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Post Time: Filly dons favorite role for Queen’s Plate

TORONTO – The post position draw for the 158th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate was completed this afternoon. The oldest continuously run race in North America took place in the trackside tent at Woodbine Racetrack this morning.

A large field of 13, comprised of 11 colts and two fillies will head to the post at 5:36 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Holy Helena (3-1), the Woodbine Oaks winner in her third start, was installed as the morning line favorite. Luis Contreras, whose first Plate win was aboard the filly Inglorious in 2011, will ride the daughter of Ghostzapper.

Here are some quick hitters from the post draw:

  • Trainer Mark Casse sends out two horses in hopes of capturing his second Queen’s Plate. Casse’s horses were both on the Derby trail, with State of Honor (8-1) competing in Derby 144 as the pace setter on the First Saturday in May. Both State of Honor and King and His Court (5-1) will look to improve on disappointing showings in the Plate Trial
  • Roger Attfield, who has a record-equaling eight Queen’s Plate training victories always the showman, selected post No. 12 for Tiz a Slam (10-1) he has won two Plates from that gate in his storied Hall of Fame career. Local Woodbine jock Eurico Rosa da Silva has the mount on the Tiznow colt.
  • In addition to the favorite another filly, Inflexibility (10-1) will try and attempt to provide his connections with an improbable Classic double. The ownership, trainer and jockey were the connections in Baltimore capturing this year’s 143rd Preakness. Trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano will try to add the Canadian Classic to the American Classic for owners Bill Lawrence and Klaravich Stables.
  • Julien Leparoux, who will make try to win his second straight Plate appearance, will fly in to ride the lightly raced maiden winner Aurora Way (6-1) for Chiefswood Stable and trainer Stuart Simon.
  • Trainer Catherine Day Phillips, who has finished second twice in five previous attempts will saddle two horses in the Woodbine walking ring on Sunday. Plate Trial winner Guy Caballero (10-1) will have NYRA circuit rider Jose Ortiz aboard and Watch Me Strut (50-1) will leave from post No. 13.

The News will be onsite in suburban Toronto all weekend reporting on the Plate and Sunday’s undercard.

The post position draw with trainer, jockey and morning line odds is included below:

PP Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1 Channel Maker W. Mott R. Hernandez 4-1
2 Guy Caballero C. Day Phillips J. Ortiz 10-1
3 Holy Helena (f) J. Jerkens L. Contreras 3-1
4 Spirit of Caledon P. Parente J. Lermyte 50-1
5 Inflexibility (f) C. Brown J.J. Castellano 10-1
6 King and His Court M. Casse G. Boulanger 5-1
7 State of Honor M. Casse P. Husbands 8-1
8 Malibu Secret M. Pierce A. Garcia 20-1
9 Megagray M. Keogh J. Campbell 30-1
10 Vaughan J. Mattine S. Callaghan 50-1
11 Aurora Way S. Simon J. Leparoux 6-1
12 Tiz a Slam R. Attfield E. da Silva 10-1
13 Watch Me Strut C. Day Phillips D. Moran 30-1
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Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

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