Large Queen’s Plate Field Includes Strong Choice in We Miss Artie
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Sat 05/07/2014 - 13:10 EDT
We Miss Artie will lead a mixed field of 15 starters going to the gate on Sunday for the 155th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine.
Although the winning margin of the Plate Trial at Woodbine three weeks ago was only 3/4 of a length, the race didn’t seem as close as that, as favored We Miss Artie took command in mid-stretch with ease, under a patient ride by jockey Javier Castellano. On Sunday the pair will try to duplicate that winning effort in the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, going 1 1/4 miles over the same Woodbine polytrack. Off that effort, We Miss Artie has been installed as the 8-5 favorite for the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Oaks-winning filly has shown she has the speed to win
The race has drawn a field of 15 three-year-old Ontario breds, including the filly Lexie Lou, who captured the Woodbine Oaks on the same day as the Plate Trial, covering the same 1 1/8 miles distance a full second faster than We Miss Artie, to win by more than four lengths. Over the past year she’s only finished out of the money once in seven stakes tries at Woodbine, with three wins. While she will have to overcome the #14 post, she will carry five pounds less than the rest of the field and has been made 4-1 second morning line choice.
Others in the field have been running in top company
Also in the field at 10-1 is Coltimus Prime, who ran well to finish fifth three starts back in the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes on the Keeneland all weather track against a strong field that included Medal Count, most recently third in the Belmont Stakes. After an unsuccessful run of graded-stakes tries, Matador comes into the Plate off an allowance score and is the only other runner in single digits in the ML at 8-1. Nigon Express (30-1) is the son of Nigon, winner of the 2004 Queen’s Plate, and grandson of multiple Grade I winner Harlan’s Holiday.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.