Jeremy Plonk: Queen’s Plate Post Draw Reaction

Sunday’s 163rd edition of the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most prestigious race, attracted a field of 11 contenders at today’s post-position draw ceremony. Moira, the Woodbine Oaks-winning filly, landed in post 8 and has been deemed the 5-2 morning line favorite by track oddsmaker Ernie Perry. The daughter of Ghostzapper could become the 38th filly to win the Queen’s Plate.

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Moira’s late-running style should not be impacted from her draw in post 8. The pace of the Queen’s Plate likely comes from Marine front-runner and beaten favorite Ironstone in post 3. Todd Pletcher’s New York-based Causin’ Mayhem set the tempo in the Plate Trial and his task becomes a bit tougher from post 11 on Sunday, though there’s a long run to the clubhouse turn. Marine winner Rondure, second choice in the morning line at 3-1, is drawn fine in post 6 with a style to stalk or close, and starting to the outside of Ironstone. He’ll partner with Flavien Prat.

Duke of Love begins from post 5 for 3-time Queen’s Plate-winning trainer Josie Carroll. The Cupid colt was runner-up in the Marine before a disappointing fourth in the Plate Trial with traffic excuses. Plate Trial winner Sir for Sure can give Mark Casse a third Queen’s Plate trophy if successful from post 10.

Sunday’s Woodbine program begins at 1:00 pm ET first post time.  The undercard includes the Grade 2 Canadian, Grade 2 King Edward and the Sweet Brian Too Stakes.

Woodbine // Sunday, August 21, 2022 // $1 million Queen’s Plate // 1-1/4 miles (Tapeta)

1. Hall of Dreams // Mark Casse // Patrick Husbands // 12-1 ML
2. Shamateur // Sid Attard // Luis Contreras // 30-1 ML
3. Ironstone // W.V. Aramata // Kazushi Kimura // 12-1 ML
4. The Minskter // Danny Vella // David Maran // 10-1 ML
5. Duke of Love // Josie Carroll // Justin Stein // 5-1 ML
6. Rondure // Katarina Vassilieva // Flavien Prat // 3-1 ML
7. Dancin In Da’Nile // Gail Cox // Shaun Bridgmohan // 30-1 ML
8. Moira // Kevin Attard // Rafael Hernandez // 5-2 ML
9. Hunt Master // Angus Buntain // Emma-Jayne Wilson // 30-1 ML
10. Sir for Sure // Mark Casse // Declan Carroll // 8-1 ML
11. Causin’ Mayhem // Todd Pletcher // Antonio Gallardo // 6-1 ML

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