06/17/2007 11:00PM

Three have final Queen's Plate drills


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Candidates for Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate here at Woodbine had their final preps on three different fronts Monday morning.

Mike Fox, based here with trainer Ian Black, and Cobrador, at Arlington Park with Richie Scherer, both breezed five furlongs, while Twilight Meteor, at Belmont Park with Todd Pletcher, breezed four furlongs.

Mike Fox went in 59.80 seconds under regular rider Emma-Jayne Wilson.

"He went very well," said Black. "He galloped out very strong."

Woodbine clocker Ernie Perri caught Mike Fox galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.40.

Mike Fox is heading into the Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, off a second-level allowance win over older rivals here May 23.

Cobrador went in 1:00.20 and galloped out in "1:13 and change," according to Scherer.

"I worked him with a couple of other horses and let him sit behind them and go by them down the lane, just to build a little confidence," said Scherer. "He worked well."

Jockey Shane Laviolette was aboard Cobrador for the third consecutive workout. "He said that's the best he's felt," said Scherer. "So that's good to hear, too."

Cobrador shipped here for the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial on June 3 and finished fourth under Emile Ramsammy, then returned to Arlington. He is scheduled to be back here Wednesday morning.

Twilight Meteor was timed in 48.93 and also is scheduled to arrive at Woodbine on Wednesday.

The Queen's Plate will be the first start for Twilight Meteor since May 23, when he finished third in the Straight Deal at one mile on turf at Belmont.

Jiggs Coz, Marchfield, and Alezzandro, the first three finishers in the Plate Trial, also will be back in action in the Queen's Plate.

Leonnatus Anteas was Canada's champion 2-year-old but is heading into the Queen's Plate off just one 2007 outing, a second-place finish against older horses in a third-level allowance here June 3.

Daaher, currently at Saratoga and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, is due to check in on Wednesday. He will have to be supplemented to the Queen's Plate at a cost of $25,000. This is the first year that entry-day supplements are being allowed for the Queen's Plate.

The entry box for the Queen's Plate closes at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, and each horse entered must be on the grounds at that time as a condition of Woodbine's stakes race surveillance program.

Blood samples will be taken late Thursday morning, and horses will be subject to random spot checks by security.

Full surveillance will be implemented on race day beginning at 6 a.m.