This Sunday Woodbine will be hosting exciting races for fillies and mares. The Queen’s Plate and also three graded stakes: Highlander S., Dance Smartly S., and Ontario Coleen S. Let’s see the preview, predictions, and odds for all of them.

Queen’s Plate – $1,000,000, 10f Tapeta, 3yo Canada-bred

Canada’s oldest race is blessed with a hugely competitive renewal this year, with the morning line favorite a 4-1 chance and five horses at single-figure odds giving it a very open feel.

Trainer Kevin Attard has four contenders, with the best seemingly the filly Munnyfor Ro (9-2), who won the Woodbine Oaks in impressive fashion three weeks ago and who should be fine with today’s extra furlong. Fillies have a good recent record in the Queen’s Plate and the sex allowance may tip the scales in her favor.

Keep Grinding (4-1) and Haddassah (10-1) are closely matched on their running in the Grade 3 Marine here (Tidal Forces fifth), while there was only a nose between Harlan Estate (12-1) and Dance Some Mo (12-1) when they filled the exacta in an allowance optional claimer here over nine furlongs last month, but all four have something to prove in terms of quality, as does Safe Conduct (5-1), outclassed in the Belmont Derby latest.

Avoman (8-1), on the other hand, won the Plate Trial here – HC Holiday and Derzkii promoted to second and third – on his second outing following a seven-month break, and that should have put him cherry-ripe for this.

Horse Betting Prediction: Avoman

HorseJockey Odds according to JazzSports
SAFE CONDUCTIrad Ortiz, Jr.+500
HARLAN STATEKazushi Kimura+1200
HADDASSAHGary Boulanger+1000
TAKE A CHANCEKeveh Nicholls+2000
H C HOLIDAYLuis Contreras+1500
MUNNYFOR ROJustin Stein+450
RIPTIDE ROCKDavid Moran+600
KEEP GRINDINGRafael Manuel Hernandez+400
GO TAKE CHARGESahin Civaci+3000
DANCE SOME MOPatrick Husbands+1200
AVOMANAntonio A. Gallardo+800
TIDAL FORCESEmma-Jayne Wilson+1200
DERZKIIJason Hoyte+3000

Highlander Stakes Grade 1 – $350,000, 6f turf, 3yo+

This could be a straightforward assignment for the filly Caravel (Evens), who has her first start for trainer Graham Motion after taking her winning streak to three in the Grade 3 Caress at Saratoga last month.

She is still firmly on the upgrade and can make the most of her sex allowance against all-male opposition, best of whom may be City Boy (9-2), who was runner-up in the Grade 2 Nearctic over track and trip in October – weighted to turn the tables on narrow winner Silent Poet (12-1) – and tuned up for this with a sound effort in an allowance optional claimer here over five furlongs three weeks ago.

Horse Betting Prediction: Caravel

HorseJockeyOdds according to JazzSports
OLD CHESTNUTPatrick Husbands+1000
ADMIRALTY PIERAntonio A. Gallardo+1500
TURNED ASIDEEmma-Jayne Wilson+350
CHUCK WILLISKazushi Kimura+800
HONEY WON’TJeffrey Ian Alderson+3000
CITY BOYDavid Moran+450
CARAVELIrad Ortiz, Jr.-100
SILENT POETJustin Stein+1200

Dance Smartly Stakes Grade 2 – $175,000, 10f turf, 3yo+ fillies/mares

Etoile, beaten only three-quarters of a length in this race 12 months ago, looks primed to go one better, especially as she has claimed Grade 1 honors since then, winning the EP Taylor over track and trip last October.

In her European days, she was fourth in the Group 1 French Oaks, and a Chad Brown contender on the weeds is always front and center even without these bona fide credentials. Mutamakina (9-5) and Blame Debbie (4-1) are Grade 3 winners with a fine chance of hitting the board, but Etoile (2-1) looks a class apart.

Horse Betting Prediction: Etoile

HorseJockeyOdds according to JazzSports
BLAME DEBBIEKazushi Kimura+400
MERVEILLEUXRafael Manuel Hernandez+1500
ALNASEEMDavid Moran+600
ETOILEIrad Ortiz, Jr.+200
MUTAMAKINADylan Davis+180
COURT RETURNLuis Contreras+1000

Ontario Colleen Stakes Grade 3 $150,000, 1m turf, 3yo fillies

Chad Brown can also be on the mark with Misspell (2-1), who is booked for further improvement with only three outings on her card, the most recent being a strong-closing effort in a Saratoga allowance optional claimer. That was her first run of 2021 and she is preferred to Our Flash Drive (5-2), winner of the Grade 3 Selene on the Tapeta here last time out.

Horse Betting Prediction: Misspell

HorseJockeyOdds according to JazzSports
SWEET SOUPER SWEETAntonio A. Gallardo+1500
OUR FLASH DRIVEPatrick Husbands+250
SALTY AS CAN BERafael Manuel Hernandez+1000
PERSEVERANCIALuis Contreras+2000
I GET ITKazushi Kimura+600
SEASONSShaun Bridgmohan+800
MISSPELLIrad Ortiz, Jr.+200

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