2024 King's Plate

Saturday, Aug 17, 2024 Woodbine

King's Plate Field

Comments by Ron Gierkink and Sheri Riddoch
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Essex Serpent Mark Casse 3-1
Trainer: Mark Casse
Last Race: G3 Marine 6/29, 1st by 1, 89 Owner: Manfred and Penny Conrad Sire: Honor Code
Ron Gierkink: Lightly raced son of Honor Code has improved with each subsequent start and is bred to stay the 1 1/4-mile Plate distance.
Sheri Riddoch: Impressed when taking the G3 Marine on a speed-favoring track after running second to My Boy Prince in the Queenston.
My Boy Prince Mark Casse 4-1
Trainer: Mark Casse
Last Race: Queenston Stakes 6/9, 1st by 4 1/2, 88 Owner: Gary Barber Sire: Cairo Prince
Ron Gierkink: Reigning Canadian champion 2yo is a brilliant sprinter-miler who will move out to 1 1/8 miles in the Plate Trial Stakes.
Sheri Riddoch: Talented son of Cairo Prince has been in solid form since returning home; does he have the stamina to stay 1 1/4 miles?
Midnight Mascot Keeneland Logo Mark Casse 5-1
Trainer: Mark Casse
Last Race: G3 Marine 6/29, 3rd by 2, 85 Owner: Manfred and Penny Conrad Sire: Army Mule
Ron Gierkink: Had a fast pace to close behind over a speed-conducive track when a much-improved third in the G3 Marine Stakes.
Sheri Riddoch: Mounted an eye-catching rally in the G3 Marine and looks like he will relish the added distance in the Plate.
No More Options Keeneland Logo Zeljko Krcmar 10-1
Trainer: Zeljko Krcmar
Last Race: Queenston Stakes 6/9, 3rd by 4 1/2, 78 Owner: Mary Self Sire: Frac Daddy
Ron Gierkink: Coronation Futurity third-place finisher is out of a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike and is bred to run on.
Sheri Riddoch: Was competitive in all his races while only missing the board once in eight starts, might find his moment at the right time.
Pierre Kevin Attard 12-1
Trainer: Kevin Attard
Last Race: Allowance 6/23, 2nd by 1 1/2, 79 Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling Sire: Tapiture
Ron Gierkink: Half-brother to Canadian classic-placed Harlan Estate has been lightly raced and appears to have lots of upside.
Sheri Riddoch: Game when graduating in his comeback sprinting and improved on the stretchout against older; looks to be figuring things out.
Piper's Factor Katerina Vassilieva 15-1
Trainer: Katerina Vassilieva
Last Race: G3 Marine 6/29, 5th by 6 3/4, 76 Owner: Chiefswood Stables Sire: The Factor
Ron Gierkink: When he's good, the Coronation Futurity runner-up is really good, but inconsistency has been his Achilles' heel.
Sheri Riddoch: Disappointed as the favorite in the G3 Marine while regressing off an impressive allowance score over older rivals.
War Painter Kevin Attard 20-1
Trainer: Kevin Attard
Last Race: Allowance 6/24, 1st by 1/2, 74 Owner: Canuck Racing Club Sire: Danish Dynaformer
Ron Gierkink: Woodbine Oaks contender worked head-and-head with Moira June 29 before another bullet five-furlong breeze July 6.
Sheri Riddoch: Should love the Plate distance; the only blemish on her resume is when she took on males in the Cup and Saucer on turf.
Jokestar Kevin Attard 20-1
Trainer: Kevin Attard
Last Race: Allowance 6/23, 3rd by 1 1/2, 79 Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling Sire: Practical Joke
Ron Gierkink: Ulwelling homebred earned good Beyer Speed Figures when competitive against older allowance opponents in June.
Sheri Riddoch: Always seems to be in the mix of things but hasn't taken that next step; encouraging finish against older company last out.
Cooler Man Nick Nosowenko 25-1
Trainer: Nick Nosowenko
Last Race: Allowance 6/28, 1st by 1 1/2, 72 Owner: Nick Nosowenko Sire: Amis Gizmo
Ron Gierkink: Stretch-running son of Plate runner-up Amis Gizmo beat Ontario-sired allowance opposition in his improved last race.
Sheri Riddoch: Moved forward on the switch to the turf with an eye-catching turn of foot; can he repeat that on Tapeta is the question.
Roscar Rachel Halden 30-1
Trainer: Rachel Halden
Last Race: Queenston Stakes 6/9, 6th by 9 1/2, 67 Owner: Chiefswood Stables Sire: Oscar Performance
Ron Gierkink: Ran well as a new gelding when third going long in his seasonal bow before a dull sixth on the turnback in the Queenston.
Sheri Riddoch: Could benefit from more ground as his best performance was when he first stretched out; has room for further improvement.

All King's Plate News

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Ron Gierkink Jul 11,2024
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse is probably going to win the 165th running of the $1 million King’s Plate, North America’s oldest annually run stakes, on Aug. 17 at Woodbine. The questio

King's Plate pedigree profile: My Boy Prince

Nicole Russo Jul 11,2024
My Boy Prince Cairo Prince – Hopping Not Hoping, by Silent Name Bred in Ontario by Murray Graham Smith ($87,835 U.S. funds CTHS Ontario division Canadian Premier Yearling sale purchase by Dr. Rob

Piper's Factor takes next step toward King's Plate in Marine Stakes

Ron Gierkink Jun 27,2024
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Piper’s Factor got back on the beam in his last breakout race and will take another step toward the Aug. 17 King’s Plate in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Marine for 3-year-

My Boy Prince continues path to King's Plate in Queenston

Ron Gierkink Jun 07,2024
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Sunday’s $125,000 Queenston Stakes at Woodbine is a King’s Plate prep with a terrific nine-horse field. Among those contesting the seven-furlong test for Canadian-bred 3-yea

Casse sends out two King's Plate prospects in five-horse King Corrie

Ron Gierkink May 17,2024
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse sends out the prime King’s Plate prospects My Boy Prince and Midnight Mascot in Sunday’s $100,000 King Corrie, a seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds at W

King's Plate switched to a Saturday in 2024

Ron Gierkink Nov 22,2023
ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Woodbine Entertainment has announced the 165th running of the $1 million King’s Plate will be switched from a Sunday to a Saturday in 2024 and will be run on Aug. 17. This year

Record handle for 2023 King's Plate card at Woodbine

Ron Gierkink Aug 21,2023
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Handle on Sunday’s 13-race card of $18,127,049 was a record for a King’s or Queen’s Plate card at Woodbine, surpassing the previous record of $18,005,973 set in 2019.

Paramount Prince takes early lead in King's Plate all the way home

Ron Gierkink Aug 20,2023
ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Paramount Prince went straight to the front under Patrick Husbands and never looked back to take Sunday’s $1 million King’s Plate over a determined Elysian Field, giving train

Past King's Plate Winners

Year Horse/Trainer Horse Trainer Beyer
Mark Casse
Paramount Prince Mark Casse 93
Kevin Attard
Moira Kevin Attard 97
Philip Serpe
Safe Conduct Philip Serpe 88
Josie Carroll
Mighty Heart Josie Carroll 99
Richard Baltas
One Bad Boy Richard Baltas 94
Mark Casse
Wonder Gadot Mark Casse 95
James Jerkens
Holy Helena James Jerkens 96
Michael Maker
Sir Dudley Digges Michael Maker 85
Brian Lynch
Shaman Ghost Brian Lynch 87
Mark Casse
Lexie Lou Mark Casse 91
Nicholas Gonzalez
Midnight Aria Nicholas Gonzalez 101