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Coronation Futurity winner Avie's Flatter is the 5-2 morning line favorite in post 14 for the 160th Queen's Plate on Sunday.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
|1||Desert Ride (filly)||Neil Howard||Steven Bahen||8-1|
|2||Moon Swings||Michael De Paulo||Jesse Campbell||30-1|
|3||Krachenwagen||Angus Buntain||Jeffrey Alderson||50-1|
|4||Pay for Peace||Rachel Halden||Rafael Hernandez||15-1|
|5||One Bad Boy||Richard Baltas||Flavien Prat||7-2|
|6||Lucas n' Lori||Kevin Attard||Kazushi Kimura||50-1|
|7||Federal Law||Mark Casse||Jamie Spencer||15-1|
|8||He's a Macho Man||Josie Carroll||Patrick Husbands||15-1|
|9||Suitedconnected||Robert Earl Barnett||Gary Boulanger||50-1|
|10||Skywire||Mark Casse||Eurico Rosa Da Silva||4-1|
|11||Tone Broke||Steve Asmussen||Luis Contreras||6-1|
|12||Jammin Still||Kevin Attard||Alan Garcia||30-1|
|13||Rising Star||Michael De Paulo||Justin Stein||30-1|
|14||Avie's Flatter||Josie Carroll||Javier Castellano||5-2|
The Queen's Plate Trophy
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