07/01/2010 12:00AM

Hotep 3-1 favorite in 13-horse Plate field


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hotep, one of three Sam-Son Farm entrants trained by Mark Frostad, has been made the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine.

A field of 13 was announced at the annual Queen's Plate breakfast here Thursday morning, with the connections of each entrant first drawing for their order of selection and then choosing a post position.

Frostad, with the eighth pick, chose post 11 for Hotep in the 1 1/4-mile showpiece for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds and will have regular rider Patrick Husbands aboard.

"It's good that he's outside," said Frostad. "Patrick can see the race unfold and be where he wants to be, hopefully."

Hotep is coming into the Queen's Plate off a third-place finish in the open Marine Stakes at 1 1/16 miles here May 29.

The connections of Mobilizer, the second choice in Ernie Perri's morning line at 7-2, had the sixth choice in the selection process and wound up with post 9.

"Considering the choice we had, a draw like that's okay," said Attfield. "I don't think it makes a lot of difference at a mile and a quarter."

Regular rider Jono Jones has the mount on Mobilizer, who finished second in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here June 13,

Roan Inish, one of two fillies in the Queen's Plate field, will begin from post 10 and has been made the 9-2 third choice off her victory in the 1 1/8 mile Woodbine Oaks on June 13. David Moran will be back in from Ireland for the mount.

Big Red Mike, who won the Plate Trial, is 6-1 in the morning line. Trained by Nick Gonzalez, Big Red Mike will begin from post 5 under his regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva.

Mobthewarrior, at 10-1, and Ghost Fleet, at 20-1, both seem to be gaining support as live longshots and will start from posts 12 and 7, respectively.

Trainer Greg De Gannes sent out Mobthewarrior to finish third in the Plate Trial and Emile Ramsammy retains the mount. Ghost Fleet was sixth in the Trial but has since recorded a pair of eye-catching works under his new rider Richard Dos Ramos and without the blinkers, which he wore in his two starts this year.

Moment of Majesty, beaten a head by Roan Inish in the Woodbine Oaks, was supplemented to the Queen's Plate at a cost of $25,000 on Thursday morning. Robert Landry will break Moment of Majesty from post 13, and her morning-line price is 12-1.