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2019 Queen's Plate Entries

Coronation Futurity winner Avie's Flatter is the 5-2 morning line favorite in post 14 for the 160th Queen's Plate on Sunday.

Date: 06/26/2019

The post positions for Saturday's $1 million Queen's Plate Stakes were selected during a special breakfast ceremony on Wednesday morning at the "new" Trackside Clubhouse (formerly the standardbred paddock), before a crowd of owners, officials, media, and horsemen. This year marks the 160th edition of the Plate, the oldest continuously-run stakes race in North America, which is run at 1 1/4 miles over the Tapeta surface at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The Plate is the premier race for Canadian-foaled 3-year-olds and the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, and this year a field of 14 (made final entry. Colts and geldings carry the standard weight of 126 pounds while the filly Desert Ride, carries 121 pounds. With just 14 (the limit is 17) the auxiliary gate will not be needed this year.

Drawing the selection order with ReThink Breast Cancer's Emily Piercell, track announcer Robert Geller, and racing secretary Scott Lane.
In what has become an annual "state of the industry" address, Woodbine chairman and CEO Jim Lawson spoke about ongoing construction on site, including the multiple cranes being used to build additional gaming, retail, and hotel facilities. He announced that the new inner turf course would debut in Friday's 4th race, a project 3 years in the making, in order to allow more turf racing, which is more popular with horsemen and bettors. He did not avoid racing's "elephant in the room", safety issues, pointing out that Woodbine's equine safety record is the best in North America with only 0.1% of runners being injured. He also announced the launch of a new tech-based initiative called "Dark Horse" aimed at helping new fans get into the racing game by simplifying the handicapping and wagering process. Finally, he recognized the partnership with Ontario Lottery and Gaming, who is offering a $500,000 bonus if a horse sweeps the Canadian Triple Crown, as the series' title sponsor.

Selection order is determined using the traditional double-blind random draw of numbered pills and entry forms. Emily Piercell, a young breast cancer survivor representing ReThink Breast Cancer randomly drew the entry sheets out of the box while racing secretary Scott Lane drew the 14 numbered balls. After a 5 minute break where connections could "huddle" at their tables to discuss strategy, each horse's representative (any or all of trainer, owner, or jockey) came up to pick the post position.

Some of the Queen's Plate jockeys pose with Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson. Left to right: Eurico Rosa Da Silva, Kazushi Kimura, Jeffrey Alderson, Gary Boulanger, Jim Lawson, Justin Stein, Rafael Hernandez, Alan Garcia
As expected Avie's Flatter is the 5-2 favorite in the morning line, but was the unluckiest having to "pick" last and ended up with the outside 14. Javier Castellano gets the call for owner-breeder Ivan Dalor and trainer Josie Carroll. After winning the Cup and Saucer and the Coronation Futurity to close out his juvenile campaign, he won the Transylvania (G3) at Keeneland but then disappointed in 6th in the American Turf (G2) at Churchill Downs. Carroll said, The outside post is probably not ideal but its a long way to the first turn and its a mile and a quarter race. So, Im not going to have too many concerns about being outside.

One Bad Boy, coming in from California for trainer Richard Baltas, will break from post 5 as the 7-2 second choice with Flavien Prat aboard for owners Sayjay Racing, Grey Hall, and Brooke Hubbard. After breaking his maiden at 3rd asking at Santa Anita in April, he shipped up to Golden Gate Fields where he was 2nd in the Alcatraz Stakes, a turf race which was taken off. It is worth noting that Golden Gate's main track is Tepeta like Woodbine.

Trainer Mark Casse selected posts 7 and 10 for Federal Law and Skywire.
Skywire, one of two horses trained by Mark Casse, is the 4-1 third choice out of post 10 for owners Gary Barber and Lucio Tucci and jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva. After winning his debut at Woodbine in December and his second race at Gulfstream in March, he was 8th in the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway. Shipped home to Woodbine, he won the Wando Stakes then was 2nd in the Marine Stakes (G3).

The fourth choice on the morning line, with the rest of the field at double digit odds, is 8-1 Desert Ride, the only filly in the field off her mild upset win in the Woodbine Oaks. Jockey Steven Bahen gets the call again for owner-breeder Sam-Son Farm and trainer Neil Howard, who chose the inside post 1. She won an allowance at Keeneland before shipping home for the Oaks. Bahen said, Neil would rather be inside, so might as well just take our way inside and work our way around.

The Queen's Plate draw board with post positions.
Post time for the Plate will be 5:36pm ET on Saturday June 29 and the race will be televised on CTV and TSN (in 4K) in Canada from 4:30 - 6:00, hosted by Brian Williams and Jim Bannon. 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 4 stakes races on the undercard, all of which are run on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course. These include the $300,000 Highlander Stakes (G1) for older horses at 6 furlongs and the $175,000 King Edward Stakes (G2) for older horses going 1 mile. The $175,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (G2) features older fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles, and the $100,000 Charlie Barley Stakes is an overnight stake for 3-year-olds going 1 mile. New to Plate day is another overnight stake, the $100,000 Zadracarta Stakes for Ontario-bred older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs, also on the turf.

Below are the entries for the 2019 Queen's Plate with post positions, morning line odds, trainer, jockey, and a link to a full profile from Woodbine. Free past performances are available here from BRISnet.com (look for Federal Law)

Queen's Plate Poll
Who will win the Queen's Plate?

Avie's Flatter
Desert Ride
He's a Macho Man
Jammin Still
Lucas n'Lori
Moon Swings
One Bad Boy
Pay for Peace
Rising Star
Tone Broke

1Desert Ride (filly)Neil HowardSteven Bahen8-1
2Moon SwingsMichael De PauloJesse Campbell30-1
3KrachenwagenAngus BuntainJeffrey Alderson50-1
4Pay for PeaceRachel HaldenRafael Hernandez15-1
5One Bad BoyRichard BaltasFlavien Prat7-2
6Lucas n' LoriKevin AttardKazushi Kimura50-1
7Federal LawMark CasseJamie Spencer15-1
8He's a Macho ManJosie CarrollPatrick Husbands15-1
9SuitedconnectedRobert Earl BarnettGary Boulanger50-1
10SkywireMark CasseEurico Rosa Da Silva4-1
11Tone BrokeSteve AsmussenLuis Contreras6-1
12Jammin StillKevin AttardAlan Garcia30-1
13Rising StarMichael De PauloJustin Stein30-1
14Avie's FlatterJosie CarrollJavier Castellano5-2

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