Track announcer Dan Loiselle, drawmaster Perdita Felicien, and racing secretary Steve Lym draw the selection order.
The Queen's Plate, Canada's equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, will be run this Sunday, June 27, at Woodbine. Thirteen 3-year-olds will go to the post to contest 1 1/4 miles over the main track for the winner's share of the $1,000,000 purse and a chance to be the next Canadian Triple Crown winner. Like in the Derby, all starters will carry 126 pounds.
On Thursday morning, post positions for the big race were selected in the large, tree-shaded walking ring at Woodbine. Like at the Derby, selection order is determined using a random draw of numbered pills. After a five-minute discussion period, each horse's connections had ninety seconds to come up on stage to select the post. After selecting their posts, track announcer and master of ceremonies Dan Loiselle asked each trainer or owner a few questions about why they chose the post they did and what their horse's chances are on Sunday. You can read all of these comments here.
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. Free past performances are available here from Daily Racing Form.
|1||Long Pond||Mark Casse||Stewart Elliott||8-1|
|2||Copper Trail||Jim Day||Na Somsanith||6-1|
|3||Will He Crow||Tim Regan||Steven Bahen||30-1|
|4||Archer Fleet||Vito Armata||Simon Husbands||50-1|
|5||Strike Em Hard||Dave Cotey||Emile Ramsammy||50-1|
|6||Alleged Ruler||Eric Coatrieux||Slade Callaghan||15-1|
|7||Night Sky||Dan Vella||Jim McAleney||12-1|
|8||Kent Ridge||Mark Casse||Patrick Husbands||20-1|
|9||Silver Ticket||Mark Frostad||Todd Kabel||10-1|
|10||A Bit O' Gold||Catherine Day Phillips||Jono Jones||2-1|
|11||His Smoothness||Jim Day||Jim McKnight||50-1|
|12||Just In Case Jimmy||Roger Attfield||Richard Dos Ramos||20-1|
|13||Niigon||Eric Coatrieux||Robert Landry||7-2|
Queen's Plate info online:
Stewart Elliott and Perdita Felicien ham it up for the cameras.
All photos ©2004 Cindy Pierson Dulay.
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