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Shaman Ghost wins the 2015 Queen's Plate


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Shaman Ghost wins the 2015 Queen's Plate at Woodbine
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Shaman Ghost winning the 2015 Queen's Plate at Woodbine

Cindy Pierson Dulay

The Canadian Triple Crown kicked off on Sunday at Woodbine with the $1 million Queen's Plate, the oldest continuously-run stakes race in North America. A field of 13 Canadian-foaled 3-year-olds contested the 156th renewal of the 1 1/4 mile Gallop for the Guineas. Conditions were excellent for early July in Toronto, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 70's. Danish Dynaformer was sent off as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite off his win in the Plate Trial after finishing third in the Marine (G3), both at Woodbine. In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice Shaman Ghost off a three-race win streak including the Marine and allowance races at Gulfstream and Keeneland, and 9-2 third choice Ami's Flatter, second in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) before third in the Florida Derby (G1) and 7th in the Marine.

11-2 fourth choice Academic was quickest away and got the opening quarter in 22.99 before 46-1 Sweet Grass Creek took over on the far turn and sprinted away to a 4 1/2 length lead through a half in 45.76 and 3/4 in 1:10.82. On the far turn, both Academic and Sweet Grass Creek tired badly and were distanced at the finish. 15-1 Billy's Star, 11th early, came out for room to gain the lead at the top of the lane through 1 mile in 1:37.54 and held the lead past the 3/16. Danish Dynaformer, 10th early, came through late to gain a short lead inside the 1/8 pole, but Shaman Ghost, 7th early, came out widest of all to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths in 2:03.45. It was just 1/2 a length back to late-running Conquest Boogaloo third.

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