American riders invading for Canada’s biggest race


Thoroughblog has compiled notes on 18 horses that could enter the Plate but this list is far from complete. It seems as if not many are convinced Telekinesis, Wonder Gadot and Dixie Moon are that much ahead of the others heading into the 1 1/4 mile test.

At least 4 US riders are already named on horses – John Velazquez, Javier Castellano, Jose Ortiz and Florent Geroux are just the first few confirmed with mounts for the 159th Canadian classic.

Possible Plate entries:

TELEKINESIS – Ghostzapper – Intentional Cry, Street Cry (Ire). Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stable,  trained by Mark Casse, bred by Bill Graham, $470,000 weanling;  won Plate Trial… Patrick Husbands  88 in Plate Trial, 90 in Lexington






ROSE’S VISION –  Artie Schiller- Essential Rose, Bernardini. Chiefswood Stable, owner and breeder; Stuart Simon trainer; 2nd Plate Trial   Javier Castellano   85 Plate Trial , 71 Marine   

AHEADBYACENTURY – Midnight Lute – Sinful , Touch Gold    Jack of Hearts Racing and John Ross; John Ross trainer; 3rd Plate Trial Luis Contreras  77, 74, 66

BOYHOOD DREAM – Dialed In – Mayfield Road, Yonaguska  Owners: Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Trainer: Mike Maker. Breeder: Bill Graham 4th Plate Trial  75, 72  63


BOYHOOD DREAM, image by Julie Wright

DIXIE MOON – filly by Curlin – Dixie Chicken, owned and bred by Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry, trained by Catherine Day Phillips, won Woodbine Oaks  88, 85 Beyers














DIXE MOON by Terence Dulay – horse-races.net













TELEKINESIS – Terence Dulay

WONDER GADOT – Medaglia D’Oro – Loving Vindication, Vindication Owner: Gary Barber. Trainer:  Mark Casse. Breeder: Anderson Farms Ontario.  2nd Woodbine Oaks – John Velazquez 88, 96, 82

STRIKE ME DOWN – Tapit – Strike Softly, Smart Strike. Owner/breeder: Sam-Son Farms. Trainer: Graham Motion, stakes placed last start, winner  Jose Ortiz   83, 81, 74

SAY THE WORD – More Than Ready – Danceforthecause, Giant’s Causeway  owner/breeder: Sam-Son Farms. Trainer: Graham Motion,  – winner  Rafael Hernandez, 83,79, 77

NEEPAWA – Scat Daddy – Niigon’s Touch, Niigon, Owner/breeder: Chiefswood Stable. Trainer: Mark Casse.  stakes place winner ,Florent Geroux  77, 85, 84

PIPERS WARRIOR – Majestic Warrior – Pipers Honour, Honour and Glory. Owner.breeder Chiefswood Stable. Trainer: Mike DePaulo. 70, 70, 82

COOLER MIKE – Giant Gizmo – Executive Affair, Bold Executive. owned and bred by Nick and Mike Nosowenko. Trainer: Nick Nosowenko. stakes placed winner Jesse Campbell  80, 86

HIGH FLYIN – Cooler Mike – image by Santino DiPaola

MARRIAGE COUNSELOR – Overanalyze – Exe, Exchange Rate. Owner/breeder: Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Trainer: Mike Maker; winner  62, 53, 59 

SILENT POET – Silent Name-Cara Bella, Ghostzapper. Owner/breeder: Stronach Stables. Trainer: Nick Gonzalez. Winner;  82, 82, 68

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE- Tiznow – La Suena, Storm Cat  owner: Spendthrift Farm. Trainer: Al Stall. Breeder: Bill Graham – Rushaway Stakes,  72, 71, 70 last 3 beyers 

HOT CASH -filly  Ghostzapper – Collect the Cash, Dynaformer  Owner/breeder: Stronach Stables. Trainer: James Jerkens.   maiden – 3rd Oaks  76-80, 68

INGE – Victor’s Cry – Alexabella, Congaree Owner: Bruno Schickedanz. Trainer: Norm McKnight. Breeder: True North Stable. stakes placed – 5th Marine,  74, 74, 67

REAL DUDE – Ghostzapper – Ginger Brew, Milwaukee Brew. owner/breeder: Stronach Stables. Trainer: Sid Attard.   Maiden, 64, 52

PAWNBROKER – Gio Pinti – Sweetdetermination, Alphabet Soup. Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Trainer: Mike Maker. Maiden after one race – 53



“I thought [Telekinesis’] race was good but not great,” Casse said. “The first time you run on Tapeta, a lot of times there’s a learning curve there, and maybe a conditioning curve.