The Queen’s Plate is held at Woodbine in Toronto, Ontario Canada and the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, was first run in 1860, making it the oldest run stakes race in North America. The Queen’s Plate is restricted to horses bred in Canada, which means those born in any other country are not allowed to run. The race is run on an all-weather surface at 1 ¼ miles, though it has been run at five other distances ranging from one-mile heats to two miles.
Here is a short analysis for the horses with the top odds to win the Queen’s Plate.
Boyhood Dream (30-1) Trainer Mike Maker won the Queen’s Plate in 2016.
Cooler Mike (30-1) Jockey Jesse Campbell won the Queen’s Plate in 2013.
Inge (30-1) Not much chance here.
Strike Me Down (10-1) The son of Tapit comes from the Sam-Son Farm which has won this event five times. Will be ridden by Jose Ortiz.
Silent Poet (30-1) has talent but ten furlongs may be too much.
Real Dude (50-1) son of Ghostzapper and needs experience. May lack the stamina for the distance.
Dixie Moon (4-1) This filly was sired by Curlin and can race with the boys as evidenced by a sixth-place finish at the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She has three wins and a second at Woodbine.
Alternative Route (20-1) could surprise many bettors as this is horse goes north of the border for the very first time. The son of Tiznow has experience at several venues. This horse is a pacesetter for the rest.
Say the Word (20-1) is another from the Sam-Son Farm. Took six tries to break his maiden. This is a middle-of-the-pack horse.
Telekinesis (5-2) Mark Casse is the trainer of this son of Ghostzapper. He broke his maiden on his first try. He has been in the running for all race he has participated in. This is a horse that can win and must suck it up to run the distance. Always a threat.
Wonder Gadot (3-1) Mark Casse also sends this out with 10 finishes in the money in eleven opportunities. This filly will be in contention to the finish. Probably the favorite to win this event.
Pawnbroker (50-1) Only his second start after getting fourth in May.
Marriage Counselor (50-1) won at this distance for his first victory.
Neepawa (15-1) is the son of Scat Daddy and trained by Mark Casse. He was second in the Coronation. He can run and will force the field to be better.
Aheadbyacentury (15-1) has only run at Woodbine but has the ability to stay with the pack but likely not pass it.
Rose’s Vision (12-1) is a successful grass runner but not in the same class as the others.
In the Winner’s Circle
Strike Me Down at 10-1 odds is our predicted winner.
Wonder Gaudot 3-1 odds comes in second.
Telekinesis finishes 3rd and Dixie Moon is fourth
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