06/21/2007 12:00AM

Jiggs Coz to start Plate in post 6


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jiggs Coz, a romping winner of the Plate Trial here June 3, will break from post 6 and has been made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate.

A field of nine was entered Thursday morning for the Queen's Plate, the 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds that is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

In the two-tiered draw process, like that used for the Kentucky Derby, the order of selection was established by a random draw, and post positions were then chosen by the connections.

Sid Attard, who trains Jiggs Coz for owner-breeder Mel Lawson, had the third choice of posts.

"It's nice to be outside a little bit," said Attard, noting that Jiggs Coz should be able to cope with any pace scenario that may arise.

The connections of Marchfield, runner-up in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial and the second favorite in the Queen's Plate at 3-1 in Woodbine oddsmaker Jennifer Morrison's morning line, had the first choice. Mark Casse, who trains Marchfield for owner-breeder Eugene Melnyk, went with post 7.

"We thought it was more than likely the speed would be drawing inside," said Casse, who is hoping for a brisker pace for Marchfield after watching him try to close off tepid Plate Trial fractions.

Trainer Kevin Attard will send out both Leonnatus Anteas and Alezzandro in the Queen's Plate for Knob Hill Stable and the Estate of Steve Stavro.

Leonnatus Anteas, Canada's champion 2-year-old male last year but coming into the Queen's Plate off just one seven-furlong allowance tightener, will break from post 8 after his connections chose second.

"I'd figured on maybe a stalking trip for him," said Kevin Attard. "From an outside post we can see where the others are going, and go from there."

Alezzandro, fifth in the selection process, will begin from post 4 after setting the pace but weakening to finish third in the Plate Trial, his second career start.

Leonnatus Anteas was made the 6-1 fourth choice while Alezzandro was pegged at 15-1.

Twilight Meteor, who has been training at Belmont with Todd Pletcher, is the 4-1 third favorite in the Queen's Plate and will begin from post 5.

Rounding out the field are Daaher (15-1), Cobrador (20-1), Include Us (20-1), and Mike Fox (12-1).