The favourite for the Queen's Plate, to be held on June 26th, was identified this weekend when Queen'splatekitten captured the Marine Stakes with a purrfect ride from jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva.
QPK surges to the lead
QPK was content to stalk Silverleo and Bow Bell Reef through early fractions of 24.77 and a half in :49.72, before pouncing on the leaders turning into the stretch and pulling away for a three-length victory in a final time of 1:44.53.
“He gives you such a nice feeling,” said da Silva. “He’s a very relaxed horse. I just pressed him a little bit in the turn for him to catch up with them. He ran a very wonderful race.”
Queen'splatekitten wins the Marine Stakes
Although the final time was not spectacular - - consider that the filly Inglorious completed the La Lorgnette in a faster time of 1:44.19 - - it must be noted that QPK was barely asked by da Silva. It will now be up to the winner of the Plate Trial to try and knock Queen'splatekitten off his pedestal for the right to be the Queen's Plate favourite.
QPK won the Marine in a walk
Be sure to make your selections for the Queen's Plate Fantasy Challenge - - The Woodbine Oaks session runs from May 25th through June 5th and you can check out potential selections by reviewing Woodbine's page of stakes nominations:
Wed June 1st - Ballade 6F F&M 3YO+
Lady Angela winner Bear It's Time is nominated to this race but is not eligible to the contest. Reade Baker is currently considering bringing the filly back for the Oaks.
Wed June 4th - Nassau 1M(T) F&M 3YO+
No three-year-olds nominated.
SUN June 5th - Plate Trial 9F 3YO
There are 19 horses nominated so click the link above for the full listing. Horses to focus on include Bear's Chill, Check Your Soul, Enduring Star, Hippolytus, Kurogane and Sensational Slam.
SUN June 5th - Woodbine Oaks 9F 3YO F
The nominations are not completed yet, but a small field is expected, namely: Abrianna, Bear It’s Time, Baganara, Dominating Force, Grand Style, Inglorious, Marketing Mix, Niigon’s Touch, Roxy Gap, Sense of Pride and Silver Ami.
Here's a few photos from Saturday's Marine Stakes. As always, double-left click the photo to enlarge it and use your 'BACK' button to return to the photo essay.
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Roger Attfield and Emma-Jayne Wilson talk tactics
Bow Bell Reef liked the camera
Walker's Landing walking after landing at Woodbine
Queen's Plate Kitten plays with a ball of string in the paddock...* (not really)
Cafe Elektrik was hoping for a power surge
Kentucky-bred Silverleo would be out-felined by Ontario-bred QPK
Queen'splatekitten - the cat's meow?
Walker's Landing walked out of the gate - - add to your watch list!
Luis Contreras should always be standing in the irons of Oh Canada, right?
They're off in the Marine Stakes!!
QPK wins the Marine Stakes!
That's it Luis!
A big thumbs up from da Silva
Shake, shake shake...
He's won the last two editions of the Queen's Plate...I think I know why he's smiling
The lovely Dawn Lupul and da Silva discuss the race
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