06/21/2009 11:00PM

Few Plate runners expected for Prince of Wales

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - With many in the field of 13 taking their best shots at the Queen's Plate, the road to Fort Erie's Prince of Wales could be lightly traveled.

In the immediate aftermath of Sunday's Queen's Plate, only winner Eye of the Leopard, runner-up Mr. Foricos Two U, and sixth-place finisher Keino West were committed to carrying on to the Prince of Wales.

Each would be making his first start on dirt in the $500,000 Prince of Wales, which follows the Queen's Plate in the Triple Crown series for Canadian-breds and will be run over 1 3/16 miles on July 12.

The $500,000 Breeders', a 1 1/2-mile turf race here Aug. 2, concludes the series.

Mr. Foricos Two U, trained by Catherine Day Phillips, came close to pulling off the upset after forcing and then setting the pace under Mike Smith.

"He broke a little sharper than we anticipated, so Mike improvised and was able to get him to settle," Day Phillips said. "He ran an awesome race."

Keino West, who was well back early, closed to be beaten 6 1/2 lengths.

"He was just too far back; he makes his move too late," trainer Steve Attard said. "We have to get him going earlier."

Milwaukee Appeal and Tasty Temptation, returning two weeks after finishing one-two in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, both acquitted themselves well in the Queen's Plate. Milwaukee Appeal was beaten a a neck and a head for the whole pot in the Queen's Plate after experiencing traffic problems in the stretch.

"She didn't get the perfect trip, and Eye of the Leopard got the perfect trip," said Milwaukee Appeal's trainer, Scott Fairlie. "If think if you switch the trips around, we win by a couple.

"We'll give her a break now and then figure out what we're going to do next."

Tasty Temptation, like Milwaukee Appeal, was supplemented to the Queen's Plate at a cost of $25,000 and ended three lengths behind the winner in fourth.

"I was proud of her," trainer Mark Casse said. "She ran her race and got beat by three better horses. If I could do it all over again I would; no regrets."

Tasty Temptation is by Medaglia d'Oro and that leads Casse to believe his filly can thrive on dirt.

The Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont on July 25 is Tasty Temptations's next target.

Flip for the Coin was beaten 5 3/4 lengths as the closing fifth-place finisher in the Queen's Plate, an effort that pleased trainer Vito Armata.

"He ran a huge race," Armata said. "The speed just wasn't coming back. He can only improve on that."

Armata was not specific but said he planned to take "a different route" than the Prince of Wales with the Ontario-sired Flip for the Coin.

Lorne Richards, who sent out Shut It Down to run seventh in the Queen's Plate under Russell Baze, will be looking to return to the allowance ranks with his Ontario-sired gelding.

"Russell got him to relax good," Richards said. "It was just too far for him. I think seven furlongs is going to be his best distance."

Rapid Release, coming off an encouraging third-place finish in the Plate Trial, was beaten 9 3/4 lengths as the eighth-place finisher under Jono Jones.

"I knew going by the grandstand the first time he wasn't going to run his race," trainer Roger Attfield said. "We scoped him after, and he appears to be fine.

"I think his last work took the edge off him."

Rapid Release had hooked up with an unscheduled workmate here last Wednesday and finished with a bullet clocking of 1:00.20 for five furlongs before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.

"He's a still a nonwinner of two," Attfield noted. "He won't be going to the Prince of Wales."

Stardust Ziggy, the only maiden in the Queen's Plate lineup, ran ninth.

"He jumped over some footprints on the track coming down the stretch the first time and then when another horse came up beside him that put him on the bridle earlier than we wanted him to be," trainer Lorna Perkins said. "He didn't fire. Now I'd like to break our maiden and go from there."

Trainer Kevin Attard will be going back to the drawing board with Bucephalus, who finished 10th.

"I'll probably back off on him and give him some time off, freshen him up a bit," Attard said.

Reservoir, also supplemented at a cost of $25,000, set the pace but faded to finish 11th in just his third start.

"It was his lack of seasoning," trainer Julia Carey said. "I had him too sharp."

Reservoir was coming off a first-level allowance score over 1 1/8 miles of grass.

"We knew going in we were taking a shot with him," Carey said. "Our original plan was going to the Breeders'. Now, we'll have six weeks to regroup."

Active Duty, winner of last fall's 1o1/8-mile Coronation Futurity for Casse, finished 12th in the Queen's Plate.

"Obviously, I was disappointed," Casse said. "He was in it for about a mile and then called it a day.

"I'll give him a bit of a break now."

El Brujo, winner of back-to-back sprint stakes in his first two starts this year, followed up his disappointing effort in the Plate Trial with a last-place finish in the Queen's Plate.

"There is no way he is going to get a mile and a quarter," trainer Malcolm Pierce said. "He came back fine, other than being exhausted.

"We'll turn him out for maybe two weeks, then try to find some sprint races for him. Unfortunately, there's nothing for 3-year-olds here at Woodbine."