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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Plate countdown - 5 days

Welcome to the first day of summer and the five-day countdown to the 147th Queen's Plate, the most popular horse race in this country and the longest, continually run event in North America.

Tidbits from the Queen's Plate Barbeque on Monday:

Pipers Thunder was en route from Chiefswood Stable to Woodbine to meet the Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. deadline for Plate horses to be on the grounds, according to the new Woodbine rules.
Since the Chiefswood horses train at the farm and not at Woodbine, there is no doubt some bristling about the subject when talking to those involved with the Plate Trial winner.

Trainer Brian Lynch (Malakoff for Stronach Stable's) has been selectively "media friendly" while Bob Baffer (Wanna Runner) has been good with the local press even from as far away as California. And certainly trainers like Steve Attard, Mike Doyle and Mike DePaulo have been very available to the press.

Mike Doyle (speaking last weekend at Woodbine) on Pyramid Park:

"He worked last Tuesday in 1:01 1/5 and worked good. Disappointing last race, he trained great going into the race and I thought he could win. The idea was not to be on the lead but they didn't really go too fast. He was fine after the race, so I don't have an explanation.
From a handicappers standpoint, I guess they would say he bounced but I'm not a good handicapper. I hope they are right because if you go off that, then his next race might be his best race. The distance is perfect for him. I may cross-enter him in the Charlie Barley (on the grass) on the same day.

A steady, one-paced type by Tethra, Pyramid Park will be ridden by Slade Callaghan. The 88 Beyer Figure from two starts ago impresses but is it a bit inflated because he set the pace?

Emma Jayne-Wilson is keen on her first Plate mount, BRIDGECUT, who, although looks far below most of the others on 'paper', was once considered a legitmate Plate contender.
Wilson will be studying the horse's races on tape this week, studying his habits at the barn and while galloping him in the morning.

"Dave Bell's given me a lot of insight on him. I learned a lot from breezing him the other day and he's a complex horse."


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