Maiden Wins Queen's Plate

Sam-Son Farm's Scatter the Gold, winless in four previous races, rated in mid-pack early before rallying for a 4 1/4-length victory in the $1-million Queen's Plate Sunday at Woodbine. 3-year-old Scatter the Gold (Mr. Prospector--Dance Smartly, by Danzig) completed the 1 1/4 miles in 2:05.53 over a fast track.

The second-favorite as part of an entry with Strike Smartly, he returned $9.30, $4.70, and $3.10. The winning exacta combination paid $91.30. Strike Smartly, the favored half of the entry, came home tenth.

I and I, second in the Plate Trial earlier this month, finished second, four lengths ahead of For Our Sake. The Todd Pletcher-trained Lodge Hill rallied under jockey John Velazquez to finish sixth. Fellow Pletcher trainee Pete's Sake, the winner of the Plate Trial, was pulled up and did not finish.

With the late scratch of maiden Colebrook Lake, the field was reduced to 16 runners and four maidens. Wake At Noon took the lead from the start and held it to the top of the stretch. Scatter the Gold rallied four-wide on the second turn, led by two lengths after a mile run in 1:38.08, and ran the final quarter in :27.45 seconds while pulling away to the winning margin.

Scatter the Gold is a Sam-Son Farm homebred who finished second in a 1 1/16-mile maiden turf race at Woodbine on June 3. He debuted at the Fairgrounds in March, finishing fourth on a main track listed as good, before running fifth at Keeneland in April, and third at Woodbine in May. The $600,000 winner's share improves his career earnings to $620,574. Scatter the Gold is trained by Mark Frostad.

Dance Smartly, dam of Scatter the Gold, won the 1991 renewal of the Queen's Plate on her way to sweeping the Canadian Triple Crown. (Chart, Equibase)