06/15/2010 11:00PM

Take the over on Plate field

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Protocol had delayed the Woodbine Entertainment Group from announcing Queen Elizabeth II's intention to attend the July 4 Queen's Plate. But now that it has been announced, it could have an impact on the size of the field for the Queen's Plate's 151st running.

The last time Queen Elizabeth II was here for the Queen's Plate was 1997, when Awesome Again prevailed over 13 rivals. That was the queen's first visit here since 1973, when Royal Chocolate was best in a 17-horse field.

The queen was also on hand in 1959, the Queen's Plate's centennial running, when New Providence led a parade of 20 horses to the wire.

The Queen's Plate begins from a chute, and the prevailing conditions these days allow for a maximum of 18 starters. One observer has set the over/under for the field size at 14 1/2, with mythical action already coming in on both sides.

The latest name to emerge as a Queen's Plate candidate is Who We Gunna Call, who is owned by Castle Peak Farm and Construction and is trained by Tino Attard.

Who We Gunna Call finished third, beaten 8 1/2 lengths, in his local debut here last Sunday in a first-level allowance race. So Elite, the 7 3/4-length winner as the odds-on choice, is a Kentucky-bred, as is runner-up Kara's Orientation.

"I thought he ran huge," Attard said of Who We Gunna Call. "It was his first race in nine weeks."

Who We Gunna Call, a Ghostzapper colt, was purchased for $72,000 at the Adena Springs 2-year-olds in training sale. He began his career with trainer William Phipps in Florida.

After closing to finish fourth in his debut at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 9, Who We Gunna Call returned at a mile and 40 yards Feb. 18 and stalked the pace before winning by three-quarters of a length.

In his next start April 10 at Gulfstream, Who We Gunna Call finished sixth in a first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Who We Gunna Call arrived at Woodbine in early May.

"He was very sick when I got him," said Attard, who trained Who We Gunna Call's dam, Touch Dial, throughout a career highlighted by a victory in the 2009 Woodbine Oaks. "We'll give him a couple of more works and hope to take a shot at the Queen's Plate."

Four U.S. runners in Victoria

Saturday's $150,000 Victoria is the first 2-year-old stakes of the meeting, and the field of six includes four shippers based south of the border.

Madman Diaries, trained by Wesley Ward, set a track record of 51.13 seconds for 4 1/2 furlongs when she won her maiden by 9 3/4 lengths in her second career start.

Affluence, conditioned by Ron Potts, is unbeaten in two starts at Delaware Park, both at 4 1/2 furlongs, including a 6 1/4-length romp in the Par Four Stakes. Affluence has been supplemented to the Victoria at a cost of $3,000.

Firepole, trained by George Weaver, will be coming in from Saratoga after finishing third, beaten a neck for second money, in her second start in the Par Four.

Code Dancer, trained by Wayne Rice, won first time out when entered for a $50,000 claiming price in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Presque Isle Downs on May 15.

Field of 10 in longer Zadracarta

Saturday's card also includes the $100,000 Zadracarta, a seven-furlong overnight turf stakes that has attracted a field of 10.

The Zadracarta had been run at six furlongs before this year.

"We thought we'd get more horses at seven furlongs," said Steve Lym, Woodbine's racing secretary and a director of racing.

Glitter Rox, Mullins Beach, Anne's Purse, and Hello Maggie May are among the contenders in a competitive lineup.

Attfield moves works to Polytrack

Trainer Roger Attfield had several workouts planned for the training track turf course Wednesday morning, but the session was canceled because of rain.

Fortunately, Attfield barely missed a beat and transferred the drills to the main track.

Ave and Lady Shakespeare breezed four furlongs in company, with Ave going in 48.20 under jockey Patrick Husbands and Lady Shakespeare going in 48.40 under exercise rider Suzanne Lorimer.

Society's Chairman, Spice Route, and Mekong Melody breezed five furlongs together in 1:00.20.

"Thank God for Polytrack," Attfield said.

Ave and Lady Shakespeare are scheduled to run at Belmont in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 New York Handicap, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Society's Chairman, who had regular rider Jono Jones aboard for his breeze, is pointing for the Grade 2, $200,000 King Edward, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up here June 27.

Spice Route, who worked under jockey Jim McAleney, is aiming for the Grade 3, $100,000 Singspiel over 1 1/2 miles on turf on Queen's Plate Day.

Mekong Melody, with Chantal Sutherland in the saddle for her breeze, has an eye toward the Grade 2, $300,000 Dance Smartly over 1 1/8 miles on turf here July 18.

Attfield's workers also included Not Bourbon, who was a late scratch from the New Providence Stakes here last Wednesday evening.

With Jones doing the honors, Not Bourbon breezed four furlongs in a bullet :47.40.

Not Bourbon had been entered here in last Wednesday evening's New Providence Stakes but was a late scratch.

"He was coughing," Attfield said. "We took a 'blood' on him, and he was fighting off an infection.

"But he worked nicely this morning, and scoped okay afterward. Everything seems to be back to normal."

Bay to Bay eyes Monmouth stakes

Bay to Bay, a 3-year-old filly trained by Brian Lynch, had been nominated to Sunday's featured Hill 'n' Dale Stakes but will be going back on the road for her next start.

"We're looking at the Boiling Springs for her at Monmouth," Lynch said.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Boiling Springs, to be run a week from Saturday, is a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

Bay to Bay, a Florida-bred, was an impressive winner when shipping from Woodbine to Arlington for the American 1000 Guineas on May 22.

The American Guineas was run over one mile of "good" turf.