With the 152nd running of the $1-million Queen's Plate on Sunday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 4:30 p.m. ET) at Toronto's Woodbine Racetrack, Malcolm Kelly breaks down the 17-horse field by post position in the Gallop for 50 Guineas over a 1¼ miles of Polytrack:


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1. Imhotep, 30-1 

Jockey: Emile Ramsammy

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owner: Zayat Stables LLC

Synopsis: Trained by one of the world's best conditioners in Pletcher, this lightly raced chestnut colt will try to break his maiden at the Queen's Plate. Pronounced IMMO-tep, the name is Egyptian and means "the one who comes in peace." Imhoptep will have to come ready to battle in this one. Did not run as a two-year-old, but has placed once in three attempts this year — that being over a mile-and-an-eighth on the Gulfstream Park turf — so there's some strength here.


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2. Curgone, 50-1

Jockey: Garrett Gomez

Trainer: Greg De Gannes

Owner: J.M. Stritzl Stable

Synopsis: What little early pace this field has can be found in Curgone, but does he have the distance? De Gannes thinks so. Sire Niigon won the Plate in 2004 and dame Curiosity had distance in her. Garrett Gomez is up and he's been the game's top earning jockey on five occasions. If Gomez finds himself in front into the second turn, he'll know what to do.


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3. Oh Canada, 10-1 

Jockey: Emma-Jayne Wilson

Trainer: Bob Tiller

Owner: Frank DiGiuilo

Synopsis: Nice bloodlines on this bay gelding son of Proud Citizen, including Danzig, Unbridled, Mr. Prospector and Secrettame, a Secretariat daughter. Whenever one of Big Red's daughters is in there it gets our attention. Oh Canada has never been out of the money in five starts, including two wins. Tiller calls him "a bit of a suck" who gets upset sometimes and that might be a worry in such a big field. Wilson knows her stuff and has won this before.


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4. One Big Gator, 30-1

Jockey: Jim McAleney

Trainer: John Ross

Owner: Jam Jar Racing Stable

Synopsis: This dark bay colt has had a busy season, running four times with a win and two places. Last out on June 10, when he broke his maiden over 1 1/16 miles. A key may have been taking the blinkers off for the first time. Good finishing speed. Here's some gator food for thought: In six career starts, he's never been more than four lengths back.


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5. Pender Harbour, 12-1

Jockey: Chantal Sutherland

Trainer:Mike DePaulo

Owner: Giffin Family

Synopsis: Chantal Sutherland jets in from California to mount this chestnut gelding, whose nickname is "Skippy." Seems to work for a horse named for an area on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast. Won twice as a juvenile, but this year has started on two occasions and been out of the money both times. One of those was a fourth at the Victoria Park Stakes, however, and he looked pretty strong over the 1 1/8.


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6. Head Honcho, 30-1

Jockey: Jono Jones

Trainer: Catherine Day Phillips

Owner: Kingfield Racing

Synopsis: As a slow starter in a 17-horse field, Head Honcho might have a problem but for the fact there's not much other early speed either. An intriguing horse who loves to rally late, coming off the pace to win a big allowance race on June 1 that had some talent in it. Never more than two lengths back in any of his outings. Might be a place to look if considering an outsider.


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7. Strike Oil, 15-1

Jockey: Willie Martinez

Trainer: Mark Casse

Owner: John Oxley

Synopsis: You're taking a chance with this colt because Casse himself admits he never knows whether he's going to show up ready to race on any given day. This is a Windfield Farms colt and, with the closing of that wonderful institution, there won't be many more of these to come. Has run five times this season with no wins, but one of those was a strong third in the Plate Trial on June 5. Point to consider: His best run ever was his most recent.


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8. Okiyama, 30-1

Jockey: Jesse Campbell

Trainer: John Mattine

Owner: Rik Okihiro, RCC Racing

Synopsis: A nice big chestnut gelding with two wins in his limited three starts. Seen just once on the track for 2011, Okiyama wintered in Ontario. He's considered versatile, able to adapt to the field's pace and that will be a big help in this group. Long strides.


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9. Inglorious, 9-2

Jockey: Luis Contreras

Trainer: Josie Carroll

Owner: Donver Stable

Synopsis: The pretty bay filly is a bit of a surprise at No. 3 choice in the morning line because some thought she'd be second pick. Four wins in six starts on the distaff side, she blew into prominence with a strong come-from-behind win at the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 5. There have been 33 fillies win the Plate in its 151 years, so the girls have a real track record. Inglorious is always calm. She was pointing to the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, but bruising in the feet — now long past — kept her out and pointed her back to Woodbine. The lady could be a champ.


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10. Enduring Star, 30-1

Jockey: Robby Albarado

Trainer: Mark Casse

Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds

Synopsis: This small chestnut colt ran three challenging races a year ago, picking up a third along the way. The longer the distance, the better this horse seems to be and that can only be good as everyone steps up to a 1¼. In two starts this season he has a win and a third, the latter an excellent effort at Gulfstream Park. Illness kept him out of the Plate Trial, but Casse says he's now strong and ready to go.


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11. Ojibway Signal, 50-1

Jockey: Justin Stein

Trainer: David Bell

Owner: David Bell, Gus Vlahos

Synopsis: The most-raced horse in the Plate, this dark bay gelding has already run out 10 times in his career, seven as a juvenile and three times this year. Of those 10, he was in the money three times. Sire Niigon won the Plate. A late charger who enjoys racing in routes, ie. going longer than a mile, usually around two turns.


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12. Seawatch, 20-1

Jockey: Slade Callaghan

Trainer: Josie Carroll

Owner: Donver Stable

Synopsis: Wouldn't it be something if you won the Plate with your second horse in the race rather than the one with the big reputation? Inglorious is the queen of this barn, but Seawatch can run too, with a win in two outings this year. Donver wasn't sure earlier in the week if it was going to put Seawatch in, but here he is. Was fifth in the Victoria Park Stakes, though less than three lengths back. Lightly raced with four outings over the last two seasons.


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13. Check Your Soul, 3-1

Jockey: Patrick Husbands

Trainer: Roger Attfield

Owner: Charles Fipke

Synopsis: When they break from the gate on Sunday, most eyes will be on the 13 and 14 slots, where the favourites will begin the long quarter-mile run to the first turn. Attfield will be trying for his record-breaking ninth Plate victory with this lightly raced, dark bay colt who didn't hit the track until this season, but has won three times in four saddlings. The famous conditioner compares Check Your Soul's laid-back attitude to his brilliant 1990 winner, Izvestia (fastest Plate ever). Check Your Soul won the Plate Trial in impressive come-from-behind fashion after a lousy break. Great bloodlines, including Unbridled. Very smart jockey in the irons.


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14. Queen'splatekitten, 7-2

Jockey: John Velazquez

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owner: Mill House

Synopsis: Think someone knew right from birth this dark bay colt was headed for the 50 guineas? Two wins and three times in the money this season, this kitten has done it on poly and on the turf, so you know the strength is there. Velazquez, who won the Kentucky Derby this year aboard Animal Kingdom and is Pletcher's go-to rider, is in the irons. Only once in six lifetime outings has this horse been worse than second. He won the tough Marine Stakes on May 21.


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15. Hippolytus, 30-1

Jockey: Tyler Pizarro

Trainer: Mark Casse

Owner: Horse'n Around Racing, Richard Lederman

Synopsis: Another of Casse's three entries, Hippolytus was originally trained by Michael Lightner before coming to Casse last November. Ran seven times as a two-year-old, five times in the money. A solid fourth in the Plate Trial. Casse is putting the blinkers on Hippolytus for the first time on Sunday because he felt the horse was intimidated in the Plate Trial. That move could go either way. 


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16. Bowman's Causeway, 6-1

Jockey: Eurico Rosa da Silva

Trainer: Chad Brown

Owner: Martin Schwartz

Synopsis: There's a lot of talk about this chestnut colt, despite the lousy post position away out there. Insiders are really thinking about putting this guy on their trifecta ticket. He's been out a busy six times this year, including a poor effort at the Florida Derby and an impressive second at the Plate Trial. Da Silva has won the last two Plates in a row aboard Eye of the Leopard and Big Red Mike and that has to be considered as well. His new trainer, Chad Brown, has only had the animal for one race. A tough horse to ignore.


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17. Maple Leaf Kitten, 50-1

Jockey: Omar Moreno

Trainer: Joe Woodard

Owner: Bill Hays

Synopsis: Five starts this year with a win and a second, plus three outings on turf and that indicates strength. Had a lung infection that kept his development back a touch. Woodard has added blinkers. Trained on grass and synthetic surfaces. Had a bad trip at Churchill Downs on May 7, but still came within three lengths of the win. Terrible post position hurts.