Queen's Plate Field Shapes Up

Canada will run its biggest race for 3-year-olds on Sunday at Woodbine. The $1-million race, which is only open to Canadian-bred horses, is expected to draw a field of 14 colts and geldings. Those listed as probable are listed below with their connections.
Ford Every Stream comes from the barn of Mark Frostad, who won last year's Plate with Dancethruthedawn.

Some of the contenders had their final drills Wednesday including Shaws Creek who worked four furlongs in :50 3/5, breezing, over Woodbine's fast main track. Jake Barton was aboard as the Ontario-bred broke off at the three-eighths pole, went a three furlongs split of :37 2/5, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:03-flat.

After wins in the Queenston Stakes and Plate Trial, the Jam Jar Racing Stable recruit is considered one of the favorites for the Queen's Plate.

"It was exactly what we wanted," said trainer John Ross. "This is exactly what we did before the Plate Trial and as he did then, he came back to the barn very good and he's ready to go. The goal of the blowout was to give him something very useful but not take too much out of him. That's what we did."

Twice Bid, trained and co-owned by Roger Attfield, had his final Plate tune-up Wednesday morning over Woodbine's training track. Working in company with last year's Sovereign Award-winning A Fleets Dancer, Twice Bid breezed five furlongs, with jockey Mickey Walls aboard, in 1:00 3/5 seconds, galloping out six panels in 1:14 4/5.

"He worked well," said Attfield, who will be seeking a record-tying eighth Queen's Plate win. "He's fit enough. It's just a question if he's good enough. That was a very satisfactory work and he recovered really quickly from it."

The 143rd running of the Queen's Plate is also the 44th year of the Canadian Triple Crown. Each 3-year-old in the Queen's Plate field will look to become the seventh winner of the prestigious three race series. In order for a horse to win the Triple Crown, a Canadian-bred sophomore must win the Queen's Plate at Woodbine, June 23 at 1 1/4-miles on the main track, the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, July 21 at 1 3/16-miles on the main track, and the final leg, the August 10 Breeders' Stakes at 1 1/2-miles on the turf at Woodbine. The last Triple Crown winner was Peteski in 1993.

The owner of any horse who accomplishes this difficult feat will be awarded a $500,000 Triple Crown bonus. The bonus, first announced in 1999, is a collaboration of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Woodbine Entertainment Group and Nordic Gaming. In addition to the $500,000 awarded to the owner of any horse that sweeps the three race series, $50,000 will be awarded to the breeder.

The expected field for the Queen's Plate, with owner, trainer, and jockey:
Adjalah/Beclawat Stable/David Bell/Richard Dos Ramos
Anglian Prince/Prime Acres Inc./Mort Hardy/Jim McAleney
Barbeau Ruckus/Thayalan Muthulingham &Jennifer Armata/Ross Armata/Dino Luciani
Bravely/Kingfield Farms/Catherine Day Phillips/Constant Montpellier
Classic Mike/Terra Farm/Reade Baker/Jono Jones
Cree Power/Hendrie Stable/Mike Doyle/Emile Ramsammy
Ford Every Stream/Sam-Son Farm/Mark Frostad/Todd Kabel
Forever Grand/Frank Digiulio & Robert Tiller/Robert Tiller/Patrick Husbands
Fuzzy Star/Coming Home Stables/Mike Petro/Nick Petro
Mountain Beacon/Sam-Son Farm/Mark Frostad/Robert Landry
Shaws Creek/Jam Jar Racing Stable/John Ross/Jake Barton
Streakin Rob/Cudney Stables & Allan Kent/Jim Day/Chantal Sutherland
T J's Lucky Moon/Molinaro Stable/Vito Armata/Steven Bahen
Twice Bid/Cam Allard, Bill Werner & Roger Attfield/Roger Attfield/Mickey Walls