07/02/2013 2:01PM

Woodbine: Queen's Plate prospective field holds steady at 11


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – It was quiet on the Queen’s Plate front here Tuesday, with the 11 confirmed entrants all having completed their major work for Sunday’s $1 million showpiece.

The post position draw for the Queen’s Plate, the 1 1/4-mile race that is the first leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will take place at the annual Queen’s Plate breakfast here Thursday.

Woodbine still employs the two-tiered process for the Queen’s Plate, with the connections first drawing for their order of selection and then choosing their post positions following a brief period of consultation.

Roger Attfield, who has won a record-tying eight Queen’s Plates but will be a spectator for this year’s running, will assist in the draw, with Steve Lym, Woodbine’s racing secretary and director of racing, presiding.

Woodbine announcer Dan Loiselle will host the festivities.

Four stakes on Plate undercard

The Queen’s Plate will be one of five stakes here Sunday, with the Grade 2 Highlander, Grade 2 Dance Smartly, and Grade 3 Singspiel all going on the turf course and the listed Clarendon on the main track.

The field for the $200,000, six-furlong Highlander remained in flux as of Tuesday morning, with a field of at least 10 3-year-olds and up expected.

Something Extra, coming off an impressive front-running win for trainer Gail Cox in the Grade 2 Connaught Cup over seven furlongs of turf here May 26, is the top local hopeful.

Invaders eyeing the Highlander include Next Question, winner of last year’s Nearctic here over the same distance and surface for conditioner Michael Trombetta; Rothko, a stakes winner who would be making his turf debut for Steve Asmussen; and Super Chunky, who has placed in several turf stakes for trainer Ken Cox.

The Grade 2 Dance Smartly, a 1 1/8-mile race, should feature a rematch between Solid Appeal and Irish Mission in a field of as many as 12 fillies and mares.

Solid Appeal, conditioned by Reade Baker, upset the Mark Frostad-trained reigning female turf champion Irish Mission here in the Grade 2 Nassau over one mile of grass May 25.

Moment of Majesty and Hard Not to Like, stakes winners when based at Woodbine but now in new barns south of the border, are scheduled to return for the Dance Smartly.

Forte dei Marmi, trained by Attfield, heads a prospective field of eight for the Singspiel, a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.

Go Greeley, an impressive first-out winner for owner and trainer John Ross, looms an odds-on choice in the Clarendon, a 5 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-bred 2-year-olds.

◗ A Woodbine Entertaiment Group delegation was on hand for the opening of the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning, and Sandy Hawley got to ring the bell heralding the start of the day’s trading. Hawley won four Queen’s Plates during his riding career and is tied in that category with Robin Platts and the late Avelino Gomez.

ron breton More than 1 year ago
chantal was riding at woodbine about amonth age..this year.....maybe she is waiting for santa anita to start
ron breton More than 1 year ago
where did chantal go ,,did they run her out of town,,she was there for a few races ,than poff she has no mounts,,,,,maybe she's waiting til santa anita......does anyone know ? ? ?
Don Thomson More than 1 year ago
Last October at Woodbine she announced that she was retiring
Don Thomson More than 1 year ago
I went to the Breeders Cup at Churchill in 1991. It was so cold we had to pour Bourbon into ourselves all day to keep warm. Thanks to Miss Alleged at 42- 1 for making it a worthwhile trip. Conversely when it was held at my hometrack Woodbine 5 years later the weather was 60 degrees and sunny. That being said, they wont go there again because of the synthetic track, better to have horses break down on conventional dirt. Even though almost half of the races now are on the grass and Woodbine has without a doubt the best turf course in North America, if not the world
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Breeders Cup on Synthetic? NEVER again, thank God!! A total farse to racing, running on FAKE dirt. On another note, Monmouth Park has a handicapping tournament Sunday, which re4volves around Monmouth and Woodbine. I will have to do a quick 3-day class on handicapping crap racing on a crap surface to win the thing.
Don Thomson More than 1 year ago
If synthetic is a farce explain this. Track record for 6 furlongs at Woodbine is virtually the same on polytrack as it was on dirt, I think even lower. 1 1/4 miles on dirt was 2':01, on polytrack 201 4/5, Doesnt sound so farcical to me and I dont remember the last time a horse broke down at Woodbine due to track condition
Don Thomson More than 1 year ago
Also if the racing is so crappy why are high profile trainers from the states constantly shipping horses into Woodbine to race? Notice I said race, not win
John More than 1 year ago
what was that at churchill for the derby? call that joke horseracing, more like an episode of swamp people. go woodbine! real racing on a classic grass track.
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
Steve , yo mama is calling u.
Ed More than 1 year ago
loui quartaz was zito
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Good day of racing at Woodbine. I had one of my best Breeders Cups ever when it was last held there. Alphabet Soup beat Cigar and I think a D Wayne Lukas horse. Maybe Louis Quatorze.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are correct. I had that exacta. Yes, bring the Breeders Cup back to Woodbine. I was there in 2010- Its a nice facility.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Beautiful track. They put on a good show. I don't know why it hasn't been back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having poly track will not help the cause.
Freddy Kreuger More than 1 year ago
and it was a little chilly. i was there. it may work in october but the breeders is always november and at the at point you are playing with fire when it comes to weather. i think everyone wants a nice sunny day.