All On Red Seeking First Queen's Plate Win for Connections
June 22, 2016 08:36am
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Trainer Sid Attard and owners JMJ Racing Stables LLC are gambling that All On Red can provide them with a first Queen's Plate win in the $1-million Canadian classic, slated for Sunday, July 3, at Woodbine.


Attard first put eyes on the Hard Spun chestnut, bred in Ontario by Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. and Jessica Buckley, over the winter months in Florida when the colt ran a flat eighth in a Gulfstream Park maiden allowance sprint while under the care of trainer Michelle Nevin.


"About five weeks later, they ran him back at Aqueduct and he ran a hell of a race. He won going a mile from the one hole," said Attard. "He showed me a lot of heart. He went to the lead and several horses tried him and he put them away."


The April 24 score at Aqueduct opened a number of eyes including those of Tom Patton, agent for Woodbine's top jock Eurico Rosa da Silva.


"Tom came to see me before the horse even got here to see about riding him. The owner was happy to have a leading rider lined up," smiled Attard.


Unfortunately, All On Red's local debut, which was set for May 29, ended up being delayed.


"He finally arrived at Woodbine and he got sick on us and lost a little weight so we had to scratch him," said Attard.


When All On Red finally make his local debut, on June 11 in an open optional claiming route, the colt did not disappoint finishing second, defeated just a neck, after a long stretch duel with multiple stakes placed DragonBay.


"The last time he ran, we had to run him. He wasn't really 100 percent ready but Eurico Rosa da Silva was really happy with how he ran," said Attard. 


So happy, in fact, that Woodbine's leading rider and two-time Queen's Plate champ (Eye of the Leopard, 2009; Big Red Mike, 2010) is lined up for another spin around the Rexdale oval.


To ready All On Red for the 1 1/4-mile event, Attard has been busy familiarizing All On Red with his new surroundings.


"When he ran here, even in the post parade and during the race he was looking all over the place," said Attard. "So, we've been training him on the main track everyday and he's getting much better."




- All On Red / Sid Attard / JMJ Racing Stables LLC / Eurico Rosa da Silva

- Amis Gizmo / Josie Carroll / Ivan Dalos / TBA

- Cheburashka / Robert Tiller / Goldmart Farms / TBA

- Esposito / Tom Proctor / Chartwell Partners LLC / Alan Garcia

- Gamble's Ghost / Josie Carroll / Ivan Dalos / TBA

- Hammers Vision / Brian Lynch / Terry Hamilton / Patrick Husbands

- Leavem in Malibu / Mark Casse / Gary Barber & Conrad Farms / Gary  Boulanger

- Mike / John LeBlanc Jr./ Paradox Farm, Inc., Mardon Stable & Hugh  Sutherland / TBA

- My Name Is Jim / Reade Baker / Mario Forgione / TBA

- Narrow Escape / Justin Nixon / JMC's Racing Stable, Warren Dehan & Justin J. Nixon / Jesse Campbell

- Rocket Plan / John LeBlanc Jr. / William Gierkink / Simon Husbands

- Scholar Athlete / Graham Motion / West Point Thoroughbreds / Jose  Ortiz

- Shakhimat / Roger Attfield / Dan Gale and Richard Hogan / Emma-  Jayne Wilson

- Sir Dudley Digges / Mike Maker / Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey /  Julien Leparoux




In addition to the $1-million Queen's Plate, a quality laden July 3 card also features three other stakes, all of them on the grass, including the Grade II $200,000 Dance Smartly, at one mile and one-eighth for fillies and mares, three-years-old and upwards; the $150,000 Grade III Singspiel at one and one-half miles for three-year-olds and up; and the Grade II $200,000 Highlander at six furlongs for three-year-olds and upward. 


An expanded wagering menu for the lucrative card will include an early Pick 4 wager guaranteed for $150,000 and the late Pick 4 wager guaranteed at $300,000. As well, the early Pick 5 will be guaranteed at $50,000 while a new late Pick-5, special for Plate day only, will be offered with a $100,000 guarantee.




Award-winning Canadian rockers Hedley, Matthew Good and The Strumbellas will play a live concert at the 157th Queen’s Plate on Sunday, July 3 at Woodbine Racetrack.


Musical acts are the latest addition to an extensive offering of Race Day events and attractions that includes the Hats & Horseshoes Party, Rethink at the Races, food trucks and the main event, the running of the 157th Queen’s Plate. The full musical lineup will also include Andrew Hyatt, Emerson Street Rhythm Band, The Pick Brothers Band and River Town Saints, on three stages throughout Woodbine Racetrack grounds.


The Hats & Horseshoes Party, presented by Stella Artois and hosted by the co-hosts of The Social, is a Race Day favourite among young urbanites and style-setters who turn out in fascinators and seersucker suits. At this event-within-the-event, guests can walk the Pink Carpet sponsored by Pink Tartan, play croquet and other lawn games, participate in the Best Dressed contests for men and women, enjoy fine food and cocktails, and watch musical guests The Pick Brothers Band and Emerson Street Rhythm Band on the H&H Stage. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit

Source: Woodbine Communications Office



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