It's the longest, un-interrupted race in North America. The
Queen's Plate will add another year today at Woodbine Racetrack. The race dates back to 1860. Way back then, Toronto
was still a British colony, and the president of the Toronto Turf Club got the OK
from Queen Victoria for a new race in the territory. The inaugural Queen's Plate offered a prize
of a plate with the value 50 guineas. Today, they'll run for $1,000,0000 and a
Plate of gold.
A filed of 13 will take to Woodbine's all-weather track for a
1 ¼ mile run. Woodbines doesn't run many at the distance. However, the
synthetic track appears to give stalkers/closers a light advantage over their early
speed rivals. Meanwhile, post-position doesn't provide and edge as inside, middle
and out win at similar rates.
Top Contenders based on Recent Speed Figures:
6 MUNNYFOR RO
8 KEEP GRINDING
10 DANCE SOME MO
2 HARLAN ESTATE
1 SAFE CONDUCT
12 TIDAL FORCES
Top Angles for the Top Contenders:
RIPTIDE ROCK's (PP: 7 ML 7 ML 6-1) trainer Sid Attard wins
non-graded stakes at 26% and RIPTIDE ROCK ran the highest, last race speed
figure, winning by more than a length.
MUNNYFOR RO (PP: 6 ML 9/2) has six quality starts in his
last seven races and a high win percentage trainer in Kevin Attard.
KEEP GRINDING (PP: 8 ML 4-1) should be at/near top form in
his third start after a long layoff and has the best combo or early and late pace
DANCE SOME MO (PP: 10 ML 12-1) has the highest pedigree
score for the distance/surface. One of Woodbine's all-time greatest jockeys
Patrick Husbands is aboard.
HARLAN ESTATE (PP: 2 ML 12-1) has a win and second since
moving to Woodbine from Southern California. He is making the third start off
the break and his only other third race in a three-race cycle was the best.
SAFE CONDUCT (PP: 1 ML 5-1) has one of the top jockeys with
Irad Ortiz and a recent bullet work out.
HADDASSAH (PP: 3 ML 10-1) is another classic third start off
the bench contender. He never finished out of the money in three starts for
trainer Kevin Attard.
TIDAL FORCES (PP: 12 ML 12-1) has one of the best
jockey/trainer duos of Emma-Jayne Wilson and Gail Cox. The tandem has combined
to finish in the money in three of five together, generating a positive return
on investment (ROI).
The Play: RIPTIDE ROCK ran the top, last race speed
figure in his first start at Woodbine. MUNNYFOR RO won his last race and trainer
Kevin Attard follows a win with another at 23%. KEEP GRINDING has five quality
starts in five races. TIDAL FORCES should be at/near top form in the third
start off the bench and is working well.
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