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Track announcer Dan Loiselle, drawmaster Perdita Felicien, and racing secretary Steve Lym draw the selection order.

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Date: 6/25/04


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.

Stewart Elliott
Before the draw was conducted, two special guests were interviewed on stage. First was jockey Stewart Elliott, a native of Toronto who suddenly came into international prominence this spring as the regular rider of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones. Elliott rode for one season at Woodbine early in his career, and his mother and uncle still work there on the backstretch. He will return "home" to ride Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Long Pond for trainer Mark Casse on Sunday, his first ride here since 1987. When asked what Smarty Jones' greatest quality is, he said simply, "He wins!" Immediately after his appearance Elliott rushed to the airport to fly back to Monmouth Park where he was scheduled to ride in the afternoon.

Perdita Felicien

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

Perdita Felicien, the reigning world champion in the 100-meter hurdles and one of Canada's gold medal hopes this summer at the Olympics in Athens, was the honorary drawmaster for the selection order. Before the draw process, she expressed confidence in her chances this summer, especially after defeating four-time Olympic gold medallist Gail Devers in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2004 World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Budapest.

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.

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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