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Honourary drawmaster and Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau at the 151st 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. Connections, media, and officials gathered in the large tree-shaded walking ring on Canada Day, under sunny skies with a light breeze and the temperature around 70. This year marks the 151st edition of the Plate, the oldest continuously-run stakes race in North America, and Queen Elizabeth II will come to Woodbine as part of her 9-day Royal Tour of Canada, to present the 50 guineas, a tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria. The Plate 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 Roan Inish and Moment of Majesty each get a 5 pound allowance.
The crowd at the post position draw with jockey Emile Ramsammy on the right in his Canada Day outfit.
Trainer Mark Frostad and Michael Balaz of Sam Son Farms pick post 11 for favorite Hotep
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.
Owner-breeder Sam-Son Farm have three horses in the Plate, led by 3-1 morning line favorite Hotep. Trainer Mark Frostad picked post 11 with the 8th selection. Michael Balaz, son of owner Rick Balaz said, "I don't want to get him trapped on the inside. Get him to relax some more. " Frostad added, "We're looking for pace scenario, and our 3 horses are complementary. (Hotep) gets on his toes in the saddling paddock. He just wants to get out there. So we'll get him settled down and he'll be there at the end."
Trainer Roger Attfield, looking to be the first to win 9 Queen's Plates, picked post 9 for 7-2 second choice Mobilizer with the 6th selection. Attfield said, "He ran a good race in the Trial on the inside. If he improves a little bit from there we should be in this one. Sometimes when a horse gets stuck on the rail it antagonizes them, so this post should help him. Usually he prefers to be outside." Asked which horse is the one to beat, he quipped, "There's 12 of them in there. They're all good, it's a competitive race."
Trainer Carolyn Costigan and her father Robert Costigan, the owner of filly Roan Inish, after they selected post 10.
Post time for the Plate will be 5:38pm ET on Sunday July 4 and the race will be televised on CBC in high definition from 4:30 - 6:00. The full card will be simulcast to many locations throughout North America, and be broadcast on TVG in America and HPI in Canada. The Plate will be carded as race 10, and there are two stakes races on the turf for older horses on the undercard, the $200,000 Highlander Stakes presented by Ricoh (G2) 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||Vicar Street||Catherine Day Phillips||Tyler Pizarro||30-1|
|2||Who We Gunna Call||Tino Attard||Gerry Olguin||30-1|
|3||D's Wando||Ian Black||Emma-Jayne Wilson||20-1|
|4||Dark Cloud Dancer||Mark Frostad||Javier Castellano||15-1|
|5||Big Red Mike||Nicholas Gonzalez||Eurico Rosa Da Silva||6-1|
|6||Smart Sky||Mike Doyle||Chantal Sutherland||30-1|
|7||Ghost Fleet||Sid Attard||Richard Dos Ramos||20-1|
|8||Giant's Tomb||Mark Frostad||Mike Smith||12-1|
|9||Mobilizer||Roger Attfield||Jono Jones||7-2|
|10||Roan Inish (f)||Carolyn Costigan||Davy Moran||9-2|
|11||Hotep||Mark Frostad||Patrick Husbands||3-1|
|12||Mobthewarrior||Greg de Gannes||Emile Ramsammy||10-1|
|13||Moment of Majesty (f)||Sue Leslie||Robert Landry||12-1|
Honourary drawmaster Alexandre Bilodeau shows off his gold medal while he gets a kiss from jockeys Emma-Jayne Wilson (left) and Chantal Sutherland (right).
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