03/20/2014 11:47AM

Queen's Plate: We Miss Artie is early 4-1 favorite

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We Miss Artie, ridden by John Velazquez, wins the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity by 2 3/4 lengths at Keeneland in October.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Grade 1 winner We Miss Artie has been installed as the early 4-1 favorite for the 155th running of the Queen’s Plate, the opening leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, on Woodbine’s Polytrack on July 6.

The 87th edition of the Queen’s Plate winter book, compiled by Ron Gierkink and Alex Campbell of Daily Racing Form and Woodbine’s Keith McCalmont, offers early hypothetical odds on all 125 3-year-olds nominated to the Canadian Triple Crown. The nominees include 88 colts, 23 geldings, 14 fillies, and one ridgling.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie headlines the list of nominees on the strength of his Grade 1 victory on Polytrack in the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland last October and a runner-up finish on turf in the Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 19. After a seventh-place finish in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on Feb. 22 at Gulfstream, We Miss Artie is scheduled to return Saturday in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Ivan Dalos’s undefeated filly Aragorn Ami was named the co-second choice at 6-1 after her victory in the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 1. Dalos and trainer Josie Carroll also have another horse in the top 10 with Ami’s Holiday (10-1), who captured the Grade 3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine on Oct. 6.

Asserting Bear, who will face We Miss Artie in the Spiral Stakes, also was listed at 6-1. Trained by Reade Baker and owned by Danny Dion’s Bear Stable, Asserting Bear captured last season’s Coronation Futurity at Woodbine and most recently was fifth in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 1.

John Oxley’s Matador and Cabernet Racing Stables’ Coltimus Prime complete the top five choices at 8-1 each. Both horses competed in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 8, with Matador finishing fifth and Coltimus Prime eighth.

Trained by Mark Casse, Matador won the Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine on Oct. 20 and made his 3-year-old debut with a fourth-place finish in the Sam F. Davis Stakes.

Coltimus Prime won his maiden by eight lengths at Woodbine on Nov. 17 for trainer Justin Nixon and followed with a second-place finish in the Display Stakes on Dec. 8.

Rounding out the top 10 is two-time stakes-winning filly Paladin Bay (10-1), Kingarvie Stakes winner Spadina Road (12-1), Speightsong (12-1), a half-brother to 2013 Queen’s Plate runner-up Up With the Birds, and Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart (15-1).

After the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, the Canadian Triple Crown continues with the Prince of Wales Stakes on dirt at Fort Erie and the Breeders’ Stakes on Woodbine’s turf course.

Supplementary Queen’s Plate nominations at a cost of $5,000 can be made by May 1, when the next payment of $1,500 also is due for current nominees. Entry-day supplements also will be accepted for $25,000, which includes the $10,000 entry fee.

The list of nominees with odds is available at www.QueensPlate.com.