06/16/2013 10:11AM

Woodbine: Up With the Birds breezes for Queen's Plate

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Michael Burns
Up With the Birds, the winner of the Marine Stakes last month at Woodbine, breezed Sunday for the July 7 Queen's Plate.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Up With the Birds, the pro-tem favorite for the July 7 Queen’s Plate, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the main track here Sunday.

Regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva was aboard Up With the Birds, who worked in company with older stablemates Hotep and Aldous Snow.

“I was very, very pleased – it couldn’t have gone any better,” said Malcolm Pierce, who conditions the homebred Up With the Birds for Sam-Son Farm. “I broke him and Aldous Snow off about four lengths behind Hotep, and they all finished up nose-to-nose, so nobody got discouraged.”

Up With the Birds will head into the $1 million, 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate off a 4 3/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Marine Stakes here May 26.

His Race to Win, second in last Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial, also is headed for the Queen’s Plate.

“He came out of his last race very well,” Pierce said. “He wants to do something, but it’s too soon.”

Justin Time More than 1 year ago
In case anybody is interested in taking his money bags to bet on Fort Erie Monday, please note that the Ontario track has cancelled for the day. They have decided that Tuesday is a better option when one can enjoy the late start and after the races you can listen to out of sync bands and get drunk at the TIKI Bar. So far God has been kind amnd nobody has been in an accident while driving intoxicated. The provincial government must be very pleased to see his subsidies of tax payers money that should be gpoing to assist horse racing in Ontario is going instead towards music anjd alcohol. What a sad state Fort Erie Racing has become.