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He has a lone star, win-wise, on his lifetime record, but the
consistent Tower of Texas
could be the horse to deliver Hall of Fame
conditioner Roger Attfield
a record win in the 155th edition of the
Currently tied with Harry Giddings Jr. for the most Plate wins
(eight) by a conditioner, Attfield's hope of taking over sole possession
of the honour rests underneath the saddle of Tower of Texas.
Owned by Scott Dilworth and Tom Van Meter, the bay son of Street
Sense has one win, three seconds and two thirds from eight starts.
"He's been consistent, but he hasn't run his best race yet," said
Attfield, whose most recent Plate triumph came with Not Bourbon in 2008.
"There is certainly room for improvement and he's had a good week
leading up to the race."
Attfield, who trained Rare Opportunity, the dam of Tower of Texas, wouldn't mind setting the solo standard on Sunday.
"It looks like it's going to be large field and anything can happen," he offered. "But, (a ninth win) it would be fine with me."
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, seeking his first Plate win, gets
the call on Tower of Texas. He's won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on four
occasions, including back-to-back scores with turf titan Wise Dan, in
2012 and 2013.
EARLY LOOK AT THE POSSIBLE JULY 6 QUEEN'S PLATE FIELD (16)
HORSE / TRAINER / OWNER / JOCKEY
Ami's Holiday / Josie Carroll / Ivan Dalos /Luis Contreras
Asserting Bear / Reade Baker / Bear Stables / Chantal Sutherland-Kruse
Athenian Guard / Mike DePaulo / A & L Racing Stables / Omar Moreno
Cap in Hand / Sid Attard / Tucci Stables / TBA
Coltimus Prime / Justin Nixon / Cabernet Racing Stables / Jesse Campbell
Heart to Heart / Brian Lynch / Terry Hamilton / Eurico Rosa da Silva
Lexie Lou / Mark Casse / Gary Barber / Patrick Husbands
Lions Bay / Jamie Attard / M. N. V. & J. Earle / David Moran
Majestic Sunset / Mark Casse / John Oxley / Gary Boulanger
Man o' Bear / Reade Baker / Bear Stables / Emma-Jayne Wilson
Matador / Mark Casse / John Oxley / Julien Leparoux
Niigon Express / Paul Attard / Chiefswood Stable / Gerry Olguin
One Destiny / Alec Fehr /Winston Penny & Alec Fehr / Justin Stein
Rhythm Blues / Nick Gonzalez / Hillsbrook Farms /TBA
Tower of Texas / Roger Attfield / Thomas Van Meter II & Scott Dilworth / John Velazquez
We Miss Artie / Todd Pletcher / Ken & Sarah Ramsey / Javier Castellano