03/09/2006 12:00AM

Unification tops those eligible for Queen's Plate


Unification, winner of Woodbine's Grade 3 Grey Stakes at 1 1/16 miles last October, has been made the 4-1 winter book favorite for this year's 147th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate.

The Queen's Plate winter book, a hypothetical annual exercise conducted by Woodbine oddsmaker Jennifer Morrison, lists odds for the 191 horses eligible as of Feb. 1.

The Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds which is the first leg of Canada's Triple Crown, will be run June 25.

Unification, based in New York last year with trainer Eoin Harty, is wintering in Dubai and finished a distant third in a 1 1/8-mile allowance race at Nad Al Sheba on March 2.

Wanna Runner, the second choice in the Queen's Plate winter book at 6-1, is based in California with trainer Bob Baffert. Wanna Runner finished third behind leading Kentucky Derby candidate Brother Derek in Santa Anita's Grade 2 San Rafael at one mile on Jan. 14.

Edenwold, Canada's champion 2-year-old, is the third choice at 8-1. Winner of three straight sprint stakes at Woodbine last summer, Edenwold is wintering at Santa Anita with trainer Josie Carroll but has not seen action.

Bad Hat (10-1) and Pyramid Park (12-1) round out the top five.