05/05/2010 11:00PM

Queen's Plate prospects in maiden race


The $100,000 Wando Stakes, which attracted a field of just five, will be the nominal feature here Saturday.

But the most interesting race on the card will be run a half-hour earlier with a full field of 14 maiden 3-year-olds slated to travel 1 1/16 miles in the fifth race.

Several Queen's Plate nominees are in the lineup and much of the attention will be focused on Mobilizer and Captain Canuck, who are coming out of the same 1 1/16- mile maiden race at Keeneland.

Mobilizer finished third there at 41-1 when making his first lifetime start for trainer Roger Attfield.

Captain Canuck ended up eighth, beaten 3 3/4 lengths, as the 3-1 favorite for trainer Josie Carroll.

Mobilizer was entered back at Keeneland but was a race-day scratch.

"He must have kicked a wall in his stall," said Attfield. "He had a little warmth in his foot. He was fine the next day."

Mobilizer tuned up for his first local start with a six-furlong breeze in 1:11.20 here last Saturday.

"He's doing very, very well," said Attfield.

The bad news is that Mobilizer drew post 13 for Saturday's race.

"That's not good at all," said Attfield.

Captain Canuck finished a closing second when he made his career debut over one mile on turf at Gulfstream for the Centennial Niagara ownership group.

That effort, plus Captain Canuck's Canadian-bred status, attracted the attention of owner Earle Mack, who purchased an 80 percent interest in the gelding with an eye toward the Queen's Plate.

Mack has since bought out his partners and Captain Canuck will be making his local debut on Sunday.

"He's a very nice horse," said Carroll. "He just needs some experience and some seasoning."

Captain Canuck lugged inward through the stretch in his second start after enduring a wide trip over the Polytrack at Keeneland.

"It was a busy day there," said Carroll. "He cocked his head and looked at the crowd, and was running away from the roar. He'll run with ear plugs Sunday."

* Jockey Tyler Pizarro has been fined $200 after the stewards ruled that he had raised his hand above his shoulder when whipping Dino Dinaro during the stretch run of the seventh race last Saturday.