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● Inge, claimed for $40,000 here last December 2, will be looking to become the second horse acquired in that fashion in recent years and go on to win the Queen's Plate. Midnight Aria, haltered for $35,000 at Gulfstream Park in January of 2013, won that year's Queen's Plate in front-running fashion.

● Trainer Norm McKnight gives owner Bruno Schickedanz much of the credit for zeroing in on Inge, who had won a $25,000 maiden claiming race and notched his second career win on the day he changed hands. The first steps on the prospective road to the Queen's Plate came at Oaklawn Park, where McKnight raced a string for Schickedanz for the first time.

●Inge had mixed results there, recording a second and a third from four starts with the former in his last appearance there over 1 1/16 miles of slop.  "We were trying to get him to route--that's why we sent him there," said McKnight. "We were just having a little bit of trouble, trying to get him to settle. We still haven't mastered that yet."

●In two appearances back on his home grounds, both in stakes, has Inge finished second (moved up to first) and then fifth after opening up early leads.  "I think he was a little aggressive in both starts," said McKnight. "The key is to have him relax."

●The trainer is hoping he can change Inge's approach. "I've given him lots of time since his last race," said McKnight. "I've been breezing him in behind horses, and I've changed his equipment a little bit. The key is to have him relax."

Owner – Bruno Schickedanz

Bruno Schickedanz won his third consecutive Woodbine title as leading owner in races won last year, with 69 winners. A construction and new home building entrepreneur, Schickedanz had entered the racing game with one horse almost 30 years ago. Now, the owner is closing in on 2800 career wins. In addition to his Woodbine titles, Schickedanz has been leading owner in races won at the Fort at numerous meets, including the last two. His best runners to date have been champions Wake At Noon and Scotzanna.

Trainer – Norman McKnight

Norm McKnight, a native of Thornhill, Ontario, was Woodbine's leading trainer last year, saddling five winners on closing day to finish with 99 wins and end the 10-year reign of Mark Casse.  McKnight won some 1500 races as a Standardbred driver but shifted gears to the Thoroughbred game after a fire at Mohawk claimed his entire stable. His successful transition to Thoroughbred racing has included such stars as Brite Adam and Dawson's Legacy.


Jockey – Chantal Sutherland

Chantal Sutherland, 42, won her first career race here in 2000 and went on to take home Sovereign Awards as outstanding apprentice in 2001 and 2002. Since 2007 her career has found her riding in the eastern U.S. and California, with a couple of returns to Woodbine. She is back riding here full-time this season. As of June 26, Sutherland has recorded 1032 wins from 8,365 starts with her mounts having banked $51,564,574 in purse earnings.​