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Woodbine Oaks winner Moira is the 5-2 morning line favorite in post 8 for the 163rd Queen's Plate on Sunday.
The post positions for Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate Stakes were selected during a special breakfast ceremony on Wednesday morning at the new Stella Artois Terrace in the third floor clubhouse, before a crowd of owners, officials, media, and horsemen. This year marks the 163rd 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 11 made final entry. Colts and geldings carry the standard weight of 126 pounds while the filly Moira carries 121 pounds. With just 11 (the limit is 17) the auxiliary gate will not be needed, and the field will be loaded one at a time starting with the rail, rather than the double load used for larger fields.
Drawing the selection order with director of Thoroughbred racing Tim Lawson (left) and racing secretary Scott Lane (right).
Selection order is determined using the traditional double-blind random draw of numbered pills and entry forms. Woodbine's Director of Thoroughbred Racing Tim Lawson drew the entry sheets while Racing Secretary Scott Lane drew the 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) was approached by TV host Jeff Bratt to give their selection and then be interviewed.
Some of the Queen's Plate jockeys pose with Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson. Left to right: Justin Stein, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Rafael Hernandez, Declan Carroll, Kazushi Kimura, and Luis Contreras
The second choice is Rondure at 3-1, coming here off his Marine Stakes (G3) win after finishing second in the Queenston. With the fifth selection, trainer Katerina Vassilieva choice post 6. She said, "He's not overly large in stature, but he's stout. He has a stout, muscular body and a big heart. He loves to sleep. Every day, around 10:30 or 11, he eats his breakfast and then goes to sleep. You will find him around that time, every day, sprawled out in his stall. Which is always a good sign to me, that he knows how to rest and relax." New jockey Flavien Prat picks up the mount.
Trainer Kevin Attard picks post 8 for favorite Moira
Duke of Love is the 5-1 third choice for owner MyRacehorse, off a fourth place finish in the Plate Trial after finishing second to Rondure in the Marine (G3). With the fourth selection, trainer Josie Carroll picked post 5. Jockey Justin Stein said, "I don't think we've seen the best of him yet. He's grown up, yet he's still growing up. I can't wait to ride him in the Plate."
The 6-1 fourth choice is Causin' Mayhem off a third place finish in the Plate Trial after breaking his maiden at second asking at Belmont Park on June 3. Retired Hall of Fame jockey Robert Landry, who now serves as general manager for owner-breeder Chiefswood Stable opted for the 11 with the penultimate selection (the last remaining was the rail). Landry said, "A homebred is extra special. You're involved in the whole program from start to finish. To win with a homebred is really gratifying, as a breeder that's what you aim for, you want to win the big races." New rider Antonio Gallardo will be in the irons for trainer Todd Pletcher.
The Queen's Plate draw board with post positions.
Post time for the Plate will be 5:42pm ET on Sunday August 21 and the race will be televised on CTV and TSN in Canada 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 3 stakes races on the undercard: The $125,000 Sweet Briar Too Stakes for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the Tapeta main track kicks off the stakes action as race 3 at 1:25pm. Immediately before the main event are two Grade 2 turf events, the $200,000 King Edward Stakes (G2) for older horses going 1 mile on the turf is the 8th race at 4:23pm, and the $200,000 Canadian Stakes presented by the Japan Racing Association (G2) for older fillies and mares going about 1 1/8 miles on the turf, the 9th race at 4:58pm.
Below are the entries for the 2022 Queen's Plate with post positions, trainer, jockey, and morning line odds. Free past performances are available here from BRISnet.com. (look for Causin' Mayhem)
|1||Hall of Dreams||Mark Casse||Patrick Husbands||12-1|
|2||Shamateur||Sid Attard||Luis Contreras||30-1|
|3||Ironstone||William Armata||Kazushi Kimura||12-1|
|4||The Minkster||Dan Vella||David Moran||10-1|
|5||Duke of Love||Josie Carroll||Justin Stein||5-1|
|6||Rondure||Katarina Vassilieva||Flavien Prat||3-1|
|7||Dancin in Da'nile||Gail Cox||Shaun Bridgmohan||10-1|
|8||Moira||Kevin Attard||Rafael Hernandez||5-2|
|9||Hunt Master||Angus Buntain||Emma-Jayne Wilson||30-1|
|10||Sir for Sure||Mark Casse||Declan Carroll||8-1|
|11||Causin' Mayhem||Todd Pletcher||Antonio Gallardo||6-1|
The Queen's Plate trophy
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