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Wonder Gadot, Telekinesis both running for spot in Queen’s Plate

June 8, 2018 11:08 PM
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Casse will send two solid entries postward at Woodbine Racetrack. Filly Wonder Gadot headlines the five-horse field in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks while Telekinesis makes his Toronto oval debut in the $125,000 Plate Trial Stakes.

Both aim to punch their tickets to the $1-million Queen’s Plate, the opening jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown on June 30 at Woodbine. They’ll look to join Flameaway, another Casse-trained horse that ran in the 2018 Kentucky Derby.

Telekinesis, Flameaway and Wonder Gadot held the top three spots in the Winterbook, a hypothetical listing that offered early odds on the 109 three-year-olds — 95 colts and geldings, 14 fillies — nominated to the ’18 Canadian Triple Crown.

Casse captured his first Queen’s Plate in 2014 with Lexie Lou after she won the Oaks, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara, earlier that year.

Ontario-bred Wonder Gadot, Canada’s champion two-year-old filly, was second by a half-length to Monomoy in the US$1-million Kentucky Oaks on May 4. That’s the best finish by a Canadian-bred horse in the race since Gal in A Ruckus won in 1995.

Wonder Gadot, named after Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, made her lone start on Woodbine’s main track last fall, winning the 1 1/16-mile, Grade 3 Mazarine by six lengths.

“She’s super, she’s doing really well,” said Casse. “We kind of all along felt like Tapeta was her preferred surface.

“Obviously, at this point in time she doesn’t need to prove anything to anybody training-wise but she’s got over it good.”

Wonder Gadot ran on turf her first two outings, winning the prep for the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes before finishing third in the Natalma. After winning the Mazarine, Wonder Gadot was sixth in the 1 1/16-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

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