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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

Updated: 6/25/04

Now that the American Triple Crown is over, the Canadian Triple Crown is just getting started. This year marks the 145th running of the Queen's Plate, Canada's premier race for 3 year olds at a mile and a quarter with a purse of $1,000,000 Canadian. This race is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown with the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie and the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine comprising the other two legs.

The Queen's Plate trophy
The name of the race is a bit of a misnomer since the trophy isn't even a plate but a gold cup about a foot high with a beaver on top. King Charles II began awarding silver plates as racing prizes in the seventeenth century, but as variety was sought in the prizes, other pieces of silver and eventually other metals were used.

The race is known as the "gallop for the guineas" as the purse also includes an extra 50 Guineas to the winner (about $100) in the form of a draft from the Royal Privy Purse which is presented by the Queen's representative at the race. Minting of guineas was discontinued in England during the reign of George III whose forebear, George I, had instituted the gift of 50 guineas in racing, a tradition that remains though the guineas do not. This year the Queen's representative will be the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Despite the race being restricted to Canadian breds, some very nice horses have won in the past including Northern Dancer, Kennedy Road, With Approval, Izvestia, Dance Smartly, and Awesome Again. In 2000 the race was won by Scatter the Gold, a 3/4 sibling to that year's Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. In 2001, Scatter the Gold's full sister Dancethruthedawn won not only the Labatt Woodbine Oaks but went on to beat the boys and take the Queen's Plate as well. Last year, Wando won the Queen's Plate and completed the hat trick with the Prince of Wales and Breeders' Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner since Peteski in 1993.

Post positions were drawn on Friday morning, so here are the entrants for the 2004 Queen's Plate with links to a profile for each and their connections along with posts and morning line odds.

1Long PondMark CasseStewart Elliott8-1
2Copper TrailJim DayNa Somsanith6-1
3Will He CrowTim ReganSteven Bahen30-1
4Archer FleetVito ArmataSimon Husbands50-1
5Strike Em HardDave CoteyEmile Ramsammy50-1
6Alleged RulerEric CoatrieuxSlade Callaghan15-1
7Night SkyDan VellaJim McAleney12-1
8Kent RidgeMark CassePatrick Husbands20-1
9Silver TicketMark FrostadTodd Kabel10-1
10A Bit O' GoldCatherine Day PhillipsJono Jones2-1
11His SmoothnessJim DayJim McKnight50-1
12Just In Case JimmyRoger AttfieldRichard Dos Ramos20-1
13NiigonEric CoatrieuxRobert Landry7-2

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All photos ©2004 Cindy Pierson Dulay.

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