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2023 King's Plate Entries

Stanley House is the second choice on the morning line at 4-1 and will break from post 1.

Date: 08/16/2023

The post positions for Sunday's $1 million King's Plate Stakes were selected during a special breakfast ceremony on Wednesday morning at the Trackside Clubhouse on the outside of the far turn of the main track, before a crowd of owners, officials, media, and horsemen. This year marks the 164th edition of the Plate, the oldest continuously-run stakes race in North America, which is run at 1 1/4 miles over the Tapeta surface at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The race was run as the Queen's Plate during the reigns of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, but with the latter's passing in September, the race reverts to the King's Plate moniker, in honour of the current monarch, King Charles III. The monarch gives the winner a prize of 50 guineas taken from the Royal Privy Purse, a tradition that began with the inaugural running in 1860 under Queen Victoria. The Plate is the premier race for Canadian-foaled 3-year-olds and the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, and this year a full field of 17 plus two also-eligibles made final entry. Colts and geldings carry the standard weight of 126 pounds while fillies Elysian Field and Wickenheiser each carry 121 pounds. With the large field the auxiliary gate will be used; at Woodbine for 1 1/4 mile races, the inside 3 posts break from the auxiliary while the remaining 14 use the standard gate, with horses loading into the gate 2 at a time.

Drawing the post positions with director of Thoroughbred racing Tim Lawson (left) and TSN personality Jennifer Hedger.
In what has become an annual "state of the industry" address, Woodbine chairman and CEO Jim Lawson announced that Woodbine's races will be carried by sports betting operator Bet365, exposing the product and its pools to a worldwide audience. He explained that when single event online sports betting was legalized in Canada, the racing industry was left out. After a year of negotiations with the provincial government, this deal was signed and announced. In addition Lawson spoke about the ongoing redevelopment; the new Great Canadian Casino Resort and hotel recently opened, and soon the shopping and entertainment components will be completed. Eventually a new GO Transit station will be built allowing GO Train and UP Express trains to stop at the property, to not only service the racetrack and casino but also the new residential development. Also, Lawson announced that the King's Plate sold out 6 days early, with no tickets (either general admission or reserved seating) available for purchase.

With the return to the traditional double blind draw (the "draft draw" had been used since 1999), Woodbine director of Thoroughbred Racing, Tim Lawson, drew the numbered balls while TSN personality Jennifer Hedger drew the entry sheets. Hedger and Darren Dutchyshen, who regularly co-host SportsCentre on TSN, will host the Plate broadcast on TSN and CTV for the first time on Sunday. Hedger has been involved as a co-owner of Thoroughbreds at Woodbine.

Some of the King's Plate jockeys pose with Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson. Left to right in foreground: Eswan Flores, Sahin Civaci, Daisuke Fukumoto, Jose Campos, Jim Lawson, Gary Boulanger, Patrick Husbands. In the gate:  Kazushi Kimura, Rico Walcott, Declan Carroll, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Rafael Hernandez (hidden)
Kalik is the lukewarm 3-1 morning line favorite for trainer Chad Brown, making his first start in Canada for owners Robert LaPenta, e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Madaket Stable. He won the Pennine Ridge Stakes (G2) over the Belmont Park inner turf before disappointing in 8th in the Belmont Derby Invitational (G1). New jockey Kazushi Kimura, replacing regular rider Irad Ortiz Jr. on Sunday said, "With Chad, you know the horse will be in top condition coming into the Plate. To be in The King’s Plate is amazing. The race has so much history. You can feel the excitement building and I hope that we can say we won the first King’s Plate since 1951. I know I have a big chance with this horse." He breaks from post 6.

The second choice is Stanley House at 4-1. He broke his maiden on March 25 at Gulfstream Park and then came home to Woodbine to finish second in an allowance on May 6, win an allowance on June 18, and then disappointed in 6th as the even money choice in the Plate Trial on July 23. Trainer Mike DePaulo said, "I liked him when we bought him (for $120,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale). It was a bit of a gamble because he is from a first-year sire and the first foal out of the mare, so you were basically just looking at an athlete. We had him broke in Ocala with Mike Cooke and he liked him all along. Any time this horse did something, he did it well. He’s always had a lot of class and showed ability in every work he had." Javier Castellano, who rode him at Gulfstream Park, regains the ride on Sunday and drew the rail.

Trainer Kevin Attard has 6 entered: Philip My Dear, Velocitor, Silent Miracle, Midnight in Malibu, Moon Landing, and also-eligible Enjoythesilent

The 6-1 third choice is Kaukokaipuu, which means "Wanderlust" in Finnish. Despite failing to win as a juvenile, he finally broke his maiden on May 20 in his ninth try. Trainer Ted Holder put him in the Queenston Stakes which he won easily, following that up with a close second in the Marine Stakes (G3), earning him a spot in the Plate. Holder said, "His pedigree says that (distance) is not a problem. (Sire) Mr Speaker (by Pulpit) was a mile and a quarter, to mile and a half horse on all surfaces, and he is out of a granddaughter of Radiant Ring who is tested at the classic distances in the early to mid-90s." Regular rider Rico Walcott retains the mount from post 15.

The 8-1 fourth choice is Elysian Field, one of two fillies entered and coming off her win in the Budweiser Woodbine Oaks after finishing second in the Fury Stakes. Trainer Mark Casse said, "Coming into a race like this, some horses are thriving and getting better, and that would describe her." Regular rider Sahin Civaci retains the mount from post 2.

The King's Plate draw board with post positions.

Post time for the Plate will be 5:39pm ET, carded as race 10 on Sunday August 20 and the race will be televised on CTV and TSN in Canada from 4:30 - 6:00PM ET. The full card will be simulcast to many locations throughout North America as well as Bet365.net, and be broadcast on TVG in America and HPI in Canada. There are 4 stakes races on the undercard. Kicking off the Sunday stakes quintet is the $125,000 Catch a Glimpse Stakes, race 6 at 3:03PM, for two-year-old fillies sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Race 7 at 3:43 is the $150,000 Bold Venture Stakes (G3) for older horses sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on Tapeta. The $125,000 Soaring Free Stakes, race 8 at 4:23, features two-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs on turf. Immediately before the Plate is Race 9 at 4:58, the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for older fillies and mares. 2022 Queen's Plate winner and Canadian Horse of the Year Moira drew post 8 for this race, with Rafael Hernandez back aboard for trainer Kevin Attard.

Below are the entries for the 2023 King's Plate with post positions, trainer, jockey, and morning line odds. Free past performances are available here from BRISnet.com. (look for Kalik)

King's Plate Poll
Who will win the King's Plate?

Stanley House
Elysian Field
Philip My Dear
Twin City
Silent Miracle
Midnight in Malibu
Touch'n Ride
Cool Kiss
Paramount Prince
El Cohete
Moon Landing

1Stanley HouseMike De PauloJavier Castellano4-1
2Elysian Field (f)Mark CasseSahin Civaci8-1
3Philip My DearKevin AttardDaisuke Fukumoto30-1
4Twin CityStuart SimonGary Boulanger30-1
5Morstachy'sRenico LafondLeo Salles50-1
6KalikChad BrownKazushi Kimura3-1
7VelocitorKevin AttardJustin Stein30-1
8Wickenheiser (f)Kevin AttardRafael Hernandez12-1
9Silent MiracleJohn MattineRyan Munger30-1
10Midnight in MalibuSid AttardAdam Beschizza30-1
11Touch'n RideLayne GiliforteJose Campos12-1
12Cool KissMike De PauloEmma-Jayne Wilson30-1
13Paramount PrinceMark CassePatrick Husbands10-1
14TwowaycrossingRoger AttfieldAntonio Gallardo30-1
15KaukokaipuuTed HolderRico Walcott6-1
16El CoheteMike De PauloEswan Flores50-1
17Moon LandingKevin AttardLuis Contreras20-1
AEEnjoythesilentKevin AttardLuis Contreras 
AERunaway CharlieMike DoyleKeveh Nicholls 

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