Millennium Allstar, a top contender for the 142nd Queen's Plate, owned by Joseph and Leslie Meehan, worked Tuesday morning over Woodbine's main track in preparation for Sunday's $1-million race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.
Under veteran rider Mickey Walls, the Sue Leslie trainee went six furlongs in 1:15 3/5, breezing. The chestnut galloped out seven furlongs in 1:30 1/5.
"I didn't want him to go that fast," said Leslie. "The time wasn't lightning fast, but I just wanted to keep him fit. Everything he did was on his own. I was very impressed with what I saw."
Millennium Allstar's regular rider Robert Landry, who was injured in a spill on June 15, remains hopeful to ride Sunday. "Mickey rode Allstar this morning as a special favour to me," Leslie said. "I've been talking to Rob and he's doing much better. He's not where we need him to be, but by Sunday I'm hopeful that he will be."
Trainer Cliff Hopmans figures D. Morgan Firestone's Dawn Watcher is all set for Sunday's race after his five furlong move over the Woodbine main strip Tuesday morning.
Jockey Richard Dos Ramos guided the son of Numerous through an early three furlong clip of 35 4/5 seconds en route to a final time of 1:00 1/5, handily. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 2/5.
"It was the best work of his life," Hopmans beamed. "His best move ever for me. It was a powerful work. He did it all on his own. He came back full of bounce, like a fit horse."
Hopmans looks to improve on his best-ever Plate result, a third-place finish with Ram Good in 1979.
Trainer Jim Cheadle says he is still considering running Arosa Farms' maiden filly, Asia, in the Plate.
"We're thinking about it," Cheadle said. "I know my filly can get the distance and I don't think--except for two or three in the race--that the others can go a mile and a quarter. Yes, we're considering running in the Plate."
The daughter of Sky Classic--Alleged Triumph has only a fourth-place finish in three lifetime starts. The Ontario-bred finished seventh in a maiden allowance race on May 5 last time out.
Cheadle and Arosa have run well in the Plate before with a filly. The group's Gandria finished second behind Woodcarver in 1999. She went on to win the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown, the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.
142nd Queen's Plate
1 1/4 miles; $1-million; to be run at Woodbine on Sunday, June 24
Horse Trainer Jockey
ASIA Jim Cheadle Indefinite
BRUSHING BULLY Tino Attard David Clark
DANCETHRUTHEDAWN Mark Frostad Gary Boulanger
DAWN WATCHER Cliff Hopmans Richard Dos Ramos
HIGHLAND LEGACY Steve Owens Patrick Husbands
LUCKY SCARAB Mark Frostad Todd Kabel
MILLENNIUM ALLSTAR Sue Leslie Robert Landry
SIK Frank Passero Daniel David
THATSTHEBOTTOMLINE Robert Martin Ray Sabourin
WILD YEARS James Bond Richard Migliore
WIN CITY Robert Tiller Constant Montpellier