TORONTO, August 20, 2020 – A victory in the Plate Trial on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack propelled Clayton to the top spot in the second edition of the 161st Queen’s Plate Power Rankings presented by the OLG Canadian Triple Crown.

The Power Rankings highlight top OLG Canadian Triple Crown contenders as voted on by expert horseplayers and racing commentators from Woodbine Racetrack and Fort Erie Race Track, including Jeff Bratt, Robert Geller, Ashley Mailloux, Doug McPherson, Jason Portuondo and Monique Vag. The rankings are based on votes following a 5-4-3-2-1 points system for top five selections and honourable mentions.

Many of the top contenders for the 2020 edition of the $1 million Queen’s Plate, first jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown set for September 12, were in the spotlight during this past weekend’s $150,000 Plate Trial and $500,000 Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser.

The Plate Trial champion, Clayton, edged out the Woodbine Oaks-winning filly, Curlin’s Voyage, for the top spot in the second edition of the Power Rankings by just one point. Those two Queen’s Plate contenders each received three first-place votes.

“Clayton is still light on seasoning compared to many others and continues to improve with each start,” said Portuondo of the Bodemeister colt, who is trained by Kevin Attard for owners Donato Lanni and Daniel Plouffe. “I think he’ll take that next step in the Plate and he better because Curlin’s Voyage is the real deal.”

“I gave Curlin’s Voyage the slight nod over Clayton because of the ease of which she won the Oaks and I believe she is more likely to get the Queen’s Plate distance of a mile and a quarter,” said Bratt of the Josie Carroll trainee, a Curlin filly owned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and Windsor Boys Racing. “Curlin’s Voyage got a faster pace to close into in the Oaks than Clayton did in the Plate Trial.  At this point, I feel Curlin’s Voyage is the more seasoned of the two and Clayton is still learning.”

Rounding out the top five is Plate Trial runner-up Halo Again, who topped the inaugural Power Rankings released last week, with the Trial and Oaks third-place finishers, Dotted Line and Merveilleux, tied in fourth.

Clayton and jockey Rafael Hernandez winning the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)

The second jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown is the 85th running of the $400,0000 Prince of Wales Stakes, set for September 29 at Fort Erie. The finest Canadian-bred three-year-old Thoroughbreds will face off in the final leg of the series in the 130th edition of the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes on October 24 at Woodbine.

The 161st Queen’s Plate Power Rankings presented by the OLG Canadian Triple Crown (August 20)

Rank – Horse – Career Record – Earnings – Trainer – Points (First-Place Votes) – Previous Ranking

1 – Clayton – 4-3-1-0 – $205,920 – Kevin Attard – 27 (3) – 2nd

2 – Curlin’s Voyage – 9-5-2-1 – $664,120 – Josie Carroll – 26 (3) – 3rd

3 – Halo Again – 6-3-1-0 – $287,732 – Steve Asmussen – 14 – 1st

4 – Dotted Line (tie) – 8-3-0-2 – $194,140 – Sid Attard – 7 – Honourable Mention

4 – Merveilleux (tie) – 8-2-3-1 – $244,660 – Kevin Attard – 7 – N/A

Honourable Mentions: Afleet Katherine, Olliemyboy, Edge of Fire, Elusive Knight, Famished

 

INTRODUCING THE QUEEN’S PLATE @ HOME

Building new traditions for one of Canada’s oldest traditions and most prestigious events

 

TORONTO, August 20, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment is excited to share its plans for the 161st Queen’s Plate that will bring one of Canada’s most prestigious events and storied traditions directly to fans like never before.

The digital-first experience will largely live on Woodbine Entertainment’s Instagram channel @WoodbineTB and will feature content anchored in the event’s longstanding traditions of fashion, gourmet food, music, wagering and world-class Thoroughbred racing.

This year’s QP @ Home experience is captured in this video.

Kicking off at Noon ET on Saturday, September 12, The Queen’s Plate @ Home will engage with fans from coast-to-coast and culminate with the live broadcast of The $1 million Queen’s Plate at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN and CTV.

To help bring the experience to fans at home, Woodbine Entertainment has partnered with a stable of multi-platform content creators, celebrities and musicians, who will contribute unique #QueensPlate inspired content throughout the day.

North America’s longest continually run stakes race is for three-year-old Thoroughbreds foaled in Canada and is the first jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown. The event was originally scheduled for June 27 prior to being postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to ongoing health and safety precautions regarding COVID-19, Woodbine Entertainment has made the decision not to open The Queen’s Plate to the general public. All ticket purchasers will be provided with a full refund through Ticketmaster.

“We are very much looking forward to creating new traditions with our fans for an event that is already steeped in tradition and has a history dating back to 1860,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “While it’s unfortunate we can’t welcome patrons in our stands this year, we are inviting Canadians to experience The Queen’s Plate safely from home with family and friends in their bubble.”

The Queen’s Plate @ Home will be hosted on Instagram by The Social’s Melissa Grelo and will lead into the national broadcast of the 161st running of The Queen’s Plate on TSN and CTV. The networks’ coverage is hosted by TSN’s Brian Williams, alongside Laura Diakun and Jason Portuondo at the Racing Night Live desk, and reporters Brodie Lawson and Chad Rozema.

“The world has seen so many challenges in 161 years and the Queen’s Plate has persevered through all of them,” said Grelo. “I’m excited to enjoy and share the race with fans in a new and exciting way this year!”

Fans enjoying the Queen’s Plate @ Home will also have the opportunity to enhance their experience with Woodbine’s new horse racing app, Dark Horse. Built for the next generation of horse racing fans, Dark Horse uses artificial intelligence to simplify the experience for the new player.

“Easy to use and a ton of fun, I would highly recommend Dark Horse to sports bettors or casual fans looking to get their feet wet with wagering on horse racing,” said Portuondo, Host/Analyst, Woodbine Entertainment. “Especially with the Derby and The Queen’s Plate coming up, it’s time to download the app and start playing!”

Dark Horse is available in the Canadian Apple app store or can be downloaded at playdarkhorse.com.

For the latest information about QP @ Home, fans should follow @WoodbineTB on Instagram and visit QueensPlate.com.

TORONTO, August 15, 2020 – Curlin’s Voyage and jockey Patrick husbands won the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.

The Ontario-bred three-year-old daughter of Curlin is trained by Josie Carroll for Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings Inc.

Top three finishers: Curlin’s Voyage-Afleet Katherine-Merveilleux

PATRICK HUSBANDS, JOCKEY

Jason Portuondo (JP): Despite everything she’s done, there have been doubters as to whether or not she’s the real deal. She proved today that she is.

Patrick Husbands (PH): “She likes the game. One thing about her, you’ve got to ride her hard… She gets the job done.”

JP: Talk about the ride, that was an aggressive move you made.

PH: “The first quarter was pretty quick, so that singled them out. As you know, I have to ride Hernandez from the wire, he was on me… and so, in the first turn and in the second turn, he was on me and so I told myself, ‘I’m on the best horse’ so when I reached the five-eighths pole I was looking for any holes. The first hole that opened up, I was clear of that one and then the second hole opened up by the three-eighths pole, and then at the quarter pole the other one opened up and it was all sailing from there.”

JP: Statement win here today. If you’re Josie Carroll, do you put this horse in the Queen’s Plate?

PH: [Clears throat, knowing Josie’s behind him and listening] “I’m not getting involved, I am not getting involved.”

JOSIE CARROLL, TRAINER

JP: She just continues to be a really good racehorse. You said you’d have her ready and this was an emphatic victory.

Josie Carroll (JC): “She’s a very special filly; a very, very special filly. I think we knew what we had from the start when we were very bold and put her against the boys the first time out in a stake. It’s not something you do lightly; you have to think one’s special. I had a few concerns this year with the way the stakes schedule played out. I knew I wasn’t going to get a two-turn race in her and it gave me some concern but I trained her fairly hard into this race and she just thrived on it. Good horses thrive on training.”

JP: You’ve been down this road before with Inglorious in 2011. Are we going to see Curlin’s Voyage in the Queen’s Plate?

JC: “You know, with Inglorious I think I had everybody frustrated because I wouldn’t make up my mind until the week before the Plate. I’m very much about my individual horses and she’s going to tell us.”

 

TORONTO, August 15, 2020 – Curlin’s Voyage, patiently handled by Patrick Husbands, put away her rivals in early stretch en route to victory in the 65th running of the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser, Saturday at Woodbine.

Trained by Josie Carroll and owned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings Inc., and Windsor Boys Racing, Curlin’s Voyage made a strong statement in the first leg of the Triple Tiara for Canadian-bred three-year-old fillies, and in doing so, perhaps put herself in line for a spot in the Queen’s Plate starting gate.

It was Infinite Patience, breaking from the outside post 10, who took the lead soon after the start, crossing over to lead her nine rivals into the first turn.

The Vancouver-based stakes star, with Emma-Jayne Wilson in the irons, was 1 ½-lengths on top of 67-1 longshot Bayou Belle after a quarter-mile in :23:15, and one-length in front at the half clocked in :46.79. Curlin’s Voyage, travelling well along the rail, remained covered up in eighth.

As the field rounded the final turn, Husbands and Curlin’s Voyage were in high gear. The duo was in front in a flash and held a two-length advantage at Robert Geller’s stretch call.

Jockey Patrick Husbands guides Curlin’s Voyage to victory in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)

Down the lane, the veteran rider and daughter of Curlin found themselves in complete control, going on to secure a 1 ¾-length score.

Terra Racing Stable’s Afleet Katherine took second, with late-charging Merveilleux finishing third, a half-length behind the runner-up.

The final time was 1:50.04. Earlier on the card, Clayton won the Plate Trial in 1:50.61.

“The first quarter was pretty quick, so that singled them out,” said Husbands, who won his fourth Oaks. “As you know, I have to ride [jockey, Rafael, aboard Merveilleux] Hernandez from the wire, he was on me…and so, in the first turn and in the second turn he was on me and so I told myself, ‘I’m on the best horse,’ so when I reached the five-eighths pole, I was looking for any holes. The first hole that opened up, I was clear of that one and then the second hole opened up by the three-eighths pole, and then at the quarter pole the other one opened up and it was all sailing from there.”

“She’s a very special filly; a very, very special filly,” praised Carroll. “I think we knew what we had from the start when we were very bold and put her against the boys the first time out in a stake. It’s not something you do lightly; you have to think one’s special. I had a few concerns this year with the way the stakes schedule played out. I knew I wasn’t going to get a two-turn race in her and it gave me some concern but I trained her fairly hard into this race and she just thrived on it. Good horses thrive on training.”

Curlin’s Voyage heads to the winner’s circle with her connections after winning the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)

A 2019 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Carroll is no stranger to Woodbine Oaks or Queen’s Plate success.

In 2011, the decorated conditioner campaigned Inglorious to the Oaks-Plate double. Five years earlier, she became the first female trainer to win the Plate when Edenwold captured Canada’s most famous horse race.

The decision whether to run Curlin’s Voyage, now 5-2-1 from nine starts, in the $1 million Queen’s Plate (September 12) won’t be made yet.

“You know, with Inglorious I think I had everybody frustrated because I wouldn’t make up my mind until the week before the Plate. I’m very much about my individual horses and she’s going to tell us.”

Curlin’s Voyage and jockey Patrick Husbands winning the 65th running of the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)

The Woodbine Oaks has served as a Queen’s Plate stepping-stone for fillies. Recent Oaks-Plate champions include Holy Helena (2017), Lexie Lou (2014), Inglorious (2011) and Dancethruthedawn (2001). In 2018, Oaks runner-up Wonder Gadot went on to win the Queen’s Plate.

Curlin’s Voyage returned $4.70, $3.10 and $2.30, topping a 1-5 exactor with Afleet Katherine ($4.90, $2.30) worth $26.60. Merveilleux ($2.80) rounded out a 1-5-7 triactor that paid $42.05 for a $1 ticket, while Mizzen Beau (6) completed a $1 superfecta worth $260.65.

TORONTO, August 15, 2020 – Clayton, a son of 2012 Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister, dug deep to fend off a pair of stubborn foes in taking the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes, Saturday afternoon at Woodbine.

The road to the Queen’s Plate – set for Saturday, September 12 – is heating up.

A field of six Canadian-foaled three-year-olds took to the Toronto oval Tapeta in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial, the traditional prep for the first leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown.

The race didn’t disappoint.

Dotted Line, one of three (Elusive Knight and Northern Thunder were the others) Sid Attard trainees, assumed command early, joined to the outside by Queenston and Coronation Futurity Stakes champ Halo Again. Clayton, the 3-5 choice, tracked along in tandem with outsider Glorious Tribute.

Justin Stein had Dotted Line a half-length in front of Halo Again after a half-mile reached in :49.31, as Clayton and Glorious Tribute continued to rate just off the pacesetting pair.

As the field made its way into the final turn, Rafael Hernandez, aboard Clayton, asked the Kevin Attard trainee for his best run as the front-runners braced for the challenge to his inside.

Mid-way down the stretch, it appeared Clayton would power past his rivals, but both Dotted Line and Halo Again refused to give up the fight.

At the wire, Clayton, owned by Donato Lanni and Daniel Plouffe, was a half-length the best, while Halo Again outdueled Dotted Line by a head for the runner-up spot. Glorious Tribute, Elusive Knight and Northern Thunder rounded out the finish.

The final time was 1:50.61.

Clayton and jockey Rafael Hernandez winning the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)

“He loomed up like he was going to kind of kick on like he did in his last race and obviously they kind of kicked on with him and made it a good fight to the finish,” said Attard, in search of his first Queen’s Plate crown. “So, we’ll kind of watch the replay, see how he comes out of this race and take it from there… see if there’s any adjustments that need to be made. Obviously, this is just kind of one step in the right direction, but I don’t want to be remembered as the Plate Trial winner.”

It was the third win – accompanied by one second – in four starts for the colt bred by Bernard and Karen McCormack. The Plate Trial represented Clayton’s first stakes engagement.

“Thank God and thank Kevin and the owners for the opportunity to ride the horse,” said Hernandez. “I thought it was going to be more easy. There was a little trouble early in the race; I tried to settle down the horse, he just wanted to go. After the two horses got in front, he dropped the bridle and settled down and I was more confident in the backside about him.”

Next up, a date in the $1 million Queen’s Plate, North America’s oldest continually run stakes race.

“Obviously, everybody dreams of running in the Plate and sometimes you’re taking just a hope and a prayer to kind of go in there and hope the stars align for you,” said Attard. “Obviously, this situation’s a little different, we’re going in with one of the favourites and we know we’ve kind of got a good shot to maybe take it all, but there’s going to be more shooters coming and it’s not going to be easy.”

Clayton and jockey Rafael Hernandez winning the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)

Fans can track the Queen’s Plate Power Rankings on queensplate.com, the official website of the race, and on Woodbine Entertainment’s social media platforms via @WoodbineTB.

Clayton returned $3.30, $2.10 and $2.10, combining with Halo Again ($3, $2.40) for an $8.70 exactor. Dotted Line ($2.50) completed a 3-4-2 triactor that paid $27.10. Glorious Tribute (1) rounded out a $1 superfecta worth $61.65.

TORONTO, August 13, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment today announced the first edition of the 161st Queen’s Plate Power Rankings presented by the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, and it looks quite different than the list of top contenders from The Queen’s Plate Winterbook that was released in February.

Woodbine Entertainment also announced that this year’s Canadian Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing sees the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) return as an official partner and presenting sponsor, starting with The Queen’s Plate on Saturday, September 12 at Woodbine Racetrack.

The Power Rankings, to be updated three more times (August 20, September 3 and September 10) leading up to the $1 million Queen’s Plate, highlight some of the country’s most talented three-year-old Thoroughbreds seeking a spot in the starting gate for Canada’s most famous horse race. Votes are cast by expert horseplayers and racing personalities from Woodbine and Fort Erie: Jeff Bratt, Robert Geller, Ashley Mailloux, Doug McPherson, Jason Portuondo and Monique Vag. The rankings are based on votes following a points system (five points for a first-place vote, four points for second-place vote, etc.) for top five selections, and honourable mentions.

Halo Again, an Ontario-bred son of Speightstown, tops the first edition of the Power Rankings with four first-place first votes, followed by Clayton, Curlin’s Voyage, Elusive Knight, and Olliemyboy.

Trained by Steve Asmussen and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC, the bay colt earned first-place recognition after an impressive effort in the Queenston Stakes on July 4 at Woodbine. Halo Again was listed as the fourth choice (8-1) in The Queen’s Plate Winterbook.

“After finishing fourth in the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park, his connections sent him to Woodbine for the Queenston Stakes and he looked quite good,” said Mailloux, Fort Erie Race Track’s Handicapper and Paddock Analyst. “He was able to really gear down in the stretch, and edged clear in the end to win by over a length. I’m not sure we’ve seen his best yet.”

Woodbine Thoroughbred race caller Robert Geller included Olliemyboy (tabbed at 50-1 in the Queen’s Plate Winterbook) in his Top 5 after a sharp score on August 1 at Woodbine.

“Olliemyboy makes my Top 5 list after two impressive staying efforts, following up a late-closing second with a last-to-first victory at a mile and an eighth. He will like the distance (1-¼ miles) of The Queen’s Plate.”

Fans can track the Power Rankings on queensplate.com, the official website of the Queen’s Plate, and on Woodbine Entertainment’s social media platforms via @WoodbineTB.

The second jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown is the 85th running of the $400,0000 Prince of Wales Stakes, set for September 29 at Fort Erie Race Track. The finest Canadian-bred three-year-old Thoroughbreds will face off in the final leg of the series in the 130th edition of the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes on October 24 at Woodbine.

Queen’s Plate Power Rankings (Week 1 – August 13)

Rank – Horse – Career Record – Earnings – Trainer – Points – First-Place Votes – Previous Ranking

1 – Halo Again – 5-3-0-0 – $204,577 – Steve Asmussen – 26 – 4 – N/A

2 – Clayton – 3-2-1-0 – $86,377 – Kevin Attard – 23 – 2 – N/A

3 – Curlin’s Voyage – 8-4-2-1 – $273,420 – Josie Carroll – 17 – 0 – N/A

4 – Elusive Knight – 5-1-4-0 – $93,384 – Sid Attard – 9 – 0 – N/A

5 – Olliemyboy – 4-1-1-0 – $61,003 – Sid Attard – 6 – 0 – N/A

Honourable Mentions: Malibu Mambo, Edge of Fire, Dotted Line, Infinite Patience

TORONTO, August 12, 2020 – Halo Again goes after his fourth career win in his sixth start in Saturday’s $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes, a traditional prep for Canada’s most famous race, the $1 million Queen’s Plate, scheduled for September 12.

All Plate Trial starters carry 126 pounds, the same weight they’ll carry should they contest the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate. Big Red Mike (2010) was the most recent horse to notch the Plate Trial-Queen’s Plate double.

In what’s shaping up to be a wide-open race for all the spoils in the 161st running of Canada’s most famous horse race, three high profile trainers, two of them related, will look to add a Queen’s Plate victory to their impressive list of accomplishments.

Steve Asmussen, closing in on 9,000 career wins, sends out Halo Again in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial.

Bred in Ontario by Anderson Farms, the Speightstown-Halo’s Verse colt was a $600,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland sale by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC. He is a half-brother to multiple graded stakes placed mare Inflexibility, who won the 2017 Canadian Triple Tiara’s Wonder Where Stakes as well as the Carotene Stakes at Woodbine.

Listed as the fourth choice (8-1) in the Queen’s Plate Winterbook, the three-time winner from five starts is undefeated in his two Woodbine appearances. Prior to the Queenston triumph, Halo Again eked out a head score in last year’s Coronation Futurity Stakes, also contested at a 1 1/8 miles on the Toronto oval Tapeta.

The bay colt arrives at Saturday’s race off an impressive effort in the Queenston Stakes on July 4 at Woodbine.

Halo Again and jockey Rafael Hernandez winning the $125,000 Queenston Stakes on Saturday, July 4 at Woodbine Racetrack. (Michael Burns Photo)

Halo Again paid $4.70 to win as the 6-5 favourite in a time of 1.23.63 for seven furlongs. Luis Contreras will be the irons for the Plate Trial, after leading rider Rafael Hernandez opted to ride Clayton.

Trainer Kevin Attard, who campaigns reigning Canadian Horse of the Year, Starship Jubilee, will be represented in the Plate Trial by the aforementioned Clayton, a bay son of Bodemeister, owned by Donato Lanni.

Yet to test the stakes ranks, the colt dazzled in his debut last November at Woodbine, garnering attention in the Queen’s Plate Winterbook, ranking eighth (16-1) in Woodbine’s annual rankings compiled by Ron Gierkink and Alex Campbell of the Daily Racing Form.

After a second in his three-year-old curtain-raiser, Clayton was back in the win column via an authoritative three-length victory at 1 1/16 miles on July 18 at Woodbine.

“He’s doing well,” said Attard. “We’re excited to see him run this weekend and hopefully, he takes another step forward. I’ll put it this way… so far, he’s done everything that we’ve asked of him. They’re three-year-olds and they’re all developing at different rates. I can only worry about my horse and my horse is doing everything I need him to be doing right now.”

Attard gave his Plate hopeful a high grade for his most recent performance.

“It was a great run. He did it very easily. That almost concerns me to a degree because I need him to be pressed a little bit. It’s only going to get tougher. It’s a good feeling when you see them geared down and they’re much the best. Hopefully, he takes another step in the right direction, and we get one step closer to the bid dance.”

Attard, nephew of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Sid Attard, finished second with Alezzandro in the 2007 Queen’s Plate. The Steve Stavro-owned dark bay went on to win the Prince of Wales Stakes (second jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown) that same year.

His father, Tino Attard (Sid’s brother), has 1,355 career wins.

Zeroing in on 2,100 lifetime wins, Sid Attard has one Plate Trial win to his name, coming in 2007 with the late Mel Lawson’s Jiggs Coz.

Among his top horses, Attard campaigned Sovereign Award winners Ginger Gold, One For Rose, Numerous Times and Interpol. Numerous Times upset the defending champion and Horse of The Year Quiet Resolve in the 2001 edition of the $1 million Atto Mile (Grade 1) at Woodbine. Interpol provided Attard with another Grade 1 highlight, winning the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes in 2015.

Attard, who won his 2,000th career race on July 22, 2018 at Woodbine, would love to add a Queen’s Plate victory to his long list of achievements.

In the 1992 Plate, his Grand Hooley, at 20-1, finished second, 11 ½-lengths back of heavy favourite Alydeed.

This time, Attard has a trio of contenders in Elusive Knight, Northern Thunder and Dotted Line, all of which will go postward in the Plate Trial.

Fashioning a record of one win and four seconds from five starts, Elusive Knight, a dark bay son of Ghostzapper, won his debut last October at Woodbine, and then rhymed off four consecutive runner-up efforts, most recently, on July 18 at Woodbine.

The Stronach Stables’ homebred was second in last year’s Display Stakes.

“Patrick Husbands rode him for the first time last time, and he didn’t know him too well, so he worked him again the other day. He worked very well and Patrick was happy. He got to know the horse well and feels good about it, that’s what he told me.”

Elusive Knight could be the one to deliver Attard an elusive Queen’s Plate win. Frank Stronach has four Plate crowns, the most recent coming with the filly Holy Helena in 2015.

Dotted Line, owned by Norseman Racing Stable, has three wins and a third from seven career starts. Two of those victories came in stakes, last year’s Frost King and Kingarvie. The Frost King was a 49-1 upset, yielding a $100.40 payout for a $2 win wager.

The bay gelding was the ninth choice (18-1) in the Queen’s Plate Winterbook.

“He’s a nice horse,” offered Attard, of the son of Signature Red, a horse the trainer campaigned to great success. “He tries hard all the time. We had some problems with him, we had some problems with the feet and it kind of took us quite a bit to get him right. Then, when he ran seven furlongs [in his three-year-old debut in the Queenston], he only had two works and we had to run him to get him ready for the Plate. He ran a good fifth, and last time [third, in the Grade 3 Marine] he ran a good, good race. We’ve been schooling him in the gate and he kind of broke slow and he made a nice run. He’s a really nice horse. He gives you 100 per cent when he runs.”

Northern Thunder (40-1 in the Winterbook), a chestnut son of Creative Cause, has one win from eight starts.

Bred by Huntington Stud Farm Corp., and owned by Tucci Stables, the colt’s lone victory came in the second start of his rookie campaign, a neck nod in a 1 1/16-mile score over the Woodbine Tapeta on September 15, 2019.

“We just got him and I see him improving already. As a matter of fact, we breezed him half a mile [on August 10]. He went :48[.60] handily, so he’s doing good too.”

Glorious Tribute, also pegged at 40-1 in the Winterbook, has one win and a third from eight career starts.

Owned by Bruce Lunsford and trained by Barbara Minshall, the son of Congrats will contest his third consecutive stakes. The dark bay gelding was third in the Queenston Stakes on July 4, and fifth in the Marine Stakes on July 25.

The Ontario-bred’s victory came in the final start of his two-year-old season, a half-length triumph at one mile and 70 yards on the Woodbine main track.

Last year, Pay for Peace pulled off a 19-1 upset to win the Plate Trial for trainer Rachel Halden.

$150,000 PLATE TRIAL STAKES

Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer

1 – Glorious Tribute – Davy Moran – Barbara Minshall

2 – Dotted Line – Justin Stein – Sid Attard

3 – Clayton – Rafael Hernandez – Kevin Attard

4 – Halo Again – Luis Contreras – Steve Asmussen

5 – Northern Thunder – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Sid Attard

6 – Elusive Knight – Patrick Husbands – Sid Attard