Updated on 09/15/2011 12:29PM

A Queen's Plate for the history books


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Another day, another major stakes win, another slice of Canadian racing history.

In other words, it was business as usual here Monday morning at the Sam-Son Farm shed row after Dancethruthedawn had given Canada's most powerful racing stable its fourth Queen's Plate win here at Woodbine Sunday afternoon.

A win by Strut the Stage in the Charlie Barley Handicap earlier on the Plate program already had kept alive a streak for Sam-Son and trainer Mark Frostad, who now have won a stakes here on five straight weekends.

Historically, Dancethruthedawn's score was even more significant.

The filly, winner of the Woodbine Oaks here June 9, was following in the footsteps of her dam, Dance Smartly, who had captured both the Canadian Oaks and the Queen's Plate during her award-winning campaign of 1991. Flaming Page (1962) and La Lorgnette (1985) are the only others to have hit that mother-daughter double.

By Mr. Prospector, Dancethruthedawn is a full sister to last year's Plate winner, Scatter the Gold. It was just the third time in history that full siblings have won Queen's Plates, the others coming in 1877 and 1879 and in 1894 and 1896.

Dancethruthedawn will proceed to the July 22 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie and attempt to keep pace with Dance Smartly, who was the first filly to win the Canadian Triple Crown. The Breeders' Stakes, the third leg in the series, is run back at Woodbine Aug. 11.

A 2-year-old full brother to Dancethruthedawn and Scatter the Gold, Dance to Destiny, is at Woodbine but is not likely to appear in the entries any time soon. "He's a big moose of a colt," said Frostad. "We're not pushing him to run. He'll probably come along a little later."

Close but no cigar

Win City couldn't quite get the job done as the odds-on choice in the Queen's Plate. And while his connections couldn't quite hide their disappointment, their outlook was generally philosophical Monday morning.

"He came second; it was a nice payday," said Bob Tiller, who trains Win City for Frank DiGiulio Jr. and the Estate of Frank DiGiulio, here Monday morning. "It's a long ways from winning, though.

"The bottom line is, we got beat a half-length by the filly. I'd said all week that the filly was the horse to beat, and she was."

Tiller cited three factors as reasons for Win City's defeat.

"Number one was the weight, five pounds, that's enough to get you beat a half-length at a mile and a quarter," he said, referring to the sex allowance for Dancethruthedawn. "Number two, the track was extremely fast; they were watering it between every race. I don't think that suits our horse's style of running. Number three, the filly had the dream trip."

Constant Montpellier, who had ridden Win City to three consecutive stakes victories on the Plate trail, was the target of some second-guessers, who argued that he should have ridden the horse more aggressively.

"He ran the same way he's run every race," said Montpellier. "He was nice and relaxed on the backstretch, and we made our move like usual. But we just couldn't run her down; she always had the jump on us. It's heartbreaking, but we got beat by a nice filly."

Win City will go on to Prince of Wales, the $350,000 second leg of Canada's Triple Crown.

Brushing Bully, third after forcing and setting the Plate pace as the fourth choice at 11-1, also is bound for the Prince of Wales.

"He's going to improve from that," said Tino Attard, who trains Brushing Bully for Stronach Stables Inc. "I think he needed it. He was sick for a while, and we didn't want to rush him."

Asia, who entered the Plate without a top-three placing in just three career starts, turned quite a few heads with her fourth-place finish at 80-1.

Trained by Jim Cheadle, Asia was running for the first time in seven weeks and had not raced beyond 1 1/16 miles.

"She was sick; we couldn't even train her for three weeks," said Cheadle, who saddled the filly Gandria when she finished second in the 1999 Plate and won the Prince of Wales.

Cheadle said he could explore options other than the Wales with Asia.

"She's not a Gandria; she's nowhere near as tough a filly," he said. "I might want to run on the grass, and point her at the Breeders'.

Justice for Boulanger

Gary Boulanger, who scored the biggest win of his career in the Plate, was the recipient of high praise from Frostad and many others for his ride aboard Dancethruthedawn.

The victory was a bit of poetic justice for the 33-year-old Boulanger, who had moved his tack here from Florida just before last year's running.

Boulanger had been scheduled to ride Pete's Sake in last year's Plate Trial. But personal business delayed his arrival at Woodbine and Pete's Sake proceeded to romp in the Trial under Patrick Husbands, who was then given the return engagement for the Plate.

Boulanger then picked up the maiden Scatter the Gold, who was headed to the Plate as part of an entry with the more accomplished Strike Smartly. But when Strike Smartly's star began to fade, jockey Todd Kabel opted to switch to Scatter the Gold for the big race. Scatter the Gold won, and Boulanger ran 10th aboard Strike Smartly in his Plate debut.

Boulanger since has become one of the go-to riders for Frostad and the Sam-Son outfit. And this year he found himself aboard Dancethruthedawn while Kabel had the call on her entrymate, fifth-place Plate finisher Lucky Scarab.

On Sunday, Boulanger will be at Fort Erie to ride Penny Perfect, who is trained by Frostad and is owned by Bob Anderson and Rod Ferguson, in the $250,000 Bison City for 3-year-old Canadian-bred fillies. The 1 1/16-mile Bison City is the second leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara.