Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shakhimat Named 3-1 Winterbook Choice for the 157th Running of Queen's Plate

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shakhimat Named 3-1 Winterbook Choice for the 157th Running of Queen's Plate

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Shakhimat early 3-1 pick for Queen's Plate

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TORONTO - Shakhimat was installed as the early 3-1 Winterbook choice for the 157th running of the historic Queen's Plate on Friday.

The hypothetical Winterbook offers early odds on all 88 three-year-olds, 78 colts and geldings as well as 10 fillies, nominated to the 2016 Canadian Triple Crown.

Should Shakhimat win the Queen's Plate, which will be run July 3 at Woodbine Racetrack, it would give Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield a record ninth victory. Attfield is currently tied with Harry Giddings, Jr. for most Plate victories.

"Any record is nice to break and this is quite a prestigious record," said Attfield.

Shakhimat earned an impressive 9 3/4-length win in the Coronation Futurity last fall at Woodbine and is currently training at Payson Park in Florida. …

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