2023 King's Plate

Sunday, Aug 20, 2023 Woodbine

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King's Plate Field

Comments by Ron Gierkink and Sheri Riddoch
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Post Horse/ Best Beyer Trainer/ Jockey ML Odds
1 Stanley House 85 Mike DePaulo Javier Castellano 4-1
Trainer: Mike DePaulo Jockey: Javier Castellano
Last Race: Plate Trial 7/23, 6th by 7 1/4, 69 Owner: John and Diana Russell Sire: Army Mule
Ron Gierkink: Was too far back in the Plate Trial and is getting a rider switch to Javier Castellano, who broke his maiden at Gulfstream.
Sheri Riddoch: Found himself in unfamiliar territory way off the pace; deserves a pass with his eventful journey.
2 Elysian Field 83 Mark Casse Sahin Civaci 8-1
Trainer: Mark Casse Jockey: Sahin Civaci
Last Race: Woodine Oaks 7/23, 1st by 2 1/4, 83 Owner: Team Valor, Gary Barber Sire: Hard Spun
Ron Gierkink: Authoritative Woodbine Oaks winner was supplemented to the Plate for $25,000 by Team Valor and Gary Barber.
Sheri Riddoch: Stamped herself a contender after being steadied on the far turn before drawing off to a decisive win.
3 Philip My Dear 71 Kevin Attard Daisuke Fukumoto 30-1
Trainer: Kevin Attard Jockey: Daisuke Fukumoto
Last Race: Plate Trial 7/23, 5th by 6 1/2, 70 Owner: Raroma Stable, LLC Sire: Silent Name
Ron Gierkink: Reigning Canadian champion 2-year-old might not get his groove back until he gets back on the grass.
Sheri Riddoch: Hasn't shown the same closing kick over the Tapeta surface this year that he displayed on the lawn last season.
4 Twin City 81 Stuart Simon Gary Boulanger 30-1
Trainer: Stuart Simon Jockey: Gary Boulanger
Last Race: Plate Trial 7/23, 3rd by 5, 73 Owner: McLellan, Brent, McLellan, Russell, McLellan, Roy E. and Simon, Stuart C. Sire: Klimt
Ron Gierkink: Entrapped when he was a well-beaten seventh in the G3 Marine, and added a tongue tie when third in the Plate Trial.
Sheri Riddoch: Raced greenly down the stretch weaving through traffic, closing gamely just missing second in the Trial.
5 Morstachy's 69 Kevin Attard Leo Salles 50-1
Trainer: Kevin Attard Jockey: Leo Salles
Last Race: WO Optional Claiming 7/23, 5th by 2 3/4, 69 Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling Sire: Mor Spirit
Ron Gierkink: Didn't have the smoothest of trips last out when fifth in a non-winners of two Ontario-sired allowance/$40,000 sprint.
Sheri Riddoch: Jumping into deeper waters off the claim as he makes his stakes debut in the Plate, stretching out for the third time in his career.
6 Kalik 90 Keeneland Logo Chad Brown Kazushi Kimura 3-1
Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Kazushi Kimura
Last Race: G1 Belmont Derby 7/8, 8th by 6 1/2, 82 Owner: Robert LaPenta, e Five Racing Sire: Collected
Ron Gierkink: Never fired after acting up in the gate in the G1 Belmont Derby; Brown said the G2 winner will train up to the Plate.
Sheri Riddoch: Proven on the turf, but has never raced on synthetics; expect him to go back on Lasix if he makes his way north of the border.
7 Velocitor 81 Kevin Attard Justin Stein 30-1
Trainer: Kevin Attard Jockey: Justin Stein
Last Race: Plate Trial 7/23, 4th by 5 1/2, 72 Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling Sire: Mor Spirit
Ron Gierkink: Will try to become the first winner of the Coronation Futurity and the following year's Plate since Norcliffe in 1976.
Sheri Riddoch: Nice rebound effort in the Plate Trial with the addition of Lasix along with a ground-saving trip.
8 Wickenheiser 79 Keeneland Logo Kevin Attard Rafael Hernandez 12-1
Trainer: Kevin Attard Jockey: Rafael Hernandez
Last Race: Woodbine Oaks 7/23, 2nd by 2 1/4, 79 Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling, Clay Scherer Sire: Lemon Drop Kid
Ron Gierkink: Oaks runner-up drew post 8, much to the delight of trainer Kevin Attard, who won last year's Plate from that post with Moira.
Sheri Riddoch: Gritty effort finishing second in the Oaks after weaving through traffic in the stretch; more potential upside.
9 Silent Miracle 82 John Mattine Ryan Munger 30-1
Trainer: John Mattine Jockey: Ryan Munger
Last Race: WO Optional Claiming 7/23, 1st by 2 3/4, 82 Owner: RCC Racing Stable Ltd. Sire: Silent Name
Ron Gierkink: Two-time Ontario-sired allowance winner is jumping up in class, but his winning Beyers in the low 80s aren't bad.
Sheri Riddoch: Front running victory on the lead last out with the addition of blinkers; arrives here with some confidence.
10 Midnight Malibu 86 Sid Attard Adam Beschizza 30-1
Trainer: Sid Attard Jockey: Adam Beschizza
Last Race: Allowance 7/23, 1st by a neck, 76 Owner: Tucci Holdings Sire: Midnight Lute
Ron Gierkink: Was steadied after the break and then made an early wide move to the lead on the far turn to win a recent allowance.
Sheri Riddoch: Perfectly timed ride by Walcott getting his nose down on the line just ahead of the closers; received a career-best Beyer.
11 Touch'n Ride 91 Layne Gilliforte 12-1
Trainer: Layne Gilliforte
Last Race: MSW 7/30, 1st by 5 1/4, 91 Owner: Chiefswood Stables Sire: Candy Ride
Ron Gierkink: RG: Late-bloomer wasn't nominated to the Plate, but his connections will consider supplementing after a Sunday work.
Sheri Riddoch: Deserves to be in the Plate conversation after a powerful victory earning a 91 Beyer, amongst the highest of the nominees.
12 Cool Kiss 77 Keeneland Logo Mike De Paulo Emma-Jayne Wilson 30-1
Trainer: Mike De Paulo Jockey: Emma-Jayne Wilson
Last Race: Plate Trial 7/23, 2nd by 5, 73 Owner: Newtop Stables, J. and D. Russell Sire: Kantharos
Ron Gierkink: Raced wide throughout and rallied on his left lead to finish a distant second behind Paramount Prince in the Plate Trial.
Sheri Riddoch: Relished the extra distance even with a wide journey, outran his long odds and won the place battle.
13 Paramount Prince 81 Keeneland Logo Mark Casse Patrick Husbands 10-1
Trainer: Mark Casse Jockey: Patrick Husbands
Last Race: Plate Trial 7/23, 1st by 5, 81 Owner: Michael Langois, Gary Barber Sire: Society's Chairman
Ron Gierkink: Passed his first two-turn test with flying colors in the Plate Trial; Casse holds a strong Plate hand.
Sheri Riddoch: Received a confident, front-running ride from Patrick Husbands in a flashy performance.
14 Twowaycrossing 79 Roger Attfield Antonio Gallardo 30-1
Trainer: Roger Attfield Jockey: Antonio Gallardo
Last Race: Allowance 7/30, 1st by a neck, 79 Owner: Roger Attfield Sire: Klimt
Ron Gierkink: Blossoming Roger Attfield homebred will try to give the Hall of Famer a record ninth Plate victory as a trainer.
Sheri Riddoch: Woke up on the surface switch after struggling over the turf; could be figuring it out at the right time.
15 Kaukokaipuu 84 Tedston Holder Rico Walcott 6-1
Trainer: Tedston Holder Jockey: Rico Walcott
Last Race: G3 Marine 7/1, 2nd by 1/2, 84 Owner: Culpepper Island Syndicate Sire: by Mr Speaker
Ron Gierkink: Marine Stakes runner-up bypassed the Trial and has trained up to the Plate on an irregular work schedule.
Sheri Riddoch: A solid second against a deserving favorite in the G3 Marine in his first start around two turns; will be fresh for the Plate.
16 El Cohete 79 Mike De Paulo Eswan Flores 50-1
Trainer: Mike De Paulo Jockey: Eswan Flores
Last Race: Allowance 7/30, 3rd by 1 1/2, 76 Owner: Annecchini and D'Alimonte Holdings Sire: Society's Chairman
Ron Gierkink: Speedy longshot could be construed as a rabbit for his closing stablemates Stanley House and Cool Kiss.
Sheri Riddoch: Bona fide front-runner will ensure an honest pace from that outside post, and could cause chaos for others.
17 Moon Landing 84 Keeneland Logo Kevin Attard Luis Contreras 20-1
Trainer: Kevin Attard Jockey: Luis Contreras
Last Race: Allowance 7/23, 3rd by a neck, 76 Owner: Robert LaPenta, e Five Racing Sire: Nyquist
Ron Gierkink: Looked like a potential Plate contender heading into the winter before disappointing in stakes at Turfway and Woodbine.
Sheri Riddoch: Removing the blinkers last out contributed to a much-improved effort last out with a wide/closing trip.
AE Enjoythesilent 78 Keeneland Logo Kevin Attard 50-1
Trainer: Kevin Attard
Last Race: Allowance 7/30, 2nd by a neck, 78 Owner: Lanni Bloodstock, Daniel Plouffe Sire: Silent Name
AE Runaway Charlie 67 Michael Doyle 50-1
Trainer: Michael Doyle
Last Race: Allowance 7/9, 2nd by 3 1/3, 67 Owner: Stronach Stables Sire: Ghostzapper
Ron Gierkink: Moira's maiden full brother is coming off a distant second behind the future allowance winner Aha Moment.
Sheri Riddoch: Improving son of Ghostzapper is heading in the right direction; distance won't be an issue if he draws in.

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Past King's Plate Winners

Year Horse/Trainer Horse Trainer Beyer
Mark Casse
Paramount Prince Mark Casse
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