06/12/2013 2:25PM

Woodbine: Power Phil faces older horses Friday in Queen's Plate prep


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The aptly named Power Phil will prep for the $1 million Queen’s Plate against older, Ontario-sired allowance opposition Friday at Woodbine. The 1 1/8-mile race is the first of nine races on the card.

Power Phil graduated in his second career start in October and then wound up third in another seven-furlong sprint, the Frost King Stakes. He capped his juvenile campaign with a nose loss to the talented Pyrite Mountain in another Ontario-sired stakes, the 1 1/16-mile Kingarvie.

Power Phil ran evenly over a speed-friendly track when third in his 2013 debut in the April 21 Woodstock Stakes. The winner of that six-furlong dash, Dan the Tin Man, subsequently won the Tom Ridge Stakes at Presque Isle Downs, and fifth-place finisher Black Hornet came back to win the Queenston Stakes.

Most recently, on May 25, Power Phil tracked a lively pace in a 1 1/16-mile allowance for Ontario-sired nonwinners-of-two lifetime. He made the lead near the top of the stretch and then kicked clear to win going away in 1:44.33, earning a career-high 77 Beyer Speed Figure.

Regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva has higher-profile options for the July 7 Queen’s Plate, so Tyler Pizarro takes over on the Bob Tiller-trained Power Phil on Friday. Pizarro and Tiller teamed up to win a recent allowance with Jade Dragon.

The field of seven also includes Th Original Scotty, who has been second twice at this level, including a May 24 engagement that was won convincingly by Good Better Best. He was beaten by double-digit lengths in each of his two previous outings in stakes.

Sir Travis is stretching out off a wide fourth in his first run of the season. He was third in back-to-back races at this class level in the fall, including one over 1 1/8 miles.

Perspective seems better than the other Colebrook Farms entrant, Stage Fright, who finished 10 lengths behind Power Phil in fifth when he came off the bench May 25.

Perspective wasn’t far behind Th Original Scotty when a distant fourth following an 11-month absence May 24. His trainer, Ashlee Brnjas, has excellent numbers with horses making their second start following a long layoff.