06/19/2002 11:00PM

Shaws Creek gets post 14 for Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Shaws Creek, who should be a tepid favorite in Sunday's , wound up with the outside post when a field of 14 was entered Thursday at Woodbine.

The Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will be worth $1 million.

Pat Quinn, general manager and coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was the special guest for the draw, a two-part process in which one draw was held to determine the order of selection and the connections then chose their post positions.

The interests of Shaws Creek and Anglian Prince, who is Daily Racing Form's fourth choice at 5-1, drew the last two selections and ended up with the two outside posts.

John Ross, who sent out Shaws Creek to win the seven-furlong Queenston and 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial under jockey Jake Barton here this spring, was philosophical about the luck of the draw. "I've said all along that Jake has a clock in his head, and he can choose the best time to make the move regardless of where we break from," said Ross.

Mort Hardy, who trains Anglian Prince, also took the post in stride.

"I have as much speed as I want to use," said Hardy. "If we have to use him a bit to get a good position into the turn, it's not the end of the world."

Anglian Prince won the 1 1/16-mile Marine and finished third in the Trial

With the long run to the first turn, the relative starting positions of the contestants could be more important than the actual posts. That thinking was typified by the connections of Adjalah, who had the first choice and selected post 7. "We just wanted to be in the middle of the field, so we can have several options about what we do," said trainer David Bell.

The only mildly surprising element of the draw came when trainer Mark Frostad chose post 10 for Ford Every Stream, despite the availability of the 8 and 9 slots.

"We wanted to be outside a lot of the speed," said Frostad, "to be in a position where we can take a look at what's going on, and measure it. We'd rather be out there than making the pace."

Dancethruthedawn won the 2001 Plate with a perfect stalking trip from post 10.

Classic Mike, the Plate Trial runner-up, will start from post 5 and his trainer, Reade Baker, made a bold prediction. "If he gets a clean trip, he'll win it," said Baker.