Win City raced six lengths off the early pace, and began to mount a four-wide rally heading into the far turn. Dancethruthedawn edged by a stubborn Brushing Bully at the quarter pole and then held off the stretch bid of Win City, who drifted out a little early in the drive before coming up a half-length short.

Brushing Bully finished 3 1/4 lengths back in third, while Asia, an 80-1 maiden filly, was another half-length back in fourth. Millennium Allstar, the 7-1 third choice, was a non-threatening eighth in the 10-horse field of Canadian-breds. The final time was 2:03.78.

Boulanger said things went smoother for Dancethruthedawn than they did two weeks ago, when she captured the Labatt Woodbine Oaks, a race her mother won.

"You couldn't have asked for a better trip," said Boulanger. "She got away a lot better from the gate than she did in the Oaks. "She was running relaxed and was real professional, and it was just a matter of when I was going to push the button. When she sprinted away from them, I knew it was going to take an exceptional horse to run her down."

Win City's trainer, Bob Tiller, refused to blame the loss on jockey Constant Montpellier. "The filly carried five less pounds (121) than us," Tiller noted. "Maybe we shouldn't have let her get the jump on us. He was left with too much to do on a very fast track."

Dancethruthedawn returned $5.80 as the second choice while coupled with Lucky Scarab, who finished fifth. First prize of $600,000 boosted her bankroll to $1,143,691.

The exactor paid $10.90, and the triactor returned $69.20. The superfecta was worth $528.15.