06/27/2016 9:56AM

Large field expected for Queen's Plate

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Michael Burns
Amis Gizmo enters the Queen's Plate with only one loss in six starts.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The 157th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate is Sunday, and as many as 15 could make a run at the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.

The probable field is led by Plate Trial winner Amis Gizmo, who will come into the Queen’s Plate with a record of five wins from six starts for trainer Josie Carroll and owner/breeder Ivan Dalos. Amis Gizmo breezed five furlongs in one minute flat under jockey Luis Contreras in his final work for the Queen’s Plate last Friday.

Plate Trial runner-up Shakhimat and third-place finisher Sir Dudley Digges join Amis Gizmo in the probable field for the Queen’s Plate. Shakhimat will look to give trainer Roger Attfield a record ninth Queen’s Plate victory.

Leavem in Malibu can give trainer Mark Casse his second Queen’s Plate victory. He will be making his stakes debut but comes into the race off back-to-back victories, including a win over older horses in his most recent start May 29.

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A pair of horses based at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland will ship up for the Queen’s Plate for American connections. Scholar Athlete, owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Graham Motion, won his most recent start May 12 in an allowance on the grass at Belmont Park. Esposito, owned by Chartwell Partners and trained by Tom Proctor, made his first start since the Springboard Mile in December in an allowance race at Woodbine on June 5, winning comfortably by 3 1/2 lengths.

All On Red and Narrow Escape will be looking to build off recent allowance efforts in the Queen’s Plate. All On Red ran second to Dragon Bay in his local debut June 11, earning an 84 Beyer Speed Figure. Narrow Escape, a half-brother to 2015 Prince of Wales Stakes winner Coltimus Prime, defeated Ontario-sired allowance horses in his first start since October on the same day for trainer Justin Nixon.

Local maiden winners Mike and My Name is Jim also are on track for the Queen’s Plate. Mike is a full brother to 2011 Queen’s Plate third-place finisher Pender Harbour, while My Name is Jim defeated Ontario-sired maidens by 4 1/4 lengths in his most recent start June 11.

Cheburashka and Rocket Plan would have to be supplemented to the Queen’s Plate for $25,000 each, but both appear likely to run Sunday. Cheburashka could be a pace threat after defeating Ontario-sired allowance company two starts back May 14, while Rocket Plan would come into the Queen’s Plate off a runner-up effort June 4.

A trio of horses listed among the probable starters could still be pointed to other races. The fillies Gamble’s Ghost and Crumlin Spirit, who are coming out of the Woodbine Oaks, could run in the Bison City Stakes on July 10, while Hammers Vision has been nominated to Sunday’s Charlie Barley Stakes on turf. Crumlin Spirit would also have to be supplemented to the Queen’s Plate.

The post-position draw for the Queen’s Plate will be held Wednesday.

Danish Dynaformer in Singspiel

Last season, Danish Dynaformer took the lead in the stretch of the Queen’s Plate but couldn’t hold off Shaman Ghost in the final sixteenth of a mile. He’ll get another chance to run on Queen’s Plate Day on Sunday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Singspiel Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on the Woodbine turf course.

Trainer Roger Attfield said the Singspiel would be Danish Dynaformer’s next start after he ran sixth behind Divisdero in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 7. Attfield said he tried to run Danish Dynaformer in an allowance race over 1 1/4 miles on turf that was scheduled for June 4, but the horse instead will go into the Singspiel having not raced for nearly 60 days.

“I was hoping an allowance race was going to go here, but it didn’t go,” he said. “I probably should have taken him out of town and run him once, but I think he’ll be okay.”

Danish Dynaformer has enjoyed the 1 1/2-mile trip on the Woodbine turf, running in three such races as a 3-year-old last season. He won the Breeders’ Stakes by 7 3/4 lengths against Canadian-breds, earning a 95 Beyer, and finished seventh in the Grade 1 Canadian International against older horses, earning a 97 Beyer.

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