Las Vegas, NV - Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario will be the scene of the most prestigious horse race on Canadian soil on Sunday, July 5 when the 156 the edition of the Queen's Plate Stakes is run. A group of three year olds, foaled in Canada will be featured when they take to Woodbine's All Weather Track and go 1 1/4 miles searching for the winner's portion of the generous $1 million purse.
A full field of 14 have been confirmed for the Queen's Plate - race 11 on Woodbine's Sunday schedule. Post time is 5:38 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 14 combatants for this most prestigious unlisted stakes race - the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America.
Danish Dynaformer 3/1 - has six career starts for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield with three wins and a third place finish. He enters having won three of his last four starts - the minor Plate Trial Stakes last time out June 14, an Allowance by 2 1/4 lengths in April and a maiden score in February with a close third behind Shaman Ghost sandwiched in there in the Grade 3 Marine Stakes here May 16. Danish Dynaformer has been on the Queen's Plate radar for a while now - he gets to prove his backers right/wrong from post 7 with Patrick Husbands guiding the lukewarm morning line favorite.
Shaman Ghost 7/2 - Brian Lynch trained colt has three wins in five career start - those wins coming in his last three starts overall. Last time out was a terrific win in his stakes debut - the Grade 3 Marine Stakes here May 16 which followed an Allowance score April 9 at Keeneland and a maiden score at Gulfstream in March. Shaman Ghost seems to be peeking at precisely the right time, he seems well suited for the 1 1/4 mile distance and will have Rafael Manuel Hernandez aboard from the rail.
Academic 5/1 - Reade Baker trained filly has five career starts with two wins and a second place finish - her wins have come in her last two starts. Last time out was a win at 66/1 odds in the listed Woodbine Oaks in track record time for 1 1/8 miles here June 14 after breaking maiden May 15 in his fourth career start. Academic arrives in the best form of her career and will have Justin Stein in the reins from gate 4 Saturday looking to be the second straight female winner of Canada's biggest race (Lexie Lou won last year).
Ami's Flatter 6/1 - one of the winterbook favorites for this race has recorded a win, and two seconds and a third place finish in six career starts for trainer Josie Carroll. Last time out was an ugly seventh as 3-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Marine Stakes here May 16 after a respectable third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and a second in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby March 7. He also had a close fourth in the competitive Sam F. Davis Stakes in January and a good second in his stakes debut - behind Bluegrass Singer in the minor Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park January 3. He departs from the outside post 14 Saturday with Luis Contreras as one of the most experienced entries in stakes company and for his first stakes score.
Conquest Boogaloo 8/1 - has two wins and tow third place finishes in seven career starts for trainer Mark Casse. He won two straight races here last summer including the minor Swynford Stakes and went on to a third in the minor Cup and Saucer Stakes in October. He has placed in just one of three starts since - that being a third last time out in the minor Plate Trial Stakes June 14. Before that was an eighth in the Grade 3 Marine Stakes and a fourth in the minor Queenston Stakes in May. Conquest Boogaloo has shown good form in the past but hasn't been great lately. Alan Garcia gets the call from gate 8.
Portree 12/1 - will race for the fourth time for trainer Stuart Simon having won two of his three starts thus far. He posted an OK fourth last time out in the minor Plate Trial Stakes June 14 after wins in his first two starts - an Allowance in May and a win at first asking in April. Gerry Olguin will be in the saddle Saturday from post 11.
Billy's Star 15/1 - Roger Attfield pupil will race in graded stakes company for the first time having recorded a win and a third place finish in six career starts. He broke maiden two starts back in May and was a disappointing sixth last time out in the minor Plate Trial Stakes here June 14. Billy's Star has three stakes starts and has failed to place in any. Woodbine's leading rider Eurico Rosa Da Silva has been tabbed with changing all of that when he leaves from post 5 Saturday.
Sweet Grass Creek 20/1 - has five career starts - all on this track with a win and a second place finish. He broke maiden two starts back May 18 and was second last time out in an Allowance June 6. Sweet Grass Creek has improved slightly every time out but still looks in over his head in this one. Jesse Campbell gets the call from gate 6 Saturday.
Oakton 20/1 - Mark Casse trained colt has just one win in six career starts that being a Maiden Claiming score in April at Keeneland. He has posted two fourth place finishes and a seventh since - all results on this track. Oakton steps into stakes company in less-than-spectacular form from gate 2 with Tyler Pizarro aboard.
Breaking Lucky 20/1 - makes his graded stakes debut for trainer Reade Baker having posted a win and a second place finish in four career starts. He enters off a seventh in an Allowance June 6, a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming in May and a maiden score in April. Breaking Lucky makes his stakes debut Saturday in unflattering form - from post 9 with James McAleney in the irons.
Easy Indygo 30/1 - has a win, two seconds and a third place finish in seven career starts and has placed in four of his last five career starts. He makes his stakes debut off a third and a second respectively in a pair of Allowance races here the last two months, a fifth in a similar race in April and a maiden score in November. Easy Indygo has looked OK against lesser company but will likely be in tough Saturday. Emma-Jayne Wilson gets the call from post 10.
Milwaukee Mist 30/1 - has a win, a second and a third place finish in six career starts - the win coming in her debut. She has failed to place in her last two starts however - both Allowance races at Churchill Downs. She did have an OK third in the minor John Battaglia Memorial Stakes in February but hasn't been great since. Jockey Gary Boulanger will be in charge hoping to change Milwaukee Mist's fortunes around - from post 12 Saturday.
Bear At Last 30/1 - Reade Baker trained colt has just one win, three seconds and two third place finishes in 11 career starts but has placed in two minor stakes races- thirds in the Wando Stakes here in April and in the Kingarvie Stakes in December. He enters off a seventh in the Plate Trial Stakes June 14 and looks for his first win since November (seven starts) when he lines up in post 13 with Rico Walcott aboard.
Ault 30/1 - has three runner-up finishes in five career starts for trainer Daniel Vella - all MSW races. Last time out was one of those seconds - on this track June 6 after a ninth and an eighth respectively this past spring at Gulfstream. Ault races in stakes company for the first time Saturday and arrives in sketchy form. David Moran rides from post 3.
Race 11 on Woodbine Racetrack's Sunday card with a Post Time of 5:38 PM.
||E. Da Silva
||Sweet Grass Creek
||Bear At Last