The 2021 Queen's Plate Stakes Preview

Horse Racing Radar
Rich Bieglmeier
Rich Bieglmeier is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Sunday, August 22, 2021

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 ΒΌ 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.

Pace Projections:

Top Contenders based on Recent Speed Figures:

7              RIPTIDE ROCK
6              MUNNYFOR RO
8              KEEP GRINDING
10           DANCE SOME MO
2              HARLAN ESTATE
1              SAFE CONDUCT
3              HADDASSAH
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 numbers.

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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