ETOBICOKE, Ontario &ndash; Pender Harbour, who thrust himself back into the Queen&rsquo;s Plate picture with a fourth-place finish here in the 1 1/8-mile Victoria Park Stakes on June 12, tuned up for Sunday&rsquo;s $1 million showpiece for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds here Tuesday morning. With jockey Luis Contreras in the irons, Pender Harbour worked five furlongs in 1:02 under the watchful eyes of trainer Mike DePaulo and owners Denny Andrews and Bob Giffin.\r\n&ldquo;That put a little wind into him,&rdquo; DePaulo said. &ldquo;It was excellent. I asked Luis for 1:01 and change, and he was almost right on.&rdquo;\r\nPender Harbour was 2 for 3 last year, including an impressive victory in the restricted 1 1/16-mile Kingarvie Stakes here Nov. 27. But after having to undergo surgery and remain in Ontario over the winter, Pender Harbour got a late start to his campaign and did not race until May 13, when he finished a troubled 10th in a restricted second-level allowance race at six furlongs.\r\nPender Harbour had not even been kept eligible for the Queen&rsquo;s Plate at the May 1 stage, but he began to come to hand quickly after his seasonal bow and was entered in the Victoria Park.\r\n&ldquo;That looked to be a pretty tough race,&rdquo; said DePaulo, who had watched Pender Harbour finish just two lengths back with Contreras aboard. &ldquo;He certainly finished strong, and he galloped out real good. His numbers are close enough to put him in the top five (for the Queen&rsquo;s Plate). He&rsquo;s a sturdy horse, big and strong. He should get the mile and a quarter.&rdquo;\r\nWith Contreras committed to probable third choice Inglorious for the Queen&rsquo;s Plate, Chantal Sutherland was recruited for Pender Harbour. Sutherland was the leading stakes-winning rider here last year but decided to stay in California rather than return to Ontario this spring.\r\nQueen&rsquo;s Plate candidates Pender Harbour, Maple Leaf Kitten, and Seawatch all currently are ineligible for the Queen&rsquo;s Plate and would have to be supplemented at a cost of $25,000 when entries are taken Thursday morning.\r\nOmar Moreno has picked up the mount on Maple Leaf Kitten, who is based in Kentucky with trainer Joe Woodard. Moreno, Canada&rsquo;s champion apprentice jockey of 2009 and winner of both the Sovereign and Eclipse Awards in the category last year, will be riding in the Queen&rsquo;s Plate for the first time.\r\nMaple Leaf Kitten, claimed for $75,000 at Gulfstream from his second career appearance on March 9, won his maiden over one mile of turf at Indiana Downs on June 8 while adding blinkers in his third start for his new connections. The colt rallied from last place in the field of 10 and finished strongly to prevail by a head.In his previous outing, Maple Leaf Kitten also was running on end when finishing second, beaten a half-length, in a 1 1/8-mile maiden race at Churchill Downs.&ldquo;We had the Queen&rsquo;s Plate kind of in the back of our minds the whole time,&rdquo; said Woodard, who will be saddling his first starter in the race. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been kind of a project to get him to get his mind on his business and start running. He&rsquo;s starting to catch on. I&rsquo;ve looked at the PPs and I kind of like my shot in there, to be honest with you.&rdquo;\r\nEmile Ramsammy has picked up the mount on Imhotep, a maiden trained by Todd Pletcher who was beaten 11 1/4 lengths as the sixth-place finisher in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial. Imhotep was making his third start there, with his best effort to date coming in his debut over 1 1/8 miles of turf at Gulfstream on March 5.\r\nOwned and bred by Zayat Stable, Imhotep has been in trainer Brian Lynch&rsquo;s barn here since the Plate Trial and breezed four furlongs in 49.40 last Sunday.Ramsammy has won Queen&rsquo;s Plates with Victory Cooley in 1996 and Edenwold in 2006. Pletcher scored with Archers Bay, his first Queen&rsquo;s Plate starter, in 1998 and also will be represented by leading contender Queens&rsquo;platekitten in Sunday&rsquo;s renewal.