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2003 Queen's Plate Entries
2003 Queen's Plate Entries

Updated: 06/20/03

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Entries were drawn and post positions selected this morning for the 144th running of the Queen's Plate, the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America. A field of 13 horses was entered with Plate Trial winner Mobil made the morning line favorite at 2-1 with stable mate Wando the second choice at 7-2. Again this year the new rule was used to allows horses with the same ownership to run uncoupled in races of $1 million or more, so the two horses favorites, both owned by Gus Schickedanz, will run uncoupled.

Post time for the Queen's Plate is Sunday at 5:07pm EDT as the ninth race on the card at Woodbine. It will be shown live on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada from 4:00 - 5:30pm EDT and online from Woodbine's website. Free past performances are available from Daily Racing Form and Glenners has free selections available now.

Below are the entries for the Queen's Plate. The race is open to Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, distance is 1 1/4 miles, purse is $1,000,000, and all horses carry 126 pounds. Click the horse's name to see full info on him including a photo where available.

Post HorseTrainerJockeyM/L
Queen's Plate Poll
Who will win the Plate?

A Bit O'Gold
Alleged Ruler
Archer Fleet
Copper Trail
His Smoothness
Just In Case Jimmy
Kent Ridge
Long Pond
Night Sky
Picadilly Bay
Silver Ticket
Strike Em Hard
Will He Crow

1El Gran MaestroJake NemettJono Jones50-1
2PeefRita SchnitzlerSteven Bahen15-1
3SircharlesschnabelPhil SerpeRichard Dos Ramos20-1
4Wando Mike KeoghPatrick Husbands7-2
5SolihullDavid BellDino Luciani30-1
6MobilMike KeoghTodd Kabel2-1
7Button WoodMike DoyleChantel Sutherland15-1
8Arco's GoldJohn RossConstant Montpellier8-1
9Rock AgainMalcolm PierceEibar Coa4-1
10Shoal WaterMark FrostadRobert Landry15-1
11RockfieldAlec FehrDavid Clark30-1
12Illusive ForceRob Van OverschotDave Wilson20-1
13Dance EngagementJohn RossJim McAleney30-1

Honorary drawmaster, hockey player Anson Carter, poses with the Queen's Plate trophy.
This year the honorary drawmaster was Anson Carter, the Team Canada power forward who scored the sudden death overtime goal that won them the 2003 World Hockey Championship in Helsinki. He currently plays for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League after a mid-season trade from Edmonton. The Toronto native has been in the NHL for six seasons scoring 143 career goals.

As in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the selection order is drawn at random and then the connections of each horse have ninety seconds to announce their post position when called upon after a five minute break for consultation.

Jockey Todd Kabel hangs the silks for favorite Mobil in post 6.
Favorite Mobil and his stable mate and second choice Wando were drawn to select 4th and 5th, with trainer Mike Keogh selecting post 4 for Wando and jockey Todd Kabel selecting post 6 for Mobil. Kabel said: "It's an excellent post. I didn't want to be in the gate long because he's a bit of a nervous horse. I can position myself wherever I want to, right from the start. He'll be a lot more relaxed from this post." When asked why he chose Mobil to ride over Wando, Kabel said: "He seems like a little bit more mature horse right now. I think hes a solid horse to get the distance. Distance is a big factor and carrying 126 (pounds) is. Hes already carried it. Were just hoping for the trip now."

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All photos ©2003 Cindy Pierson Dulay.

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