● Trainer Stu Simon is not looking at the Queen's Plate through rose-coloured glasses. But Simon, who conditions the homebred for Chiefswood Stable, can come into the race as a legitimate contender following his second-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial.
● "He had to do all the chasing himself," said Simon, who had watched Rose's Vision stalk Telekinesis throughout the 1 1/8 mile race. "He chased that horse pretty good to the wire, and after the wire he galloped out pretty evenly with the winner.
● Rose's Vision had shown plenty of promise as a 2-year-old while racing exclusively on turf. But, that left the well-bred son of Artie Schiller with something to prove with regards to the Tapeta surface. Rose's Vision made his seasonal bow on the dirt at Gulfstream in a race better forgotten. So, the colt returned to the grass and was sharp in wins at Gulfstream and Keeneland.
● Rose's Vision returned to Woodbine in late April, and the plan was to use the May 13 Marine as the colt's Tapeta test. If he passed, then that 1 1/16-mile stakes would have been his final start prior to the Queen's Plate. "He just never got the type of trip he liked so we really didn't get any answers as to if he really could run on it yet," said Simon.
Owner – Chiefswood Stable
Bob Krembil of Toronto and his son Mark are the owners of Chiefswood Stable, which topped the Woodbine standings with almost $2.2 million in earnings and took home the Sovereign Award as outstanding breeder last year. Chiefswood, formed in 2002, has a training centre and aftercare facility in Loretto, Ontario, and a broodmare facility in nearby Schomberg. Former jockey Rob Landry, now general manager for the outfit, says their stock currently includes 53 horses of racing age spread amongst six trainers at Woodbine plus broodmares, yearlings and weanlings. Their biggest successes to date came with homebreds Niigon (ridden by Landry), who won the 2004 Queen's Plate, and Nipissing, heroine of the 2013 Woodbine Oaks. Other prominent Chiefswood runners have included the Grade 2 winners Ambitious Cat, who earned a Sovereign Award in 2005 as Canada's top female turf horse, and Niigon's Edge.
Trainer – Stuart Simon
Stuart Simon, 54, born in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, has been around the racetrack since his early teens as his father Steve owned horses. Simon had another calling in mind but as he was preparing for a career with the RCMP it was discovered that he had thyroid cancer. Simon beat the disease, but he wound up back at the track, sending out his first winner in Regina in 1983 and then moving to Alberta where he spent 20 years before relocating to Woodbine in 2009. Highlights here have including winning graded stakes as trainer and part owner of Atlantic Hurricane, the Sovereign Award champion female sprinter in 2011, and Dragon Bay.
Jockey – Javier Castellano
Javier Castellano, born in Venezuela on Oct. 23, 1977, came to the United States in 1997 and began riding on the south Florida circuit. After topping the at Tropical-at-Calder standings for two straight seasons Castellano moved to the New York circuit in 2001 and quickly established himself. Castellano has gone on to win four straight Eclipse Awards, 2013 through 2016, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. His career earnings stand at $305 million and career highlights include wins aboard Ghostzapper in the 2007 Breeder's Cup Classic; a Preakness and Travers with Bernardini in 2006; and an upset of American Pharoah with Keen Ice in 2015.