Skywire has sights set on Queen’s Plate upset

The $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, the centerpiece race of the season at Woodbine, is set for this Saturday. A full field of 14 Ontario-breds will go toe-to-toe in the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Post time for the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, Race 10 on a stakes-laden 13-race card, is 5:36 p.m. ET.

#10 SKYWIRE (4-1) drops back into restricted company after finishing second in the Grade III Marine Stakes over this course. The son of Afleet Alex is now 3-2-1-0 all-time at Woodbine. SKYWIRE should be able to handle the Queen’s Plate distance and has exceptional local rider Eurico Rosa da Silva in the irons.

#1 DESERT RIDE (8-1) is the lone filly in the race. She was last seen winning the Woodbine Oaks with a dramatic late bid in the five-path under Steven Bahen. DESERT RIDE would only need to improve slightly in the speed figure department to spring the upset in the Queen’s Plate. She’s certainly bred to get the distance (by Candy Ride out of a Distorted Humor mare).

#14 AVIE’S FLATTER (5-2, morning-line favorite) might have been the top pick if not for his terrible post draw. He’s won four of his first six starts, with two occurring on this course. AVIE’S FLATTER finds class relief after running sixth in a contentious American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs, where he recorded a career-best speed figure. Javier Castellano has the assignment.

#5 ONE BAD BOY (7-2) will likely vie with FEDERAL LAW for the early lead in the Queen’s Plate. Since forsaking the dirt, ONE BAD BOY broke his maiden with ease on turf before taking second on the synthetic main course in the Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate. Flavien Prat flies in for the call.

The play: $4 exacta 10/1,14, $2 exacta 10/5, $3 win 1, $2 exacta 14/10 ($15)

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