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Honourary drawmaster and hockey legend Gordie Howe at the 150th Queen's Plate post position draw.
RESULTS ARE HERE!
The post positions for Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate Stakes were selected during a special breakfast ceremony on Thursday morning. Due to cold wet weather all week, the connections, media, and officials gathered at the trackside tent for the proceedings rather than the walking ring where the draw is usually held. This year marks the 150th edition of the Plate, the oldest continuously-run stakes race in North America. It is the premier race for Canadian-foaled 3-year-olds, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, and is contested at 1 1/4 miles over the Polytrack at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Colts and geldings carry the standard weight of 126 pounds while fillies Milwaukee Appeal and Tasty Temptation each get a 5 pound allowance.
Honorary Drawmaster Gordie Howe helps draw the post position selection order with track announcer Dan Loiselle and racing secretary Steve Lym.
Dan Loiselle with trainer Mark Frostad and owner Rick Balaz of second choice Eye of the Leopard.
After a 5 minute discussion period, a representative for each horse has 90 seconds to come up on stage to select the post, by hanging the owner's colors on the board. Track announcer Dan Loiselle briefly interviewed the trainer or owner who made the selection.
Plate Trial winner Eye of the Leopard got first choice of posts and trainer Mark Frostad picked 7 as the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. Rick Balaz, representing owner Sam-Son Farm said, "We never get overconfident but we're pretty happy. Mark's done a great job with the horse and he looks fantastic. If he improves at all off the Plate Trial we'll be in great shape." Regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva will be in the irons in the 1 1/4 mile classic.
Trainer Scott Fairlie of favored filly Milwaukee Appeal is interviewed after he choses post #4
Post time for the Plate will be 5:36pm ET on Sunday June 21 and the race will be televised on CBC in high definition from 4:30 - 6:00, as well as simulcast to many locations throughout North America. The Plate will be carded as race 9, and there are two stakes races on the turf for older horses on the undercard, the $200,000 Highlander Stakes (G3) at 6 furlongs and the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (G3) at 1 1/2 miles. Free past performances are available from BRISnet.com and full profiles for each horse are available here.
|1||El Brujo||Malcolm Pierce||Emma-Jayne Wilson||15-1|
|2||Flip For The Coin||Vito Armata||Emile Ramsammy||30-1|
|3||Active Duty||Mark Casse||Corey Fraser||20-1|
|4||Milwaukee Appeal||Scott Fairlie||Stewart Elliott||3-1|
|5||Mr. Foricos Two U||Catherine Day Phillips||Mike Smith||15-1|
|6||Reservoir||Julia Carey||Jim McAleney||20-1|
|7||Eye Of The Leopard||Mark Frostad||Eurico Rosa Da Silva||7-2|
|8||Rapid Release||Roger Attfield||Jono Jones||8-1|
|9||Bucephalus||Kevin Attard||Tyler Pizarro||30-1|
|10||Stardust Ziggy||Lorna Perkins||Jerry Baird||20-1|
|11||Tasty Temptation||Mark Casse||Patrick Husbands||4-1|
|12||Shut It Down||Lorne Richards||Russell Baze||20-1|
|13||Keino West||Steve Attard||Gerry Olguin||15-1|
Queen's Plate morning line favorite Milwaukee Appeal winning the Woodbine Oaks.
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