The Queen’s Plate, Canada’s Kentucky Derby, will be run at Woodbine Racecourse outside of Toronto this Sunday and trainers of three American-raced runners will be making the trip north with eligible, albeit questionably-qualified, contenders.
Jiggs Coz, a locally-based charcoal grey horse that easily won the Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine on June 3, will be the favourite. But don’t be surprised if the Kiaran McGlaughlin-trained Daaher, a son of 1997 Queen’s Plate winner Awesome Again, pulls an upset. Daaher has won only a maiden race at Belmont, although he’s owned by the mighty Dubai-owned Shadwell Stable and has the look of a horse to watch in the division this late summer and fall.
If Daaher wins big on Sunday, McGlaughlin will be facing the choice of keeping his horse north of the border for Canada’s remaining Triple Crown races or bringing him back to the States to run in the Jim Dandy, Haskell or Travers. Then, of course, if Daaher loses on Sunday, he’ll still be eligible for non-winners of one other than.
At 10-1, he’s worth a two-nie.