Queen’s Plate News & Notes: July 3

by | 07.03.2013 | 3:58pm
Woodbine Racetrack



COUNTY LINEMAN/Ginger Punch Racing/Mark Frostad/Alex Solis

DYNAMIC SKY/John Oxley/Mark Casse/Joel Rosario

HIS RACE TO WIN/Sam-Son Farms/Malcolm Pierce/John Velazquez

JAGGER M/Gabe Grossberg/Mark Casse/Shaun Bridgmohan

KAIGUN/Quintessential Racing, G. Barber, Horse'n Around/Mark Casse/Justin Stein

MIDNIGHT ARIA/Tucci Stables/Nick Gonzalez/Jesse Campbell

NIPISSING/Chiefswood Stable/Rachel Halden/Steve Bahen

PYRITE MOUNTAIN/Awesome Again Racing/Mark Frostad/Luis Contreras

RACKMAN/Mike and Nick Nosowenko/Nick Nosowenko/Jim McAleney

RIVER SEVEN/Tucci Stables/Nick Gonzalez/Todd Kabel

SPRING IN THE AIR/John Oxley/Mark Casse/Gary Boulanger

UP WITH THE BIRDS/Sam-Son Farms/Malcolm Pierce/Eurico Rosa da Silva


Rackman, an imposing dark bay son of 2004 Queen's Plate champ Niigon, is hoping to follow in his famous father's footsteps in the $1-million Gallop for the Guineas, to be held Sunday, July 7, at Woodbine.

Trainer Nick Nosowenko took Rackman off the Queen's Plate trail after the gelding's six furlong breeze in 1:14.20, on June 30, went awry.

However, on Wednesday, Nosowenko announced that he has reconsidered and will enter Rackman in Sunday's classic.

“I overreacted. I was more mad at the riders than the horse, the horse does what he's told,” explained Nosowenko, of the in-company work that fell apart. “He came back and cleaned out his feed tub, and he was a terror in the shed row the next morning. The horse deserves a chance. He's telling me to run.”

A homebred gelding of the father-son combo of Mike and Nick Nosowenko, Rackman only recently cleared his maiden status with a roller coaster trip on June 1 when he dead-heated with Dragon Puff in a maiden allowance route?.

The Queen's Plate, set for its 154th consecutive edition on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Woodbine, will be aired live in HD on CBC from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Trainer Mark Casse, a five-time Sovereign Award winner, will saddle four horses for Sunday's Queen's Plate, as he seeks his elusive first win in the Canadian classic.

Spring in the Air, owned by John Oxley, is one of the quartet, and one of two fillies in the field.   The daughter of Spring At Last-Unbridled Run was Canada's champion two-year-old filly last year, winning two of five starts and over $430,000.

This year, she took the Fury Stakes in May, then finished second to Nipissing in the Woodbine Oaks on June 9 as the favourite.   She'll meet Nipissing again in the Plate but she'll be ridden for the first time by jockey Gary Boulanger, who piloted filly Dancethruthedawn to a Plate triumph in 2001.

In the Oaks, she trailed the field of eight for most of the mile and one-eighth before putting in a good run around the far turn and into the stretch, eventually finishing three-quarters of a length behind Nipissing.

“Even (jockey) Joel (Rosario) said maybe he was too far back,” said Casse.  “I don't know.  I thought she had her opportunity to win.    I just think Nipissing outran her that day.  We had every chance to beat her but she proved best.   Hopefully we can move up a length or two (in the Plate).   I'm really happy that we got the extra week (between the Oaks and the Plate).  Instead of three weeks, we got a month and she's at the top of her game.   I think Gary (Boulanger) fits her just perfect.”

Spring in the Air, the field's leading money winner with $641,510, will be trying to become the 35th filly to win the Queen's/King's Plate and the seventh to do so since 1956, when Woodbine opened.   The last filly to win was Inglorious in 2011.


Canada's most famous horse race will be centre stage on July 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET, with the 154th running of the Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, North America's longest continuously-run stakes race and the first jewel in Canada's Triple Crown.

David Amber hosts the Queen's Plate on CBC, delivering Canadians all of the excitement from the country's most revered horse race. The running of the Queen's Plate will be shown live in High Definition on CBC Television.

Amber will be joined by Elliotte Friedman and racing analysts Jim Bannon and Renee Kierans. Canadian jockey legend Sandy Hawley, with 6,450 wins and more than $88 million in purse earnings, will also offer his insight and analysis. Woodbine track announcer Dan Loiselle, the voice of Canadian thoroughbred racing, will once again be in the booth to call the race for the 27th consecutive year.


Recently-retired Inglorious, heroine of the 2011 Queen's Plate, will be paraded as part of the festivities at the race's breakfast draw on Thursday.

Luis Contreras will accompany Donver Stable`s now five-year-old mare for trainer Josie Carroll to the walking ring for the 9:30 am ceremony.

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