The Canadian Press TORONTO — Catherine Day Phillips is returning to the $1-million Queen’s Plate.
The veteran trainer plans to run Woodbine Oaks winner Dixie Moon in the first jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown on June 30 at Woodbine Racetrack. Day Phillips had a horse in last year’s race as Plate Trial winner Guy Caballero finished 10th.
Dixie Moon should be among the early Plate favourites as her winning Oaks time (1:50.38) was better than what Telekinesis ran (1:50.4) in the Plate Trial. Both races were over 1 1/8 miles.
“We wanted to see how she came out of the Oaks and she seems to be doing really well,” Day Phillips said Thursday. “As of right now we’re running in the Plate.”
The Plate field will include Telekinesis, Wonder Gadot (second to Dixie Moon in the Oaks) and Neepawa, all trained by 10-time Sovereign Award winner Mark Casse. In February, Telekinesis was installed as the 4-1 favourite in the Winterbook, a hypothetical listing of early odds for the 109 three-year-olds – 95 colts and geldings, 14 fillies – nominated to the Canadian Triple Crown.