Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Woodbine Oaks Winner Dixie Moon Aiming to Run in $1-Million Queen's Plate

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Woodbine Oaks Winner Dixie Moon Aiming to Run in $1-Million Queen's Plate

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Oaks winner Dixie Moon aiming to run in Plate

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TORONTO - Catherine Day Phillips is returning to the $1-million Queen's Plate.

The veteran trainer plans to run Woodbine Oaks winner Dixie Moon in the first jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown on June 30 at Woodbine Racetrack. Day Phillips had a horse in last year's race as Plate Trial winner Guy Caballero finished 10th.

Dixie Moon should be among the early Plate favourites as her winning Oaks time (1:50.38) was better than what Telekinesis ran (1:50.4) in the Plate Trial. Both races were over 1 1/8 miles.

"We wanted to see how she came out of the Oaks and she seems to be doing really well," Day Phillips said Thursday. "As of right now we're running in the Plate."

The Plate field will include Telekinesis, Wonder Gadot (second to Dixie Moon in the Oaks) and Neepawa, all trained by 10-time Sovereign Award winner Mark Casse. In February, Telekinesis was installed as the 4-1 favourite in the Winterbook, a hypothetical listing of early odds for the 109 three-year-olds - 95 colts and geldings, 14 fillies - nominated to the Canadian Triple Crown.

Wonder Gadot (6-1) and Neepawa (8-1) were third and fourth, respectively, while Dixie Moon was fifth (10-1).

Recent Oaks winners have fared well in the Plate. Last year's champion Holy Helena and '14 victor Lexie Lou both captured Canada's most prestigious horse race after claiming their respective Oaks races.

"If the fillies always did poorly you wouldn't want to think about it," Day Phillips said. "But considering they've done well in the race traditionally gives you more encouragement to go in."

Dixie Moon has four wins and a second-place effort in eight career starts with earnings of $517,216. She finished sixth in last year's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar.

Early on, the thought was Dixie Moon's best surface was turf. After all, she was second in the Grade 1 $250,000 Natalma Stakes on Sept. 17 before beating the boys Oct. 17 to win the Cup and Saucer Stakes on Woodbine's E. …

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