06/23/2007 12:00AM

Leonnatus Anteas out of Queen's Plate

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Leonnatus Anteas, last year's champion 2-year-old in Canada, has been scratched from Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine because of an infection.

"He has an infection in his pastern" said trainer Kevin Attard. "We've treated it, and he has improved, but not to where he can run. He's at [the University of Guelph Equine Center] so he can get the best care possible and they can stay on top of it."

Leonnatus Anteas was the 6-1 fourth choice on the morning line for the 1 1/4-mile Plate, North America's oldest continuously run stakes. In his lone start this year, Leonnatus Anteas finished second, beaten a nose while facing older horses, in a seven-furlong optional claiming race. His defection leaves a field of eight in the Queen's Plate.