06/27/2011 12:10PM

Queen's Plate also-rans to take shot in Prince of Wales


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the 1 3/16-mile dirt race at Fort Erie that is the second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown, may or may not be on the agenda for Queen’s Plate winner Inglorious. But the connections of Hippolytus, Pender Harbour, and Bowman’s Causeway, the second- through fourth-place finishers in the Queen’s Plate, already have indicated a willingness to proceed to the Fort Erie showpiece.

Hippolytus, one of three horses in the Queen’s Plate trained by Mark Casse, finished 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner at odds of 61-1.

“We had a little different strategy today,” said Casse, who put blinkers on Hippolytus after watching him finish a distant fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial. “I thought we could sit a little just behind the leaders, and then get the jump on the closers.”

Tyler Pizarro executed the plan to perfection as Hippolytus hit the front at the top of the stretch and led to the final sixteenth before giving way to the winner.

Pender Harbour, sent off at 15-1 and returning two weeks after a fourth-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Victoria Park, ended another two lengths back but won the show photo by a nose over Bowman’s Causeway.

“All things considered, I thought he ran real good,” said trainer Mike DePaulo. “I was proud of him.”

Bowman’s Causeway had shipped in from Saratoga and finished second in the Plate Trial in his first start for new trainer Chad Brown.

“I think the distance was a factor,” said assistant Trainer Jason Desilets of the Plate’s 1 1/4-mile distance. “The extra eighth of a mile hurt him.”

Bowman’s Causeway was on his way back to Saratoga on Monday.

Check Your Soul finished seventh, beaten 6 1/4 lengths, as the 9-5 favorite in the Queen’s Plate off his impressive victory in the Plate Trial, and also will be considered for the Prince of Wales.

“He probably was a little bit closer to the pace than I wanted him to be,” said trainer Roger Attfield, who had been seeking a record ninth Queen’s Plate win. “But I still like my horse a lot. I think he’s got a future, he just didn’t show up on the right day.”

Casse’s other runners, Enduring Star and Strike Oil, finished ninth and 14th.

Enduring Star got sick and was making his first start in more than two months after winning his maiden at 1 1/8 miles.

“He flattened out a little bit,” said Casse. “He was a little tired after being sick and everything. We’ll probably try and find a race for him to get him ready for the Breeders’.”

The $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile turf race that is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, will be run here on Aug. 7.

Strike Oil, third in the Plate Trial, was beaten a total of 23 1/4 lengths in the Queen’s Plate.

“He washed out, and kept freezing going down to the start,” said Casse. “He’ll probably make his next start as a gelding.”

Head Honcho, beaten 7 1/4 lengths as the Queen’s Plate’s eighth-place finisher, also will be looking toward the Breeders’ Stakes.

“I was very happy; I thought he ran a very good race,” said trainer Catherine Day Phillips. “He relaxed nicely. I think he’s dying for the turf and dying for distance.”

Trainer Bob Tiller had no immediate plans for Oh Canada, who dueled for the lead with Curgone before faltering to finish 13th.

“He doesn’t look like he’s a mile and a quarter horse, but I didn’t want him to be on the lead,” said Tiller. “I still think he’s a pretty good horse. We’ll recover.”