Living up to his royal pedigree, Sam-Son Farms' homebred EYE OF THE LEOPARD (A.P.
Indy) stayed on strongly in deep stretch to capture Sunday's 150th
Queen's Plate S
. in a three-way finish at Woodbine. The son of Canadian
champion Eye of the Sphynx (Smart Strike) did not make his debut until April,
and was making just his fourth career start in the $883,819 classic, but what
the Mark Frostad pupil lacked in experience, he more than made up for in natural
talent. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Eye of the Leopard found his best stride
in the final yards to reel in longtime leader Mr. Foricos Two U (Porto Foricos)
by a neck, with Woodbine Oaks heroine Milwaukee Appeal (Milwaukee Brew) another
head away in third.