ETOBICOKE, Ontario &ndash; Bob Tiller felt the full glare of the Queen&rsquo;s Plate spotlight as the trainer of Win City, the enormously popular gelding who finished a close second as the odds-on favorite in the 2001 running of Canada&rsquo;s most famous horse race.\r\nBut Tiller has been heading into this year&rsquo;s $1 million Queen&rsquo;s Plate with a much lower profile as the trainer of Oh Canada, who figures to be the fifth choice at probable double-digit odds in the field of 17.\r\nOh Canada, owned and bred by Tiller&rsquo;s longtime friend and client Frank DiGiulio, has not seen action since the May 22 Marine Stakes, where he finished third behind leading Queen&rsquo;s Plate contender Queen&rsquo;splatekitten in his first try around two turns.\r\n&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a big difference between a mile and a sixteenth and a mile and a quarter,&rdquo; Tiller said. &ldquo;But he ran well enough to carry on.&rdquo;\r\nTiller remains happy with his decision to run Oh Canada in the Marine rather than in the June 5 Plate Trial, giving him extra time coming into the Queen&rsquo;s Plate.\r\n&ldquo;We tried it other ways, and it hasn&rsquo;t worked for us,&rdquo; Tiller said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve finished second twice and third twice, but I haven&rsquo;t won it.&rdquo;\r\nTiller has kept Oh Canada on a relatively low-key program, sending him out to breeze five furlongs on his own in solid, but unspectacular, fashion in three consecutive weeks.\r\n&ldquo;He doesn&rsquo;t work fast by himself &ndash; he needs a horse beside him to wake him up,&rdquo; Tiller said.\r\n&ldquo;He&rsquo;s very relaxed. That&rsquo;s been the game plan. I hope it&rsquo;s a good thing.&rdquo;\r\nTiller also is making a minor equipment change, putting a small pair of blinkers on Oh Canada for the first time.\r\n&ldquo;They&rsquo;re just 1.25-inch cheaters,&rdquo; Tiller said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re not going to be a big factor one way or the other, but hopefully he&rsquo;ll be a little more focused.&rdquo;\r\nOh Canada also will have a new rider with Emma-Jayne Wilson, winner of the Queen&rsquo;s Plate aboard Mike Fox in 2007, picking up the mount after leading rider Luis Contreras opted to stay with the filly Inglorious.\r\nOh Canada wound up with the No. 3 post after Tiller and DiGiulio drew the 13th choice Thursday during the tedious and outmoded two-tier selection process.\r\nThe choices at the time were the three inside and two outside posts.\r\n&ldquo;We were looking to be a bit more outside, but you need a little luck wherever you are,&rdquo; Tiller said. &ldquo;I expect Emma to get him a good position.\r\n&ldquo;Then, it&rsquo;s just a matter of whether he&rsquo;s good enough.&rdquo;\r\nCotey, Frostad on Plate sidelines\r\nTrainer Dave Cotey will be a spectator when it comes to the Queen&rsquo;s Plate, but he will have much more than a passing interest in Sunday&rsquo;s Highlander, a six-furlong turf race that offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $200,000.\r\nCotey&rsquo;s candidate for the Highlander is Riding the River, a 4-year-old gelding whom he owns in partnership with Derek Ball and Hugh Galbraith.\r\nAfter debuting last spring with a romp in a five-furlong, $16,000 maiden claimer, Riding the River went on to work his way through his first two allowance conditions before being soundly beaten when winding up his campaign in the 1 1/8-mile Ontario Derby.\r\n&ldquo;He had a real good winter,&rdquo; said Cotey, who had Riding the River at nearby Martinswood Farm and brought him back into the track in mid-February.\r\nRiding the River has resumed his winning ways this spring, beginning with a five-furlong score in a $16,000 starter allowance on the main track.\r\n&ldquo;He came lucky to get that starter allowance, and it was nice to get a race into him that way,&rdquo; Cotey said.\r\n&ldquo;He&rsquo;s never even galloped on it, but I&rsquo;d always wanted to try him on turf. Last year, I entered him in a two-turn race, which came off, and he won it.&rdquo;\r\nRiding the River got his first taste of turf racing here June 5 while competing under the second-level allowance term in a $62,500 optional claimer.\r\nStalking the pace under Luis Contreras, Riding the River made a bold move to prevail by a neck and then survived a lengthy inquiry.\r\n&ldquo;He got into all kinds of trouble, and Luis threaded him through,&rdquo; Cotey said.\r\n&ldquo;This race is tougher, but I know he has taken to the turf, and he&rsquo;s 6 out of 8. He knows how to win.&rdquo;\r\nWith Contreras booked on defending Highlander champion Signature Red, Cotey has gone back to Richard Dos Ramos for the Highlander.\r\nDos Ramos guided Riding the River to his two-turn allowance victory last fall and to his starter allowance score this spring.\r\nMark Frostad, who has been represented by a total of 18 starters in 11 Queen&rsquo;s Plates, also will be an onlooker for this year&rsquo;s running.\r\nBut Frostad will have a rooting interest in the race as Strut the Stage, whom he trained for Sam-Son Farm, now stands at stud there and is the sire of Queen&rsquo;s Plate entrant Head Honcho.\r\nOf more immediate import for Frostad and Sam-Son will be Sunday&rsquo;s Singspiel as Windward Islands is slated to go postward in that Grade 3, $150,000 race over 1.25 miles of turf.\r\nWindward Islands, a lightly raced 7-year-old gelding, bypassed the 1 3/8-mile allowance prep for the Singspiel here June 3 in favor of Belmont&rsquo;s Grade 1 Manhattan eight days later.\r\n&ldquo;The turf came up soft; he never got hold of it,&rdquo; said Frostad, who had watched Windward Islands finish a distant seventh in the field of nine.\r\n&ldquo;He had a poor start, took back, and never got in the race. He didn&rsquo;t get a whole lot out it, so we decided to bring him back in two weeks.&rdquo;\r\nChantal Sutherland, in town to ride Pender Harbour in the Queen&rsquo;s Plate, has picked up the mount on Windward Islands and has a total of seven calls on the 12-race program.\r\n◗ The LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society will be holding its annual auction of Queen&rsquo;s Plate saddlecloths. The minimum bid for each saddlecloth, which will be autographed by the jockey, is $250. The auction will be up on eBay on Monday.