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Wonder Gadot Wins Queen’s Plate at Woodbine

Wonder Gadot Wins Queen’s Plate at WoodbineGary Barber's Wonder Gadot has been knocking on the door in all six of her 2018 starts, including a hard-fought second in the Kentucky Oaks, but she finally found the winner's circle with the addition of blinkers in Saturday's $1 million Queen's Plate. The 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro defeated a 16-horse field by a convincing 4 3/4-length margin, becoming the fourth winning female in the last eight runnings of the first jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown. Ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Mark Casse, Wonder Gadot completed 1 1/4 miles over Woodbine's Tapeta in 2:02.26.
 
Wonder Gadot broke sharply from the 11th spot in the gate, settling in about sixth position through the clubhouse turn. Her stablemate Telekinesis took command, setting rapid fractions of :23.12 and :46.82 while pressed by Neepawa and Cooler Mike. Dixie Moon, who defeated Wonder Gadot last out in the Woodbine Oaks, seemed to have been knocked sideways shortly after the start and was trailing the field early on.
 
Rouding the far turn, Velazquez saw his chance with Wonder Gadot and sent her after Telekinesis. The pace had taken its toll on him, and Wonder Gadot surged to the front a clear leader in the stretch. She crossed the wire 4 3/4 lengths in front of Aheadbyacentury, with Cooler Mike battling on to hold third. Strike Me Down finished fourth, and Telekinesis checked in fifth.
 
“I had a great trip,” said jockey Luis Contreras, who rode Aheadbyacentury. “My horse broke okay and I saved a bit of ground. At the half mile I was ready to make my move and the horse in front of me started to drop back and bothered me a little. I moved outside and let him rebreak and he was fine.
 

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