03/10/2005 12:00AM

'Ravens' rated at 3-1 for Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dance With Ravens, winner of the Grade 2 Grey Stakes at Woodbine in his only start on the main track last year, has been made the 3-1 winter-book favorite for the 146th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate on June 26.

Woodbine oddsmaker Jennifer Morrison compiled the winter book, a hypothetical annual exercise that lists odds for all of the 173 horses currently nominated for the Queen's Plate, the 1 1/4-mile race that is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Dance With Ravens, a homebred son of A.P. Indy and Dance Smartly who races for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad, won his maiden in the 1 1/16-mile Grey in his third and most recent start.

Dance With Ravens also finished second in Woodbine's Grade 2 Summer Stakes at one mile on the turf in his second start. He is in training at the Sam-Son Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Wild Desert, fifth in last Saturday's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, is the second choice in the winter book at 4-1.

Owned by Daniel Borislow and Carl Gessler Jr. and trained by Ken McPeek, Wild Desert was one of five horses supplemented to the Plate at a cost of $7,500 at the Feb. 1 nominations stage.

Dave the Knave and Enough Is Enough, who ran second and first, respectively, in the 1 1/16-mile Kingarvie here Dec. 12, are the third and fourth choices.

Owned by trainer Bob Tiller in partnership with Frank DiGiulio, Dave the Knave made his his third start and suffered his first defeat in the Kingarvie, which is restricted to Ontario-breds.

Dave the Knave had won the Sunny's Halo, a 6 1/2-furlong race for Canadian-breds, in his second start.

Enough Is Enough, owned by trainer Steve Attard in partnership with John Milloy and Sheldon Pettle, won the Kingarvie and the seven-furlong Frost King, another Ontario-sired stakes.

Both Dave the Knave and Enough Is Enough are wintering in Ontario.

Ablo won the Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-breds at Woodbine last November, and is the fifth choice in the Queen's Plate winter book, at 10-1. Owned by Bill Werner and Mickey and Phyllis Canino, Ablo is in training with Roger Attfield at Payson Park.

For current nominees to remain eligible to the Queen's Plate, a payment of $1,000 must be made by May 15, which also is the deadline for supplementary nominations at a cost of $15,000.