Queen's Plate News Minute Presented By CTHS Ontario: Focusing On The Favorites On Race Day - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Queen’s Plate News Minute Presented By CTHS Ontario: Focusing On The Favorites On Race Day

The field rounds the first turn in the 2019 Queen’s Plate at Woodbine

The preparations are complete for the 163rd running of the Queen's Plate at Woodbine. All that's left to do is put them in the gate, and see which horse comes out on top.

On this episode of the Queen's Plate News Minute, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills takes a look at the two morning line favorites in first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown: dominant Woodbine Oaks winner Moira, and Grade 3 Marine Stakes winner Rondure.

Trainer Kevin Attard discusses his plans to keep Moira's attitude in check after she acted out in the paddock before the Woodbine Oaks and lost both of her hind shoes. She caused even more commotion after the race when she backed into the shrubs surrounding the stakes winner's circle.

Rondure enters the Queen's Plate off a longer rest than most, and trainer Katerina Vassilieva explained how she kept the colt sharp during his time between races. She also discusses the reasoning behind bringing in Saratoga-based jockey Flavien Prat to ride Rondure in the Queen's Plate.

Post time for the Queen's Plate is at 5:47 p.m. Eastern. The 1 1/4-mile race, restricted to Canadian-breds is contested over Woodbine's all-weather Tapeta surface.

Watch the final installment of the Queen's Plate News Minute below.

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