07/03/2015 10:25AM

Danish Dynaformer can give Attfield a Queen’s Plate record

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Michael Burns
Danish Dynaformer, shown training Friday at Woodbine, can give trainer Roger Attfield a record ninth Queen's Plate win Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Danish Dynaformer has evolved from a grass expert into a promising stakes winner on Polytrack and will try to give trainer Roger Attfield a record ninth Queen’s Plate win in the 156th running of the $1 million event at Woodbine on Sunday.

Danish Dynaformer, a Charles Fipke homebred, graduated in his second grass outing at Gulfstream Park. He subsequently won an allowance on Keeneland’s turf course with ease before returning to Woodbine for the Grade 3 Marine Stakes in May.

In the 1 1/16-mile Marine, Danish Dynaformer was forwardly placed early before getting shuffled back on the far turn and then came rolling on the outside to finish an encouraging third. Three weeks ago, he rallied wide from seventh to take the nine-furlong Plate Trial, a performance that should make him the favorite in the 1 1/4-mile Plate.

“I’ve always been very high on this horse,” said Attfield, who is tied with Harry Giddings Jr. for the most Plate victories.

Danish Dynaformer might not be at his best on dirt in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie on July 28. He seems made to order for the final leg, the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes on grass here Aug. 16.

Thirteen other Canadian-bred 3-year-olds were entered in the Plate, the 11th race on a terrific 13-race card that includes four other stakes – the Grade 2 Dance Smartly, the Grade 2 Highlander, the Grade 3 Singspiel, and the $150,000 Clarendon.

Post time for the first race is noon Eastern, and the Plate itself is scheduled for 5:38 p.m. It will be broadcast on TSN from 4:30-6 p.m.

The early pick four has a guaranteed pool of $150,000, and the late pick four is guaranteed at $300,000.

Queen’s Plate, Race 11

KEY CONTENDERS

Danish Dynaformer (Last 3 Beyers: 83-80-82)

◗ Patrick Husbands, who inherits the mount from Luis Contreras, got acquainted with the son of stamina sire Dynaformer by working him five furlongs in 1:00.40 with stablemate Billy’s Star last weekend.

“He worked extremely good,” said Husbands, who won last year’s Plate on Lexie Lou. “He was stepping along, but he was doing it so easy. That was the most important thing.”

Shaman Ghost (Last 3 Beyers: 82-78-77)

◗ The Stronach Stable runner is riding a three-race win streak, capped by the Marine, in which he awaited room before closing from seventh for a half-length score.

“We’ve always felt that the further he went, the better he’d be,” said trainer Brian Lynch. “He relaxes so nice and seems to have a real good finish. Ideally, that’s the sort of horse you need when you run a mile and a quarter.”

◗ Lynch bypassed the Plate Trial but isn’t concerned with the seven-week gap between the Marine and the Plate.

“I figured a fresh horse going into the Plate is always better, the way we do things,” he said.

Conquest Boogaloo (Last 3 Beyers: 80-70-65)

◗ This son of Scat Daddy was blocked throughout the stretch in the Marine, finishing eighth after being wrapped up late.

“I thought he should have won the Marine,” said trainer Mark Casse. “He had a brutal trip.”

◗ He had more bad luck in the Plate Trial. On the backstretch, he veered away from Danzig Moon, who was being pulled up with a fatal injury, before mounting an impressive rally to finish third under Alan Garcia, who said that unfortunate incident cost him at least eight lengths.

“I lost all my momentum,” said Garcia. “I thought I was completely out of the race, but he picked it up and started running. He went 10 wide and was still running very strong, galloping out better than the winner. He can go a mile and a quarter easy.”

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Ami’s Flatter (Last 3 Beyers: 73-88-89)

◗ Contreras is sticking with the Queen’s Plate winter-book favorite despite a poor performance last time out in the Marine. He was previously on the road to the Kentucky Derby and has worked extensively for trainer Josie Carroll.

“He was a little flat off a tough winter campaign,” said Carroll, who is taking the blinkers off.

Academic (Last 3 Beyers: 84-61-72)

◗ At 66-1, she lowered the nine-furlong Polytrack record while going coast-to-coast in the June 14 Woodbine Oaks. She was supplemented to the Oaks for $12,500, and Bear Stable has supplemented her to the Plate for $25,000.

“She’s coming back in three weeks,” said trainer Reade Baker. “She’s just a tiny little thing. This is a tough task for her.”

Sweet Grass Creek (Last 3 Beyers: 67-76-59)

◗ He has trained forwardly since a disappointing head loss in a recent Ontario-sired allowance.

“He’s worked very nicely since we put the blinkers on, but he’s light on seasoning,” said trainer Mike Keogh.