Nipissing Posts Final Work for Queen's Plate
Photo: Michael Burns
Nipissing works towards the Queen's Plate.

Chiefswood Stable's filly Nipissing, an impressive winner of the Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser, put in a final breeze June 30 in advance of the upcoming $1 million Queen's Plate, covering a half-mile in :48 flat.

Nipissing was one of several Queen's Plate workers over the Woodbine Polytrack Sunday. A daughter of the deceased 2004 Queen's Plate champ Niigon, Nipissing will try to capture the 1 1/4-mile event over males July 7.

"It was very easy for her," said jockey Steve Bahen, who was aboard for the sharp move. "She galloped out strongly and you have to tell her to pull up."

Her second timed workout since the Woodbine Oaks for trainer Rachel Halden, Nipissing was the third-fastest of 61 on the morning at the distance.

"In the Oaks, we wanted to be a little closer," noted Bahen, who rallied the long-striding Nipissing to a three-quarter length victory. "We wanted to get outside and have a clean trip, and we got her to that position."

Nipissing demonstrated an impressive turn of foot through the stretch in the Oaks to overcome a pair of rivals including favored Spring in the Air.

"She does all her running down the lane," said Bahen of the Oaks triumph. "I had to knuckle on her coming to the quarter pole, but once she switches leads that's when her gears really come into effect, and she ran them down."

Nipissing won the Princess Elizabeth and South Ocean Stakes in a perfect 4-for-4 juvenile campaign.

Sam-Son Farm hopefuls Up With the Birds, the likely Queen's Plate favorite, and His Race to Win breezed five panels in tandem in 1:00 3/5 for trainer Malcolm Pierce.

Also working five furlongs was the Mark Casse-conditioned duo of Kaigun and Jagger M. Kaigun covered five furlongs in 1:00 1/5, while Jagger M stopped the clock in 1:02 1/5.

Rackman, trained and part-owned by Nick Nosowenko, was taken off the Plate trail following his six-furlong work in 1:14 1/5.

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