06/29/2015 12:51PM

Queen’s Plate principals complete preparation

Michael Burns
Danish Dynaformer, winning the Plate Trial, is one of 16 expected for the Queen's Plate on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Plate Trial winner Danish Dynaformer and Grade 3 Marine Stakes winner Shaman Ghost were among the top contenders who worked here last weekend for Sunday’s 156th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine.

The post position draw will take place in Woodbine’s walking ring Thursday morning, and as of Monday morning a field of 16 was expected for the 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Danish Dynaformer and stablemate Billy’s Star breezed five furlongs in company Saturday morning in 1:00.40. Jockey Patrick Husbands was aboard Danish Dynaformer, while Eurico Da Silva was in the irons on Billy’s Star.

Trainer Roger Attfield said he was pleased with the drill.

“Both horses look happy, and they both cooled out nicely,” he said.

Also on Saturday, Shaman Ghost breezed seven furlongs on the main track in 1:28.00 for trainer Brian Lynch. Shaman Ghost has won three straight starts and has not raced since the Marine on May 16.

Portree, who finished fourth in the Plate Trial for trainer Stuart Simon, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.00 on the dirt training track Saturday, while Scorch worked six furlongs in 1:15.40 in company with Born in a Breeze on the main track for trainer Mark Frostad. Frostad said he was still undecided whether Scorch would run in the Queen’s Plate.

On Sunday, six Queen’s Plate probables recorded their final works ahead of the race, including three for trainer Reade Baker and two for trainer Mark Casse.

Baker’s workers included Woodbine Oaks winner Academic, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 on the main track with jockey Justin Stein in the irons. Jim McAleney worked Bear At Last and Breaking Lucky for Baker. Both covered five furlongs on their own in 1:02.00.

“I thought Breaking Lucky’s work was the best of the three,” Baker said. “Bear At Last worked on a tough track before the break and he worked good. Academic didn’t really seem to like the surface that much with all of the rain on it. I thought Breaking Lucky’s work was brilliant.”

Stablemates Conquest Curlinate and Conquest Boogaloo, who finished second and third in the Plate Trial, both worked five furlongs with separate workmates on the main track for Casse.

Conquest Curlinate broke off two lengths behind workmate Supersizer, and both horses crossed the line together in 1:01.00.

“The consensus is that Curlinate worked extremely well,” Casse said. “He went really well. We were really not looking for anything spectacular. I told them to just do a nice easy work with no gallop-out.”

Meanwhile, Conquest Boogaloo worked with Field of Courage in 1:01.40. Field of Courage also was being considered for the Queen’s Plate but will instead point to the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes on dirt July 28 at Fort Erie.

Conquest Boogaloo “worked fine,” Casse said. “Boogaloo’s not really much of a work horse, so his work wasn’t as impressive as Curlinate’s, but that’s him. That’s what he is.”

Casse also could supplement Oakton to the Queen’s Plate at a cost of $25,000. Oakton was most recently fourth against older horses in an open allowance over 1 1/8 miles June 20. He breezed four furlongs in 50.20 on the main track Monday morning.

Ault could be entered in the Queen’s Plate off of a second-place finish in a maiden special weight June 7. Scorch was fourth in that race. Ault worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on the main track Sunday for trainer Daniel Vella and owner Canyon Farms, the same connections that combined to win the 2012 Queen’s Plate with Strait of Dover.

Rounding out the weekend workers was Ami’s Flatter, who breezed four furlongs Monday morning in 48.40 on the main track with jockey Luis Contreras in the irons for trainer Josie Carroll.

Last Thursday, Sweet Grass Creek covered six furlongs in 1:12.20 for trainer Michael Keogh, who said he would likely work the horse again three or four days ahead of the race.

Easy Indygo recorded a five-furlong work in 1:01.00 on the main track last Wednesday for trainer Nicholas Gonzalez and owner Tucci Stables, which won the 2013 Queen’s Plate with Midnight Aria.

Also expected to run in the Queen’s Plate is Milwaukee Mist, who is trained by Pavel Matejka. Milwaukee Mist most recently finished seventh in a first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles on turf June 5 at Churchill Downs.

Thursday’s post position draw will begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern and will be streamed live on QueensPlate.com. The draw will use a draft format where owners and trainers will choose their own post positions after a selection sequence.